AIA, LEED AP
"I like boats. I like opera. I like building things, especially out of wood. I like drawing by hand. I like working with people with diverse interests and abilities."
Noah's passions encompass understanding the relationships between student and educator needs and the realities of technical systems. His expertise spans detailed knowledge of how a building is put together to connect people to places of pride, meaning, and the best possible learning opportunities. He earned a bachelor of science in Art and Design from MIT and master of architecture from the University of Washington.
"I am here for the people. I enjoy finding out their motivations and empowering them to be successful. That's important not only within a design team, but also when working collaboratively with clients."
Noah often serves clients as project leader and project manager. He guides design teams with sensitivity to the important contexts of a project: physical, political, historical, geographical, and cultural. Noah emphasizes the importance of details in well selected materials and systems to find design solutions that are constructible, value-oriented, and supportive of the design vision developed with the client.
Noah's recent work includes the AIA award-winning Federal Way Public Schools program, delivering four new elementary schools that provide 21st Century learning opportunities for students in a low-income and often transient community of ethnically diverse families. He also recently collaborated with the Lake Washington School District to plan, design and implement a phased build-out of the new A.G. Bell Elementary School around ongoing operations in an existing on-site facility.