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As architects, we’re intuitive listeners
who love the challenge of facilitating the
COLLABORATION, CONNECTION & CREATIVITY
it takes to provide innovative solutions and
smart design. In the end, our projects build
stronger community and benefit
everyone involved.

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At LSW, we are more than the sum of our collective experiences. Our people are the foundation behind our values, our principles and our dedication to improving our world through good design and purpose-driven practices.

Spencer Anderson

 

CPHC | LEED™ GREEN ASSOCIATE Spencer@LSW-Architects.com

Worldly travel at a young age exposed me to new cultures and unfamiliar environments, sparking my interest in architecture and design as a venue to create thriving spaces for others to enjoy.  I have found my niche in housing design – it is rewarding to pour effort into something that one day will be called “home”.

Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors: winter skiing, summer hikes, and everything in-between.

Alternate Career:  The next Anthony Bourdain

Gordon Beck

 

GordonBeck@LSW-Architects.com

After years of teaching, I continued my strong desire to work in the education field by becoming an expert in school capital planning and finance.  It is highly satisfying seeing the reactions of entire communities, especially the students, as they experience student learning in a new or remodeled school environment.  Entire communities can become rejuvenated.

Staying true to my Montana roots, I love the outdoors, particularly fly fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and golf.

Alternate Career: Staying healthy to enjoy kids and grandkids!

Lydia Burns

ASSOCIATE

AIA Lydia@LSW-Architects.com

My interest in architecture is the natural result of exposure to my parents’ professions as an engineer and a social worker/watercolor artist. Originally hailing from the East Coast, I enjoy broadening my horizons in the Pacific Northwest design community.

Outside of my career, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three busy children, traveling to new places, eating delicious food, hiking, gardening, and cooking for my family.

Alternate Career:  Pastry chef

Trevor Chayce

 

LEED™ AP BD+C TChayce@LSW-Architects.com

Architecture intrigues me through its ability to give others a sense of “home”.  Every design opportunity is a puzzle; discovering a successful design and how to construct it keeps this profession an ever-growing passion of mine.

Outside of the office, I stay active through CrossFit, jiu-jitsu, and rock climbing. I am an adventurer, happy to tackle a bucket list of new experiences and places to travel with my girlfriend.

Alternate Career: Red Bull athlete

Tim Cowan

 

TimC@LSW-Architects.com

Discovering opportunities for human connectivity motivates me.  Architecture allows me to connect people and ideas, strengthen networks, and identify and act upon common goals for the mutual success of numerous groups.

I love the outdoors: exploring the Pacific NW, hiking, and gardening with my family. I have a strong connection with music and enjoy playing guitar as well as booking shows for regional and national musicians and artists.

Alternate Career: Music booking agent

Garnetta Crabtree

ACCOUNTING

GCrabtree@LSW-Architects.com

My profession chose me: various administration roles and a Contract Specialist position have led me to accounting and contracting careers in the A/E/C industry.  The daily opportunity to solve problems, report outcomes and work with people motivates me.

Most of my personal time revolves around family.  My husband and I keep busy with our children, grandchildren, and with 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

Chad Daruud

 

ASSOCIATE AIA | LEED™ AP Chad@LSW-Architects.com

Growing up in England, I visited architectural masterpieces throughout Europe, resulting in my passion for architecture.  I enjoy architecture’s balance of creative and technical aspects, and I am excited daily to positively impact our community through my profession.

In addition to spending time with my beautiful wife and two daughters, I enjoy kite flying, bowling, cars, and traveling.  My favorite activity is cooking Saturday morning breakfast for my girls.

Alternate Career: Teacher, architecture professor

Lauren Johnson

ASSOCIATE

AIA | LEED™ AP LJohnson@LSW-Architects.com

Growing up, the built environment of my schools had a big impact on my educational experiences.  As an architect, I hope to similarly create positive experiences for those who inhabit the spaces I help design.

I love spending time with my wife, six kids and grandkids.  I enjoy time in nature: hiking, camping and fishing. I also enjoy artistic endeavors when I am able.

Alternate Career:  Inventor and artist

Karen Knauss

 

AIA | LEED™ GREEN ASSOCIATE Karen@LSW-Architects.com

Building blanket forts and playing with Legos were things I loved doing with friends 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

Christian Korta

 

Christian@LSW-Architects.com

My pursuit of architecture has spanned most of my school life.  In high school, I’d often sketch my designs on the backs of my assignments.  I believe that architecture is the stage of our lives, and I am motivated to create a more beautiful stage.

My other interests include camping, rock climbing, running, biking, hiking, and, you know…general adventuring!  I also share a passion for professional photography with my girlfriend.

Alternative Career: Story photographer

Alex Lawson

 

ASSOCIATE AIA ALawson@LSW-Architects.com

I have always been passionate about the arts, but I found my love for architecture in high school; my grandfather got me hooked after showing me floor plans he designed as an architect. I find it extremely rewarding to improve my community through my job.

My free time is spent with my husband, my partner in crime for discovering the Northwest, impromptu road trips, binge-watching Netflix, and friendly photography competitions.

Alternate Career: World-traveling photographer

Vaughn Lein

FOUNDING PARTNER

When I was young, my brother was studying to become a civil engineer.  While I admired his studies, I wanted to take the design portion up a notch, therefore, I chose architecture.

As one of LSW’s founding partners, I am deeply invested in the success of LSW and our clients.  Though retired from being a Principal, I enjoy helping LSW continue to become a leading architectural firm through our projects and our community involvement.

Alternate Career: Helping the community through work with local non-profits, while continuing to do what I can to help make LSW great

Esther Liu

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

AIA | LEED™ AP Esther@lsw-architects.com

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 daughters. I also enjoy the outdoors with my husband, traveling, painting, guitar, piano, and photography.

Alternate Career: National Geographic photographer

Keith Livie

ASSOCIATE

KLivie@LSW-Architects.com

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

Don Luthardt

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

AIA | LEED™ AP DonL@LSW-Architects.com

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

Jason Olson

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

AIA | LEED™ AP JOlson@LSW-Architects.com

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

Megan Olson

 

AIA | LEED™ AP MOlson@LSW-Architects.com

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

Shanan Pickett

 

Shanan@LSW-Architects.com

I grew up playing with my father’s drafting tools, designing my dream home.  As an adult, my merchandising degree taught me about the hard work and dedication that goes into creating functional beauty.  I enjoy my role supporting LSW’s architects and designers in creating functional and beautiful spaces.

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!

Alternate Career: Owner of a coffee shop/book store in a small coastal community

Scott Randall

 

ScottR@LSW-Architects.com

From a young age, I’ve enjoyed drawing and building with my hands.  When considering a career, I combined the two interests in my decision to pursue architecture.  I love the look and environment of a beautifully-designed space and I enjoy creating 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

Stefani Randall

 

SRandall@LSW-Architects.com

I have always been intrigued by the experience of space and human interaction. I love that architecture provides the platform create an inspiring human experience through the design.

Outside of work, my two lovely daughters keep me busy.  I enjoy finding new places to explore, new restaurants, and new parks or tide pools.  I love the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, found in the landscape, sunsets and clouds.

Alternate Career: Psychologist or landscape designer

Kyle Rogers

 

Kyle@LSW-Architects.com

I have always viewed architecture as an opportunity for creative expression within a complex puzzle.  I find the design process rewarding, especially given how buildings can positively impact the community and influence the world.

My free time is spent with my beautiful wife, Natalie, exploring the Portland/Vancouver area, eating good food, or kicking back for a movie and popcorn. I also enjoy, cars, snowboarding, and all things basketball – Go Warriors!

Alternate Career: Travel Channel host

Merry Saari

 

Merry@LSW-Architects.com

I have always enjoyed social interactions and business processes, prompting me to pursue public relations and business development. I feel lucky to be part of an industry that enhances the community through the beauty of architectural design.

Outside of work, I love surrounding myself with my two daughters, family and friends. I love anything relating to health and fitness.  Also, I LOVE EATING GOOD FOOD…circling back to that health/fitness part.

Alternate Career: RAW juice maker

Mark Schlichting

 

AIA MarkS@LSW-Architects.com

Constructing things has always interested me.  Architecture allows me to experience the best of two worlds through the process of creating concepts with people and transforming those ideas into built reality.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking and fishing.

Alternate Career: Fishing guide

Kourtney Strong

 

AIA Kourtney@LSW-Architects.com

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 through 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

Veronica Tate

INTERIORS

Veronica@LSW-Architects.com

My interest in interior design started as a high-school student watching interior remodel shows like Trading Spaces.  My favorite part about this profession is that each project is different and allows me to try or learn something new every day.

When it’s sunny, I try to spend every second I can outside, hiking, snow shoeing and camping with family and friends.  Otherwise, I enjoy being crafty, singing, and reading.

Alternate Career: Playing the role of Christine Daaé in the Phantom of the Opera

Kristina Walsh-Daarud

 

AIA | LEED™ AP Kristina@LSW-Architects.com

As a native of Clark County, I enjoy that architecture gives me the ability to positively-impact my community, continuing its legacy of being a great place to live and raise my family.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.  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

Terry Werdel

ASSOCIATE

AIA TWerdel@LSW-Architects.com

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?

Clare Willson

 

Clare@LSW-Architects.com

I was fortunate to grow up in a family that values education, creativity, and adventure. As a child, I was keenly aware of the special contributions made by artists and architects. As an educator, I have experienced the impact that the physical environment has in teaching and learning. I am proud to be a part of a team that is committed to excellent design in our classrooms, schools, community, and beyond.

Outside of the office, you can find me in the garden hanging out with my chickens, daydreaming about travelling to exotic places, in the kitchen learning new recipes, or throwing pots (in my studio not in the kitchen).

Alternative Career: Potter

Isabelle Willson

 

IWillson@LSW-Architects.com

I love making people laugh.  Working at LSW’s front desk lets me do that daily!  I also get to learn new things and form relationships with fun people – you can’t beat that!

I have an undying love for all things music, and I try to travel to Disneyland twice a year. 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

Ralph Willson

PRINCIPAL

AIA | LEED™ AP Ralph@LSW-Architects.com

My parents instilled in me that we are all blessed with gifts and talents.  I found mine in the arts, math, and science and I discovered architecture to be a beautiful blend of the gifts and talents I was given.

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 grandchildren.

Alternate Career: Teacher and coach

Heather Winkel

INTERIORS

HeatherW@LSW-Architects.com

After several years in business administration, I realized I wasn’t satisfied, leading me to interior design.  Now, I truly love what I do and I find fulfillment in creating spaces that positively impact the feelings, emotions, and lives of others.

I cherish my relationships with friends and family.  Family, of course, includes my two amazing four-legged “dog children”.  I crave adventure, new experiences, and laughter.

Alternate Career: Veterinarian

Farleigh Winters

 

Associate AIA FWinters@LSW-Architects.com

I happened upon architecture in college, finding that it married several of my favorite subjects: math, art, and human interaction. I am attracted to architecture because of its ability to affect human experience through things that are meaningful and beautiful.

Outside of work I enjoy being active – biking, dancing, or playing basketball – and engaging with people. I am an avid word-gamer, leisure-reader, and people-watcher.

Alternate career: High school math teacher and softball coach

Casey Wyckoff

PRINCIPAL

AIA | LEED™ AP Casey@LSW-Architects.com

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

Brent Young

ASSOCIATE

AIA BYoung@LSW-Architects.com

When I was young, I was amazed to learn that people could decide what their buildings would be like and my career direction was set. I still am amazed by the 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