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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.

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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. That's what makes us better together.

To promote self-understanding and strengthen interpersonal communication, our team uses the Kolbe™ and PRINT® systems. Learn more about how these tools help foster a culture of positivity and build holistic project teams.

Spencer Anderson

Spencer views the craft of sustainable design as a balancing act: harmonizing the human experience with its social and fiscal elements. It’s a complex equation that requires a passion for people, nature, and community – all of which have guided his education, personal, and work experiences. In addition to his professional credentials, he brings a thoughtful and skilled approach to housing projects that are geared toward LEED certification design standards.

Kolbe

[6-8-3-3]

PRINT®

5 Major, 9 Minor, Low

Max Ault

Max draws from a deep well of experience in integrated economic and community development, helping entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, local, and international businesses access the strategies, resources, and capital needed to scale their impact locally and globally. He works closely with LSW’s architects, designers, and planners to support a dynamic range of expanded high impact and high-value services to both public and private sector partners. At all times, he is ready to offer a unique and balanced perspective, helping the team analyze complex projects and deliver the best possible solutions for our communities and partners.

Kolbe

[8-7-2-3]

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1 Major, 2 Minor, Low

Michelle Batti

Michelle is a versatile designer who draws from a rich background of professional and personal experiences that fuel her highly creative approach to any project. Both highly adaptable and collaborative, she is comfortable leading and contributing to teams working on projects of any scale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has spent the last seven years in the greater Seattle area, working with clients on tenant improvement (TI), multi-family housing, and residential projects.

Kolbe

[6-4-4-6]

PRINT®

1 Major, 2 Minor, null

Derek  Brown

Derek is a multiskilled designer with ten years of experience across a wide range of project types. Originally hailing from Michigan, he has followed his curiosity across local and global borders, where he has built a broad portfolio of projects, from mixed-use developments to retail, hospitality, and manufacturing facilities. Derek is a well-rounded Project Architect and designer having worked across all phases of project development and execution. With broad experience stewarding a diverse portfolio of projects both domestically and internationally, he fosters excellence in design while continuously expanding his command of project delivery.

Kolbe

[5-7-4-4]

PRINT®

5 Major, 1 Minor, High

Chad Daarud

Chad is a highly skilled technical designer with a creative edge when it comes to drawing and creative assignments. His attention to detail and knowledge of architecture and building codes is a true asset, as is his positive energy. Chad joined LSW in 2012 and has been instrumental to the success of many of our largest and most complex K-12 projects.

Kolbe

[5-3-4-7]

PRINT®

2 Major, 4 Minor, Low

Kristina Daarud

As a designer, Kristina has a knack for seamlessly translating a client or stakeholder’s vision into perfect plans. She is a gifted and empathetic communicator who routinely goes above and beyond to keep teams informed and on track, and this shines through on every project. Part of this is her innate ability to connect with people and gather information, part of it is raw creativity, and the difference is her drive to meet challenges head-on.

Kolbe

[5-6-2-7]

PRINT®

2 Major, 4 Minor, Low

Jacob DeNeui

Jacob strengthens the fabric of any team, bringing both technical savvy to produce flawless construction documents and the creative skills to lead vision casting and ideation at the start of a project. A published author, he was educated and trained in Montana, where his passion for social impact and bold design was honed through project work over the last seven years. Having joined the LSW team in 2021, his tenacious creativity and helpful nature will be an asset to our multi-family and education projects.

Kolbe

[4-5-8-3]

PRINT®

8 Major, 3 Minor, null

Regan Dyer

Regan is a highly talented and creative designer who is able to quickly develop and nurture ideas into plans. She is a true team player who collaborates well with teams of any size, and has the visionary and people-skills needed to lead the creative process. She brings a calm, patient energy to every project, paying careful attention to important details while proving to be a truly innovative, creative thinker.

Kolbe

[5-4-6-5]

PRINT®

2 Major, 3 Minor, Low

Mike Harmel

Mike’s creative super power is his technical efficiency. He is a highly-detailed, process-driven designer who joyfully breaks down complex problems into useful documents. Since joining LSW, Mike has been a document champion, pairing his studious approach with a positive attitude.

Kolbe

[8-8-1-5]

PRINT®

6 Major, 1 Minor, High

Meg Harvey

Meg is a true artist. For over a decade, she has helped a wide range of nationally and globally recognized brands and businesses translate their stories through compelling graphics and experiences. At LSW, she brings the visual fluency, strategic mindset, and imagination needed to transform processes, stories and ideas into a complete, cohesive brand that speaks to the firms core identity and mission. She is a natural leader who strives to create an open, collaborative team environment that is focused on achieving excellence. Outside the office, Meg is very passionate about serving the community; she currently serves on Vancouver’s Downtown Business Association Design Committee and is a regular volunteer at Clark County Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Kolbe

[5-7-5-3]

PRINT®

5 Major, 7 Minor, High

Andrew Jones

Andrew is a versatile designer with a dynamic skillset, a high-aptitude for graphic technology, and stellar communication skills. He has a knack for creating clarity through rapid design iterations, working fast to develop and nurture ideas during challenging projects, while gathering timely input from other team members. With a background in youth mentorship and a passion for sustainability, Andrew’s focus is always locked onto ways of using design as a tool to advance the common social good.

Kolbe

[5-3-7-5]

PRINT®

9 Major, 2 Minor, High

Courtney  Jones

Courtney is a highly task-structured individual who has cultivated her passions, strengths, and experiences around transforming communities through the power of architecture and strategic problem solving. As LSW’s Sustainability Coordinator, she brings an advanced understanding of cutting-edge practices that help to better integrate the built environment with the natural environment. She draws from her educational background and experience to provide education and tools to teams across the firm. Her technical expertise and knack for bringing order to complexity make Courtney a master of processes who helps create focus around a project’s sustainability goals and keeps teams moving forward.

Kolbe

[5-7-5-3]

PRINT®

8 Major, 3 Minor, Medium

Karen Knauss

Karen provides the leadership, curiosity, and experience needed to keep teams motivated on the core ideas and vision behind any project. As a lifelong designer and builder, she brings a contagious passion for creating spaces that welcome, engage, and delight people, especially in K-12 environment, where she has been instrumental in the completion of many exceptional new schools. Her in-depth experience with new construction and renovations for public and private projects, including adaptive-reuse, seismic upgrades, and other modernizations, makes her a trusted presence. She demonstrates the strategic thinking and creativity necessary for a successful project.

Kolbe

[7-5-7-2]

PRINT®

8 Major, 7 Minor, Medium

Terran Kofford

Nothing gets by Terran. She is a highly efficient, detail-oriented, and process driven professional who provides invaluable leadership on the administrative team. Accounting, to Terran, is an extension of her personality; she excels when crunching numbers, resolving equations, and providing clean and clear solutions to the team.

Kolbe

[8-8-1-3]

PRINT®

1 Major, 5 Minor, Medium

Christian Korta

Christian is a highly creative, studious designer who can help clients envision their project’s highest potential and then follow up by developing the technical solutions to make it a reality. Christian has been an instrumental team player in some of LSW’s most ambitious, innovative work, including Vancouver iTech Preparatory’s unique campus, and is continuing to grow as an architect with every project. He has a diverse knowledge of architectural design having worked around the country in Colorado, Montana, Missouri, Texas, and Washington. This variety of experience broadens his outlook and gives him a unique appreciation for context. Christian has an outgoing personality and focuses highly on communication with clients and project teams.

Kolbe

[3-3-9-4]

PRINT®

7 Major, 3 Minor, Low

Alison Lackey

Ali is a highly creative and empathetic individual who transforms lists, spreadsheets, and information into actionable plans that keep teams on task and on track. Pairing impeccable communication skills with her natural ability to build relationships and find common ground with people, she provides a range of high-impact support to our senior leadership and business development team.

Kolbe

[8-4-2-7]

PRINT®

1 Major, 2 Minor, Medium

Alex Lawson

Alex is a dedicated team player who considers all facets of a project, from landscape to interiors, to create a cohesive design. She is a hard worker, thorough, and detail-oriented, committed to producing quality work. Alex is passionate about sustainable design and she thrives in collaborative environments. Her experience in graphic production, project management, architectural drawing, and construction management brings strength to the project team and contributes to project success.

Kolbe

[8-6-2-4]

PRINT®

6 Major, 4 Minor, Medium

Esther Liu

As LSW’s President and a Principal, Esther is always the calm, insightful voice in the room. She brings order to complexity at critical moments, helping teams stay focused on the big picture and deliver work that exceeds expectations. Drawing from decades of experience in urban mixed-use housing, urban, and large public projects, she is leading the charge at LSW when it comes to housing and urban development. Her ability to develop people and inspire excellence is helping to define a new area of focus. Her leadership and people-first mindset have been instrumental in helping LSW and its growing team thrive through the challenges presented during 2020 into one of its busiest years on record. Driven to exceed expectations, she brings enthusiasm and an understanding of community purpose to any project. Her conscientious and positive approach makes her a master in working with diverse groups and teams.

Kolbe

[8-6-3-3]

PRINT®

3 Major, 4 Minor, Low

Keith Livie

Keith is one of the most tenured architects at LSW, having guided a vast array of complex projects through to completion during his 26 years at LSW. His leadership, advanced knowledge of local code, and versatile perspective have been the foundation for many great client relationships and experiences. His work with Clark College is particularly noteworthy and includes the WSU-V and CTC Building, STEM Building, and the AA Complex remodel at Clark College. Keith excels at developing creative and practical solutions to complex tasks. These skills make him particularly suited to intricate projects, including multi-phased projects and those that do not fit into the standard construction types and occupancies listed in the building code. His years of experience as a structural engineer inform his work, providing a well-coordinated project. Keith is also adept at agency processing and construction administration. The satisfaction of organizing information to develop a creative and practical solution to complex tasks are part of his Unique Ability.

Kolbe

[7-7-1-7]

PRINT®

5 Major, 1 Minor, Medium

Carrie McIntyre

Carrie is focused on people and their experience with the built environment. She thrives creating beautiful, smart spaces that reaffirm moments of ease and delight. Project details should fit together and be in harmony with one another. She listens intently for the nuances from her clients to make sure they do. To get there, Carrie tracks the details and stays attuned to what matters most to owners and users. Her wide range of project experience points to her adaptability, resourcefulness, and sound design instincts. Her portfolio of recent projects include independent living cottages for seniors, healthcare facilities, and several community-focused TI projects.

Kolbe

[8-5-6-2]

PRINT®

5 Major, 4 Minor, Low

Antonio Naranjo

Antonio Naranjo has dedicated his career to designing spaces that support human health through a natural connection to nature. He spent several years at LSW during the early stages of his career, before moving home to Ecuador, where he served as a tenacious advocate for sustainable design. Today, he is recognized as a leader and a pioneer in Ecuador’s healthcare and growing sustainable architecture space. He established and served as president of Ecuador’s Green Building Council from 2008 to 2018. In 2008, he also co-founded the ENNE Group, Ecuador’s first sustainability-focused healthcare architecture, design, and construction firm. At LSW, he brings a tight focus on sustainability to project teams, offering both expertise and a seasoned perspective that helps clients and stakeholders see the big picture when it comes to sustainability.

Eric Nielssen

Eric is one of the most tenured architects at LSW and has well-earned reputation for being a calm, solutions-oriented team leader, mentor, and advocate for design excellence. For more than three decades, he has successfully led and guided many large, complex projects to completion for a wide range of clients, including a variety of senior and assisted living developments. Key to his success is his strong emotional range and empathetic core that allows him to work well with individuals and build meaningful working relationships with teams and clients alike. His experience at LSW goes back decades giving him a solid understanding of the firm’s processes and partnerships. Paired with his creative abilities, focus on sustainable design, and project and construction management experience, Eric is an asset to any project.

Kolbe

[8-4-3-4]

PRINT®

7 Major, 1 Minor, High

Jason Olson

Jason is a steadying presence at LSW, known for his composure under pressure and track record of large-scale projects successfully delivered under budget and on schedule. A lifetime athlete, he leads and rallies teams with as a coach might, seeing and bringing out the best in everyone around him while carefully focusing on important goals. Since joining the firm in 2001 and now a Principal, he has played instrumental roles in continuing its legacy of service to K-12 districts through committed partnership, collaborative processes, and innovative design solutions that aim to empower generations of learners. Jason is a skilled problem-solver who instills confidence through his strong work ethic, clear communication, and flexible approach.

Kolbe

[7-7-2-6]

PRINT®

3 Major, 5 Minor, Medium

Megan Olson

Megan is well-regarded at the firm for her impeccable and impressive work behind the scenes on projects. Her ability to analyze and distill information has translated into elegant, sustainable design solutions. As the specifications expert, she helps shape how the team captures and documents complex information.

Kolbe

[7-8-1-4]

PRINT®

6 Major, 1 Minor, High

James Phillips

Lively, innovative and friendly, James brings a committed and professional can-do attitude to our accounting team. His humility and composure is remarkable in the sense he can withstand a myriad of unique requests without breaking a sweat. James is a cohesive team player, on and off the basketball court. With his accounting degrees, James brings a fresh perspective with high standards for organization, processes and timeliness.

Kolbe

[5-3-7-5]

PRINT®

2 Major, 1 Minor, null

Shanan Pickett

Optimistic, highly detail-oriented, and kind, Shanan is an organizational powerhouse who supports every team across all stages of project development. Drawing from her inherent knack for organizing data and information, she takes immense pride (and joy) in working to ensure all documentation is clean, user-friendly, and mistake-free. Since joining LSW in 2005, she has proven to be a trusted resource to all, continuously pushing herself and teams to find new ways of working smarter, faster, and with a higher focus on quality.

Kolbe

[8-7-2-3]

PRINT®

6 Major, 5 Minor, High

Scott Randall

Scott is a master of process, details, and order. A lifelong designer whose love for drawing and crafting started in his youth, his 10+ year career in architecture now blends the best parts of design with cutting-edge technology and mentoring. As the firm’s Building Information Manager, he supports all design teams by helping them creating realistic, true-to-life, beautiful models that look and function like the projects they’re working on. In addition, he is one of the most active runners and group organizers who motivate others to get out and explore the natural beauty just beyond our doorsteps.

Kolbe

[4-7-2-7]

PRINT®

9 Major, 2 Minor, Medium

Stefani Randall

Stefani is happiest when a plan comes together – and that is why she goes the extra mile to gather all the facts and details ahead of time. As a highly strategic Project Manager with years of design and comprehensive planning experience, she knows how to lead and stay focused on the original vision, but it is her ability to process information and turn this into an actionable strategy that makes her such an effective manager. At the end of the day, it is her passion for creating meaningful experiences through art and functionality that drive her.

Kolbe

[7-7-4-3]

PRINT®

2 Major, 9 Minor, Medium

Kyle Rogers

Kyle is a highly strategic planner who works well to establish priorities, define objectives, and prepare plans to achieve project goals. His technical skillset is bolstered by a passion for travel and mentorship, making him a great collaborator on school projects. Kyle’s ability to manage highly creative tasks through structure processes has proven highly useful on many large, complex projects. In addition to his role as an architectural designer, Kyle is the Director of Design CoMission, LSW’s bi-annual internship program for aspiring designers and design-minded students from high-schools around SW Washington’s school districts.

Kolbe

[7-6-3-4]

PRINT®

1 Major, 5 Minor, Medium

Heather Romero

Heather brings balance to every project with a mix of creative energy and focus. She is a thorough listener who takes pride in working with clients to create a functioning space that represents their vision and exceeds expectations. Heather has over eight years of experience in public and private projects.

Kolbe

[6-7-3-4]

PRINT®

2 Major, 8 Minor, High

Mark Schlichting

Mark thrives in complexity. You’ll find him in the weeds of every project, working through the technical systems and aspects that require a special individual with a sharp eye for detail and the capacity to work through volumes of information. He is the team’s all-star at both quality control and documentation, operating on the front line to deliver clean, easy-to-read documents.

Kolbe

[7-7-2-5]

PRINT®

5 Major, 1 Minor, High

Chris Spurgin

Chris is dedicated to building more connected, inclusive, and resilient communities. He brings over 25 years of design experience to his craft, as well as the insight gained from a range of leadership roles at firms and organizations. Chris’s credentials include being a LEED-accredited professional, a member of the American Institute of Architecture, and a licensed architect in Oregon and Washington. As an Associate Principal, he helps lead the sustainability team and remains focused on meeting the growing need for affordable housing, healthcare and bird-safe design. As a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee he works hard to make a positive impact at the office and in his community.

Kolbe

[6-7-5-2]

PRINT®

6 Major, 2 Minor, Low

Emma Stecher

Emma is a natural team player who thrives on providing impactful, personalized support to the firm’s leadership team. To be successful as a Focus Manager at LSW, she draws from the skills that come naturally to her: she is highly considerate of others, determined, and solutions-focused. It is the sum of these traits that make each email, meeting invite, and message she sends a gift to the team.

Kolbe

[8-7-7-3]

PRINT®

2 Major, 9 Minor, null

Kourtney Strong

Kourtney is a highly creative, organized, self-motivated team member with strong technical skills developed from more than a decade of experience. She has experience handling large projects, with a particular focus on education, and has a strong understanding of the design process from predesign through construction, helping her to focus on the details while maintaining sight of the big picture. She has excellent management skills which lead to project schedule and budget success. As a central figure to the design for Mountain View High School, her availability to lead and navigate complex challenges is a vital asset to any team.

Kolbe

[7-7-4-3]

PRINT®

8 Major, 7 Minor, Low

Clayton Truscott

Clayton has spent the last ten years helping brands, businesses, and organizations unmince their words. Drawing from a background in journalism and a life-long appreciation for stories and semantics, he focuses on channeling the firm’s wide variety of projects, processes, and initiatives into a voice that is easily recognizable and true to the brand

Kolbe

[6-2-9-3]

PRINT®

4 Major, 2 Minor, High

Naleigha Williams

Naleigha is a gifted designer with sharp creative instincts. As the Studio Lead for Design Commission, LSW’s Internship Program, she balances a strong desire to design inclusive, inspiring spaces for learners with a knack for educating. She is a thorough, thoughtful listener who takes pride in working with clients to create a functioning space that represents their vision and exceeds expectations.

Kolbe

[5-4-8-3]

PRINT®

7 Major, 8 Minor, Medium

Ralph Willson

Ralph is known for his forward-thinking leadership. You can count on Ralph to deliver creative solutions that support your mission, vision, and goals. He excels in providing vision for programming and concept development.

Kolbe

[5-5-7-3]

PRINT®

8 Major, 3 Minor, Medium

Farleigh Winters

Since joining in 2014, Farleigh has proven to be a natural leader and a champion for sustainable design, spearheading efforts to benchmark and strengthen processes across the firm. She currently leads our Green Team, which focuses on integrating sustainable practices around the office and connecting our internal efforts with opportunities to engage the local community. She brings a high-attention to detail, blending complex design with effective communication, keeping owners and clients well informed through construction.

Kolbe

[8-7-3-3]

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1 Major, 7 Minor, Low

Zach Wise

Zach is an ambitious thinker who brings a high dose of creative energy and impeccable communications skills to project teams. He is a true team player, comfortable playing both leading and supporting roles, while focused on delivering work that makes a positive impact. Born and raised in Texas, his passion for sustainable design was nurtured and developed at Texas A&M University, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following grad school, Zach has spent close to a decade honing his craft as a designer at firms in California and Montana, working on projects that range from K-12 schools to multi-family housing. What has become clearer over time is his drive to advocate, support, and empower communities through thoughtful design.

Kolbe

[7-4-5-4]

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9 Major, 7 Minor, Low

Shara Wokal

She is one of the busiest people at LSW, but people across the firm instinctively turn to her for advice, input, and friendly conversation – because she is always there. She personifies the concept of servant leadership and is a trusted hero at LSW. As the Chief Financial Officer and head of Human Resources, she works across departments and cultivates relationships with people on a variety of levels, using an approach that is attentive, thoughtful, analytical, and caring. These traits, along with her ability to motivate and inspire action, have garnered the respect and admiration of all at the firm, making Shara the person many rely on for advice and trusted information. She has extensive experience in all aspects of management, including human resources, finance, project management and operations. Outside of her work at LSW, Shara is every bit the role model within her community, serving various causes and organizations as both a volunteer and board member. Currently, Shara serves on the board of Vancouver's Downtown Association as Treasurer and on the board for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, as well as on the board for Leadership Clark County. Shara has been at the helm of LSW’s operations team since 2016 and has made a significant impact, both as a mentor and administrator. Shara truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader.

Kolbe

[8-7-7-1]

PRINT®

8 Major, 2 Minor, High

Casey Wyckoff

Casey is a creative force, a believer in possibilities, and a motivator. As President of LSW, he charges the team to do their most ambitious work and let their hearts lead the way. He has dedicated his professional career to understanding the role architecture can play in supporting the community, and then uniting teams behind an optimistic vision for the future.

Kolbe

[2-5-8-4]

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2 Major, 4 Minor, High

Brent Young

Brent brings over two decades of national and global experience to the firm, as both an architect and interior designer. As Principal at LSW, his background in multi-faceted, large-scale projects and influence as a mentor has elevated the quality of work and team collaboration. Brent’s ability to dive into projects and understand goals from multiple perspectives has proved invaluable. As an advocate for the highest sustainability standards, equity, and high-design, he has led teams through comprehensive planning and design, all the way through to construction documents. He has an innate ability to connect with people, communicate effectively, and problem-solve under pressure. Brent has expanded on his professional role through years of teaching and mentoring at various universities.

Kolbe

[3-3-8-5]

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7 Major, 2 Minor, Low

Kurt Zenner

A consummate architect having worked on various projects totaling more than 2.7 million sf of floor area – with four projects being certified as LEED Silver or Gold and several Washington projects following the WSSP protocol. A big thinker able to grasp many wants and needs and weave them into a cohesive whole Kurt has guided efforts in the creation of energy-efficient schools and community spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a calm, confident leader, he is a magnet who brings teams together to rally around shared goals. At LSW, he is one of the most influential voices on design; his kind and thoughtful demeanor, along with his impeccable communication style, makes him an effective advocate for ambitious and bold sustainability solutions. Kurt’s understanding of educational trends and sustainable strategies has influenced the design of additions, renovations, and new projects in over a dozen school districts.

Kolbe

[7-6-3-4]

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9 Major, 2 Minor, Low

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