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The city is divided into seven geographic districts. Each district has its own designated Design Review Board, made up of volunteer members who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The 5 positions represent the following interests: design, community, residential, development and community.

Seeking Board Members

We are currently seeking 2 Local Business Representatives for the Northeast and Southwest design review boards. To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume to Lisa Rutzick at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

Applicants should have knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design and the development process. They should also have the ability to evaluate projects based on the city’s design guidelines; the ability to listen and communicate effectively; a passion for design and community development; and the ability to work well with others under pressure. Prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus. Board members must live in the City. They should expect to work 15 hours a month attending and preparing for board meetings, which are held twice a month in the evenings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings.

Map of Design Review board districts

 

 

Board Members by District

 

Downtown

Bradely CalvertBradley Calvert

Position: Community Representative
Term: First
Term Expires: April 3, 2018

Bradley is the Community Development Program Manager for the City of Bellevue. His work includes subarea and urban design planning initiatives. Bradley has also worked on developing design and policy guidelines for the city’s Downtown Livability Initiative. This work included design guidelines for high-rise towers and the treatment of the facades at the pedestrian realm. Prior to joining the City of Bellevue, Bradley's work was primarily in architecture, including transit stations, urban multi-family development, and commercial projects.

In addition to his professional work he has been a relentless advocate for creating more family friendly cities. His writing and research has appeared in numerous publications. Bradley holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Masters Certificate in Real Estate from Georgia State University, and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is LEED Green Associate Professional as well as National Charrette Institute Certified. Bradley lives downtown with his family.

JP EmeryJP Emery

Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: First
Term Expires: April 3, 2018

JP is a registered architect and Senior Associate at Ankrom Moisan Architects in downtown as both a Project Manager and Project Architect. His has worked on a variety of project scales and types, and is particularly focused on senior living, civic work, affordable housing and retail. He has a bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. JP lives in Whittier Heights. In addition to working as an architect, JP is a Level 2 CrossFit trainer at CrossFit Belltown.

Gabriel GrantAnjali Grant

Position: Local Business Representative
Term: Second
Term Expires: April 3, 2018

Anjali is an architect and owner of Anjali Grant Design LLC. Anjali has practiced architecture in both Seattle and New York, including working at Seattle-based firms Mahlum and Schacht Aslani Architects. Her work has focused primarily on cultural, community, and educational facilities. In recent years she has taught design studios at the University of Washington, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture. Anjali is a resident of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and does her best to bike to Design Review Board meetings.

Grace Leong

Grace Leong
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: Second
Term Expires: April 3, 2019

Grace has been a resident of the downtown neighborhood since 2001 and lives near our beloved Pike Place Market. She is an architect and the owner of Studio MGL. She is a board member with the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization). a steering committee member with Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle, and a task force member with Seattle Public Schools. She has a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington. Previously, she worked as an architect with Weinstein Architects + Urban Designers and with The Miller Hull Partnership. Both firms are located downtown and have portfolios that include civic, educational, residential, mixed-use, and office projects. Grace is dedicated to living in the diverse downtown neighborhood with her family.

Belinda Bail

Belinda Bail
Position: Development Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Belinda is a Senior Vice President of Development with Bentall Kennedy, a real estate investment company. Her work focuses on residential, office and industrial projects and she previously worked extensively on hotel development. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. Belinda lives in the Green Lake neighborhood. She has volunteered with the Burke-Gilman Place Public Development Authority and served as board member with The Children’s Center. She is LEED AP certified.

East

Dawn Bushnaq

Curtis Bigelow
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Curtis is an architect at nk Architects and is currently the owner / operator of the Lobby Bar in the Capitol Hill neighborhood which he opened in 2009. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Studies with honors from Washington State University, Curtis worked in architecture for 13 years for firms including Bigelow Architecture, BOLA Architecture + Planning, Mulvanny G2, and Pivot Architecture. Curtis is a resident of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Barbara Busetti

Barbara Busetti
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Barbara is a partner and owner in the architecture firm, Allied8, located in the Pike Pine neighborhood. Her firm offers a interdisciplinary thinking and design services including architecture, planning, lighting, and graphic design. Their work primarily consists of multifamily, single-family, and adaptive reuse projects. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Criticism from University of California, San Diego, and then a Master of Architecture from University of Washington. She resides in the Columbia City neighborhood.

Melissa Alexander

Melissa Alexander
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Melissa is a licensed architect who currently practices as an urban designer/planner with NBBJ in South Lake Union. She works on a wide variety of projects, including the development of digital planning tools for healthcare and academic master plans, mixed use development, and civic work for various sized municipalities. She recently completed a fellowship to study high speed rail systems throughout the world, focusing on their impact on urban places. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, and a Certificate in Design Education from the Boston Architectural College. She has also enjoyed positions as a studio instructor at Harvard University and the University of Tennessee, and as lead faculty at the Boston Architectural College. Melissa lives in Capitol Hill.

Kenny Pleansant

Kenny Pleasant
Position: Development Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Kenny owns Global Investor Solutions, a real estate investment business with a mission to preserve and restore community, promoting real estate rehabilitation and development. He is also a licensed real estate broker at Re/Max. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Seattle King County Realtors - Young Professionals Network. He previously worked as a Journeyman Ironworker on projects such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Bravern and Sound Transit Light Rail. Kenny lives in the Madrona neighborhood in Seattle and has volunteered extensively with several community organizations including serving on an advisory committee for the Black Community Impact Alliance, serving as the Executive Committee Secretary of the Seattle King County NAACP and is a founding board member of the Africatown Community Land Trust.

Andrew Haas

Andrew Haas
Position: Community Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Andrew works as a Project Manager and Ecologist at Seattle City Light, implementing the fish and aquatic measures required by Seattle’s FERC License for operating Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River in eastern Washington. He previously worked for Snohomish County as Principal Habitat Specialist and the Tulalip Tribes as an Ecologist. Andrew has lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for the past 25 years and is active in the community. His educational background includes a MA in public administration from the University of Washington and BS in environmental studies and BA in economics. He also served as the Chair of the Snohomish Basin Salmonid Recovery Technical Committee for a decade and their ran monthly stakeholder meetings, which were open to the public, so he has extensive experience in the forum of public meetings.

Sarah Savinskas

Sarah Saviskas
Position: Get Engaged Representative
Term: First
Term expires: September 1, 2017

Sarah is a transportation planner at Fehr & Peers. She is a recent graduate of the Master of City Planning program at the University of California, Berkeley, having concentrated in both urban design and transportation planning. Prior to graduate school, Sarah lived in Seattle and spent four years at a leading consulting firm providing services in public participation, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution. She is passionate about making Seattle more livable, walkable, and bikeable, and improving access to quality public spaces for all users. Sarah resides in Capitol Hill.

Northeast

Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop
Position: Community Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Brian is a Landscape Architect at Site Workshop. He has previously worked at the offices of Schack A+D, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and GGLO here in Seattle. His portfolio includes several parks, civic open spaces and mixed use development. Brian lives in the Pinehurst neighborhood in NE Seattle. He educational background includes a Masters in Landscape Architecture, from Ball State and a Bachelors in Public Affairs Environmental Science at Indiana University.

Salone Habibudden

Eric Blank
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Eric is a licensed architect with 18 years of experience, most of it with the Runberg Architecture Group designing multifamily and mixed-use projects of various scales in Seattle. He has participated in the Design Review process many times, both as an applicant and as a member of the public. Other work experience includes zoo, aquarium, and theme park projects with the Portico Group, the Stadium Exhibition Hall with LMN, and some challenging Design Review projects with NK. Eric received a Bachelor's of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is a LEED accredited professional and a member of the AIA WA Codes & Planning committee. He lives in Wallingford with his wife and two small boys.

VACANT
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: 
Term expires: April 3, 2019 

James Marria

James Marria
Position: Development Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2018

James is a project manager at Touchstone, a development firm that focuses on urban in-fill office, hotel, and multifamily development. While passionate about business finance, he is also very interested in urban place-making and the public process. Originally from Boise, Idaho, he lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood after relocating to Seattle from California. James’ educational background is in business administration with an emphasis on finance.

Anita Jeerage

Anita Jeerage
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Anita is a Green Building Specialist with the U.S. Green Building Council, guiding design and construction professionals on green building certification for development around the world. She is a LEED AP and WELL AP. Anita previously worked as a sustainability consultant and project manager at Paladino and Company where she specialized in designing green building programs for portfolio owners. Anita received her Master’s in Building Science from the University of Southern California and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. As an avid urban explorer, she sat on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee while living in Princeton, New Jersey. Anita lives in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

Northwest

Ellen Cecil

Marc Angelillo
Position: Development Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Marc has worked in the real estate business in Seattle since 1992 and is a Managing Member of Stream Real Estate. He has worked on projects across the United States, and more recently has focused on multifamily and mixed use development. He previously worked on office spaces in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area and retail projects in Central California. Marc lives in Magnolia and has degrees in economics and history from University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's of Real Estate Development and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Chris was raised here in the Puget Sound region, but he and his family have recently returned to Seattle after spending the past 15 years living in Europe. Chris is trained in architecture and urban planning and has extensive experience working as the Director of Urban and Regional Design for a large architecture firm on complex mixed-use projects and master-plans throughout Europe, the Middle-East, Africa, and India. He has a small firm here in Seattle and in London providing architecture and urban design consulting services. He has previously served on the Conservation Board with the City of Steilacoom, the Practice and Ethics Committee of the Seattle chapter of the AIA, and the Advisory Board of the Waterford School of Architecture in Ireland. He currently serves on the Honor Awards Committee for the Seattle chapter of the AIA, and resides in the Ballard neighborhood.

Emily McNichols

Emily McNichols
Position: Community Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Emily is a licensed architect at Grouparchitect, a firm that primarily works on multifamily housing, custom residences, and commercial development. She grew-up in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, has been a Seattle resident for the past 23 years, and has settled with her family in the Ballard neighborhood. She also holds a LEED AP Homes credential and emphasizes the importance of quality universal design. Emily volunteers for local community organizations, such as the Ballard Food Bank and University Unitarian Church, assisting them in their space planning needs. Emily's educational background is in architecture with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and she previously owned her own firm which focused on single-family residential design.

Mike Delilla

Dale Kutzera
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Dale is a freelance writer and producer living in the Ballard neighborhood. He has published a novel and worked as a screenwriter for film and TV, as well as a model maker in an architecture firm, Parallax, in Culver City. While living in Los Angeles, Dale worked as the Public Affairs Officer for the J. Paul Getty Trust handling press relations for the Getty Research Institute and the Art History Information Program. Dale has a degree in broadcast communications from the University of Washington.

Keith Walzak

Keith Walzak
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Keith works at nbbj, an architecture firm handling business development strategies for urban planning and design services on a wide variety of projects including health care, higher education, and transportation, both civic and commercial. Keith is trained as an urban planner and an urban design and landscape architect. He has extensive experience working in the field in cities including San Diego, Boulder, and Tucson. Also, included in his experience are inclusivity and diversity training, conflict resolution training, and project management certificate. In addition, he has served on numerous boards and commissions through his career, including the United States Green Building Council, Habitat for Humanity, and City of Tucson Public Art and Community Design Committee. He resides in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Southeast

Dagliano Holmes

Carey Dagliano Holmes
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Carey is an architect at Weber Thompson, an architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban design firm located in South Lake Union. She has a strong design background including professional work experience with Cutler Anderson Architects, Bosworth Hoedemaker, and John Pawson Design. Her work over the past 14 years has focused on multifamily, commercial, and custom residential projects. Carey cares deeply for community work and has volunteered extensively for many community non-profit agencies including Habitat for Humanity, A Li Mi A for the Crow Indian Reservation, Auburn University’s Rural Studio, and AIA Seattle. Carey holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic University and is LEED accredited. She has resided in the Beacon Hill neighborhood for over 10 years.

Sharon Khosla

Sharon Khosla
Position: Development Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Sharon is a partner at The Global Studio which focuses on providing community based development globally. Her background is in architecture where she focused on public / civic work and non-profit community healthcare clinics. She holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in architecture from Lehigh University.  Sharon lives in the Central District/Jackson Place neighborhood with her family where she has been an active community advocate and is a member of the Central Area Land Use Review Committee. She also volunteers for various youth advocacy efforts and volunteers in the Seattle public schools. Sharon is also part owner of a small handmade modern wood furniture business.

Charles Romero

Charles Romero
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Charles is a transplant to Seattle who brings with him prior experience in Denver, Colorado and Shanghai, China. He has helped successfully execute projects including education, office parks, commercial, and housing with a focus on community building and sustainable practices. As an architect at VIA Architecture his emphasis is on mixed-use development with an urban planning approach. Charles received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Colorado, and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver. He resides in South Beacon Hill, and is encouraged to discover opportunities that perpetuate professional practice and the community at large.

Ben Smith

David Sauvion
Position: Community Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

David is an architect and urban designer whose work in the private sector has emphasized public-private partnerships in urban improvement efforts. More recently, David has dedicated his full time efforts working on neighborhood planning issues and efforts in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, where he lives. He has participated on the Rainier Beach Community Center Advisory Team, is a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee and currently serves as chair of the Rainier Beach Moving Forward organization. David has lived in London and Paris and has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from La Villette School of Architecture in Paris.

Ben Smith

Julian Weber
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Julian is a licensed architect and principal of his own firm Julian Weber Architecture + Design, primarily focused on residential development with an interest in sustainable objectives and energy usage. He previously worked at Dwell Development as an Architect and Construction Manager and as a designer at Pb elemental and Robert Humble/Hybrid Architects. Julian has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Montana State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design, also from Montana State University. He resides in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.

Southwest

Crystal Loya

Crystal Loya
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Crystal is a project manager and project architect at Graham Baba Architects in Capitol Hill where her focus is on the design of retail and public spaces. She has also spent time with continuing education on the topic of placemaking and community based design. She holds Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in architecture from the University of Idaho. Crystal has considerable community engagement experience working with the Seattle Architecture Foundation where she has been a committee member, co-chair of the public lecture committee and now serves on the Board of Directors. She has also been closely involved with volunteer and fundraising efforts for foster children through the Treehouse organization.

Donald Caffrey

Donald Caffrey
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Donald is a Senior Architect at GGLO and previously worked at Integrus Architecture, his own practice, Mithun, and Callison Architecture. His current work focuses on mixed-use and multifamily development and his past work included several schools, student housing, and office projects. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University in Ohio. He currently resides in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

VACANT
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: 
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Alexandra Moravec

Alexandra Moravec
Position: Development Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Alexandra works as an Asset Manager at Security Properties in Seattle, managing a portfolio of Section 8 housing projects located in over 20 states. She previously worked as a consultant at a community funding group, and for JPMorgan Chase's community development banking group; in both roles she worked to provide tax credit financing for non-profit real estate development. From the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Alexandra holds a Master's in Business Administration with a Real Estate Development concentration and a Master of City/Regional Planning with a Housing and Community Development concentration. Her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is from Harvard University. Alexandra resides in the Central District.

Daniel Skaggs

Matt Zinski
Position: Community Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Matt is a licensed architect who works for Weinstein AU Architects. He previously worked at LMN Architects in Seattle, and before that in other firms in Washington, DC and Buffalo, New York. His portfolio includes office development, transit hubs, schools, and museums, as well as restoration work. Matt received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Buffalo and later worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture. He is active practitioner and teacher of the in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira and lives in West Seattle.

West

Jill Kurfirst

Christine Harrington
Position: Community Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2018

Christine is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional at the interdisciplinary firm GGLO. Her professional experience includes designing parks, civic spaces, educational campuses, mixed use development, and public art. Christine’s experience in public art, through design and construction, has built her working knowledge of transforming common materials into inspirational spaces. Christine completed graduate work in Landscape Architecture and Restoration Ecology at the University of Washington, Chiba University in Japan, and at the University of New Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Minor in Anthropology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Brian Walters

Brian Walters
Position: Design Professional Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Brian is a licensed architect working at Olson Kundig on the design of mixed-use buildings, commercial spaces, and residential projects. He holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor degrees in Architecture from Washington State University. As a Board Member for the Seattle not-for-profit organization Space.City, Brian works to provide events and forums for the discussion of diverse design issues relevant to the community. He considers serving as a Design Review Board member an extension of his interest and experience in improving the built environment. Brian lives in the Belvedere neighborhood of West Seattle.

Homero Nishiwaki

Homero Nishiwaki
Position: Local Business Representative
Term: Second
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Homero has almost 20 years working with Seattle area firms focusing on public, transportation, and multifamily projects for the firms of Arai Jackson, Selkirk Miller Hayashi, and Johnson Architecture & Planning. He is currently running his own firm and resides in Magnolia. He's a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California where he focused his studies on affordable housing in diverse and dynamic urban environments. As a native of Argentina, he speaks various languages. He enjoys cycling and is interested in native gardening, construction, and all things vintage.

Stephen Porter

Stephen Porter
Position: Development Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Stephen is a Development Manager with Skanska USA Commercial Development in South Lake Union. His work places a high value on the urban fabric and strong urban design. He holds a Master’s degree in real estate from Cornell University and studied business at the University of Cincinnati. He previously worked in the financial sector at the US Department of the Treasury before pursuing a real estate degree at Cornell, where he sought to meld his knowledge of business and finance with his passion for vibrant urban places. Stephen lives in Ballard and is excited for the opportunity to provide public service.

Patreese Martin

Patreese Martin 
Position: Local Residential Representative
Term: First
Term expires: April 3, 2019

Petreese is as Associate Principal at the architecture firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. She is a LEED accredited professional and actively advocates for both good design and sustainability. She received her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington. Petreese is a former Board member of the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and former president of the University of Washington Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Council. Patreese frequently serves on student juries at university architecture programs and as a guest speaker at North Seattle Community College. Ms. Martin and her family have been residents of the Queen Anne neighborhood since 1999.

Staff & Program Administration

The Design Review Program is administered by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections.

Staff

Our Design Review Program staff:

  • Manage the program
  • Recruit and train residents to serve on the Design Review Board
  • Schedule and advertise the Design Review Board's project review meetings

Lisa Rutzick, Program Manager
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov
(206) 386-9049

Erika Ikstrums, Scheduling and Administration
erika.ikstrums@seattle.gov
(206) 684-3160

Design Review Planners

Our Design Review planners:

  • Lead developers and architects and their development projects through the design review process
  • Explain the land use code and design guidelines
  • Serve as professional staff support for the Design Review Boards

Shelley Bolser
shelley.bolser@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9067

Sean Conrad
sean.conrad@seattle.gov
(206) 733-9063

Brandon Cummings
brandon.cummings@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0251

Michael Dorcy
michael.dorcy@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1393

Tami Garrett
tami.garrett@seattle.gov
(206) 233-7182

Holly Godard
holly.godard@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0532

Carly Guillory
carly.guillory@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0720

Beth Hartwick
beth.hartwick@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0814

Magda Hogness
magda.hogness@seattle.gov
(206) 727-8736

Josh Johnson
joshua.johnson@seattle.gov
(206) 684-8278

Lindsay King
lindsay.king@seattle.gov
(206) 684-9218

David Landry
david.landry@seattle.gov
(206) 684-5318

Garry Papers
garry.papers@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0916

Bruce Rips
bruce.rips@seattle.gov
(206) 615-1392

Crystal Torres
crystal.torres@seattle.gov
(206) 684-5887

Colin Vasquez
colin.vasquez@seattle.gov
(206) 684-5639

Abby Weber
abby.weber@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7188

Allison Whitworth
allison.whitworth@seattle.gov
(206) 684-0363

 

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