May So


International Assoc. AIA, MRAIC

May is a mission-driven architect with more than 20 years of experience leading urban mixed-use projects that connect people with each other and their environments to create sustainable, socially equitable cities. She is a skilled leader of multidisciplinary teams delivering complex, large-scale and sustainable urban mixed-use office, high-rise residential and higher education projects from design through construction in Canada and the United States. Her expertise results in high-performance, resilient buildings and places through the integration of emerging building technologies including mass timber, neighborhood energy systems and digital building platforms, as well as community asset building tools.

Her built work and community engagement demonstrate May’s belief in the transformative power of design to address urban challenges with a human-centered lens. She contributes regularly to conversations about multifamily housing, transportation and public life, and has been active on initiatives and task forces related to the development of healthy and equitable neighborhoods.


  • University of British Columbia — Master of Architecture
  • University of Calgary — Bachelor of Fine Arts

Memberships And Accreditations

  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada


  • AIA Seattle Committee on Homelessness, Past Member
  • City of Vancouver Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee, Past Member
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Seattle Chapter, Board Member
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Steel-Timber Composite Structures Research Steering Committee, Member
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Member
  • Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, Past Member
  • Seattle Design Review Board, Member
  • ULI Americas Redevelopment and Reuse Council, Member
  • ULI District Council Task Forces on Health and Equity Technical Resource Group, Past Member
  • ULI Northwest Center for Leadership, Co-Chair
  • ULI Northwest Resilience Product Council, Steering Committee Member
  • ULI Northwest Women’s Leadership Initiative Subcommittee, Past Member