Why did you join AIA Seattle?

During my tenure at GLY, the company has served as a Corporate Allied Partner, specifically to support the annual AIA Medical Forum and I have served on the planning committee for that activity since around 2005.

What is the value of AIA to you?

As a general contractor and Corporate Allied Partner of AIA Seattle this is a way for us to connect with and support our current design partners, to stay abreast of industry best practices and to meet new potential partners.

What relationships have you created?

Through participation in various conferences and forums we have met industry and thought leaders in a variety of topics, specifically over the years in the medical field.

What project are you working on now?

As Business Development Director I am exposed to some extent in most of our projects. Our company currently is involved in work including office projects for Kilroy Realty, Vulcan Real Estate and Amazon in South Lake Union/Denny Triangle; Expedia in the Interbay area; Lincoln Square Expansion in Bellevue for Kemper Development; campus upgrade work for Microsoft in Redmond; 450 Alaskan Way in Pioneer Square for Hudson Pacific; a YMCA in Stanwood; a new Service Center for Salvation Army and the new KidsQuest Museum in Bellevue; work for Boeing at Renton; and a number of other office tenant improvements around the area. I’ve also worked on a major internal initiative recently to select and implement a new Customer Relationship Management software system.

How do you explain what you do for a living?

I support the firm in outreach to the community and industry, helping to strengthen our brand, relationships and project backlog.

What inspired you today?

I attended a program on the use of cross laminated timber that inspired me about a new type of material that can promote a more sustainable solution to concrete and steel on some projects as sources of supply are added. I also attended the groundbreaking for the East Link Light Rail in Bellevue which gave me hope of how an expanded Sound Transit system that will help solve our current transportation congestion issues.

Has your career taken you anywhere you didn’t expect?

Fun places with fascinating people.

Where is the field of architecture, engineering or construction headed?

Integration of disciplines & continued adaption of new technologies.

Can design save the world?

Yes, if the visions and missions we are serving have future generations in mind.

What do you hope to contribute from your work?

Helping clients build projects of outstanding quality and that will have an impact on peoples’ lives for a long time. Hospitals and libraries come to mind as examples.

What is your favorite Seattle-area structure?

Tie:  Benaroya Hall and US Bank Centre.

If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?

Look forward. Be conscious. Make it better.