Seattle Design Commission has New Chair and Commissioner

The Seattle Design Commission has a new chair, and a new commissioner filling the architect position.

Shannon Loew is commission’s new chair. Shannon 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 ongoing pursuit to create great places with inspiring, relevant design. Shannon is an associate member of the AIA, is 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, with prize winning architects in the U.S. and Europe, and at IDEO, where he designed on a range of issues from apparel retail to sustainable mineral resource extraction. His 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.

John Savo, AIA, is the new commissioner filling the architect position. John is a Principal with NBBJ in Seattle and a leader of the firm’s commercial and corporate practice. For over 30 years, John has been leading urban architecture projects that emphasize innovation, historic preservation and sustainability. A generalist, John has delivered a wide range of project types for his clients, including high-rise and mid-rise office and residential buildings, complex mixed-use projects, public infrastructure, corporate and institutional master plans, and historic building rehabilitations. In addition to practice, John has taught architecture and design at universities in Boston and Seattle and has served locally on the Boards of Leadership Tomorrow, the South Lake Union Community Council and the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce for which he served as President in 2012. John is also Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Seattle University’s Master Plan.  Passionate about advancing a more sustainable future, he has presented at numerous conferences, including Green Leaders Summit, Green Build and Code Green. Prior to joining NBBJ in 1985, John was with Olson Walker Architects in Seattle and Marcel Breuer Associates in NYC.

 

New Commissioners Sought For Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for a new landscape architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin following the appointment in April 2015; the appointment ends in March 2017.

Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to two two‐year terms. The 10‐member commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises City officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects, or projects that impact the public realm. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month. Members cannot contract with the City on any capital improvement project reviewed by the Commission. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by February 16, 2015, to:

Mayor Ed Murray c/o
Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124‐4019
(206) 386-4024
michael.jenkins@seattle.gov

New Commissioners Sought for Seattle Planning Commission

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April 2015. Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor or the City Council and may serve up to two consecutive, three-year terms. This year, four positions will be open in total; one position will be appointed by the Mayor, two will be appointed by the City Council, and one by the Commission itself. The City is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and sexual minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Commissioners must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation.

Who We Are
We are a 16-member Commission of neighbors that care about the future of our city. We are a group of individuals that have served on neighborhood councils, community design review boards, as well as many other community focused volunteer roles. We have a broad range of skills and perspectives that include architecture and design, land use and transportation planning, low-income housing development, and community engagement specialists.

What We Do
We advise the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on citywide planning goals, policies, and plans and provide them with independent and objective advice on land-use and zoning, transportation and housing issues.

The Commission is the steward of the City’s Comprehensive Plan; our citywide vision for how Seattle grows. We debate the benefits and impacts of these important policies and advise on how best to plan for the future.

In the recent past, the Commission has helped to raise important issues such as:

  • Affordable housing, creating an action plan for affordable housing that had a special focus on housing for families with children
  • How to better align investments in transportation with investments in needed community spaces, creating vibrant and successful transit communities

What We Are Looking For
We have a broad range of skills and perspectives but we are always looking for new voices that bring to light issues facing all parts of the city. We are looking for people who:

  • Bring a commitment to making Seattle a great place to live and have knowledge and experience in land use and planning
  • Have a commitment to community-building and community engagement
  • Have an understanding of transportation investments and how they impact the neighborhoods around them
  • Can speak to the needs of affordable housing or have an understanding of what role affordability plays in the city
  • Have a passion for communicating planning to a diverse set of stakeholders

Participation in the Planning Commission is a significant volunteer commitment. This includes attendance at monthly meetings (the second and fourth Thursdays of each month) and participation on at least one sub-committee that meets monthly. Commissioners also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events.

How To Apply
To be considered for appointment to the Commission, please send a letter of interest and resume by January 31, 2015 addressed to:
Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director
Seattle Planning Commission
City of Seattle
Department of Planning and Development,
PO Box 34019
Seattle WA 98124-4019

Please consider including any voluntary personal information regarding your cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability that might assist us in meeting the City’s goal to create diverse boards and commissions.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Murdock, Commission Executive Director at (206) 733-9271 or via e-mail at Vanessa.murdock@seattle.gov.

For more information about the Seattle Planning Commission please visit our website.

Seeking Architect for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015.

Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two‐year terms. The 10‐member Commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises city officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The Commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the Commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month. Members cannot contract with the city on any capital improvement project that the Commission reviews. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2014, to:

Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124‐4019
(206) 386-4024
michael.jenkins@seattle.gov

Seeking Architect for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015.

Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two‐year terms. The 10‐member Commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises city officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The Commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the Commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month. Members cannot contract with the city on any capital improvement project that the Commission reviews. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2014, to:

Michael Jenkins
Director, Seattle Design Commission
Department of Planning and Development
700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124‐4019
(206) 386-4024
michael.jenkins@seattle.gov