Mithun’s Erin Christensen Ishizaki has been recognized by Urban Land Institute (ULI) as one of the world’s top 40 real estate professionals under 40.
ULI’s Urban Land Magazine celebrated this year the most outstanding leaders in the real estate and land use disciplines, including development, design, finance, planning, sustainability, public policy and academia. As an urban designer and architect at Mithun, Erin is a national leader who integrates public health into urban redevelopment and neighborhood planning design. Having collaborated to numerous redevelopment plans and strategies, Erin has utilized evidence-based design to improve health, decrease crime rates and set targets for neighborhood-scale sustainability.
Through her projects, industry conference presentations and leadership in professional organizations, Erin elevates the state of urban land design. Her leadership has helped catalyze current efforts to promote the value of healthy projects and communities. In 2010 Erin contributed to the development of the beta EcoDistricts Assessment Toolkit, a method for understanding existing neighborhood performance, setting targets and developing strategies for neighborhood-scale sustainability. Erin continues to collaborate with EcoDistricts on developing their global standard. In 2013, she helped create ULI’s 10 Principles for Building Healthy Places. In her local ULI Northwest district council, she serves on the Affordable Housing Task Force, and has completed their Center for Sustainable Leadership program.
Erin has demonstrated a fresh approach to listening to the community by using a framework of health and sustainability as the touchstone for discussion. She connects with communities and potential users and clearly conveys how alternatives to conventional neighborhood development can improve quality of life, serve community needs, improve social equity and support cultural expression.
It is an icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and building innovation. It is more than just a Treehouse—it is an immersive experience.
Located in the forest of Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Sustainability Treehouse was built for the Boys Scouts of America’s annual jamboree, serving as a place for environmental education while capturing the imagination of childhood exploration.
“We designed the Treehouse to provide visitors with tangible lessons of sustainable design that would inform their future actions and leave them with a strong connection to this amazing place,” says project designer Brendan Connolly, a partner at Mithun.
Recently, Green Building and Design Magazine featured our project and they describe, in-depth, how the Boys Scouts have “upheld a ‘leave no trace’ ethic on backcountry campouts.” With specific program requirements leave the forest undisturbed, the Treehouse is on target for meeting the Living Building Challenge and was honored with the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award.
ARCHITECT Magazine ranked Mithun at 15 among the Top 50 Design Firms for 2014.
ARCHITECT 50 named Mithun as one of the top 20 best design firms in the nation. With an overall firm ranking of 46, Mithun was credited with a collection of work that represents an “optimistic” and “positive” approach to architecture. Rankings are based on factors including net revenue, awards, design, research and sustainability. Our Chairman and CEO, Bert Gregory commented on what it means to the firm to make this list, “[it] reflects the commitment of our clients to be stewards of the broader community and the natural world in which we live.”
As part of the larger Seattle Design Festival, Mithun is proud to partner with SocialScale this year to create two dynamic, interactive parklets.
Hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter (WASLA), PARK(ing) DAY is an annual event where organizations turn metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up public park installations.
Originally conceived in 2005 by Rebar in San Francisco, it is recognized today as a global movement. In 2013, SDOT approved 45 park installations throughout the city of Seattle and now, with close to 1,000 parks in more than 35 countries, PARK(ing) DAY is helping raise awareness about important issues like creating walkable, livable and healthier cities world-wide.
This year, for one day only, Mithun will partner with our friends at SocialScale to transform TWO adjacent parking spots at the Spring Street intersection of Alaskan Way into a uniquely engaging public urban design that represents the intersection of “Work + Play” along Seattle’s rapidly evolving waterfront.
Come experience the Mithun + SocialScale parklets on September 19th from 9:00am-3:00pm, as well as other events across downtown Seattle.
The 2014 Seattle Design Festival (SDF2014) explores the ways design moves us. From place to place, frame to frame, present to future—design is the vehicle of innovation.
Experience Design in Motion as SDF2014 brings together citizens, leaders and experts to celebrate the ways design makes life better.
Presented by AIA Seattle and Design In Public, and in collaboration with dozens of community organizations, SDF2014 (September 5-19) supports community design discovery.
Join Mithun as we participate in talks, exhibitions, installations and workshops as our region’s wealth of innovative individuals in architectural, interior, graphic, industrial, digital and urban design come together to exchange ideas.
Student housing has come a long way from the dorms we remember – today’s facilities are integrated student-life communities with superior academic and recreational amenities.
With a surge in graduating high school students wanting to attend out-of-state, high-ranking universities, the pressure has intensified for institutions to offer outstanding and amenity-rich housing as part of the campus experience. This next wave of student housing design reflects an increasing focus on social interaction, student health and diverse choices to deliver a holistic live-learn community. The University of California, Irvine’s innovative housing expansion for Mesa Court exemplifies how campus development is moving away from the historically self-contained dormitory model and adopting this new approach.
Bill LaPatra, a project director for some of our more complex urban sites and campuses, was recently interviewed by the online commercial real estate journal GlobeSt.com to explain this demand and change in perception within student life and housing:
UCI’s Mesa Court is just one example of how many universities are beginning to adopt this new approach to campus development. As the demand for healthy and connected design continues to rise, universities all over the country are planning more complex, integrated campuses and ultimately redefining student life.
The Wall Street Journal features three apartment buildings designed by Mithun for Spectrum Development Solutions. Anthem, the first of the three buildings located in the Yesler Terrace near Seattle’s downtown, is under construction. Construction is scheduled to start next spring on the other two buildings, Decibel and Revel.