HEWITT Promotes Julia Nagele to Senior Principal


SEATTLE, June 15, 2022 – Seattle-based design firm HEWITT today announced the promotion of Julia Nagele to senior principal. She also serves as director of design – architecture and is an affiliate assistant professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

Nagele has been with HEWITT for more than a decade and is responsible for the design of many of the studio’s most notable buildings, including towers such as The Emerald, Mama Tower, Skyglass, and 888 Bellevue, as well as the Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development and Luna Apartments. Her current projects include OneU and 1107 – two residential towers that will change the University District skyline.

“This promotion is a recognition of the tremendous influence Julia has on the architecture studio and underscores her unique ability to foster innovation in complex urban conditions. Her big-idea driven approach resonates with clients, staff, and the community,” said Paul Shema, AIA, LEED AP, and president of HEWITT. “Julia is an incredible creator, mentor, and colleague, and her leadership and design acumen have transformed our studio.”

Nagele joined HEWITT in 2011 and was named a principal in 2018. She previously worked at LMN Architects and began her career at Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University. Nagele completed her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and this year, delivered the commencement address at her alma mater and was named a Distinguished Alumni. In 2021, Nagele was recognized by Seattle Met as one of the most influential people in the city.


Founded in 1975, Seattle-based HEWITT (hewittseattle.com) is a design firm dedicated to improving the fabric of cities and the way people live. The firm is comprised of three studios: architecture, landscape architecture, and transportation architecture. The architecture studio focuses its collective expertise to create innovative solutions and experiences that enrich complex urban environments.