WHAT IS THE VALUE OF AIA TO YOU?

I value the ability to connect with other like-minded professionals in the region to work together toward positive change in our profession and the built environment. I am continually impressed by the thoughtfulness, diligence, and passion of my AIA colleagues.

WHY DID YOU JOIN AIA SEATTLE?

Our chapter has positioned itself as a leader within AIA by taking a strong and proactive stance on addressing climate change. I wanted to be part of the conversation.

HAS YOUR CAREER TAKEN YOU ANYWHERE YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?

Seattle! As I was finishing up my undergraduate degree on the east coast, I was recruited for an intern position at a local firm. I decided to take a chance and move out west for a 6-month experiment. Fifteen years later and with no plans to leave, I’d consider the experiment to be successful!

CAN DESIGN SAVE THE WORLD?

Design thinking can save the world. The wicked problems we’re faced with—climate change, economic inequity, and systemic racism, to name a few—can’t be solved with simple panaceas. Truly effective and feasible solutions will require the kind of thinking we use in the design world: holistic, iterative, collaborative, creative, and practical. Expanding design thinking outside the traditional boundaries of design can lead us to the solutions that ultimately will make the world a better place.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE FROM YOUR WORK?

Architects have an outsize effect on people’s lived experiences, since we design (or don’t design) the spaces where people spend most of their waking and sleeping hours. My driving goal as an architect is to improve people’s daily lives by making the spaces where they spend their time more beautiful and functional.

Michele is an Architect at Broderick Architects, with over 12 years of experience in architecture and urban planning. Her work is varied among institutional, commercial, ecclesiastical, and residential projects, with expertise in early learning centers and projects with complex land use or code issues. A consistent thread throughout her work is an emphasis on beautiful and functional spaces that improve people’s daily lives. Within AIA Seattle, Michele is active in the Women in Design committee and currently serves in appointed positions on the Membership Steering Committee, Member Advancement Steering Committee, and JE:DI Task Force. Michele holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, with minors in public & urban affairs and French, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington, with an environmental planning specialization. Outside of work, you can find Michele exploring the Pacific Northwest on foot or by sailboat.

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE AIA SEATTLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

AIA Seattle has placed itself at the forefront of AIA and the architecture field as a leader in responding to climate change and, more recently, in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our profession. The visionary work that has elevated our chapter as a national leader is due to the collaborative efforts of our members, AIA Seattle staff, and the Board of Directors. I look forward to continuing this legacy of leadership as we remain focused on addressing today’s wicked problems. I am particularly excited about the concrete steps we are taking toward becoming a truly inclusive profession, enriched and empowered by the diverse voices we contain and we serve