Principal, President

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.

Principal, Director of Design - Architecture

Julia Nagele

As the leader of architectural design at HEWITT, Julia believes the success of today’s projects rely on the expertise of many. She 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 MetDaily 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.