Design Excellence Awards Exhibit

The Seattle Design Commission held its Design Excellence awards on June 26 at Hub Impact, a unique shared work space in Pioneer Square. The Design Commission awarded four projects:

  • Kirke Park in Ballard
  • South Transfer Station in Georgetown
  • University of Washington’s West Campus public spaces
  • The Lake to Bay Plan

In addition the Design Commission gave honorable mentions to three projects:

  • Bell Street Park in Belltown
  • Fire Station 6 in the Central District
  • Madison Valley’s Stormwater Project, Phase 2

You can see the Design Excellence Awards display in Seattle Municipal Tower’s gallery space, located on the third floor of the building at 700 5th Avenue. The gallery space can be accessed through the buildings’ main entrance; the space is located one floor below the entrance.

If you want more information about the awards, contact:

Michael Jenkins, Design Commission Director
(206) 386-4024

Seattle Design Commission Announces Two New Appointments

Lee Copeland

Lee Copeland, FAIA, is an architect, urban designer and educator with more than 50 years of experience. He served as Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (now the School of the Built Environments) at the University of Washington, and as Dean and Paley Professor of Architecture and City Planning at the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now the School of Design) at the University of Pennsylvania. Copeland received the Topaz Medallion from the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for cumulative contributions to architecture and education in 2001. He has served on design commissions in San Jose, the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania and Georgia Institute of Technology, and as chairman of the Philadelphia Planning Commission. He has prepared numerous University Campus Plans including for the University of Washington, and many urban design plans in Seattle including Belltown, Lake Union, the Seattle Civic Center and others. Copeland brings to the Design Commission a perspective view of architecture in context.

Thaddeus Egging

Thaddeus Egging, PE, LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate at KPFF Consulting Engineers. As a professional civil engineer his passion for sustainable stormwater design is rooted in a belief that, to achieve large-scale improvements within our environment, improvements need to be implemented on a project-by-project basis utilizing a holistic, quality-based, approach. Thaddeus is proud to live in a City that is a national leader in sustainable practices and technologies setting new goals for stormwater infrastructure management. He is currently the civil project manager on the deep green project Stone34, which is pursuing a LEED Platinum certification and is participating in the City of Seattle’s Living Building Pilot program.

The Seattle Design Commission recruits for new members on a yearly basis. If you are an architect, landscape architect, urban planner or designer, artist, or engineer and are interested in serving as a Design Commission member, contact:

Michael Jenkins
Design Commission Director
(206) 386-4024


Design Commission Seeking New Member

The Seattle Design Commission is seeking a new Get Engaged member. The Get Engaged program places young adults ages 18-29 on the City of Seattle’s public boards and commissions. Get Engaged commissioners serve a one-year term starting September each year. Acting in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council, commissioners help shape policy decisions, make recommendations, and provide citizen participation in city government. Started in 2001, Get Engaged is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders and advocating for the influence of young voices in city affairs.

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 20-25 hours a month. Members cannot contract with the city on any capital improvement project reviewed by the commission. Applicants must reside in the City of Seattle. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To apply, complete the online application and email your resume to For more information, visit