Susan’s architecture career started with Better Homes & Gardens. As a child, she poured through her Mom’s issues, especially enjoying the ‘before & after’ segments. Seeing one’s work built – the idea of creating what Susan terms as ‘built art’ – was enticing and she built a career on it. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in architecture, she spent several years in Chicago working on both public and private projects before returning to California and working her way up to Seattle.

As part of WT’s residential high rise team, Susan draws on a wide variety of previous firm experience. Two of her favorite projects bookend the gambit of options – one a LEED Platinum Inn & Spa in Yountville, CA; the other the Permanent International Terminal at O’Hare airport. Both projects were marked by high levels of collaboration and acted as great learning experience. The skills learned through this work is daily applied to her work at Weber Thompson. 

Susan is an active member / volunteer with AIA Seattle, especially with the Diversity Roundtable Committee which advocates for underrepresented groups and women in the architecture profession. Not ending there, her interests and participation include being an active member of the WT Sustainabiliteam as well as the WT Hospitality and WT Affordable Housing Marketing committees. When not geeking out on design, Susan enjoys cooking interesting recipes and making fun skirts with Marimekko fabrics.

Susan Frieson AIA, NOMA, LEED AP
Senior Associate

Bachelor of Art in Architecture
University of California, Berkeley