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AIA NWW Tour of Seattle's Transformative Architecture

Join us as we road trip by charter coach from Bellingham to Seattle to tour the UW Foster School of Business Founders Hall and the Madrone Passive House Apartments in Seattle's Central District.

Morning Tour | Gather at UW Foster School of Business Paccar Hall for a short presentation by the project architect, Robert Smith, of LMN Architects, then tour the UW Foster School of Business Founders Hall with the project team, including the architect, contractor, and structural engineer.

Lunch | Enjoy a catered boxed lunch with the whole group in Paccar Hall.

Afternoon Tour | Hop back on the bus for a short ride to our final Seattle stop and tour of the Madrone Passive House Apartments with Sloan Ritchie from Cascade Built and Bradley Khouri, of b9 Architects. Or meet us there if you are providing your own transportation.

Space is limited! Last day to register is Wednesday, August 30, 2023 by 12:05PM.

General registration is now closed. Please contact us about late registration options: nwwadministrator@aiaseattle.org.


Includes 3 LU | HSW


  • When: Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 8:00 – 6:00PM PT
  • Getting There: Roundtrip Bellair Charter coach from Bellingham to Seattle with pick-up/drop-off stops in Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and Stanwood.
  • Accessibility: Please contact nwwadministrator@aiaseattle.org if you have any specific accommodation needs.

Our Tour Guides

UW Foster School of Business Founders Hall

Robert Smith, RIBA, RIAS, AIA, DBIA, Principal, LMN Architects

Robert has 20 years of national and international experience working on a variety of project types, including education, office, and convention center facilities. Robert has focused on business education for the past ten years, working closely with universities’ stakeholders to determine pre-design metrics for benchmarking, project visioning, programming, design, delivery, and three post-occupancy evaluation studies. He is passionate about how well-designed facilities can help schools realize the full potential of their programs to foster collaboration and innovation. His experience gives him a unique insight into how teamwork can be used to deliver exceptional results on large, complex projects. Robert earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University as well as completed a study abroad program and received a Graduate in Professional Practice from Southbank University in London, United Kingdom.

Some of Robert’s representative projects include the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, Founders Hall, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and the Summit III Office Tower.

Joining Robert Smith to discuss this project and guide us on a tour, Bob Vincent, Hoffman Construction, James Mahoney, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and, Zane Murray and Michelle Griffin, UW.

Madrone Passive House Apartments

Sloan Ritchie, Owner/Developer, Cascade Built

Sloan Ritchie developed a practice around science-based building that meets compelling demand for energy efficiency and a significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. For nearly two decades, his commitment to deconstructing the idea that there’s only one way to build has led him to explore and deliver a proven path of high-performance construction and buildings that developers want and consumers are beginning to demand.

His track record, unrelenting commitment and palpable confidence navigating projects through the available building standards – Built Green, LEED and now Passive House – demonstrated a thoughtful evolution that unveiled his conservative nature, integrity and calculated approach to success. With every Passive House project, Sloan’s vision is realized, providing residents with the highest quality of living in comfort with fresh, healthy indoor air, toxin-free finishes, intentional daylighting, quiet and security.

Sloan believes Passive House building construction and retrofitting are an inevitable part of our future, where resources are more and more constrained and costly, and durability and attention to air quality will be requirements. His integrity in building and commitment to demonstrating his success has earned him coveted spots as a speaker and resource for media on the topics of green building, Passive House and the future fabric of our urban landscapes. His mission is to improve the built environment, creating value for stakeholders and the community at large.

Bradley (Brad) Khouri, Founder and Principal, b9 Architects

The founder of b9 architects, Bradley is passionate about excellence and service. With a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, he focuses on the intersection of education, policy, design innovation, sustainability and real estate development. Bradley  develops multifamily infill urban projects to enrich the community through walkable, vibrant density. Over the years, he has served as a member of several AIA Boards and Task Forces, including President of the Board of Directors, advocating for policies that encourage equitable urban policies focused on density and sustainability. Bradley also teaches Architectural Design studios part-time at the University of Washington, College of Built Environments and serves on juries regularly. An avid skier, he enjoys spending his free time hitting the slopes and teaching his children how to ski.

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects. Photo credit: © Tim Griffith.


September 7, 2023
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


Seattle, WA United States


AIA Northwest Washington