Breaking Ground at Arbora Court

Breaking Ground at Arbora Court

On September 20th, Weber Thompson joined Bellwether Housing, members of the University Christian Church congregation, public officials, and community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of Arbora Court.

Years in the making, this new affordable family housing project will be home to individuals and families living in 133 units. The location is ideal – close to transit stops, grocery stores, a farmers market, medical facilities and other community amenities in the University District of Seattle. The site was formerly a parking lot owned by the University Christian Church, but was sold to Bellwether Housing so it could eventually be transformed into affordable housing. Continue reading “Breaking Ground at Arbora Court”



Small but Mighty: Making a Big Impact with Tiny Houses

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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”



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”



Seeking two interior designers

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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.

Interior Designer

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”



WT Food Frenzy: A Fantastic Finale

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Weber Thompson’s participation in the 2016 Food Frenzy competition came to end last Friday in a sweet and delectable fashion. On Monday, July 18th, the office held a bake sale in the lobby and last Friday, July 22nd, the fun concluded with an ice cream social in the office. The Weber Thompson team participated by bringing in homemade baked goods, desserts from local businesses and by purchasing “build your own” ice cream sundaes with unlimited toppings. Continue reading “WT Food Frenzy: A Fantastic Finale”



WT in search of talented Landscape Architect

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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.

 



WT Wheelies Raise $900 for Bikeworks

Weber Thompson has always been interested in helping the environment. For the 4th year in a row, we have taken on the bike month challenge in an effort to reduce the use of cars and encourage healthy living. In previous years we’ve competed against each other in teams. The competitive nature drove us to team costumes and dance exhibitions so we could taunt our co-workers and spur ourselves on to ride more miles than the others.

This year we pulled together as a firm and formed a single team: The WT Wheelies. Our team consisted of 25 participants who rode from as close as 1 mile away to as far as 8 miles away with our farthest teammate riding 378 miles in the month. The team rode over 2600 miles, avoided 2350 pounds of CO2 and burned 131,000 calories! Along the way, we had team outings for happy hours and lunch tours, in which we toured various WT projects, both finished and under construction.

Why, if not to compete with each other, would we work so hard? For the KIDS! Continue reading “WT Wheelies Raise $900 for Bikeworks”



Meet the Staff: Jeanna Stone

Jeanna Stone Marketing InternFor the last few months, the Weber Thompson marketing department has benefitted from the assistance of Marketing Intern Jeanna Stone. Jeanna has penned articles for the blog, submitted award entries, posted to social media (check out our Instagram account if you haven’t seen it lately) and most excitingly, has infused the WT Intranet redesign effort with a fresh burst of energy. Next week, Jeanna will begin a new chapter as a full-time A/E/C marketer at Callison. We will miss her greatly but wish her the best of luck in her next adventure.

Jeanna Stone, Marketing Intern

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve been at WT for almost five months, and by far my favorite thing has been the people. The environment is quirky and relaxed, the people are hilarious and hardworking, and we know how to throw an excellent party.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

The biggest project I’m working on now is setting up WT with an intranet that is user friendly, readily accessible, and provides employees with all the information that they need on and off site. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Jeanna Stone”



Meet the Staff: Erin Hatch

Erin HatchEarlier this spring, we promoted seven individuals, and have been getting to know more about them through our ‘Meet the Staff’ series. This week, we interviewed Marketing Manager and new Associate Erin Hatch. Learn more about her in this Q & A.

Erin Hatch, Marketing Manager, Associate

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve worked at Weber Thompson just over three years. My favorite thing about WT is working with approachable, smart, creative people who are passionate about solving problems through good design. This industry can be cutthroat and judgmental, but this firm doesn’t tolerate that attitude. It’s an extremely supportive environment.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

I work on a wide variety of projects. Every day is different, and I always have to expect the unexpected. From keeping our website and blog updated to working with our leadership team on big picture strategy, I get to have my fingers in many different pies. (And I love pie, so it works out well!)

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

I love working for a company that truly values my opinions, listens to employees at all levels, and has provided me with support and professional development opportunities to grow in my career. When I came to Weber Thompson a little over three years ago, my role was production design. I had a little marketing experience and loads of optimism and enthusiasm, and my manager recognized that I could contribute more to the team. I never imagined I’d receive as much support and recognition as I have. It’s been amazing. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Erin Hatch”