Seattle or Bust: A BRR teammate’s firsthand account

(Editor’s Note: BRR has more than 300 teammates working across 11 U.S. cities. Seattle became the 11th location to open in July 2018 and it continues to grow. We often get asked “What sets the BRR Seattle office apart from other architects in the city? So, we wanted to share a firsthand account from one of our newest teammates, Paula Sigala. Enjoy.)

The Seattle office houses an outgoing group of people with many different backgrounds and personalities. Teammates hail from cities from the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast creating a unique, melting-pot office culture. The group of now-Seattleites have all the recommendations for the best places to go in the city, whether it’s for a good food, good hikes or just a good time. Like the rest of BRR, the Seattle office is filled with folks who enjoy working hard and having fun. There’s rarely a dull moment and if one pops up, the team will be sure to turn it into a special one.

Beyond the walls of the BRR office lies endless inspiration for creative individuals. Amidst Seattle’s architecture lies a mixture of “starchitect” public works designs from Rem Koolhass, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Minoru Yamasaki to the Pacific Northwest Modern approach for any dwelling near a shoreline. When strolling through Seattle, one can find themselves in a neighborhood feeling the hustle of people bustling from one place to another, and in the next five minutes they can be enjoying the view of the mountains in a parklet by the water.

Seattle is growing rapidly as more people make the move from all over the U.S. The majority of individuals moving to the Pacific Northwest are relocating for opportunities in the tech world. With the technology industry continuing to expand across the city, it allows residents to first-hand experience at some of the emerging, futuristic technologies brands are utilizing in the retail and grocery sectors. This new technology gives Seattle a taste of what the future could soon look like in stores across the country.

BRR is currently searching for talented individuals to fill positions in the Seattle office, and across the country. Find our list of open positions and learn more about BRR on our website: brrarch.com/careers.


Q&A with BRR Seattle:

 


Matt Kempf, AIA, Associate & Office Lead
What profession other than architecture would you like to attempt?
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Whitewater rafting guide
If you had to give someone moving to Seattle one piece of advice, what would it be?
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To spend some time here first to get a feel for the different neighborhoods before committing to an apartment/house.



Culin Thompson, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
What is your favorite word?
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Discovery
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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When I was in high school I was able to enroll in an architecture course and fell in love with designing the built environment.



AJ Alden
What is your favorite word?
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Laughter — I want to feel joy at every moment in life, or at least try to. And I love spreading that feeling.
What profession other than architecture would you like to attempt?
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I would love to be a travel photographer.



Paula Sigala
What is your most treasured possession?
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My Grandpa’s leather awl tool.
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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6th grade, the first time I saw a building scale model.



Kendra VanderBaan
What is your most treasured possession?
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My cat, Sonny.
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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8th grade, playing Clue with my brother.



Jose Perez
What profession other than architecture would you like to attempt?
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Structural Engineer.
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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When I was a child, I wanted to be like my dad and grandfather. (They are both architects)



Claire Qu
What is your favorite word?
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Coffee.
If you had to give someone moving to Seattle one piece of advice, what would it be?
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Make sure you know which of your shoes are waterproof and which aren’t!



Steven Yang
If you had to give someone moving to Seattle one piece of advice, what would it be?
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Do not drive in Capital Hill on weekends.
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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When my teacher submitted my project in high school without me knowing and won top 3.



Jasmine Martinez
What is your favorite word?
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Clandestine.
In what moment of time did you decide to become an architect?
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When I was about nine, I’d draw floor plans of what I wanted my dream house to be.


The Seattle team enjoying some time to unwind and take advantage of the beautiful views the city has to offer.