AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“I love that every day of my professional life is different – and yet creativity is the key to all the work that I do. I see a future where bold steps – like partnering with health providers, inviting professionals into maker spaces, and incorporating birth-to-5 learning – will transform our schools into centers of community.”
Abby has 18 years of experience working with public and private institutions on campus and building design. She works with clients to find long-term solutions to complex challenges. She is adept at bringing together the voices from the client, user groups, contractor, and jurisdiction, all while ensuring that the design team has the resources to develop the right solution. With each project, she involves students’ voices and creates opportunities for them to learn more about building and design from the process.
Abby was a founding member of Architects Without Borders – Oregon, which provides pro-bono design services for communities in need. She has also served on the AIA-Portland board of directors and currently sits on the Architecture Foundation of Oregon board. With her professional work and service to the community, Abby advocates for design solutions that create stronger communities.
Abby has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
“From a simple sketch on a sheet of paper to a built reality. As a design professional it is rewarding to be able to create exciting sustainable spaces that will not only inspire people to interact and connect, but that will also impact generations to come.”
“I think of every building as a puzzle. To solve the puzzle means considering every unique user need, carefully examining construction methods and materials, and relying on the strengths of each team member. Through these elements of design, an exciting and unique image is revealed.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Curiosity, wonder, and intrigue are what drive me in life and work. A desire to continually grow and share with others, in an effort to make positive change and bring joy. Developing meaningful relationships and discovering what makes each person, place, and situation special is what I seek.”
Alyssa has more than 21 years of architectural experience working on numerous educational facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, giving her a unique understanding of the materials and construction techniques appropriate to heavily used public facilities. A skilled project manager, Alyssa works closely with the design team and her clients to maximize quality and efficiency, and offer creative, sustainable solutions.
Alyssa received a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
“Through architecture, I hope to create a framework for people to interact, grow, and learn. The choices we make in design affect lives in subtle but powerful ways and have the potential to create vibrant, vital communities.”
“Growing up, I had a lot of hobbies and interests, but Architecture always stuck out. It encourages creativity while maintaining a humanitarian motive, and demands constant (inescapable) learning. It involves so many disciplines and aspects of life that it never feels stagnant. I like learning new things, and savor opportunities to be inspired by the new and unfamiliar.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC
“I strive to approach my work with questions, not assumptions. Every project is a unique opportunity for architecture to improve the quality of life for our communities – to extend beyond conventions and take a more active role in promoting our health and well-being.”
Andy joined Mahlum in 2015 and serves as project architect for healthcare and K-12 projects. He has experience across a broad range of medical projects with particular expertise in design, medical planning and project coordination with all stakeholders. Andy strives to incorporate research and user engagement into the design process, and he’s passionate about architecture’s vital role in helping to improve health and well-being for the users and our communities. He also encourages Mahlum’s various studios to collaborate and share ideas, plus pulls in community members and experts to engage the office about a variety of topics.
Andy recently wrote about the benefits of supporting the circadian rhythm through proper lighting in “The Power of Light: Deploying Tunable Lighting to Support Healthcare” for Medical Construction & Design magazine.
Andy has a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He is a registered architect in Washington is EDAC certified, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
“I am driven by my instinct to create order and serenity within an increasingly chaotic and dislocated world. I do that by re-connecting to the diversity of Mother Nature’s gifts, the seasons and the cycles of life. My favorite activity: forest bathing – any season, any location.”
Working across all studios in the firm in her role as Design Partner, Anne continually challenges teams to question deeply and listen intently to support the firm’s goal of creating healthy and sustainable spaces for their clients and the communities they serve.
Under her leadership, Mahlum was recognized with the 2014 American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region (AIA NWPR) Firm Award.
A dedicated champion of design excellence and environmental stewardship, Anne’s projects and professional activism continually enhance the discourse on design and place. With more than 80 regional and national design awards to her credit, she continually strives for the highest quality of design within strict parameters of performance.
Anne is the recipient of the 2013 AIA NWPR Medal of Honor, the highest commendation presented to an individual by the region, recognizing excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education, and service to the profession. Elevated to Fellow in the AIA in 2007, she received a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in both Civil Engineering and Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a registered architect in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New York, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Louisiana, Hawaii, Alaska, Missouri, and New Jersey.
“I fell in love with cities while living abroad in Florence, and consider it my privilege to contribute to the narrative of our urban environments every day through design and architecture.”
Becky’s work between Boston and Seattle has focused on educational clients and the design of new learning environments – both inside and out – for our next generation of students, teachers, and communities. She has served as a project architect and project manager at Mahlum for the past six years where she focuses on creating smart, sustainable spaces for K-12 learners. Becky led the design effort for Northwood Elementary School on Mercer Island, the recipient of five design awards, including the Award of Excellence in Education Facility Design from AIA Committee on Architecture for Education.
Becky holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is a registered architect in Massachusetts. She is currently serving as the Conference Co-Chair for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) 2020 WA Chapter Conference in Wenatchee, WA.
AIA, LEED AP
“I have been lucky to be given opportunities in my life that allow me to do something I love. Working with community colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, I make places for others to learn and grow, and hopefully give them the chance to do something they love in their life.”
Beth has more than 15 years of experience as a skilled manager of complex projects for colleges, universities, and primary education clients. Her expertise ranges from multiple facility assessments, programming, and planning projects to the remodel and new construction of facilities for a variety of user groups and stakeholders. Consistently praised by clients for her rigorous attention to detail and high quality service, her participation on various LEED accredited projects exemplifies the high level of quality that she achieves with every endeavor. She focuses on strategies to increase environmental stewardship in the built environment and has been a presenter for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Oregon Business Magazine’s annual 100 Best Green Companies.
Beth received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. She is a LEED- accredited professional and a licensed architect in Oregon and Arizona.
“I’d like to imagine that our work is as much about observing, understanding, and appreciating the intricacies of the human condition as it is about making space.”
“I spent my childhood summers camping up and down the West Coast and experienced the dramatic impact environments have on one’s well-being. This relationship with exterior environments is something that I believe is elemental in creating successful, healthy spaces.”
Brad has 16 years of experience as a designer of student housing and educational facilities. As one of Mahlum’s higher education studio leaders, he consistently applies best practices of design gleaned from working with clients at the forefront of pedagogical theories and residence life environments. Brad actively draws from his broad design expertise to foster a sense of community and learning for students.
Brad holds a Master of Architecture from University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Miami University. He is a registered architect in the state of Oregon.
“Born and raised in Kansas, I grew up with a strong appreciation of the prairie, artistry, and good BBQ. I have always had a lifelong interest in thoughtful innovative design and believe that architecture is a thoughtful response to the culture and spirit of each place.”
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” as Helen Keller wrote. The people around me inspire me. The most rewarding part of my job is working together as a team. We can inspire trust and respect in all our encounters with a willingness to move forward with patience, tact, and enthusiasm.”
“As a passionate designer, I have a constant curiosity that drives my interactions with the natural and built environment. That curiosity motivates me to turn complex questions and problems into functional and beautiful spaces.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“Someone smart once said that architecture is about how a building feels, not only how it looks. I agree. I think this also includes how architecture performs and I try to consider these ideas in my work as well as in the broader context of our built environment – sustainability, health, beauty, ecology, resilience, economy, and community.”
In over 15 years of professional experience, Brian has developed a holistic and integrated approach to design influenced by sustainable systems, user experience and the nuances of technical design. He leverages his training in both architecture and landscape architecture to work with clients and stakeholders to create pragmatic and beautiful facilities well-tailored to their natural environment and cultural context. Brian is committed to utilizing design to help address critical environmental and social issues in the public interest, having served on the board of Architects Without Borders Seattle for many years, and leading design studios at the University of Washington focused on design activism in Seattle and abroad.
Brian has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is a registered Architect in the State of Washington and a LEED Accredited Professional.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“I am inspired by the importance of our role as designers of learning environments in a time of dramatic societal and environmental change. Our work has the opportunity and responsibility to positively shape the way young people interact with each other, with information, and with the world around them for generations to come.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“The details are not the details, they make the design.”
– Charles Eames
“As a student at Gibson Ek High School, I intern at Mahlum two school days a week to experience the world outside the traditional classroom. Mahlum has taught me much – including the importance of a diverse, colorful, and sizable pen collection.”
Christian Van Waasen
“Projects often have restricted budgets leading many architects to ascribe to “form follows finance.” I, on the other hand, believe that the best spaces are those that don’t rely on the glitz and glamour, but instead appeal to all our five senses and awaken us with their presence.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“A building is not truly sustainable unless durability, economy, and resilience are considered. Often the best design is the simplest and sometimes the greenest building is the one that already exists.”
With a passion for sustainable design and historic renovations, Chris served as the project architect of the Grant High School Modernization project in Portland and continues to work on educational projects. His academic background in philosophy and math inspires his approach to architecture which emphasizes a thoughtful and pragmatic path to problem solving that strives to synthesize multiple objectives to serve a larger design vision.
Chris holds a Master of Architecture from University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College. He is a registered architect in Oregon.
“My biggest drive is to create spaces that allow people to thrive while working, learning and healing. I believe my role as a designer is to really listen to what users need, want, hate, love, and question, and to translate that into our shared language and story – which becomes their unique space where function, beauty and budget complement each other.”
AIA, LEED AP
“In order to enhance the public’s appreciation of architecture, I’ve made social outreach an integral part of my practice. I consider the built environment a laboratory – an opportunity to create stimulating new ways of learning and to empower students to effect positive change.”
Corrie works closely with school clients to better understand the technical and organizational issues affecting education and the needs of 21st Century learners. Her expertise in educational facilities design and technical strategies has been honed over 18 years of practice, and she brings keen sensitivity and commitment to enhancing the public’s understanding of the importance of architecture.
Corrie has a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment from University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She is a registered architect in Washington and is a LEED-Accredited Professional.
“I’m inspired by the process of uncovering latent strengths while embracing and understanding these potentials. I strive to cultivate vibrant experiences from these untapped resources, weaving them throughout to empower communities.”
“I strongly believe in a collaborative process in which the client and end users play a critical role, and that architecture of lasting quality is not merely a static object to be admired nor a product to be commodified, but is to be designed with the human experience at its core.”
“I am constantly fascinated by cities: their histories, functions, and future potential. I am always looking for more information on context to create better design interventions.”
AIA, LEED AP
“We stand together to support each other and to serve our communities. Through our service and with our values of compassion, empathy, justice, and equity, we lead and take action to promote social change and to protect our planet and all of its inhabitants.”
David leads Mahlum’s K-12 practice and is widely recognized for his creative, integrated solutions for educational facilities. His technical understanding and design sensitivity have helped deliver sustainable, inventive, and effective environments for learning inside and outside of the classroom. Committed to a collaborative approach, David’s project teams have been recognized with more than 40 design awards, including several AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) honors, three A4LE (formerly CEFPI) MacConnell Award finalists, and two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green projects.
David has served as chair of the AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment and is currently on the advisory council of Washington Green Schools, a non-profit organization committed to supporting environmental education in schools across the state. With his broad understanding of all aspects of project delivery, David directs the firm’s Integrated Practice initiatives, ensuring the highest caliber of design, technical, and management innovation throughout all areas of our work.
David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and is a registered architect in Oregon and Washington. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional.
“The inspiration in my life and work is to be thoughtful and creative. At the same time, in architecture we are also asked to be accurate and experimental in our approach to solutions and design. If I can do all that and provide my team and client with a positive experience during each project, then I feel like I have succeeded.”
David has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of architecture and is passionate about developing creative approaches to solving building challenges. His responsibilities have included design, medical planning, programming, consultant coordination, construction document production, and construction administration. David is known for his strong technical skills and eye for detail, powerful assets in the design and construction of complex healthcare environments.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and is a registered architect in Oregon and California.
“For me, the joy of architecture is elevating people and communities often marginalized to feel dignified and inspired. Motivated in this way, design takes on a life of its own. Celebrating people and their needs results in work that is relevant, transformative, and unexpected.”
AIA, LEED AP, CDT CSI
“Today, our environment calls us to focus on sustainability and the resiliency of our buildings. My role at Mahlum has been to mentor project teams to address these construction challenges, finding new ways to create buildings that use their materials in an efficient and elegant way.”
In more than 32 years of architectural practice, Dwayne has been involved in a broad range of projects – from assisting public and independent schools in creating new facilities and renovating existing ones, to significant institutional, high-rise, and single family residential experience. At Mahlum, he’s worked on student housing, healthcare, K-12, and higher educational projects, making himself indispensable through his vast technical experience and onsite construction administration experience.
Dwayne leads Mahlum’s Quality Assurance program; his unbiased review across all projects in the firm improves product selection and constructability. He also mentors Mahlum’s young architects to ensure consistent and accurate documentation. Other professionals in the field have noted that Dwayne “has the experience that few in [the] industry have anymore, the interest in detailing, accuracy of specifications, as well as negotiation.”
Dwayne earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba. He is a registered architect in Washington.
“In constant movement between San Juan, Barcelona, New York and Seattle, I have devoted myself to collecting experiences in 36 countries that have introduced me to different cultures, landscapes, languages and foods. I’m always looking for ways to express that baggage through design.”
“I knew from an early age that I wanted to make a lasting impact in this world. Architecture is the language I use to leave a legacy of healthy, sustainable, and responsible buildings for those after me. I am dedicated to creating spaces that enhance the lives of those that aspire to learn, dream, and heal. At Mahlum I am supported by like-minded creatives, living out their childhood dreams of building a better world for us all.”
“I have always had a fascination with doors and their ability to act as barriers, transitions, and access all at the same time. As a threshold and entrance into to the built experience and the first impression of a building, I believe they should be beautiful and inspiring.”
Emily is driven to work with all users from the onset of the design process through construction in order to create inspiring teaching and learning spaces for all users: students, teachers, administration and other staff. With an eye for detail, she considers architecture to be a craft; a process that creates both function and beauty in order to benefit the everyday lives of countless students and teachers.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Cincinnati, and her Master of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a registered architect in Washington.
LEED AP BD+C
“Architecture cannot be successful when it’s designed in a vacuum. As designers we need be responsive and responsible to the needs of all communities. Communication is key – we must initiate the discussion. These voices serve as the best inspiration for successful design.”
Associate, Visual Communications Manager
“Equal parts graphic designer, storyteller, historian, observer, artist.”
Erica’s 26 years of experience as a graphic designer (22 of those years in architecture) has made her deft at visual storytelling, both internally and externally. Her experience ranges from print to digital, and touches upon everything from project photography to the creation of marketing materials and complex award submittals. A product of her Seattle area upbringing, Erica’s Northwest roots influence her work and inspire her fresh and fearless approach to challenges. She excels at discovering opportunities that help continually strengthen Mahlum’s brand personality and potential.
“Human stories and experiences have always fascinated me, especially when viewed through the lens of culture and psychology. Translating this to design, I constantly look for ways to bridge between design scales to share these stories and experiences through the built environment and foster stronger communities.”
“Always trying to find the right words to describe the world around me. Whether poetry, prose, or marketing write-up, everything sounds better with colorful adjectives, a little humor, and a smattering of exclamation marks (which I sometimes get carried away with!!).”
“I’m a 2-time polka dance champion from the great city of Branson, MO. Having now traded my dancing shoes in for hiking boots, I am always intrigued with what other people’s stories are. Coworkers and clients alike, I find it’s these unique backgrounds that shape and define a project.”
“Born in Sarajevo, I have always wanted to rebuild cities that have suffered as it has. I believe that each building lives in a context of not only space, but time, and that architects can influence and educate each generation. I am inspired by everyday experiences, art, hip-hop and travel.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“I love making things. I was drawn to architecture because it is the art and the science of making the world around us. The best architecture subtly improves our lives, creating places where it is easier to work, to learn, to play, to live.”
Age Quod Agis
“I continually strive to live by these words in life and work. It inspires me to achieve quality and integrity in all that I do.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Technologies and methods that improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and performance of our designs is where my passion lays. I love teaching, coaching, and providing moral support for our digital design efforts.”
Jason has been with Mahlum for more than ten years as an architect who is also passionate about utilizing technology to empower the design process. He is responsible for BIM management and implementation, coordinating standards and workflows, and developing content for teams working in Revit. Additionally, he’s in charge of technology support and training for all of Mahlum, and orchestrates all areas of digital practice for the firm.
Jason graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a registered architect in Oregon. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Jason also offers valuable insight into the implementation of sustainable design tools.
AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, WELL AP
“A Seattle architect, dad, husband and Lab-wrangler.”
Jay is a skillful technical architect and specifier with over 20 years of project experience. He specializes in directing the delivery of nationally award-winning educational and public building designs in the Pacific Northwest through thoughtful documentation, material and system specifications, and successful construction administration.
Jay assists in leading the Mahlum Best Practices and Quality Assurance teams to ensure that project design and technical rigor are realized for all delivery methods and construction budgets. Passionate about the environmental impact of our profession, Jay is an active member of the Mahlum Sustainability Steering Committee and spearheads the internal Healthy Materials Community at the office, where he mentors other staff and champions the selection of better materials.
He earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he is a LEED-Accredited Professional. He is a registered architect in Washington.
“I am motivated to explore and reshape new avenues of habitable space for current and future generations. It is my hope to design this beautiful, ecologically sustainable future with others – one that motivates and inspires our community to live to their fullest potential.”
“I believe design influences daily life and has the potential to elevate our interactions with each other and the world around us. This motivates me to craft spaces that facilitate these interactions, curiosity, wonder, and compassion.”
“I find it so rewarding to see a plan come together that will positively impact students’ education and environment.”
Jennifer brings an evidence-based approach to planning for school districts, public and private K-12 facilities, and colleges and universities, and always ensures that her work is deeply rooted in robust analysis. With 25 years of architectural experience, Jennifer uses her broad knowledge in programming and planning to develop innovative and unique solutions that are specific to each project.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
“Building partnerships. Commitment to client service. Bringing people together to listen carefully, and be challenged…These abilities are very important to me and drive my work.”
Jeremy has carefully nurtured his experience of more than 23 years, maintaining a commitment to the development of innovative learning and student living environments. Offering a record of successful projects for educational institutions, he demonstrates a precise technical understanding of project management, design process, and sustainable site and building concepts.
Raising awareness in safety and security is Jeremy‘s passion. He is a proponent of Crime Prevention in Environmental Design (CPTED) and collaborates with local and international partners on progressive research for safe and healthy environments.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon. He is a registered architect in Oregon, member of the International CPTED Association (ICA), Executive Director of Safe Cascadia, and holds an Oregon Department of Education Assessor Certificate.
“I am intrigued by ways the built environment can blend with nature and revitalize through the restorative qualities of natural light, air, and sound. I’m drawn to engaging public spaces and the unexpected, an “Architecture of Small Moments” waiting to be discovered.”
AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C
“I am inspired by beautifully detailed buildings and forming lasting sustainable public architecture. I am passionate about the process and technology around creating space. In my 12+ years at Mahlum, I am still impressed by the work my peers do and am thankful to work here.”
With more than 19 years of experience with educational clients, Jesse is passionate about creating sustainable, healthy spaces for learners of all ages. As project architect, he works closely with design teams and district staff to maximize quality and efficiency, and offer creative solutions. An early adopter of BIM, he is an office-wide leader in Revit documentation, building envelope design, and energy code compliance.
Jesse holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a registered architect in the state of Washington, a LEED-Accredited Professional, and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).
Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
“No two projects are the same, and I love that each one presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges to solve. I believe that a connection to nature and an integrated sense of place is intrinsic to the performance of the space and wellness of the inhabitant.”
“I believe in creating inspiring places that nurture, grow and connect our potential with our communities and ecologies. I believe in making places that support the spirit allowing us to heal. I believe in the power of imagination and the tenacity of nature.”
AIA, LEED AP
“I’m an architect, author and researcher of wood building. I’ve worked with CLT and have been involved in city and state coalitions to go beyond the building code with wood. Please see my book Solid Wood: Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design, and let’s talk timber!”
Joseph Mayo is an architect in Seattle and author of the first book devoted solely to mass timber commercial buildings. At Mahlum, he advised on the first installation of Oregon-made structural cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the country at Western Oregon University’s Richard Woodcock Education Center. He recently completed a series of three CLT classroom buildings in Washington State.
An advocate for the use of mass timber, Joe has worked with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and Washington State non-profit Forterra to lead investigations into the use of CLT in building. Recently, as Chair of Forterra building Code and Regulations Action Team, Joe helped to successfully pass new building codes in Washington State that will recognize mass timber as a construction type, and allow up to 18 stories of CLT building.
Joe has served on local and national AIA committees, co-authored a research paper exploring the economic viability of tall wood buildings, and assisted in teaching mass timber courses.
Joe holds a Master of Architecture from University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Washington.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
AIA, LEED AP
“I’m inspired by architecture that empowers people to take control of their own environment – architecture that reveals an alertness to the natural world, shapes the way we encounter it, and invites us to explore.”
In her 15 years with Mahlum, Karen has worked as a member of design teams to create innovative solutions for educational facilities at all levels. Her recent efforts include Arlington Elementary School, which is redefining traditional learning spaces for Tacoma Public Schools, the design and construction of Kellogg Middle School for Shoreline School district and the Edwin Pratt Early Learning Center – an inclusive early childhood facility for 450 pre-school age children.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. She is a registered architect in Washington.
IIDA, LEED AP
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
Kari has 16 years of experience as an interior designer working with healthcare facilities, commercial and educational clients, and her favorite – libraries. She has a strong belief that the environments we design deeply impact how people engage with others, and the world as a whole. Kari thinks designers have the power to craft spaces that influence the emotions and mindset of its users. She feels that engaging clients as the experts in the design conversations creates more successful, unified projects.
Kari holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“A lot of us in the architecture community are members of the “look-up-club”…but I prefer the “look up, down, all-around club.” Our world is diverse, colorful, inspiring, and full of little lessons if we just look and listen close enough.”
“Never underestimate the power of design” is one of my favorite quotes. In this profession, we have the ability to add beauty to the ordinary in unexpected ways; that is what inspires me the most.”
Someone once told me to always remember what is important to you. My priority in life is the people in it – whether it’s my family, friends, coworkers, or clients, I’m consistently inspired by and grateful for the community I live and work in.”
Joining Mahlum in 2013, Kim brings more than 17 years of experience in project architecture and management. Reflecting on her own experiences in the built environment, Kim has a passion for design that enriches the living, learning, and healing environments for all. She is a skilled manager of complex projects and takes pride in listening to the needs of all constituents through the design process.
Committed to serving the profession of architecture, Kim has served on the American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter Board of Directors, and chaired the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education’s Spring 2017 conference. She currently is an active member of CAE’s higher education subcommittee and is co-chair of AIAO’s Legislative Affairs Committee.
Kim earned a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
AIA, LEED AP
“I enjoy engaging deeply and listening intently to the users of our buildings. Through their voices and the honest sharing of who they are and what their journey is all about, we understand how design can support them. We are the translators, the storytellers of their journey through the built environment.”
Kurt is an industry leader in the planning and design of student life and housing facilities. Having worked with more than a dozen colleges and universities across the West, he has built the firm’s higher education housing studio into a nationally recognized practice. His design concepts were instrumental in helping to achieve LEED Platinum Certification for Ackerman Hall at Western Oregon University, the first residence hall in the country to do so. Kurt’s enthusiasm for student and stakeholder engagement has inspired his extensive research, writing, and speaking on how the built environment can positively impact student outcomes.
As Partner-in-Charge of Business Development, Kurt leverages his passion and energy to propel Mahlum’s market sectors toward clarity and purpose-driven design responses.
Kurt holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. He is a registered architect in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Michigan, New Jersey, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana, and is a LEED-Accredited Professional. Kurt served as the 2011 President of the Portland Chapter of the AIA and was a 2010 and 2011 Delegate to the AIA Oregon and AIA NWPR Board of Directors.
“Designing for children has always been beyond inspiring for me. Their ingenuity, passion, and excitement about life sparks my imagination and inspires me to create quirky environmental graphics, choose bold color and material palettes, and design spaces for them that are not only healthy and sustainable, but the most original and creative environments that I have to offer.”
“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”
– David Sobel
“When I was fourteen, I knew that I wanted to be an architect. I loved drawing. I loved solving gnarly problems. I loved to build things. What I didn’t know is that architecture is, at its very core, about people. For me, this is the most rewarding aspect of being an architect.”
An engaging and visionary designer, LeRoy guides the practice in pursuit of values-based work that enriches community. His leadership style encourages an integrated approach to planning and design with shared responsibility to push for the best work possible. LeRoy has more than 31 years of architectural experience with educational facilities encompassing facility planning, programming, design, and analysis for diverse new construction and renovation/addition projects. His continuous passion to create visionary facilities that respect community while meeting clients’ goals can be seen in his K-12 work with various school districts across the Pacific Northwest.
LeRoy is a Certified Facility Assessor in Washington and Oregon and a Certified Long Range Facility Planner in Oregon. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon and a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered architect in Washington and Oregon, and has served as President of AIA Portland and on its Board of Directors.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Lisa Awazu Wellman
“After receiving my Bachelor of Architecture at Syracuse University and working in Tokyo, I discovered that architecture speaks beyond cultural differences and language barriers. My experiences in Japan also taught me that simplicity can speak volumes, and the importance of every detail.”
AIA, LEED GA
“With the understanding that the built environment has an important impact on one’s well-being, I strive to bring thoughtful design closer to the everyday user. Furthermore, as my career was developing, I made the conscious decision to channel my efforts toward project types that have a positive impact on the greater society.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Now in my 21st year with Mahlum, I am a partner and leader of the firm’s flourishing higher education and healthcare practices. I’m also passionate about local and statewide advocacy efforts, previously serving as president for AIA Washington Council.”
Mark leads the firm’s Higher Education studio and serves as Partner-in-Charge of Operations. He offers a wealth of insight into campus and facility planning issues for both educational and healthcare institutions. His engaging management style and detailed knowledge of facility planning strategies have enabled him to provide deft leadership for numerous campus projects, including the University of Washington West Campus Housing Phase I, which won a 2013 National AIA Housing Award and a 2013 SCUP Honor Award for Excellence in Planning. Mark leverages his management skills to support the health of the firm as he oversees and guides all aspects of Mahlum’s operations.
Mark is serving as the 2018 president for AIA Washington Council where he advocates for the architectural profession and public policies that promote healthy, livable communities. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Mark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a registered architect in Washington, Oregon and California.
“Schools are among the most gratifying projects that we help to create. They are the social anchor of the communities they serve. Schools are interesting buildings full of spaces with a variety of functions and qualities, the result of the contributions of many people with diverse interests. These efforts are for the direct benefit of children and ultimately all of us.”
Associate Principal, Controller
“I choose to practice the art of accounting.”
Nancy joined Mahlum as the 2008 recession was beginning. As Corporate Controller, her foresight and financial guidance helped maintain the health of our firm. She continues to oversee financial reporting, budgeting, capital expenditures, and employee benefits to ensure a healthy triple bottom line as the firm shapes its 10-year strategic plan.
Nancy is currently a member of the Washington Green Schools Board of Directors.
“I’m inspired to shape the world we share for the benefit of all: inspiring spaces with a responsible use of materials for the well-being of inhabitants and the planet. I’ve succeeded when I hear a student excited about their new school say “Come check this out, it’s the best!”
Principal, Director of Marketing & Business Development
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe.”
– Simon Sinek
Niki has 21 years of experience in marketing and business development for professional services. An engaging and committed leader, she offers rich insight to efforts ranging from client research and new project pursuits, to external communication and positioning of senior architects as thought leaders. In her 20 years with Mahlum, Niki has directed numerous procurement pursuits for new construction, modernization, and master planning for pre K-12 education, colleges, and universities; healthcare; and non-profit clients. As a result, she holds an unmatched understanding of the benchmark for marketing of AEC services today, where they need to be tomorrow, and how to get there.
In addition to these project-based efforts, Niki is a member of Mahlum’s executive team and helps craft on-going efforts to progress the firm. Niki has also been the recipient of the Marketer of the Year Award from SMPS Oregon.
Niki has a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising Management from Oregon State University.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“After a fourth grade architecture field trip, I became mesmerized with the role of the built environment in our lives. I am thankful this led to a career where the challenges and complex problem-solving of the design process are just as rewarding as walking the finished product.”
With more than 19 years in the profession, Octavio’s experience covers all phases of architecture, from programming and pre-design through construction administration. Focused on higher education projects across many university campuses and versed in a variety of project delivery methods, he has consistently maintained an interest in embedding sustainable and urban/campus strategies into design concepts. His experience as a construction project engineer and cost estimator has enabled him to share lessons learned, anticipate challenges during design, and successfully facilitate communication between the design team, owners, and contractors.
Octavio has a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley. He is a licensed architect in Oregon and California. Octavio serves as Vice-Chair for the AIA Oregon Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Human Resources Manager
“In communications, I think we all start with good intentions and must work carefully to achieve the impact we intend. What I love about working with our people is that the same process applies to the built environment.”
Philip hails from Berlin and has worked on a broad range of projects in the U.S., Germany and Africa—from educational facilities and multi-family housing, to large commercial mixed-use developments. These experiences have contributed to his appreciation for thoughtful design solutions that enhance the urban environment and promote healthy communities.
“Kids are the best judges of buildings. While some buildings look great in a skyline, the best ones are interesting from a child’s perspective. Textures to touch, landscapes to play on, or views that make kids quiet with wonder are the building blocks of great architecture.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Thoughtful design can have transformative impacts on the way that we live and work and play. I’m excited to be a part of a team chasing how we can shape the built environment to improve health outcomes. When I’m not doing that, you can find me logging some long miles on the bike.”
With more than 11 years of architectural experience, PJ brings a deep knowledge of healthcare design principles and a passion for the patient experience. As one of our healthcare practice leaders, he understands that smart planning promotes operational efficiencies. He uses LEAN principles skillfully to guide teams as they envision next-generation care strategies. During projects, PJ develops innovative systems and cohesive team building strategies to achieve high-quality outcomes.
PJ earned his Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati College Of Design, Art and Architecture. He is a registered architect in Washington and a LEED-Accredited Professional.
AIA, LEED AP
“One thing I love about designing schools is that they include libraries, theaters, dining places – they’re like self-contained cities. Those spaces are rich with design possibilities and ways to convey to the students that we, as a society, care about them, as people.”
Rachel, a project architect with 10 years of professional experience, approaches every project with a fresh perspective, asking difficult questions and arriving at unexpected solutions to help create exciting and well-loved buildings. Her ability to balance constructability and economy with delight and beauty in every project has built a strong rapport with her clients.
Rachel holds a Master of Architecture from University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
AIA, LEED AP
“I am inspired by the multitude of social, emotional, and physical characteristics that make each human unique, and I like to translate those into the creation of built environments that generate wellbeing.”
With 26 years of architectural experience, Rene Berndt offers extensive knowledge of learning environments that address the specific needs of every age group of learners. Through an engaging process that is based on active participation by all stakeholders, Rene deepens his understanding of the social, emotional, and physical characteristics, goals, and dreams of learners, educators, and community members on every project. His proposed design solutions aim to turn every building into a useful tool for all users, minimizing the ecological footprint and creating general wellbeing.
Rene enjoys sharing his work and research during university lectures and conference presentations. His work has been featured in numerous design publications, including Architectural Record, and has been recognized with diverse regional and national AIA CAE and A4LE design awards. Most notably for the MHCC Early Childcare Center in Gresham, Oregon, Thurston Elementary School in Springfield, Oregon, and Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, Oregon.
Rene came to Mahlum following six years of practice in Berlin, Germany, as well as six years working in Los Angeles and Monterey, California. He graduated from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) in Germany and studied at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture as a British Council Scholarship recipient. He is a registered architect in California and Washington.
“I believe that, at its best, architecture is one of the world’s great equalizers. A beautiful, comfortable space can truly change someone’s life for the better.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Best life lessons learned from backpacking the Pacific Northwest: only take what you absolutely need, carry your own weight, one step at a time.”
In the 12 years that Rod has worked at Mahlum, he has primarily focused on K-12 projects and consistently demonstrated his ability to help create exceptional education facilities with a highly collaborative and inclusive approach. Rod applies his passion for integrative sustainable design by finding synergetic solutions which support client goals and improve our impact on the health of building users and the environment.
He was integral to the development of Cascadia Elementary School, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Licton Springs K-8 for Seattle Public Schools, where a shared educational campus for the three schools replaced an outdated facility. Through careful planning, the team was able to maintain existing local artwork by preserving, relocating and reinstalling large, culturally-significant Native American murals painted on the original building’s walls.
Rod has a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is a registered architect in Washington and a LEED Accredited Professional.
“I enjoy working on public projects that enrich the overall community both aesthetically as well as socially. I believe the most vulnerable members of our society should be central to our design thinking—and through this focus we can make meaningful contributions to the built environment.”
“With a background in both education and design, I am passionate about creating safe, thoughtfully designed spaces for both Pre K–12 and Higher Education environments that exceed the expectations of students, educators, and support staff.”
“I am fascinated with people – with the human interaction that occurs between generations, cultures, backgrounds and the stories that result from those unique moments in time. Architecture is a mechanism that embeds its values into the lives of communities and people who will continue to share these moments and generate stories amongst each other for years to come.”
AIA LEED AP
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Scheer brings to every project his passion and experience in engaging with various academic campuses and transforming their buildings. He takes pride in getting to know each facility intimately, learning from the users and taking the time to thoroughly understand the campus. With over 20 years in the industry, his experience designing innovative new buildings and complex renovation projects has shaped his ability to lead large teams to success, on schedule and within budget. Scheer holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University, and a Master of Architecture from University of Virginia.
LEED AP BD+C
“Architecture is the backdrop where life takes place. It is our professional responsibility to act as stewards to provide healthy, vibrant communities by creating a symbiotic relationship with architecture and the environments in which we design.”
AIA LEED AP BD+C
“As an architect, artist and (former) engineer, I firmly believe that through a willingness to experiment, qualities such as beauty, innovation, sustainability and socially-conscious design can be achieved with even the smallest budget or the most difficult constraints.”
Assoc. AIA, IIDA
“I listen for opportunities in a project that encourage a stronger dialogue, erasing the edge between architecture and interior design, and fostering a seamless experience as individual users navigate through space.”
Practicing at the intersection of architecture and interiors, Stacey brings a unique perspective and expertise to the design of educational facilities. With more than 13 years of experience, she has cultivated her practice as a response to human experience and deeply believes in architecture’s ability to shape community. Her work stems from a foundation of cohesive project delivery and knits together the poetics of design with the technicalities of construction.
Stacey was one of five nationwide recipients to be awarded the 2020 AIA Associates Award. This award is given to Associate AIA members who are outstanding leaders and creative thinkers; recognizing their significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession.
Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. She is NCIDQ Certified, and is currently working toward her architectural license.
“Fresh clean air, verdant grass, brilliant sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, crops in the field, meandering river valleys, stately forests, autumn leaves, rocks, sand, wildlife: the exquisite simplicity and intricacy of nature’s design – that’s my inspiration.”
AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
“Wonderful buildings can inspire students to focus in school and improve our environment. But a design process, which integrates broad stakeholder input, helps build resilient communities around shared values – sustaining deep support and confidence for generations to achieve more.”
AIA, CSI, CDT
“Architect – that is a title that has been granted to me by NCARB. It is often understood as a master builder, but I prefer to be known as a professional problem solver. I like the challenge of a complicated problem or situation, one that requires the combination of skill, intuition, and mental dexterity.”
“Start a project by unlearning and don’t let preconception hinder the possibility, because our worst enemy is the known unknown.”
“A dog person with two cats. An unrestricted draw to nature. A belief in the use of health, knowledge, and kindness to advance humanity.”
“From a young age I’ve enjoyed being creative in a variety of mediums. And when MySpace came out, I found myself editing the HTML/CSS to make sure that my page was designed perfectly – simple & modern with a bit of an edge. When I later discovered that graphic design was a career where I could do all of that and more? I was hooked.”
“I’m continually working to improve my definition and understanding of what it means to be a good architect. Even though my priorities and interests may change, I’ll always look to work in a setting where people are committed to effecting a positive change in their communities.”
“I keep my eyes, ears and nose open to experiences and exploration. Sounds and smells, wind and light, moments, memories, feelings and stories of people coming and going – for those things we cannot speak about, architecture is the best language.”