Weber Thompson’s Director of Sustainability, Myer Harrell, recently attended the AIA National Conference, where he presented as part of the panel “Living From Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program.” The conference was filled with inspirational speakers and educational programs. Below, he captures some of the highlights.
At the first keynote of A’17 (the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture), titled Anticipating the Need: Design that Cares, Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena engaged the architect-filled audience by drawing diagrams on a white board to reinforce ideas as he spoke. Continue reading “AIA Convention Highlights”
In celebration of Earth Month, I want to take a minute to introduce the Weber Thompson SustainabiliTeam (WTST), our version of an internal green team. Despite working in ‘Ecotopia’ (the Pacific Northwest) and despite our progress toward well-sited, energy-efficient, water-efficient, lower-toxicity and lower-resource buildings, now more than ever we need strategic thinking and additional effort to continually improve our project portfolio. Continue reading “Doin’ Our Part: Meet the WT SustainabiliTeam”
Weber Thompson is an award winning architectural, interior design, landscape architectural and community design firm. Our projects are complex and challenging – but we are a great group of talented design professionals who value collaboration and humor in our day-to-day dedication to create success via design and technical excellence. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. Continue reading “WT Seeking Three Talented & Experienced New Team Members”
As one of seven employees to recently be promoted, we asked Rachael about what the new promotion to Senior Associate means to her, where she finds inspiration for her award winning interior design projects and more. Learn more about Rachael in this Q & A, on our website or by reading her Q & A from 2014. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Rachael Bauer”
In the summer of 2016 Weber Thompson started with a simple idea: to design, build, and donate basic shelter for a family in need through the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Tiny House program. How hard could it be for a few architects to build an 8’ x 12’ structure over a few weekends, right? Continue reading “It Takes a Village”
There’s a strong connection between reading and brain development in children and adults, and the studies show that the benefits of reading and literacy are even more pronounced for low-income individuals. Back in March, I joined a handful of Weber Thompson employees at the Housing Development Consortium luncheon at the Washington State Convention Center. The guest speaker at the luncheon was Johnathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities, The Shame of the Nation, and Amazing Grace. He’s worked with teachers and children in America’s cities for more than 50 years and has extensively written and lectured about the subject. Continue reading “Supporting Lifelong Learning at Raven Terrace”
Meet Brock Williams, a Project Manager in Weber Thompson’s High Rise and Hospitality Design Studios. He has a wealth of experience in hotels, restaurants, commercial office buildings and tenant improvements. Learn more about him in this Q & A, or visit our website to read his bio.
Brock Williams, Project Manager
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?
I’ve worked at Weber Thompson for almost a year now and one of the things I like most about working here is the support I get from the office and individuals to pursue my professional goals and balance work and life outside of work. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Brock Williams”
As Architects and designers in Seattle, we see how a demand for housing in our city is affecting cost and availability, and contributing to an increase in homelessness. According to the 2016 “One Night Count” there were 10,047 people homeless in King County on January 29th, 2016, and 4,505 without shelter (statistics that are widely considered undercounts). Weber Thompson cares deeply about community, and as people who design shelter for a living, we asked ourselves, “What more can we do to help with this issue?” When we learned about the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Tiny House work, we were inspired by their program and jumped at the chance to become more involved.
LIHI is dedicated to serving a wide variety of populations through a number of programs, including the operation of four (and growing) homeless encampments across the city for sheltering homeless families and individuals. LIHI’s encampments offer an improvement over the conditions of non-regulated encampments by providing safe and secure temporary housing, with access to services that can help homeless residents work to secure more permanent housing. LIHI’s village encampments are democratic and self-managed, have strict codes of conduct, include resident background checks, and work with communities to conscientiously integrate encampments into neighborhoods across the city. LIHI’s villages provide space for tent shelters and also Tiny Houses.
Tiny Houses are small, simple, sturdy sleeping structures. The structures have an open floor plan of about 8’x12’, a window, a lockable door, and may provide shelter for individuals, couples and families of up to four. The structures do not typically include power or water; these services are provided on site as a shared resource. Likewise, a common kitchen is used by residents for meals, as the tiny houses have no cooking facilities. LIHI already offers Tiny House assembly instructions (available to any community group interested in providing a unit) and Weber Thompson saw an opportunity to utilize our design skill sets to build upon LIHI’s Tiny House prototype. Continue reading “Small but Mighty: Making a Big Impact with Tiny Houses”
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”
Work hard, play hard, that’s our motto. But when the work outweighs the play, we know we need to grow our team, which is why we’re seeking two talented, hard-working interior designers with a great sense of humor. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. If you or someone you know meets the criteria below, please head to our careers page to learn more and apply.
We are looking for someone to bring their excellent design eye, stellar rendering skills and technical knowledge and experience to support our interior designs. You are a self-starter with at least 4 years of experience in residential multi-family projects – either high-rise or mid-rise – and commercial office projects who can work well in a highly collaborative environment.
What we’re looking for:
- Experience and expertise in AutoCAD 2009, Revit, Sketchup and Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Excellent team and interdisciplinary communication, both written and verbal.
- Strong organizational skills.
- The ability to manage both schedules and budgets.
- Resilience, drive, and a sense of humor.
A degree in Interior Design or Architecture from an accredited program is required; LEED AP Accreditation is preferred. Continue reading “Seeking two interior designers”