I Am AIA:
Michael Mariano AIAExpand
Mike left for Chicago in 1993 after graduating from the Washington State University School of Architecture. Returning home to Seattle in 1999, Mike worked with a local firm, while also acquiring a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Development from the University of Washington prior to founding Schemata Workshop with partner in life and practice Grace H. Kim in 2004.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
Returned from some time away in Chicago, and joining AIA-Seattle was a natural way to re-engage in the local professional community.
What is the value of AIA to you?
I appreciate the public outreach and engagement in promoting the value of thoughtful architecture and urban design.
What relationships have you created?
Widely expanded my professional and personal network.
What project are you working on now?
A resident-developed cohousing community and mixed-use building on Capitol Hill.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I collaborate with skilled individuals and teams to find design solutions… some of which get built.