Architecture and the design professions have always interested me due to my exposure to worldly travel at a young age. Experiencing culture and interaction with unfamiliar environments around the world solidified my desire to create thriving spaces for others to enjoy.
Over the years, I have developed a strong liking for housing design of all scales. It is a rewarding opportunity to participate in and pour effort into projects that one day individuals and families can call “home”.
Outside of work I enjoy being mostly outdoors, from winter skiing to summer hikes and everything in between.
Alternate Career: The next Anthony Bourdain
I developed a keen interest in architecture at a young age. As the daughter of an engineer and a social worker/watercolor artist, I think becoming an architect was a natural result of my exposure to their professions. Originally hailing from the East Coast, I am enjoying the opportunity to broaden my horizons and get involved in the design community in this region.
Outside of my career, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three busy children. In my spare time I enjoy traveling to new places, eating delicious food and cooking for my family. I also enjoy hiking and spending time in my garden.
Alternate Career: Pastry Chef
I was drawn to architecture by the idea of designing places that could give others a sense of “home” and through which they could derive appreciation in day-to-day interaction. I view every design challenge as an intricate puzzle; figuring out the most successful way to design and build it is what keeps this profession an ever-growing passion.
Outside of the office, I enjoy staying active by doing CrossFit, jiu-jitsu, and rock climbing. I am always up for an adventure or tackling the bucket list of places to travel and new things to experience with my girlfriend.
Alternate Career: Red Bull Athlete
I became interested in architecture during fifth grade. I was encouraged by an exceptional art teacher at the grade school level who allowed me to explore my creativity, feel unique, and develop my natural skillset. I have always enjoyed hand drawing with pencil and the idea of creating something new and unique for the future. I’m motivated by the end goal of turning a vision into a reality and the journey of discovery that occurs in the process.
I’m fascinated by the natural beauty of the Pacific NW and enjoy hiking and exploring new areas or revisiting great treks and trails from the high desert to the Cascade Mountains and Columbia River Gorge to the expansive coast range. My wife and I also enjoy gardening in our yard.
Music is also very important to me and something I’ve enjoyed throughout many years. I have played guitar in a band that shared the stage with successful artists including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. I have also had the opportunity to book shows for national country artists like Josh Gracin, Matt Kennon, and Cloverdayle.
Alternate Career: Music Booking Agent
My profession chose me; my beginnings in various administration roles led me to Accounting and Contracting, specifically within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. Almost twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to be promoted to a Contract Specialist position with the Oregon National Guard. That has been my jumping off point for all other career endeavors within the A/E/C industry. I love being able to apply both my experience and education to contribute to the success of LSW Architects.
The daily challenges of working through problems, reporting outcomes, and working with the people keep me motivated. I love seeing projects from beginning to end and am proud to tell others about the projects we complete.
On a personal note, most of my interest revolves around family. My husband and I keep busy with our children and grandchildren. We both enjoy planning and executing home improvement projects. I also enjoy gardening and reading historical romance novels.
Alternate Career: When I was young, foolish, and certainly before children, I wanted to be a Choreographer.
I am a recent transplant to the Vancouver/Portland area. I have lived in Europe and the United States. As a kid I had the opportunity to visit architectural masterpieces all over Europe and that is probably why Architecture has been my true passion as long as I can remember. It is a rewarding career that allows me to be both creative and technical while making a big impact on my community. I am extremely excited to be in a position that allows me the opportunity to make a direct difference in this community.
I recently finished a design package for two new Elementary schools in the Ridgefield School District. I consider this to be one of the highlights of my career because both of my daughters will attend one of these schools and I am so excited to have my girls attend a school that I worked so hard on. How cool is that?
I spend most of my free time with my beautiful wife, Kristina (who also works at LSW Architects) and my two wonderful daughters. I also enjoy kite flying, bowling, cars and traveling. My favorite thing in the world to do is cook Saturday morning breakfast for my girls.
Alternate Career: Teacher, Architecture Professor
I enjoy working with people and communities to participate and help build special places that are envisioned. I am frequently reminded of when I was a young student and I remember how much the built environment of the schools that I attended impacted my experiences. My father, who is an artist, inspired me to become an architect when I was in fourth grade. Hopefully the places that I am a part of helping build can add to the positive experiences of the people who inhabit them.
I love spending time with my wife, six kids and now grandkids too. I enjoy time in nature, hiking, camping and fishing. I enjoy and try to work some art into my life when I can and hope to expand on that.
Alternate Career: Inventor and Artist
Building blanket forts and playing with Legos was something I loved doing with my neighbors as a kid. Some things have changed, but the concept is the same, I still enjoy working with a team to create environments that serve the community and its individuals.
With my family, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and, if I have a quiet moment, you’ll find me immersed in a good book.
Alternate Career: Roller Derby
I recently moved to the Northwest from Mexico, where I lived all my life until 2014. I’ve had the opportunity to travel a little bit, which has more than reinforced my love for architecture.
I have always been passionate about drawing and the arts, but I found my love for architecture when I was in high school; my grandfather showed me drawings of floor plans he had designed as an architect and got me hooked. I love my job and find it extremely rewarding to help improve the community that my family and I live in.
I spend most of my free time with my husband, who is my partner in crime for discovering the Northwest, taking impromptu road trips, binge-watching Netflix and participating in friendly photography competitions. I also enjoy reading, drawing, going to the movies and playing video games.
Alternate Career: World-traveling photographer
When I was young, my brother was studying to become a civil engineer. I admired what he was doing but wanted to take the design portion up a notch, therefore, I chose architecture. This decision was made in the fourth grade and I stuck to it.
As one of the founding partners of LSW Architects, I am deeply invested in the success of LSW and our clients. I would like to see LSW continue to become the leading architectural firm in the NW, not just through the architecture it does, but through what it does with and for the community. Being able to help LSW continue to meet these goals through mentorship and community interaction is exciting to me.
Alternate Career: I am currently enjoying retirement.
For as long as I can remember, architecture has always been my passion. I decided to become an architect in the fourth grade and have never looked back. I am excited about practicing in the growing Vancouver/Portland community.
When I am not working, my life revolves around my two active teenage daughters. I also enjoy the outdoors with my husband, traveling, painting, guitar, piano, and photography.
Alternate Career: National Geographic photographer
I enjoy figuring out how to put buildings together to achieve the client’s, and our, vision of the building. Building design requires coordination of many elements in order for all the pieces to work together.
I enjoy my time away from work. I have three sports cars that I love driving on the back roads of Oregon and Washington…the more curves, the better. I also like snow skiing and boating.
Alternate Career: Race car driver
Contributing my professional skills for the benefit of others is what gives me the most satisfaction in my job as an Architect. The fortunate result is being able to establish and maintain good, lasting relationships with clients, contractors and colleagues that are invaluable.
I enjoy being with my wife and 4 kids, playing and writing music, camping, and paddleboarding.
Alternate Career: Forest Ranger
Being the accountant for LSW Architects allows me to use my experience and skills in a challenging environment. I have been interested in accounting since high school thanks to an excellent teacher.
Away from work I coach youth sports teams year-round and have done so for many years. Currently I work as a high school basketball referee.
Alternate Career: College coach
The profession of architecture, while humbling at times, provides the daily challenge of quarterbacking a large team of design/engineering professionals all with the same goal of a great project and a happy client. I love the journey that each project presents and get great satisfaction from the process.
When I’m not working I enjoy anything fitness related, camping with my family, and refereeing NCAA Volleyball.
Alternate Career: Professional Athlete
Architecture first caught my interest as a 6th grade student. Today I am excited to be working in Vancouver and to be a part of what is going on in this growing community. I love that my job goes beyond the doors of my office and impacts our world.
I enjoy running, hiking, music/violin, baking, reading, and spending time out-of-doors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Alternate Career: Blueberry Picker
Growing up, my father was a cabinet builder and later a home builder. While most kids played in sandboxes and drew with crayons, I played in a sawdust pile and, using my father’s drafting tools, drew many iterations of my dream home (complete with a candy room, a three story slide and a bedroom for each of my imaginary horses).
While my degree has nothing to do with architecture, it did teach me how much hard work and dedication goes into creating functional beauty. I enjoy working with such talented individuals here at LSW and getting to be part of the process that makes our designs come to life.
Away from work, I love spending time with my family. I live for that first cup of coffee and a good book on a stormy day with our guinea pigs curled up asleep in my lap.
Alternate Career: Owner of a coffee shop/book store in a small coastal community.
From a young age, I’ve liked to draw and build things with my hands – anything from Legos to woodworking. When considering a career, I decided to combine the two interests and pursue architecture. I love the look and feel of a beautifully-designed space and I enjoy helping to create that for others.
My free time is spent doing projects around the house and exploring the outdoors. I enjoy any activity on the water, running, and bicycling.
Alternate Career: Furniture Designer/Builder
I have always been intrigued by the experience of space and human interaction. Often an observer, I love that through architecture, I have the ability to impact a person’s experience through the design of space. With each project my goal is to create an inspiring human experience through the design of “place.”
Outside of work I am kept pretty busy with my two lovely daughters, and enjoy finding new places to explore, new restaurants, new parks or tide pools. I will often seek out relaxing outdoor spaces and landscapes, but do enjoy the “life” of a good urban street for people watching. I love taking photography while driving (safely of course), sunsets, clouds and all the beauty here in the Pacific Northwest.
Alternate Career: Psychologist/Landscape Designer
Imagined as a complex puzzle, I have always viewed architecture as an opportunity for creative expression within problem solving. Although challenging, the process of designing a building is something I have always found rewarding, especially when considering a building’s capacity to facilitate a positive impact within its community. It is architecture’s ability to influence the world that gives my work passion.
Most of my free time is spent with my beautiful fiancée, Natalie, exploring the Portland/Vancouver area, eating good food, or just kicking back to enjoy a movie and popcorn together. I also enjoy, cars, snowboarding, and all things basketball – Go Warriors!
Alternate Career: Travel Channel Host
I have always been very social and I enjoy business processes, leading me to choose a career in public relations. My background is in the port and economic development industry, which focuses on bettering and building communities through job creation and business development.
Now, I am so happy to be part of an industry that enhances the community through the beauty of architectural design – creating cultural, educational and community spaces. I pinch myself every day; I feel lucky that I get to see the process of making something spectacular for the community in which we live.
Outside of work, I love surrounding myself with my two daughters, family and friends. I love anything relating to health and fitness. I enjoy running and participating in events such as Hood to Coast and the Cascade Lakes Relay. Also, I LOVE EATING GOOD FOOD…which circles back to needing that health/fitness part.
Alternate Career: RAW Juice Maker
Building is always something I have been interested in. This profession allows me to experience the best of two worlds: creating concepts with people and taking those ideas and making them a tangible building for them.
I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking and fishing.
Alternate Career: Fishing Guide
When I was a child, our family house underwent a significant renovation, spurring my fascination with architecture. Today, architecture continues to inspire me through its combination of creativity and technicality and though the process of transforming something from idea to built reality.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love traveling the world, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and finding new local spots in Portland.
Alternate Career: Travel Guide
My interest in interior design started as a high-school student watching interior remodel shows like Trading Spaces and has evolved into something that I love and enjoy doing. My favorite part about being an interior designer is that each project is different and allows me to try or learn something new every day. I feel so fortunate to work with a group of people who support me and challenge me to grow as a designer.
When it’s sunny, I try to spend every second I can outside, hiking, snow shoeing and camping with my husband and our friends. Otherwise, I enjoy sewing and knitting, anything involving music, and reading.
Alternate Career: playing the role of Christine Daaé in the Phantom of the Opera
Having grown up in Clark County, I am very excited to now have the opportunity to contribute to and be a part of the growth of this community. I love being in a position that allows me to impact the community in a positive way and help continue to shape it into a place where I am proud to live and raise my family.
My absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, my husband, and my two adorable daughters. Whether we are outside participating in a triathlon, or cuddled up on the couch watching a movie there is no place I would rather be.
Alternate Career: Teacher
I’ve always loved to make things – stories, drawings, models, spaces….things that not only have purpose, but also beauty, and are not merely assembled, but created. I want to add something to the world, something that wasn’t there before – something beneficial, something beautiful.
I enjoy reading, writing, and working in the yard, but my passion since childhood has been building plastic models.
Alternate Career: Realistically, a writer or teacher…but who wouldn’t want to be a test pilot?
One of my favorite things in life is making people laugh. Every time I do it, it gives me a sense of fulfillment. I’m glad I get to connect in that way here at the front desk. I am learning new things every day and I get to form relationships with new, fun, and interesting people. You can’t beat that!
I enjoy good food, traveling, and lots of quality sleep. I also have an undying love for singing and all things music. I try and make it to Disneyland twice a year so I don’t go crazy, and I dance. Friends and family are extremely important so you’ll either find me with them or snuggling my dog Jack.
Alternate Career: Amusement Park Reviewer/Mother/Travel Blogger
My parents instilled in me that we are all blessed with gifts and talents. Early on in school, I was drawn to the arts, math and science. My brother-in-law was attending college to become an architect, and he gave me the confidence to explore architecture. I soon discovered architecture to be such a beautiful blend of art, math and science that connected with the gifts and talents I was given. I love that those gifts and talents can be used to help others.
When I am not working, you may find me traveling, fly-fishing, or riding motorcycles, but more likely spending time with my wife, enjoying family and our three grandchildren!
Alternate Career: teacher and coach
I first earned my Associates Degree in Business Administration, where I worked for several years. It wasn’t long after that I realized my job was not fulfilling my needs; I craved something more. It was then that I decided to take a journey and follow my heart, which led me to design.
As an Interior Designer I truly love what I do. Impacting one’s feelings and emotions through the built environment is an art as well as a great achievement. Knowing that I get the opportunity every day to have a positive impact on someone’s life within my own community is very rewarding.
What I cherish most in my life is my relationships. My family and friends mean the world to me. Family, of course, includes my two amazing four-legged “dog children”. I am very much an animal lover who craves adventure, new experiences, laughter and happiness. I will take the opportunity to travel and chase the sun every chance I get.
Alternate Career: Veterinarian
I happened upon architecture in college, finding that it married several of my favorite subjects: math, art, and human interaction. Since then I have worked to develop skills to better communicate ideas, explore the context of design, and further cultivate my curiosity for the world. I am attracted to architecture because of its ability to affect human experience to create things that are both meaningful and beautiful.
Outside of work I enjoy being active. Whether that means biking, dancing, or playing basketball, I am usually game for anything that involves movement and engaging with people. I am an avid word-gamer, leisure-reader, and people-watcher.
Alternate career: High School math teacher and softball coach
I guess to put it simply, I love what I do. I get to live and work in a community that is striving to become something great. It’s not about what I can do, but more about what can I be a part of.
I enjoy time with my family, running, good food, coaching, art and skiing.
Alternate Career: Chef
When I was really young, I remember learning that people could decide what their buildings are like. “What an amazing opportunity,” I thought and my career direction was set. I still am amazed by this opportunity to create utility, sensibility, and beauty in our built environment.
When I can break away from my drafting board, I enjoy travelling in foreign lands, camping in the mountains, and anything that involves being with my family.
Alternate Career: Photographer for National Geographic