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What is a neighborhood? How does architecture and urban development converge with social and cultural life to create a dynamic environment for communities to live, work, and play? This panel explores the evolving geography of Seattle’s First Hill Neighborhood, highlighting the projected impact of current architectural expansion and redevelopment projects on the community. Pairing architects with creative placemakers, historians, and First Hill activists, this panel will be a well rounded, participatory conversation on the construction in-process surrounding the Frye Art Museum. Moderated by Jill Rullkoetter, the Frye’s Senior Deputy Director of education, this program will showcase the ways that museum’s serve as community hubs, hosting thoughtful and generative conversations between diverse community groups.
This program explores the ways that design change the physical infrastructure of neighborhoods and, so doing, the social and cultural makeup of communities. During Seattle Design Festival, there will be construction underway as part of the Swedish First Hill Expansion Project, the Yesler Terrace development of Seattle Housing Authority, and St. James Cathedral’s Senior Housing Project.
Located on Seattle’s First Hill since 1952, the Frye Art Museum is the living legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, visionary civic leaders and patrons of the arts. Today, the Frye Founding Collection is a catalyst for engagement with contemporary art and artists, and access to the Museum’s collection and exhibitions will always be free and open to the public.
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Mark Brands is co-founder and Managing Principal of Site Workshop, and has been a guiding force in the shaping and direction of the Site Workshop team—its culture and transition into its second decade of operations. He has managed and designed projects ranging in size and complexity throughout North America, the Pan Pacific, Asia, and Australia. Prior to forming Site Workshop, Brands worked with the EDAW offices in San Francisco, Sydney and Seattle, with Lee & Associates in Seattle and Taipei and with PBR Hawaii in Honolulu. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, he is deeply committed to his community and to developing planning and design processes that result in both a shared vision for the future and practical strategies for implementing them. His focus on the design process and commitment to building consensus between projects constituencies helps evoke the essential, special qualities of a place, its image, and character. Brands received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University. He is also currently serving as a board member of the new School of Design & Construction at WSU and is a regular critic at the UW Department of Landscape Architecture.
Mark Hinshaw is an architect and urban planner with the Seattle Housing Authority. Throughout the more than 35 years of his career, his practice has focused on the public realm, including parks, plazas, streets, and civic centers. He has written three books on urban design and numerous articles for professional journals. Currently he is a contributor to crosscut, a daily on-line magazine.
Alex Hudson is the Director of First Hill Improvement Association. Passionate about building community, Hudson believes that the key ingredients to rich urban life are diverse groups of people and vibrant public places. Her work helps to advance the needs of the former by creating and energizing the latter. Hudson has lived on First Hill for seven years with her little black cat. She spends her free time people watching in the sun, exploring the city at night, and dabbling in politics.
Larry Kreisman is Program Director of Historic Seattle, where he has initiated a diverse array of educational programs and events on architecture, design arts, and built heritage. Kreisman is co-author with Glenn Mason of The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest and author of Made To Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County, and numerous other books. He is an Honorary Member of AIA Seattle, and received the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Historic Preservation. Kreisman has a B.A. from City College of New York; a M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago; and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington.
Jen Song manages the Yesler Terrace Arts Initiative for the Seattle Housing Authority, where she oversees artist residencies, public art works, and community programs. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of Education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and also worked at the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum. Song has taught courses on community-based arts at New York University and the City University of New York and has published on topics such as using art to engage in dialogue around race, class, and culture.
Marisa Hagney, Assoc. AIA, is the Living Community Challenge Manager for the International Living Future Institute. She works with communities around the world taking the lead in applying concepts of net positive energy and water, micro-mobility, urban agriculture and equitable place. Hagney plays an active role as the Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle’s Urban Design Forum and on the AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors. She is on the Major Institution Citizen Advisory Committee for Harborview Medical Center. Hagney has her B.S. in Architectural Studies and emphasized her studies in ecological and human-scaled design in Copenhagen, Denmark. Experiencing the world’s best cycling infrastructure has led Marisa to be a fierce advocate for multi-modal transit and inclusive community engagement. Recent Seattle projects include working on the South King St. Greenway and Park(ing) Day+.
Alicia Daniels Uhlig, NCARB, LEED Fellow, is an architect and passionate green building advocate, with 20 years of sustainable design experience. Currently, she directs the Living Community Challenge + Policy Director for the International Living Future Institute, and is focused on accelerating the creation of vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities. Prior to joining ILFI, Uhlig practiced architecture in Seattle, Washington with GGLO, in California with Van der Ryn Architects, and in the US Virgin Islands. Uhlig’s contributions to sustainable design also led her to work on vernacular projects in Italy. Alicia is a LEED Fellow (credentials in BD+C, Neighborhood Development, and Homes), a current USGBC LEED Advisory Committee member, and is a founding steering committee member of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. Projects of interest include the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan, which outlines a path to achieving city-wide carbon neutrality by 2050; the 2015 Seattle Climate Resilience Plan, which identifies the potential land use impacts of local sea level rise; and Plan 4DE for the International Energy Agency, which is providing an online planning tool to analyze the links between district energy viability and urban form.