”I embrace the role of the socially responsible architect; educational facility design is my way to serve the community and inspire the next generation.”

Curiosity for how people experience space led Sam to architecture, intrigued by the opportunity to shape the social and emotional impact of architecture in the built environment that creates a sense of place. Sam is well versed in all aspects of the architectural process. His abilities as an educational facilities architect grew out of involvement in the educational specification process where he is recognized for his work implementing national trends and best practices and navigating projects through all stages of design and construction.

With 16 years of experience, he is adept at engaging community stakeholders to define a framework for inspiring spaces that embrace the values of the communities they serve. Sam thrives on developing original approaches that enrich the learning process and collaborates with educational focus groups to generate innovative ideas incorporating 21st century learning concepts into school design.

Sam’s work with Highline Public Schools at Tyee High School represents a successful and collaborative design process between the architectural team, district administration, teachers, students, and the broader community. Identifying guiding principles during ed specs and pre-bond planning distilled community principles embodied in the built solution. He finds it rewarding to be part of teams that impacts the lives of so many students, their families, and the community.

Sam currently serves as the chair for the AIA Seattle Committee on Architecture for Education and participates in the ACE Mentorship program of Washington.