Composition and Terms
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Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Terms are two years and may be renewed once.
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|Bernie Alonzo has been planning and designing projects as a landscape architect in Seattle for 17 years. His work is primarily within complex, dense settings, integrating ecological design into the existing urban fabric. His experience on projects that involve coordinating with agencies to integrate various modes of transportation will be particularly helpful to the Design Commission. His interest in the use of water in design, and an eye for finding low cost, effective, unique solutions will be a valuable addition. Bernie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture and a Certificate in Design Firm Management from the University of Washington.|
|Brodie Bain has practiced urban planning and architecture in Seattle for 20 years. Her work creating a framework for sustainable campus planning is of national significance. She has served on the North-East Design Review Board, and was an active community member on projects including the Capitol Hill Street Car, Aquarium, and Waterfront. The Design Commission will benefit from her ability to translate long-term, broad environmental thinking to the project level. Brodie holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Trinity College, and a Certificate in Design Firm Management from the University of Washington.|
|Thomas Nelson AIA, LEED® BD+C is a principal at Mithun. With over 25 years of experience as an architect designing major commercial and institutional projects his focus is on civic and higher education. He led the design of the recently completed Puyallup City Hall which has received LEED® Gold Certification. He’s a nationally recognized expert on sustainable design and has completed numerous LEED® Certified projects. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.|
|Seth Geiser is a freelance urban designer. He worked for Seattle Department of Planning and Development for 3+ years on a wide range of planning initiatives, including: people-oriented streetscape design, family-friendly urban neighborhoods, neighborhood framework plans, design charettes, and street food. He is a firm believer that the design process can be used to enliven neighborhoods, foster community collaboration, and enrich daily life. Seth graduated from the University of Washington with concurrent Master's degrees in Urban Planning and Design and Public Administration.|
|Lolly Kunkler is a licensed civil engineer who focuses on low impact development and sustainable infrastructure. She has been involved in the planning, design, and construction administration of sustainable and low impact development projects on a variety of scales, including the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel, the High Point Redevelopment, and The Neighborhood House Community Center. Lolly pursued engineering because she wanted to have a positive influence on the built environment. She currently works at SvR Design, an integrated services firm focused on low impact development, parks, housing, site development, and pedestrian, street, and trail projects.|
Martin Regge is a Principal with Community Attributes, a Seattle based consulting firm. Martin is a problem solver with extensive marketing and business development experience in planning, civic, corporate/commercial, science/education and health care markets. Martin’s role begins in initial project visioning, bringing an urban designer’s perspective of framework thinking and systems integration through project delivery.
Prior to joining Community Attributes, Martin co-led the Planning and Urban Design practice at NBBJ, a global design practice. Working with a multi-discipline team of planners, architects and management consultants throughout the NBBJ network of offices in the US and China, Martin lead numerous domestic and international projects including master plans, site selection studies, new town planning, coastal redevelopment plans and numerous urban design competitions.
Martin has a B.S. in Design with emphasis in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University. Martin is active in the urban planning community. He is a member of the American Institutes of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute where he sits on the Public Development and Infrastructure Council, and the vice-chair of the Renton Planning Commission.
|Shannon Loew is the founder of Form In Context (a.k.a. FIX), a small real estate development company focused on urban infill projects that stimulate community through shared values of innovation and creativity. FIX is the culmination of Shannon's on-going pursuit to create great places with inspiring, relevant design. Shannon is an associate member of the AIA, LEED certified and holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental architecture from Vassar College. He has worked with some of the largest real estate developers in the country, prize winning architects in the US and Europe and at IDEO where he designed on a range of issues from apparel retail to sustainable mineral resource extraction. Clients have included Marriott, Nike, Rio Tinto, and Forest City. Prior to his career in architecture, Shannon worked in marketing and business consulting for seven years in New York and South Africa on a diverse set of industries.|
Ellen Sollod is an artist and art planner working in the public realm for nearly 20 years. Conceptualizing urban spaces as places for people, she creates site-specific and site-integrated art for plazas, parks, educational facilities, hospitals, streetscapes, and urban infrastructure. Sensitivity to the environment, attention to human scale, and incorporating meaning and metaphor are important considerations in her work. Working as a member of design teams, she has collaborated with architects, landscape architects, lighting designers and engineers to create award-winning public projects. Sollod has also created art master plans and design guidelines for major infrastructure projects. Her approach to urbanism through the incorporation of art and innovative design is informed a M.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in art history from the University of North Carolina.
Ellen’s experience with public policy includes service as the Executive Director of the Seattle Arts Commission and the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities as well as Assistant Director of the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the National Register of Peer Professionals of the General Services Administration. Locally, she serves on the 12th Avenue Stewards and recently completed service on the Seattle University Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
|Osama is a registered architect and LEED TM accredited professional with a diverse background and a strong commitment to connect architecture and landscape design to culture and place. His professional career has included a wide range of projects in Seattle and throughout the U.S. that have focused on sustainability, cultural sensitivity and community-based design solutions.|
Osama works at LMN Architects. Previoulsy he was at Jones & Jones Architects & Landscape Architects. He has led teams on a number of multi-disciplinary projects that have ranged from large master plans, and civic spaces to intimate museums, interpretive centers and cultural facilities. In all of these projects Osama has strived to honor diversity and cultural expression, invite community involvement and spark curiosity while always moving people to work together, learn together and develop an ever-evolving commitment to environmental stewardship. Osama holds a Bachelors of Art in Architecture from the University of Washington and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts.