HEWITT is Committed to Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization


We have a sense of responsibility to be part of the change that we seek in our community. As designers who shape built environments, we recognize that...

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HEWITT announces the retirement of senior principal Kris Snider


Seattle-based design firm HEWITT today announced that Kris Snider, ASLA, senior principal and director of design – landscape architecture, will reti...

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HEWITT Promotes Jake Woland to Principal


Seattle-based design firm HEWITT announced the promotion of Jake Woland, ASLA, LEED AP, to the position of principal. Woland, who served as a senior a...

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25-Story Residential Tower Pitched for Seattle’s U-District Praised by Design Board

The Registry 7/30/21

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Russ Adams 1965-2021


Russ Adams, 2019. For the past 10 years, we at HEWITT were fortunate to call Russ Adams our colleague. As a senior associate in the architecture studi...

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Seattle Architect Raises LGBTQ+ Voices

KING5 News 6/2/21

Seattle architect Julia Nagele says being different presented some challenges growing up, but was an asset in her career. ...

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New Website


Our goal in redesigning HEWITT’s virtual presence was to highlight our shared passion for improving the way cities move and people live, while givin...

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Mover & Shakers: Julia Nagele is an architectural icon in a male-dominated industry

Seattle Refined 3/24/21

From an architecture student to Director of Design at Hewitt (as well as being a professor, mother and wife), Nagele’s journey towards becomin...

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Episode #52: Give Yourself Permission to Choose Your Own Path

Layers of Design 3/20/21

Join Layers of Design’s Sketch it out Podcast as they have a conversation with Julia Nagele, principal and the director of design at HEWITT. She...

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A Conversation With Julia Nagele, The Architect Behind Seattle’s Newest Luxury Residential Tower The Emerald

Forbes 3/4/21

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month and to discuss this exciting tower, Nagele spoke exclusively with Forbes o...

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RapidRide Shelter Design


ABOUT the project

King County has an intricate web of transportation operations that relies on bus transit to help connect communities to major transit hubs and to each other. A powerful tool in King County Metro’s toolbox is the recent implementation of six bus rapid transit corridors – BRT Lines A-F – that take advantage of transit-only lines to expedite bus operations.

To support King County Metro’s RapidRide initiative, HEWITT designed several prototypical bus shelters with interchangeable alternatives for different stations. Designed for optimal effect across different site conditions, the shelters have common features that help build the RapidRide promise for excellent service, comfort, and ease of use that translates to the entire experience for the commuter—encompassing shelter, waiting areas, signage (including on-street Real Time Signs and smart card readers), and bus exterior and interior details.

Prototype design was based on input from rider focus groups; Metro drivers; the municipalities served by the RapidRide lines; and County facilities staff that assemble and maintain the shelters. Station materials are specified and stocked by King County to minimize costs, installation time and maintenance.