I Am AIA:
Cory has over 20 years of experience designing structures throughout the Puget Sound, most significantly with civic clients including higher education, K-12, and library districts, in addition to commercial mixed use and corporate campus developments. As a LEED Accredited Professional Cory brings a passion for sustainability to all his projects.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
I have always appreciated the synergy between the structural design and architecture professions. I feel that both are equally critical to develop a vibrant and unique thriving city such as Seattle. I joined AIA to learn more about the architectural profession and look for ways to strengthen relationships with our clients.
What is the value of AIA to you?
The broad range of programs offered by Seattle AIA has been very valuable for my growth as well as others within our firm. It has helped us keep up with changes in the industry and learn more about challenges architects are facing and how we can assist.
What relationships have you created?
I much prefer working on projects where teams are working together towards a common goal and lasting friendships can be developed. I have thoroughly enjoyed partnering with our architectural clients to create a lasting, sustainable impact on the region where I grew up. It’s great to look back on the past 20+ years and say the positive relationships I have developed are too many to count!
What projects are you working on now?
I’m involved in a nice variety of projects for higher ed, K-12, and private sector clients. For me I have always enjoyed working on a mix of building types and have found it allows me to bring ideas to the table for different projects which I might not have considered if I was specializing in one particular market or material.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I tell people I collaborate with architects to make sure their vision can be achieved and will be safe for future generations to enjoy. If I get any more technical than that most folks’ eyes start to glaze over. Although there are the occasional people who have read the doom and gloom articles about a large subduction zone earthquake off the coast wiping Seattle off the map…I try to ease their fears a bit.
Where is the field of architecture, engineering or construction headed?
We are definitely seeing an uptick in both the desire from owners to consider mass timber on their projects and from the construction community to deliver on those opportunities. There is certainly a long ways to go, but the vision of WA State to adopt the new mass timber building rules years ahead of the rest of the country is a great step forward. If we can keep the momentum going and have more local suppliers and installers in the mass timber arena we will continue to see more projects successful in actually getting built.