The Design in Public Board Nominating Committee is pleased to announce our incoming slate of accomplished design leaders to fill open seats on our Board of Directors beginning September 1, 2018. Our nominating committee—Stephen Jablonsky (Past President) and Vicki Ha AIA (Director)—solicited board nominations from a diverse pool of designers committed to our mission. Please join us in welcoming our new board members, and welcoming back Stephen Jablonsky and Christine Scharrer, who are returning to the Board for another full term as Directors.
Adrian is a Senior Associate Designer with MG2. For Adrian, architecture is a language that enables him to express the built environment. He has embodied this ideology for the past 25 years, choosing to specialize in commercial architecture as it allows him to shape and influence the world we live in. When it comes to design, even the most complex problem can be solved through innovative thinking, and Adrian works diligently with the client to find the solution that best fits their project goals and objectives. As a leader, Adrian is recognized for his ability to guide and mentor team members, fostering personal as well as team growth.
Elizabeth Gordan is a Principal at Mithun. Elizabeth’s holistic approach to design and collaborative working style delivers client focused work with cutting edge results. With a strong focus on concept-driven, integrated design, she has led the design of numerous corporate workplaces in Silicon Valley for Fortune 500 companies, as well as other corporate and cultural projects in Seattle and nationally. Her experience working for diverse clients in workplace, hospitality, science, higher education and healthcare, lends to her unique perspective, bringing innovative solutions to projects that merge functional requirements with aspirational goals. Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to design excellence allows Elizabeth to build trust and an easy rapport with her clients.
Sarah is an architect at Schemata Workshop interested in designing and advocating for a socially and culturally conscious built environment. A generalist and a strategist, Sarah believes the best designs come from deeply engaging with the users and context of the projects’ communities and environment. Her current work falls under the umbrella of community-based design, with clients such as public housing authorities, non-profit affordable housing developers, social service providers, and public transit agencies. Outside of her work with Schemata Workshop and Design in Public, she is active in the Seattle Architecture Foundation Youth Workshops, the Housing Development Consortium, her public tennis center youth programs, and environmental stewardship with the Mountaineers and Forterra.
With 20 years as a Product Design leader at start-ups, Microsoft (10 years) Google (1 year), I have grown more and more passionate about Design Thinking as a tool to bring people together to solve complex problems of every kind, especially in the social innovation design space, where problem solving can server as a pivotal change agent. My “superpower” is finding the balance between vision and viability, and designing plans to make it reality.
In my free time, I am found mostly outside – with friends, family and neighbors, running or doing yoga, volunteering, making things or working to make things happen, including new furniture from salvage finds, shooting film, working in my bio-mass free garden, and collecting and drying seeds for an organic seed bank.
Eric Lawrence has been working within the design consultancy world for 13 years at studios such as Ziba, frog, Teague, and currently at Intentional Futures. He started as a graphic designer from Art Center, and has evolved into a broad range of design projects which cross nearly every discipline, for clients big and small. Working within multidisciplinary teams at studios like those has been a revelation: while there are aspects of graphic design that he still uses daily and loves, he finds it difficult when the challenge is isolated to a single skillset. Eric believes that designers are at their best when the right group are observing, discussing, making, challenging and discovering solutions together in ways they could never do alone.