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 20 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.”
“To be inclusive is to confront inner biases, assumptions, and expectations. To stand for equity is to recognize one size doesn’t fit all. To embrace diversity is to be an unapologetic advocate of the overlooked. To design as a form of protest is to challenge existing patterns, and to immerse yourself in someone’s lived experience.”
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 24 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.
“My true goal is to make meaningful change in the world. Architecture is such a powerful tool because you have the ability to touch the lives of countless people. This means there is also a great responsibility to see things through many perspectives. I am continually reminding myself that in my day-to-day work, I am making a lasting impact on others.”
Andrea Sofia Champion
“Architecture gives us the great opportunity to shape our built environment, thus allowing us to mold how people interact with each other through the experience of a well-created space. My passion is creating these meaningful connections through design and providing a medium where people can discover new ways to connect with each other and their surroundings.”
“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.”
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 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.
Senior Principal, Director of Design
“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.
“One of the surprising rewards of this profession is that, after a while, you stop seeing buildings as “architecture” and start to imagine all the people and cultural trends that shaped them. You see a story. That funny jog in plan, that beautiful or “tasteless” finish, every screw and bead of sealant are the result of an individual’s thought, focus, and labor. Even new buildings contain a hidden history, and I love to contemplate all the discussions, negotiations, compromises, and personal triumphs that contributed to their creation.”
“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 was previously the Conference Co-Chair for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) 2020 WA Chapter Conference in Wenatchee, WA.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“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. He is a Board Member of Traction (tractiondesign.org), and has led 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 perpetually in awe of the creative process; transforming the infinite potential energy of imagination into a real and meaningful object to be experienced and shared is an amazing thing to be part of.”
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.”
Bryan has nearly 10 years of professional experience working on K-12 and higher education learning environments. He has served as project architect and designer on numerous complex renovation projects, including the unique opportunity to work on his alma mater, Canby High School. He enjoys breathing new life into existing buildings and conserving resources by refurbishing structures instead of demolishing them.
Bryan looks for opportunities to improve users’ well-being through holistic design solutions that build community, address social inequity, and connect occupants to the outdoors. He values working collaboratively with stakeholders, consultants, and contractors to create buildings that are elegant, functional, and environmentally sustainable.
Outside of Mahlum, Bryan is committed to professional mentoring. He has volunteered for the Architects in Schools program serving elementary school students, has served as a Team Leader for the ACE Mentor Program serving high school students, and has been involved with the University of Oregon Mentoring Circles program connecting architecture students to working professionals. Bryan is a registered Architect in Oregon and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.
“As designers, I believe it is our responsibility to create spaces that reflect our client’s unique story. Through meaningful conversations we can work together to provide buildings that support, inspire, and reflect the community members it serves.”
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.
IIDA WELL AP
“My biggest drive is to help shape 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, fear, and love, to frame our conversations to build our shared language and story. The joy comes from watching that story become their unique space where program, beauty, and budget complement each other.”
Claudia brings 13 years of interior design experience on a wide variety of project types including public works, educational facilities, life-science research facilities, student housing, and commercial workplaces. Her passions are as diverse as her experience and stem from a deep curiosity for how things work. From early planning through design, she is always searching for ways to openly engage clients and the team with the root goal of serving the people who will ultimately occupy and maintain the place. She offers a highly organized and critical approach to design thinking, constantly striving to create holistic environments – showcases of wellness, sustainability, and beauty.
Claudia received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Arizona State University. She is NCIDQ Certified and is a member of the International Interior Design Association.
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.
Though Corrie has worked on a variety of award-winning projects, some of the most notable include Nathan Hale High School Modernization in Seattle, Arlington Elementary School in Tacoma, which received the 2019 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture, and Madrona School in Edmonds, winner of A4LE’s LESolutions Planning & Design Award for New Learning Environment in 2020.
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.
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 32 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.
AIA, LEED AP, CDT
“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 33 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.
“Architecture should be a stage where memorable interactions and experiences can take place. As designers, we have the privilege of creating spaces that optimize people’s day-to-day reality by making their lives simpler and more beautiful.”
“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.”
Director of Brand and Communications
“Equal parts graphic designer, storyteller, historian, observer, artist.”
With thoughtful leadership and a deep understanding of the firm’s core purpose, Erica is instrumental in crafting Mahlum’s vision and brand. With almost 30 years of professional experience, she collaborates to create successful storytelling surrounding brand repositioning, leads complex project and award submissions, and spearheads all of Mahlum’s digital communication and media. In her role as Director of Brand and Communications, Erica works with the firm’s owners in furthering the firm’s vision and increase brand awareness both internally and externally.
Erica is also an active member of Mahlum’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Continuing Education Committee – a group whose goal is to establish recurring learning opportunities that build intercultural competencies and make JEDI an integral component of Mahlum’s culture and projects.
“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.”
“A great building must begin with the immeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed, and in the end must be unmeasured.” – Louis Kahn
AIA, LEED AP
“Design decisions have long-lasting environmental consequences. As architects, we have choices to make – will those impacts be positive or negative? I approach my work in awe of the great opportunity and responsibility of being a designer of the built environment.”
“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.”
“There are so many things where beauty can be found, no one fixed idea of what is beautiful.” – Rei Kawakubo
Janet has over 20 years of architectural experience including healthcare, educational, and residential, with design and documentation for healthcare and educational facilities as a personal focus. She is passionate about user-centered design and the unique role architecture plays in creating spaces that promote learning, healing, and well-being. Janet continually strives to do well in whatever she does, inspiring her to achieve quality and integrity in work and in life. She fully believes in a team-based approach and strong documentation. Janet values the interaction between all levels of learning, providing mentorship to less-experienced staff.
Janet received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and she is a registered architect in Washington.
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 eleven 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.
“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.”
Jeff has almost 10 years of architectural and technical design experience with a focus on educational and student housing facilities in college and university settings. His specialized expertise brings a keen sensitivity and awareness of sustainable design concepts which enrich living and learning environments. He most recently completed the design and documentation of Mahlum’s New Portland Studio, which is Portland, Oregon’s first Living Building Challenge petal-certified project. This experience allowed him to weave design sensibility with rigorous sustainability research.
Mahlum’s Commitment to Community initiative has benefited from Jeff’s leadership. He has also worked pro bono with Impact NW and is active in raising funds for other local, non-profit organizations.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon and is a registered architect in the state of Oregon. He received his Living Future Accreditation (LFA) in 2021.
“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 24 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.”
With more than 15 years of experience in the profession, Jeremy is a skilled architect who holds extensive knowledge about a variety of project types. His technical abilities have influenced the development of BIM/Revit standards and complex interdisciplinary models for the firm. Jeremy’s ability to collaborate with stakeholders in innovative ways from predesign through construction allows him to develop creative and sustainable project solutions. Recently, Jeremy’s commitment to the detailing and construction administration of the building envelope was critical to the successful transformation of the firm’s award-winning historic modernization of Grant High School.
Jeremy received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. He is a Registered Architect in Oregon and Tennessee.
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 15+ years at Mahlum, I am still impressed by the work my peers do and am thankful to work here.”
With more than 20 years of experience with educational clients, Jesse is passionate about creating sustainable, healthy spaces for learners of all ages. As project architect and energy efficiency specialist he works closely with design teams and district staff to maximize efficiency, and thermal comfort. An early adopter of BIM, he is an office-wide leader in Revit documentation, building envelope design, and energy code compliance. Jesse is committed to mentoring Mahlum staff and sharing his knowledge of the profession.
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, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and serves on the National AIA 2030 Working Group.
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.”
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. He also helped form the AIA Seattle Mass Timber Committee, actively working to spread knowledge on mass timber design and construction.
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.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
“Deep down I love to learn, and my career has been marked by efforts to understand (and even occupy) the roles of various stakeholders involved with the built environment. Gathering and balancing these complementary perspectives affords me glimpses into what makes design ‘good’ and what makes the design process productive.”
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 in every aspect of overall project delivery including design, construction, and cost and schedule management. As a project manager, she works to forge strong partnerships with clients and the design team to create innovative solutions for educational facilities at all levels. Her recent efforts include Kellogg Middle School, where collaboration and idea sharing with other design firms to achieve synchronicity across the Shoreline School district, was a project imperative. She has honed her commitment to teamwork and effective communication on many projects including Arlington Elementary School, which is redefining traditional learning spaces for Tacoma Public Schools, 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 and a LEED Accredited professional.
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 18 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.
AIA LEED AP BD+C
“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.”
“USA Olympic Gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said, ‘Good things come to those that don’t give up…so you have to keep believing and working.’ As a competitive gymnast I have spent many years practicing to reach my potential and that dedication continues to help me through the trials of becoming an architect.”
“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 19 years of experience in the field of architecture. 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 takes pride in listening to the needs of all constituents through the design process and her work is rooted in the belief that buildings can support stronger communities when they explore and celebrate the rich diversity of the human condition.
Committed to serving the profession of architecture, Kim has served on various boards and committees for the American Institute of Architects. She currently is Chair of AIAO’s Legislative Affairs Committee.
Kim earned a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. She is a registered architect in Oregon.
FAIA, 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.
Elevated to Fellow in the AIA in 2022, 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.
Assoc. AIA, CPHC
“Designing architecture is creating the setting of life. From the smallest of construction details to large-scale master planning, I aim to make sustainable spaces that inspire and bring joy to others. Finding solutions that simultaneously benefit communities and our environment are some of the best moments of the process.”
“For me, architecture is a response to an unmet need. How can design support the people who use the space? I like to listen, collaborate, and get stuff done.”
“I am inspired by a third grader’s imagination, their ability to express themselves in words and drawings, and to dream about what their school could be. It is gratifying to be able to translate a student’s words and drawings into a building and site.”
Laura has worked with educational clients at Mahlum for over 5 years. When creating educational spaces, Laura is inspired by the imagination and abilities of young learners, and is adept at transforming their desires for an innovative learning community into reality.
Laura holds a Master of Architecture from University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. She is a registered architect in Washington.
“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 32 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.
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendell Berry
“I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.” – Zaha Hadid
“From a young age, I have been drawn to architecture. I am fascinated how buildings interact with their surroundings, light, and space. It’s a pleasure to support architects who create spaces that all users can enjoy.”
AIA, LEED GA
“I like to approach my projects by often pausing and asking, ‘What is best for the team as well as for the project?’ I value the opportunities to learn from others and share knowledge with teammates and colleagues.”
Marijana (pronounced Mariyana) made a conscious decision to focus her career on project types that make a positive impact on the greater society. With her 16 years of architectural experience, she strives to bring thoughtful design to everyday users. Marijana’s focus at Mahlum has been on higher education facilities, specifically student housing, working on projects such as the redevelopment of Husky Village at University of Washington Bothell.
Marijana received the AIA Seattle Young Architect Award in 2017 and is an active member of the AIA Diversity Roundtable (DRT). She is currently involved with DRT’s collaboration with Sawhorse Revolution through mentoring youth about architecture, and stewarding youth-envisioned designs towards built projects. In 2021, Marijana was appointed to serve on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors and is also directly involved of the AIA Seattle’s Membership Steering Committee.
She received her BA in Architecture at the University of Washington and is a registered architect in Washington.
IIDA CID LEED AP
“I’m inspired by the journeys of past experiences and built environments. I find joy in creating opportunities that interpret those stories, to connect and honor our past, while weaving in new solutions that celebrate and support the current and future needs of our community.”
AIA, LEED AP
“Now in my 24th 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 served 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, Director of Finance
“I choose to practice the art of accounting.”
With a career in accounting that spans over 30 years, Nancy has held positions with both public and private organizations. In her 12 years at Mahlum, she has developed a solid understanding around the business of architecture. She oversees project accounting, financial reporting, taxation, and business planning.
Nancy serves on the Board for EarthGen, acting as Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer.
“I see architecture as a unique tool to create systemic impact within communities – not only for the users of a space, but also for neighbors, family, educators, administrators, builders, and more. Through deep engagement we have the power to shape environments and reimagine the ways in which we live, learn, and heal.”
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 23 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 21 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 NOMA 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.”
Since joining Mahlum in 2017, Octavio has been committed to bringing equitable and inclusive design processes and practices to projects across our K-12, higher education, and healthcare markets. Octavio’s 20 years of experience covers all phases of design, from planning through construction, with a focus on residential environments. He is actively involved in mentoring along the entire professional pipeline, eager to share his experience and belief that we are all key players in shaping the world around us.
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.”
“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 almost 20 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, CDT
“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 11 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 27 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 want my designs to be anonymous, and for someone to simply feel moved by the space I created without knowing why. That is when the design has its purest impact.”
“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 13 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.
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.
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 15 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 is currently the 2022-2023 IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter Vice President. She was also 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.
Assoc. AIA, Assoc. NOMA
“I love bringing people together through conversation, experiences, and architecture. I believe in creating spaces for all to feel welcome and uplifted. To do that, I will continue to grow and aim high in order to respond to the needs of our ever-changing world.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
“Wonderful buildings can inspire, support, help us grow and learn about ourselves, our place, and our connections with each other. Architecture is most successful when a collaborative design process integrates broad stakeholder input, to provide beauty and purpose for occupants inside, as well as the community outside.”
With more than 22 years of experience, Stephen is committed to developing innovative living and learning facilities. As project architect, he applies his passion for integrative sustainable design to help find cost-effective solutions that support client and community goals. Stephen enjoys balancing performance, student learning, occupant comfort, and material health with opportunities to provide surprise, wonder, and delight. Stephen chairs Mahlum’s internal Sustainability Steering Committee and was a contributing editor to the 2018 AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit, which is now known as the national AIA Framework for Design Excellence.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a registered architect in the State of Oregon and a LEED Accredited professional.
“Start a project by unlearning and don’t let preconception hinder the possibility, because our worst enemy is the known unknown.”
“We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“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.”
“Design impacts every part of our world in so many ways we may not even notice. This inspires me to seek out new and unique ways to incorporate good design that will amplify our messaging and graphics.”