Better together,
since 1955

A Firm Dedicated to Community

We are a firm dedicated to building active, inspired communities through innovative design solutions and ideas. This goes to the heart of what we do, how we operate, and every decision we make as a firm. Everything we do centers on community impact.

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Sustainability at LSW

Sustainability, to LSW, is about the future. We hold ourselves accountable to our clients and to the public through the quality of the built environment we design. This means considering the long-term impact of our work and how it will serve, benefit and impact future generations.

Core Beliefs

Life is a Gift

Provide Value In Every Relationship

Design Matters

Operate In Unique Ability

Created to Be Creative

Love and Serve

Our Team

People are our driving force. They are the relationship builders. The community changers. The ones carrying our beliefs and values. Each person brings something unique to the table, adding to the fabric of talent, ideas, and perspectives at LSW. That's what makes us better together.

Spencer Anderson

Licensed Architect | CPHC, LEED Green Associate

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.

Kora Anzellotti

Concierge

This profession chose me, most likely because I have a natural interest in enhancing people’s experiences and finessing operations. Being able to create a happy workplace environment is very rewarding to me. I love the flexibility it allows to cultivate new connections, because relationships matter. I love trying new recipes, the spicier the better! I enjoy travelling and exploring the food/music scenes in the area and making friends. I also like to paint, speak new languages, the wine industry and binge watching anything with my cat. A drive to the coast always makes for great memories!

Nicole Becker

Associate AIA, LEED, AP BD+C

I stumbled upon architecture in college, after realizing its potential to merge several of my passions into one. I am inspired by the subconscious and phenomenological effects of built spaces and challenging perceptions of architecture’s potential to impact lives. When I’m not hiking and camping with my husband and two dogs, you can find me buried in a good book, practicando mi español, learning a new instrument or traveling.

Trevor Chayce

Licensed Architect | LEED AP BD+C

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 wife.

Chad Daarud

Associate

LEED AP

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.

Kristina Daarud

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

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.

Regan Dyer

Associate AIA

I’ve always loved building/making and architecture was the perfect way to combine my scientific and creative sides. The fact that good design can have such a positive impact on people and their communities keeps me excited about architecture and makes me want to continue designing buildings that will change the world! Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and traveling. I also like to practice photography and try out new recipes (although I am the worst baker ever!). I really enjoy being outside (running, mountain biking, and hiking)…can’t wait to discover all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Melissa Guarin

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Having the internal passion of drawing, tinkering, building, problem solving, and questioning – what could this be? It was natural for me to appreciate and love architecture. I enjoy exploring and seeking solutions for the challenges of creating spaces for people to thrive in. I believe in order to be a great architect one must have a continuum in evolving and growing of self through the global world we live. I love to explore and learn! As an explorer, seeking the breath-taking sunrises about the clouds, discovering the amazing waterfalls and lush vistas of the PNW, playing spider-man rock climbing, relaxing hammock time, board gaming, to exciting my taste buds through the culinary delight of the PNW, or being an Iron chef at home.

Mike Harmel

As a technical-minded individual, I love understanding how things are put together and built. The practice of architecture for me is just that – how buildings are constructed and all the little details that most people would never notice. I spend a ton of time with my new family, but I also enjoy wrenching on cars and motorcycles, sometimes it’s nice to just go out enjoy the great outdoors too.

Meg Harvey

Marketing Director

I knew from a young age I wanted to work in a creative environment, but having so many interests made choosing a career path especially challenging. I found that design allowed me to explore a diverse client base to feed my curiosity. I like anything that involves being on the water and generally being outside. I also enjoy making jewelry, trying new cuisine, seeing live musical performances, traveling, reading/podcast-listening, and spending quality time with my partner and family.

Drew Jepsen

LEED Green Associate

I studied architecture because I felt it was a good fit for my talents and abilities. I enjoy the challenges and love that I get to bring myself fully to engage design problems. Finding beautiful responses to the issues at hand is what keeps me going. When not at a desk, I enjoy traveling, reading, making music, and exploring outside.

Karen Knauss

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA

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.

Terran Kofford

Accountant

Well, accounting was first in the career book in high school… Really though, I’ve always liked the way that accounting lets you tie out a whole jumble of numbers in a methodical way. When I’m not crunching numbers, I enjoy traveling, especially when there is an espresso, wine, beer, or exotic food to try out. I fell in love with the PNW beaches and you never know when I’ll grab the family and head out for an impromptu beach trip!

Christian Korta

Licensed Architect | Associate AIA

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 wife.

Taylor Krebs

Licensed Architect

I love buildings for their ability to act as a catalyst for positive societal change. Whether it’s a school or a housing project, architects have the unique opportunity to have a hand in shaping the world around us and the responsibility to do so with conviction. This is a complex field that requires artistry, skill, and a lifelong hunger for knowledge. But for all its challenges, watching a community flourish as it embraces structural growth is something that will always keep me coming back for more. When I’m not in the office, you can usually find me spending time outdoors with my family, friends, and all their dogs. If I’m not outside, then I love to get creative in the kitchen experimenting, creating new recipes, and trying new foods!

Alison Lackey

Focus Manager

I love helping people, it’s very meaningful to know what I’m doing is taking them one step closer to achieving their goals. Also, being part a team that is always looking towards a bigger future that involves the head and the heart, and how we can continue to positively impact and contribute to our community. Family time, with exploratory cooking, walking the dogs or tackling house projects are my favorite things to do. I’m a music aficionado, gardening-geek, and create art.

Alex Lawson

Associate AIA

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.

Vaughn Lein

Founding Partner

Licensed Architect

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.

Esther Liu

Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

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.

Keith Livie

Associate

Licensed Architect

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 two 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.

Don Luthardt

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

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.

Carrie McIntyre

Garrett Morrison

Associate AIA

When your dad – the builder – drags you to job sites on weekends to “get you out of the house”, it’s torture when you’re ten, but two decades later it’s why I’m here. Dad taught me a love for hard work and initiative, solving problems, building beauty and functionality, and most importantly – serving people. As it turns out, Dad taught me to practice Architecture, and every day I’m grateful. My amazing wife Sarah and I have a boy and three girls – seven, six, four, and two. I have an unreasonable passion for yardwork and all things tech. I love Montana – it’s home.

Eric Nielssen

Associate

Licensed Architect

Growing up around art and architecture, drawing, and building construction has been part of my life since I was very young. To be a part of amazing, collaborative teams and focusing on high-quality projects for our clients is very rewarding. Outside of work I enjoy skiing, soccer, mountain bike-riding, and spending time with family and friends.

Jason Olson

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

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 each project presents and the opportunity to work in my unique ability and exceed the client’s expectations. When I’m not working I enjoy being a dad, running, golfing, hiking, camping and my side hustle of officiating NCAA Volleyball.

Megan Olson

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

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.

Susanne Ordonez

Growing up in Germany and travelling throughout Europe, I have always been fascinated by the way the built environment feels like a tangible connection to the past. As an interior designer I get to be part of shaping the future of my community in a functional and beautiful way. Besides work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. I also love music, yoga, spontaneous road trips, reading a great book, trivia-game nights, photography, oil painting and vintage treasure hunts.

Shanan Pickett

Project Team Support

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!

Fen Qi

I learned drawing and fine art for many years in China until I became fascinated about design, which actualizes the combination of functionality and aesthetics. I am a passionate learner and the field of design has giving me many opportunities to learn and grow. I love music all the time. I also like traveling and hiking with my family.

Scott Randall

Associate

BIM Manager

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.

Stefani Randall

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

I have always been intrigued by the experience of space and human interaction. I love that architecture provides the platform to 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.

Natalie Richards

Process Designer

I love what I do because, as a process designer, I get to talk to a lot of people about what they do and what they love. I also sometimes get to make their lives a little simpler, and that brings me joy. Outside of work, I can be found in my garden, in a coffee shop, on my yoga mat, or hanging out with friends and family. I am a happy wife, a dog-mom, a member of the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, an LOTR fan, a passport stamp collector, and an unapologetic Canadian.

Kyle Rogers

Associate AIA

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!

Heather Romero

Associate | Director of Interiors

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.

Mark Schlichting

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA

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.

Ruth Schneider

Accountant

Growing up, I worked in a company owned by my parents. My mother was an amazing mentor, and it was while working with her in our accounting department that I discovered my love of numbers. Being part of a great team keeps me inspired. My free time is spent remodeling my home, crocheting, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Karl Souders

I stumbled upon architecture because it is a practical application of the arts. I enjoy trying to get tab A to fit into slot B, or maybe how to make the square peg fit into the round hole, to work light to better people’s lives – making yellow sparkle. I don’t know. Design never ends. It is the proverbial rabbit hole. My family, swimming, bike as transportation, backpacking, teaching at Portland State University, doodling, tinkering, orbital mechanics, books are all my favorite things.

Chris Spurgin

Licensed Architect | LEED AP

I knew I wanted to be an Architect as a child growing up in the Midwest, despite my mother encouraging me to be a stand-up comedian. Doing good work with good people keeps me engaged. Outside of work you’ll find me with my lovely and hilarious wife hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling, standing very still or basically doing anything that will allow me to see a new bird.

Kourtney Strong

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA, CSI, CDT

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.

Amanda Thao

AIA

Originally, I wanted to be involved in film. But after some parental encouragement, I tried architecture – it stuck. I enjoyed the process of finding/creating the poetics of space. What currently drives me is what originally captivated me: the similarities between my original passion and my new one. Every person has a story; buildings and the spaces within are no different. Architecture is the telling of that story. Outside of work, film is still an active passion of mine. I occasionally write reviews and screenplays while continuing to learn about the art. I’m also a music enthusiast, concert goer, vinyl appreciator, analog film photographer, Scrabble master, and a Spider-Man 1960’s comic fan since birth.

Clayton Truscott

Copywriter

I’ve always been a doodler and note taker. Writing stories and documenting events is a natural extension of what I’d be doing on any other day. I’m genuinely interested in people and the stories they tell to make sense of the world. Outside of work, I spend as much time as possible with my family (wife, son, cat, rabbit). Also, surfing and getting outside to walk, run, and play.

Cintia Vieira

I think architecture has the power to change people’s lives. When we design a comfortable, sustainable, beautiful and functional building, we’re not creating just walls. We’re creating an amazing space that can impact the community, creating spaces where people feel good and want to be, making new opportunities to improve and change their lives. That’s the beauty of architecture. Outside of work, I love to travel, go to new places and learn the culture, go to the beach, swim, hike, have some outdoor adventures, watch movies and eat good (and not spicy) food!

Trevor Weltzer

Associate

Licensed Architect | NCARB

The built environment is ubiquitous, inescapable, shapes the fabric of our daily lives and merges artistry with engineering. It is as complex as all the people and context that intersect with it – which also keeps it exciting and new. I’m a sucker for a story, whether it’s a movie, video game or a good old-fashioned paperback. When I need a break from the imaginary, I cook, brew, hike, travel and take on projects slightly bigger than I can realistically manage.

Terry Werdel

Associate

Licensed Architect

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.

Ralph Willson

Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

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.

Farleigh Winters

Associate

Licensed Architect | AIA, CDT, LEED Green Associate

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.

Shara Wokal

Chief Financial Officer

My profession developed from an eclectic background of accounting/finance, HR, project management, and general leadership. In each area, my employers gave me flexibility to learn and expand my “tool box.” It is this flexibility that energizes me each day. Outside of work, I enjoy exercise through MMA, Barre, Hiit, and yoga. On the weekends, it is not uncommon for me to take “downtime” literally, staying in bed for a day to watch movies and read.

Casey Wyckoff

Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

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.

Brent Young

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA

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.

Kurt Zenner

Associate Principal

Licensed Architect | AIA, LEED AP

Though I grew up on a ranch on the Palouse in Idaho surrounded by stunning beauty, I found that I was always more interested in old barns, homesteads and buildings than I was with the crops and animals. I have designed learning environments for over 20 years and I find the creation of buildings that empower students to learn to be very satisfying. Schools have many different types of spaces to consider and every client is unique. This variety and commitment to students and lifelong learners keeps me coming back for more. I spend a lot of time with my wife, Michaell. We like to cook and travel. I like to spend time in the garden or in the pages of a good book. Favorite places are Mexico and the Canadian Rockies!

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