2022 Mithun Promotions

Date Posted: 04.26.2022

Exceptional design by exceptional people. We are pleased to announce the promotion of team members within our Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Please join us in congratulating these rising leaders.

Mithun has promoted Casey Huang, Dakota Keene, Elizabeth Gordon, Erin Jacobs, Heidi Oien, May So and Tim Mollette-Parks to Partner.

Casey Huang has brought a strong contextual approach to the planning and design of affordable and workforce housing, and mission-based projects over her decades with Mithun. Notable efforts include the award-winning Liberty Bank Building affordable housing, Anthem on 12th and Decibel workforce housing and the Goodwill Job Training and Education Center. Casey also serves on the board of Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda).

Dakota Keene is a landscape architect known for crafting thoughtful, sustainable spaces that enrich the human experience and maximize benefit to clients and the greater community. She has led site design for many of Mithun’s signature projects including award-winning cultural landscapes for the National Nordic Museum in Seattle and Wanapum Heritage Center in Beverly, Washington, and campus workplaces including the Perot Family Offices and Tulalip Administration Building.

With a passion for creating innovative design solutions that merge client needs with programmatic requirements, Elizabeth Gordon has led the design of numerous corporate workplaces for confidential Fortune 100 companies in Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest including South Lake Union Block 25 and Workplace for Technology Engineers. She draws from broad experience with workplace, cultural, hospitality, science, higher education and healthcare to create built environments that enrich human experience, performance and wellness.

Erin Jacobs is a landscape architect and leader within Mithun’s digital design team driving advanced data-driven design, visualization and a fluid interdisciplinary design process. Passionate about place-based environmental learning, she has contributed to education, innovative workplace, and cultural projects including Athenian School, UC San Diego Mesa Nueva Graduate Student Housing, master planning for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Keahuolu Land Planning in Kona, Hawaii.

Based in Seattle, Heidi Oien is an architect and urban designer who has focused her 20+ year career on projects that catalyze urban neighborhoods. Notable projects include mixed-use, high-density housing projects such as Heartline, Press Blocks and Splash Apartments in Portland, Oregon; and urban design for the Sound Transit West Seattle to Ballard Link Extension in Seattle.

May So is an architect with extensive experience leading urban mixed-use projects that connect people and place to create sustainable, socially equitable cities. Active nationally with the Urban Land Institute, May’s portfolio of work includes 25 highrises representing more than 6,800 residential units and 1.4 million square feet of commercial space. Among her current projects is The Bellevue, a significant mixed-use development incorporating residential, hotel, retail and a public plaza adjacent to Bellevue Downtown Park.

Tim Mollette-Parks designs high-impact landscape projects in complex urban conditions, including the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge and subsequent implementation efforts with the North Richmond community, and UCLA’s Lot 15 Residence Halls. Through linked research and design efforts like the Mithun R+D Pollination Innovation study and Casa Adelante 2060 Folsom affordable housing in San Francisco, Tim contributes to local community and ecologic function while advancing landscape architecture practice nationally.

Also joining the Mithun ownership group are Chi Aoyama, Hilary Noll and Katie Stege.

Chi Aoyama is a designer with experience spanning academic, office and hospitality programs as well as mixed-use complexes up to two million square feet in scale. He is a skilled contributor to projects including multiple workplaces for a confidential Fortune 100 technology company, UC San Diego Nuevo East Graduate Student Housing and Mithun R+D studies, leveraging computational design and visualization tools to resolve complex needs and advance design process.

Hilary Noll is an architect and sustainability integration leader whose passion for community resilience and affordable housing is evident within trailblazing projects like Maceo May Apartments and the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a collaboration with North Richmond communities to address sea level rise and deliver health and wealth benefits for historically disinvested communities.

Katie Stege is an architect and researcher passionate about pursuing interdisciplinary solutions to complex land use challenges. Katie co-leads the Mithun R+D program, supports strategic climate resilience initiatives, and works on conceptual and schematic design at the neighborhood and building scale. Notable projects include the Brown Ranch Comprehensive Development Plan in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the National Elk Refuge Visitor Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

Mithun has promoted Kristen Belt, Lisa Jacks and Sade Borghei to Principal.

Architect Kristen Belt brings literacy in state and local housing policy to her work with affordable, multifamily housing in the Bay Area. Projects like 1180 Fourth and Balboa Park Upper Yard in San Francisco, and Gateway Family Housing in Menlo Park, reflect this insight and respond sensitively to their urban context and community priorities.

Lisa Jacks is an architect and project manager who excels at steering education and housing projects with complex stakeholder groups and consultant teams. Her diverse body of work includes new academic and gathering spaces for Athenian School, multiple projects for UC Santa Cruz, master planning and architecture at Hunters View in San Francisco, and revitalization of Jordan Downs in Los Angeles.

Sade Borghei is an architect with a passion for applying creative design solutions to positively impact individuals, communities and the greater environment. He brings a wealth of experience to the design of multifamily and mixed-use transit-oriented developments like Balboa Park Upper Yard and Pacific Station North, and led the acclaimed renovation of the iconic Sea Ranch Lodge on the Northern California coast.

New Associate Principals are Andrew Diehl, Arielle Crowder, Brad Barnett, Carl Dominguez, Crystal Loya, Darin Vieira, Dustann Jones, Josh Distler, Marna Abrams, Seamus Kelly, Shannon Lee, Tim House and Tom Fitzgerald.

As a licensed architect and a certified interior designer, Andrew Diehl is a versatile team member, designer and collaborator. He has honed his skills on high-performing workplace environments for leading technology clients, including the Engineering Training Center, Workplace for Technology Engineers, South Lake Union Block 25 and new headquarters for Atlassian in Austin.

Interior architect Arielle Crowder brings extensive understanding of contemporary pedagogies, materials and color to the design of learning environments that enhance occupant health and performance. Recent college and university projects include Edmonds College Hazel Miller Hall, Washington State University Tri-Cities Student Union Building and the College Instructional Center at Olympic College.

Brad Barnett is an urban designer with deep experience reimagining the potential of cities. Recent projects such as the Sound Transit West Seattle to Ballard Link Extension, Kirkland Station Area Plan for I-405 and Keahuolu Land Planning reflect his belief in the power of district scale design to create move livable, inclusive communities.

Carl Dominguez is an architect and project manager with decades of experience working with institutional clients on workplace and educational environments like the Seattle Public Utilities Watershed Headquarters, Clover Park Technical College CAMT and University of Washington campus facilities. Past president of AIA Washington Council, he advocates on behalf of architects on issues impacting the profession.

Crystal Loya is an architect passionate about building stronger communities through design. With a focus on placemaking and an eye for detail, she’s contributed to visionary projects ranging from a first-of-its-kind CLT manufacturing hub, the Darrington Wood Innovation Center, to specialty spaces like Sanctuary Studios and the PNW Market at University of Oregon’s Unthank Hall.

Architect Darin Vieira has worked on a wide range of projects, from Jesuit High School Chapel to Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, the Robert Frost Auditorium renovation and The Now, a creative commercial development on LA’s Sunset Strip. Consistent across efforts is Darin’s thoughtful attention to crafting places that bring people together in celebration of arts and community.

Architect Dustann Jones has helped create award-winning projects across the country, including the Wanapum Heritage Center, the Sustainability Treehouse in the forests of West Virginia and the National Nordic Museum in Seattle. He is inspired to create environments that weave together education and ecology to heighten the human experience.

Josh Distler is an architect with particular expertise in cultural and educational facility design. He was project architect for Louisiana Children’s Museum, an AIA COTE award-winning learning environment that encourages children to connect with nature in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the University Prep ULab, a next-generation academic hub for the Seattle-based independent school.

As Communications Director, Marna Abrams leads content strategy and implementation for Mithun’s external communications across digital and media channels. A gifted storyteller with decades of marketing experience, she works closely with leadership and design teams to craft vital stories about the core mission, practice areas, project journeys, innovations and diverse communities that inspire our work together.

Séamus Kelly is an architect and project manager with a passion for designing educational environments that support 21st century learning, occupant well-being and sustainable performance over decades of use. Notable projects include Blakely Elementary School, Seattle University’s Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation, and UW Bothell / Cascadia College STEM 4 Academic Building.

Shannon Lee is a landscape architect whose work is characterized by a sensitive approach to site, layering different uses and natural ecologies to create connections between communities and their built environment. Her work focuses on social equity, cultural inclusivity and environmental resilience, and includes The Bush School New Upper School and Vancouver’s Sea2City Design Challenge.

Architect Tim House’s award-winning portfolio of work spans education, civic, cultural and residential typologies. He is currently working with UCLA on projects including the three-building Southwest Campus Apartments, and has volunteered for years with ACE Mentors LA / Orange County, serving as Venice High School team leader and a past board member.

Landscape architect Tom Fitzgerald brings thoughtful design and technical detailing to urban and campus projects of all scales, from UCLA’s Olympic and Centennial Residence Halls, designed to enhance campus connectivity, to Maceo May Apartments, net-zero energy target affordable housing providing community and healing for formerly homeless Veterans and their families.

Mithun has promoted AJ Hoffman, Charlie Able, Chelsey Morar, Dawid Pol, Diana Ossa, Emily Vester, Jim Reisinger, Joyce Chang, Kibwe Daisy, Laura Durgerian, Logan Kelly, Lowell Day, Michael Everett, Mohammad Momin, Nathaniel Smith, Nora Wu, Rachel Himes and Taylor Tessmer-Morgan to Senior Associate.

New Associates at Mithun are Angelica Marquez, Ariel Scholten, Brandon Tharp, Brenden Day, Chris Reeh, Colleen Clifford, Ge Yu, Kristen Henley, Muhammad Arar, Nazanin Mehrin, Sarah Reynolds and Sean Baxter.