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.
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 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.
Driven to work on projects that help people better connect with one another, Adam came to HEWITT to foster his passion for community-focused architecture at a variety of scales. He is currently working on the Capitol Hill Transit Oriented Development, drawing on experience with both public and private developments that use design as a way to participate in and enrich local identity.
Adam earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon. Originally from Portland, he has experience in sustainable urban planning where he drafted master planning reports for the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Brittany Coudriet Voelker
Brittany is originally from Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a minor in art. Before working at HEWITT, Brittany worked with King County through AmeriCorps, teaching elementary students on social emotional learning, art and literacy.
Brittany is passionate about design and finding visual solutions to best represent projects to clients and the community. She enjoys thinking conceptionally, drawing on lived experiences. She’s compelled by architecture’s ability to improve the lives of people in fundamental ways.
Having lived in Seattle prior to joining HEWITT, John was exposed to the firm’s work in school. HEWITT’s Design Director, Julia, reviewed his thesis, and he liked that the team worked on complex, urban projects. Drawn to a range of projects, he is most interested in those that use design to create special or unexpected moments and conditions for both the building residents and the greater public.
John earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
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.
Maddie is interested in the intersection of design thinking and community collaboration to foster social opportunity. She is currently working on a variety of early design residential projects in the International District of Seattle, simultaneously preserving the city’s unique historical narrative and encouraging future growth.
Maddie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2019. She has explored various scales of design from micro-unit student housing in St. Louis to citywide affordable housing in Sacramento. She has enjoyed her western relocation to cloudy, mysterious Seattle, but her home and heart will always be in Lexington, Kentucky.
Russ Adams, AIA, LEED AP
Russ combines strong design sensibility with a high level of proficiency in technical detailing on large civic, mixed-use and institutional projects for both public and private clients. He is instrumental in coordinating with clients, consultants, contractors, building departments and the project team. He also provides relevant and technically appropriate design input to bring these projects to a successful completion.
Russ earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from University of Colorado, Boulder.
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.
Stephen Kear, AIA
New England born and raised, Stephen earned his Master of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass. With professional experience ranging from high-rise apartment buildings to historic adaptive reuse, Stephen brings a wide range of expertise to HEWITT’s architecture studio.
Since moving to Seattle, Stephen has strived to create architecture that is expressive at multiple scales. He believes architecture should be a cohesive experience, and that large-scale massing moves should be treated with the same level of intent as small tactile detailing. He brings this passion to his current project, 2517 Eastlake, a mixed-use development project which establishes a new community focal point for Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. Stephen is a licensed architect in Washington State, an NCARB certificate holder, and a LEED Green Associate.
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.