Schemata Workshop was selected as a finalist for the King County Small Business Awards. We would like to offer their deep felt thanks to our clients who have demonstrated their confidence in us by consistently returning to us for architectural services on successive projects. Whether it’s our public and non-profit clients who serve the low and moderate income families and seniors of our region, or our private clients who ask us to help to reconfigure their homes or their offices, we appreciate their confidence in our work and the shared mission of bettering our communities that we can help them achieve.
Grace and Mike also would like to thank the staff of Schemata Workshop. This group of dedicated individuals has shared values of social equity, good design, and community engagement. We are proud to work alongside each and everyone at Schemata Workshop. It is due to their hard work and amazing talent that we can produce the high quality work our clients have come to expect.
We were a finalist in this inaugural awards program because we believe in giving back to our community. Not only have we been actively engaged in our immediate Capitol Hill community, Grace Kim has developed unique mentorship models for the architectural profession that are replicated nationally. Schemata Workshop was the first Seattle architectural firm to pledge architectural services through the 1% solution (a national program to direct pro-bono architectural services to non-profits and underserved communities). And Schemata Workshop is deeply entrenched in the Capitol Hill community – as residents, business and property owners, neighborhood advocates, and community activists.
Our nominator for this award (King County LEAP Project) first contacted Schemata Workshop last year with a request to provide a job training opportunity for a high school student in the juvenile corrections system. We were happy to offer a young man an opportunity to work in a professional office environment and share with him the expectations and responsibilities of such a position. We are honored to be recognized as a finalist in this awards program and dedicate this honor to the memory of the young man who made it possible - Dean Shumway.