Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits

Stormwater Strategies

On September 29th, Weber Thompson Landscape Architecture Principal Rachael Meyer was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce Environmental Outlook special section. Her article, titled “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits,” suggests that green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) could help mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff in the urban environment. GSI works because it mimics natural systems to absorb, delay and clean the water within a natural watershed before it reaches a collecting body of water.

Read the article on the DJC to learn about GSI strategies, or visit our website to learn about the green stormwater strategies that will be used at the Fremont Office Building.  Continue reading “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits”

Meet the Staff: Rachael Meyer

Meet the Staff: Rachael Meyer

Rachael Meyer is Weber Thompson’s new Landscape Architecture Principal. She joined the firm with 13 years of experience creating lush landscapes for residential projects, parks, and public open spaces. Get to know more about Rachael in the Q & A below.

What is your Name & Title/Role 

Rachael Hope Watland Meyer, Weber Thompson’s new Principal of Landscape Architecture

You just joined Weber Thompson as our new Landscape Architecture Principal. What brought you here? 

Weber Thompson is such a great group of collaborative people and awesome projects! As the Landscape Architect on most of the projects in the office I get to work with pretty much everyone and every project. It is such a great opportunity for me!

What about this new role excites you the most? 

I’m excited by the office’s focus on sustainability and pushing each project to do more to improve our environment. It needs to be a driver in everything we do, especially with our urban landscapes.

What has been your favorite project? 

The Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park, the first commercial living building and first living park, respectively, have been most influential on how I approach landscape design and team collaboration. These projects were cutting edge in their ultimate design, but also in the process to get there.

Why Landscape Architecture?  Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Rachael Meyer”

WT in search of talented Landscape Architect


Weber Thompson, an award winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community/urban design firm has an opening on our landscape architecture team. Our projects are complex and you will work hard – but you will be alongside a great group of people who prioritize collaboration and humor in their day-to-day work. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.

Our office is a friendly and low-key, yet deadline-driven, environment with minimal egos, and we’re looking for a new Landscape Architect / Designer to join our team.

If you have a Bachelor or Master degree in Landscape Architecture and 5+ years of experience, preferably in a landscape/architecture office setting working on urban multifamily and commercial development projects, we want to meet you! You must have broad technical knowledge of design development, construction documentation, specifications and field experience as well as a comprehensive understanding of plant materials, horticultural best practices and efficient planting plan production. Excellent computer graphics and rendering skills including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as proficiency in AutoCAD are necessary.

If you believe you or someone you know might qualify for this position, head over to our careers page to learn more.


From paper to reality: Watching Raven Terrace come to life


I recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for Raven Terrace, which marks the second completed low-income, multifamily building in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace neighborhood. While the completion of great multi-family projects is work as usual here at Weber Thompson, this project has special significance to me personally and also for the city of Seattle.

Three years ago, Weber Thompson hired me as a part of their high rise studio. However, due to shifting project schedules my first role was project designer on Raven Terrace. I was excited to tackle something new and different. While I had volunteered with Habitat for Humanity before, my familiarity with “government housing” was somewhat antiquated. I quickly learned Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) takes the design quality of their projects seriously. To ensure our team’s design could respond to the community the building would serve, SHA shepherded meetings for us with the Yesler Terrace neighborhood and future building tenants. Understanding the backgrounds and stories from the neighborhood enriched the building design and better equipped us to serve the residents. Furthermore, with sweeping views of the city and Mount Rainier, the site held plenty of potential for something exceptional. Most importantly though, SHA’s vision for evolving a healthy, vibrant and accessible community in the heart of Seattle drove the success of Raven Terrace. Continue reading “From paper to reality: Watching Raven Terrace come to life”

Project Update: Radius SLU

At SLU’s newest residential building, workers are installing the last few finishing touches. The project officially receives it’s certificate of occupancy this week.

Congratulations to the project owner GreystarRadius SLU boasts some of the best lake views to be found, great units with lots of natural light, and some pretty stellar amenity spaces. Weber Thompson’s mid-rise, landscape architecture, and interior design studios enjoyed collaborating with one another on this project. Because of this cohesion – the theme ‘Radius’ can be spotted throughout.

Take a quick peek around, but also stay tuned for final photography in the coming weeks. You can also learn a little more on the Radius website. Continue reading “Project Update: Radius SLU”

Four design lessons learned during Construction Administration

Radius lessons learned project tour.

One week ago, a group of a dozen or so WT employees took time out of their busy schedules to take a “lessons learned” tour of Radius, a nearly-completed mid-rise residential project in the South Lake Union Neighborhood that Weber Thompson designed. (Thank you, Compass, for letting us host this after-construction-hours event!) The goal was to learn from the successes (and challenges) of Radius, through a better understanding of the construction process and the impacts it can produce on design and vice versa. We came away from the tour with four key takeaways:

1. Massing is key; it cannot be changed down the line.

Walking up on the project, you couldn’t help but acknowledge the general massing of a seven story building stepping down the rather steeply sloping site. In addition to the required steps to maintain code-compliant building height, Continue reading “Four design lessons learned during Construction Administration”

Living Future 2015 unConference Recap

Earlier this month, several representatives from Weber Thompson attended the Living Future unConference, a three-day forum for discussing sustainable design solutions to global social and environmental issues. The annual conference brings together some of the most progressive minds in the building industry and provides a dizzying mix of inspirational speeches, technical charrettes and heated panel discussions. Continue reading “Living Future 2015 unConference Recap”

Making our cities livable requires landscape architects: Report from the 2011 ASLA Conference

US Cities will undergo major transformation in the coming years. In 2008, the world reached the tipping point where more people live in urban areas than rural. By 2050, it is expected that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas while in developed countries like the United States, it will be closer to 90%. Will that growth improve our quality of life?

Yes, if landscape architects are at the table.

At the ASLA 2011 Conference in San Diego the theme was Landscape Architecture Rising. Based on the content of the presentations, landscape architects are playing a critical role in reimagining our cities, making them more sustainable, more socially connected, and more connected to nature, our food, and each other, improving our health and, well, our happiness. As Charles Montgomery, a Vancouver Journalist and the conference’s opening speaker said “the green city, the low carbon city, the social city and the happy city are all the same place”.

The death of sprawl was a common theme. The infrastructure for it can no longer be afforded. Higher density is our future; but density in itself is not enough. “We have to rebuild our cities; they are not done. We have to invest in infrastructure and the next generation has to correct our screw-ups…and invest in the public realm,” said speaker Martha Schwartz, FASLA. It is the spaces between the buildings – the public realm – that will sustain our lives and make living in cities, actually livable. Continue reading “Making our cities livable requires landscape architects: Report from the 2011 ASLA Conference”

Picnic for the Planet 2011

Catherine Benotto and Myer Harrell at Pike Place Market – Earth Day 2011

Happy Earth Day from all of us at Weber Thompson! Scott Thompson AIA, LEED AP, Catherine Benotto AIA, ASLA, LEED AP and Myer Harrell AIA, LEED, AP BD+C celebrated the day at “Picnic for the Planet” organized by The Nature Conservancy at Pike Place Market. Visitors and locals alike gathered at Seattle’s famous food and cultural center to enjoy live music, activities, and learn about local sustainable agricultural initiatives including Weber Thompson’s own Vertical Farming projects. It was a beautiful day at the market.

UPDATE: Check out this video of the event