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Mike Mariano is a founding principal of the practice, an architect with a critical eye, and the ability of knowing when to bring a fresh-approach or time-tested one to a problem. He has considerable construction administration experience, an understanding of the complexity of the development process and in the studio provides thoughtful design leadership for high-performance buildings and communities. 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 Grace.