Paul Shema, AIA, LEED AP
Paul’s passion lies in making our cities better through thoughtful and sustainable architecture. He enjoys exploring new ways for buildings to consume less energy and resources, thereby improving the environment to promote healthy living and more livable communities. As an architect and urban designer, his experience includes the planning and design of both new and renovated transit facilities, mixed-use/residential developments, and institutional projects.
Senior Principal, Director of Design - Architecture
Julia brings more than 20 years of experience to her role as the leader of architectural design at HEWITT. She believes the success of today’s projects rely on the expertise of many, and is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that promotes participation from a broad range of diverse thinkers. Julia helps enforce these values at HEWITT, as the team strives to address complex urban conditions in a straightforward and elegant manner. Her experience as an Assistant Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington reinforces her professional practice by guiding team projects as an editor and forming strategies for successful outcomes. She believes the art and science of making architecture, navigating agencies and understanding complex client organizations requires her to connect the dots at the right time for the right people. In doing so, the most opportunity and value for a client’s project will be realized.
“Aside from Jeanne Gang of Chicago, there are few women who lead the design of skyscrapers, but Seattle has one: Julia Nagele.” – Puget Sound Business Journal
Her work has been featured in Forbes, Aspire Design & Home, Dwell, Seattle Met, Daily Journal of Commerce, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Principal, Director of Practice - Architecture
Sean Ludviksen, AIA
Sean has devoted his career to thoughtful and responsive design solutions. With over 35 years of experience in project development and construction, Sean offers organization and accountability throughout the entire project delivery process and is recognized by clients, consultants, and builders for his thoroughness of all project phases. Sean’s capacity to lead teams, such as several of the City’s most prominent projects including The Emerald, makes him an exemplary Principal and mentor.
He started his architecture career with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Sean is passionate about fostering Seattle’s growth, supporting the arts and engaging in collaborative problem solving. He and his family live in Ballard, with their dog Annie.
Andrew Nguyen, LEED AP
Andrew has always had a natural inclination to draw, whether it be superheroes, cars, robots, or spaceships; and now applies that to his work, where he appreciates the artistic and technical union of architectural design. In his words, Andrew is a “dot-connecting human Venn Diagram” who inhabits the technical and creative domains.
As someone who appreciates the artistic craft and quality of construction, Andrew enjoys implementing details that help create a certain aesthetic. He especially enjoys knowing that his work contributes to the urban fabric and helps provide a sense of place for those experiencing it.
Andrew is a versatile, collaborative design professional whose experience spans mid-rise wood construction to high-rise concrete construction for mixed-use office and housing projects, including affordable housing, multi-family, and housing for students and seniors.
Andrew holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently testing for his architecture licensure.
EA / PA to Director of Design Architecture
Johanna was born in Seattle, grew up in Napa Valley, and recently moved back to Seattle to begin her professional career as the executive assistant to the Director of Design. The world of architecture is completely new to her (other than her personal interest in cities and buildings), so she is thrilled she has the opportunity to work somewhere she can apply her current skills while learning about what she has loved recreationally for many years. Johanna brings to Hewitt Architecture her experience in administrative management and organization, as well as her love and enthusiasm for city life, and the energy that working in a design studio in the heart of Seattle requires.
Johanna graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies, during which, she worked in the membership department at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. From her time waiting tables in New York City to working at a 32-acre urban jungle in Berkeley, she is excited for what her future at Hewitt Architecture holds.
Justin Pagorek, AIA
Justin has always enjoyed freeform design—no instructions, no rules—as a way to access his creativity. He is also interested in people’s experiences as they relate to the built environment. Now, as an architect, he appreciates the intersection of the two—design-thinking to provide function, combined with artful concepts that offer an inspired user experience. He considers the lasting impact a building has in a community, and keeps that front of mind throughout every project.
As an analytical thinker, Justin excels at problem-solving and finding ways to overcome challenges, such as constrained sites in urban locations. He drills down to the details while keeping a big-picture perspective to deliver projects that bring a positive contribution to the public while addressing all requirements and any restrictions.
Justin is a Registered Architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. He is member of the American Institute of Architects.
Ian grew up building structures on his family’s farm in Kentucky—small towers, bridges, and shelters cut into the ground and made out of raw timber. That foundational experience of designing and building a functional object to serve a specific need fed into Ian’s passion for creating something useful and beautiful that didn’t exist before.
Ian isn’t deterred by challenges; on the farm he learned from trial and error. He enjoys using the art of listening to find out what people really want, and then problem-solving to design a solution that is both functional and an aesthetic reflection of its environment.
Ian holds Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Kentucky.
With his cosmopolitan background of 15 years in Korea, 3 years in Alabama, and 10 years in California, Josh has explored a variety of built environments and developed an aspiration to work for the benefit of the urban experience. From internship experience at PYATOK, in Oakland, CA, to project designer experience in Los Angeles, Josh is a versatile designer who strives to apply his academic knowledge and purposeful design approach to solving architectural problems.
Josh holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies with a Global Studies minor from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is excited to participate in the project design process at Hewitt Architecture and is currently working on a mid-rise project in the University District, as well as various pursuits.
In between working and studying for his architectural licensure, Josh enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife and dog.
Laura Graden-Cotts, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Laura has a deep love of the endless challenges that come with the real-world implementation of the built environment, and thrives on the practical and technical questions that really make a building work. She has unique experience as an architect, serving her formative years as a full-time owner’s on-site representative for both large and small construction projects, and relishes seeing the design on paper become a reality. As a result, she has a unique talent for communicating with owners, designers and contractors alike, as well as an understanding of complex contractual roles required to bring intricate projects to life.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from University of Idaho. Her previous experience includes healthcare, biotechnology, and research and development facilities for higher education, and retail facilities.
Laura has been planning out her career in architecture from her early childhood. Her sensibility toward design paired with her critical thinking mindset make her an ideal collaborator. She comes from an artistic background and enjoys approaching a project from a more traditional method – sketching and diagramming. Laura’s interests are throughout all aspects of the project, from early concept to design development through construction. She puts her best foot forward and strives to be an asset anywhere she is needed. Laura believes architecture is a team activity and when everyone is being heard, the end result is greater.
Growing up in a family full of carpenters, Michael’s love for construction began as a young boy, learning to use tools with his father’s and grandfather’s instruction. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael has a broad background working as a carpenter for his father’s construction company; designing schools, churches and car dealerships in Illinois; and developing prototypes for Nordstrom, Apple, and Williams-Sonoma stores around the globe. Michael joined HEWITT in 2016 and is currently working on high-rise residential projects including Mama Tower and 222 Dexter Ave.
From building Lego structures as a kid to working on historic buildings in Europe, Michael has always been drawn to take on complex problems that require elegant and unique solutions.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He and his family love the outdoors, taking weekend trips and spending time with their two labs, Wrigley and Indy.
Neelofar brings skills in physical model building, visualization, and graphics. She enjoys working as part of an architectural team in an environment where every voice is heard, with the end goal of advancing design concepts toward inspired spaces unique to every owner and situation.
Neelofar holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.
Scott Shaw, AIA, NCARB
A native of Bellevue, Scott has over 25 years of experience working on a wide variety of project types. He first worked at HEWITT in 1997 and returned in 2015. Scott has served as architect of record on many award-winning projects, including the JBLM “Warriors in Transition” Headquarters Building (LEED Gold + SAME Design Excellence Award). Scott strives to foster healthy team environments that bring out the best in peer collaboration and design excellence. In his free time, Scott enjoys both photography and watercolor painting – despite his slight color blindness.
Scott is licensed in the states of Washington, Alaska, Louisiana and Texas, and holds a DBIA Certification. A past board member of the Southwest Washington AIA, Scott has participated in AIA National Grassroots campaigns and has served the MIW as a guest juror.
Sung Woo Park
Sung Woo was first drawn to architecture because it is a vessel for conveying the ‘spirit of the age’, or rather, the zeitgeist. Architectural design represents the values of a society during a given age throughout history, and as the German philosopher Georg W.F. Hegel clarified, the goal of history is the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Sung Woo enjoys being a part of this progress, with a goal to make architecture “more than architecture”.
Sung Woo’s work is focused on providing multiple digital touchpoints to ensure that building users have a seamless experience with a smart building and in-store digital devices.
Sung Woo holds a Diplom-Ingenieur of Architecture (equivalent to a Master of Architecture degree) from the Technical University of Munich and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Myongji University in Korea.
Tracy Stendal, AIA, LEED AP
Tracy is enthusiastic about creating thoughtful and well-designed spaces, especially in the residential realm. She particularly values the contributions architecture can make in the urban environment and recognizes the importance of contextual design. She recently completed construction administration for Luna in West Seattle and is currently working on a multifamily development in the Eastlake neighborhood.
Tracy grew up in eastern Washington and earned her Master of Architecture from Washington State University. She has experience in all phases of design and construction for global clients in a variety of typologies ranging from large commercial office projects to smaller-scale retail.
Tuan Tran, AIA, NCARB
Fascinated with tall buildings at a young age, Tuan became an architect to follow his childhood dream. He joined HEWITT to pursue more opportunities to work on complex sites and high-rise buildings. He is currently working on a range of high-rise residential projects including The Emerald and 222 Dexter. Prior to joining HEWITT, Tuan’s experience included both private and public projects.
Tuan received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and is a registered architect in the states of Washington and Alaska.