Detail oriented and highly organized, Burton Yuen is a crucial member of Weber Thompson’s landscape architecture design studio. With over 20 years of experience in Idaho and Seattle, he’s worked on a wide variety of project types ranging from affordable housing to office campuses for technology clients.
For Burton, having a big picture view of each project is vital. “The more you know, the more useful you are,” says Burton. He loves working at a multi-disciplinary firm because it creates efficiencies that can’t be found in smaller firms. If he needs to know the current dimensions of a roof deck he’s designing, he can just walk right over to the person working on the building design and ask them. This ultimately saves time and speeds up the design process, and results in better designs because the whole team has a shared vocabulary and can be on the same page, at the same time.
When not selecting shade-tolerant ground cover or detailing planter designs in CADD, Burton can be found at home with his wife and four children. He loves to cook and at one point planned to pursue a career as a chef. His other passion is scenic design, which he does on a recurrent basis for the Seattle Theater Company. If he had more free time (a rare occurrence!) he would spend it working in his yard, painting with oils or acrylics, or creating cast bronze sculptures.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Utah State University