Read more about Julia in this University of Maryland profile covering her background and current projects.


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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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The Emerald


The Emerald was nominated for the 2022 NAIOP High-Rise Residential Development of the Year. ...

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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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Julia Nagele


Julia delivered the Commencement address for the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 2022 ...

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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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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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richmond centre

Richmond Centre is a master planned TOD development that will transform a 11-acre portion of existing mall property into a mixed-use urban district of high-rise residential, retail, entertainment and public open space.

ABOUT the project

A master plan development that will transform 11 acres of the existing mall property into a dense, urban, open-air environment for shopping, entertainment, and high-rise living. This multi-phase project is a collaboration between the retail ownership, high-rise residential developer and the City of Richmond to create a welcoming new civic center that connects directly with high capacity public transit and newly upgraded public streets.

Essential to project success is creating linked open spaces that are appropriately scaled for pedestrian activities. This is a key challenge in brand new, large scaled developments. Iterative studies were undertaken to explore streetscape sections, of which several different types were deployed in the design, and gathering spaces, that sought to bring variety and accommodation to the pedestrian experiences throughout the project.

The central plaza is intentional in its location and size, creating a huge, civic intersection of community members, visitors, shoppers and residents. It forms the activity hub of the project with gathering spaces, for both daily and event activities, and a mobility hub with shopper access to subsurface parking and a transit/ride-share station.