I Am AIA:
Mona Zellers AIAExpand
A Seattle native and the daughter of two local architects, Mona helped found the design collaborative Frankenstein Inc. and currently works at Johnston Architects. She co-chaired the Seattle AIA Honor Awards Committee in 2013-2014, is a frequent guest juror at the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environment, served on the AIA Seattle and Design in Public Board of Directors. Mona has won two Seattle AIA Honor Awards.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
I joined AIA Seattle out of a desire to participate in a community-wide dialogue about the future of the profession, the values that we espouse, and the potential for architecture to change the way we live.
What is the value of AIA to you?
Through its programs, the AIA bridges the gap between research, academia and practice, and in so doing brings focus to the issues that I care about- topics ranging from the future of sustainability to the potential of architecture to be socially transformative.
What relationships have you created?
Through my association with AIA Seattle, I have formed connections to people throughout the architectural community here. I have also met designers from all over the world through my time as co-chair of the Honor Awards Committee.
What project are you working on now?
I am currently working on the design for a new middle school building located here in Seattle, but I always have a couple other small projects going on the side, usually involving plywood.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I am a designer who likes to make things.
What inspired you today?
A drawing of a hot dog with legs.