meet the hewitt team

Our three studios – Architecture, Transportation Architecture and Landscape Architecture – combine to make up HEWITT. We’re a design firm dedicated to improving the way cities move and people live.


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

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 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.

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.

She is currently serving as the team lead for design services during construction for Sound Transit’s Northgate Light Rail Station.

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 Uskevich

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.


Michael Larson

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.

Senior Associate

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.


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.


Founded in 1975

HEWITT is driven in the pursuit of inspired design that deepens the urban experience. We seek innovative solutions through a rigorous exploration of human constructs within historical, cultural and natural conditions. We focus our collective expertise and energy on a wide range of project types. Our work endeavors to evoke strong, positive emotional responses within the complexities of urban life.