Northwest Green Building Summit

grace kim
uw kane hall | seattle, wa
26 oct 2019

How Architecture Facilitates Human Connection and Health Panel: The effect of our housing architecture can overlook its effect on our health and ability to live in harmony with each other. As a social species, we evolved to live in small well connected communities.  However, our housing architecture is generally unsupportive of this evolution. Instead it favors large anonymous and disconnected communities focused on individual privacy and separation providing only cosmetic attention to nurturing human connection within a community. Vehicular corridors and fences inhibit chance encounters that underlie ties of friendships and the exercise of those ties. Recent evidence of millennials and seniors in particular has surfaced indicating their preference for cities and/or communities where genuine connection with like-minded others are presumably easier to achieve and maintain. Parents with children are recognizing the benefits of cohousing where parents can connect and share child rearing solutions and kids have more opportunities and resources that are much less available and spontaneous in conventional privacy centric housing. In addition, the epidemic of loneliness in the US is undermining public health due in no small part to conventional housing architecture that separates us more than connects us. 

This session explores (1) the unhealthy consequences of our conventional housing architecture and (2) indications of a shift in favor of intentional common spaces balanced with privacy. We explore the popularity of small “pocket neighborhoods” that have nearby neighbors coming together around shared common spaces, while preserving and respecting needs for privacy and personal space. We explore urban cohousing to learn how design is used to favor support of community goals over the often misaligned profit goals of the property developer and his architect. Lastly, we explore the growing movement of people specifically opting out of conventional housing to live in intentional community with others of like-mind, where individual goals are in healthy balance with community goals of housing affordability, safety, shared social, health, and child rearing solutions and, increased social contagion of sustainability behaviors, to name a few benefits. 


Pat Park, NW Ecobuilding Guild and Permaculture Woodinville

Ross Chapin

Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop

Syd Fredrickson, Northwest Intentional Communities Association


Symbiosis: Re-imagining the City's Future

sarah haase
center for architecture and design | seattle, wa
17 sep 2019, 5-7pm

Symbiosis presents the work of many architects, each of whom express the notion of a symbiotic relationship through the long-standing tradition of model making. The exhibition examines architecture's reciprocal relationship with community, and investigates a city's discourse with nature.

Join us for this illuminating discussion. We’ve invited three architects featured in Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 22nd Annual Model Exhibit: Symbiosis to discuss their models and humans’ symbiotic relationship with technology, sustainability, and how it will that shape our future.


Sarah Haase,Schemata Workshop 

Matthias Ott, DLR Group

Mona Zellars, Johnston Architects


Noelle Galicia, Weber Thompson

For a recording of the discussion, click here


Seattle Architecture Foundation 22nd Annual Model Exhibit: Symbiosis

schemata staff
center for architecture and design | seattle, wa
12 sep - 23 nov 2019

The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Annual Architectural Model Exhibit brings the work of local architects and designers to the public, forging a deeper understanding of the design process and the built environment of Seattle. The 22nd Annual Architectural Model Exhibit: Symbiosis encourages local architects to explore the positive products and constructive outcomes of interdependence, and to imagine how the work of architects and designers can incorporate disparate entities together in an impactful whole.


'Creating In-City Housing for LGTBQ+ Elders'
free public forum hosted by Generations Aging with Pride (GenPRIDE)

mike mariano
genPRIDE center | seattle, wa
25 july 2019

As rents and purchase prices for housing skyrocket in traditional gay & queer neighborhoods, it is getting harder and harder for longtime LGTBQ+ residents to stay in - or return to - the urban neighborhoods of their younger days. Some folks are looking to different models for shared housing that allow for older adults to have social connections and neighbors who support and celebrate LGBTQ+ lives.


SDA cohousing talk + tour

grace h. kim | mike mariano
capitol hill urban cohousing | seattle, wa
24 july 2019

Schemata Workshop principals and cofounders give a general overview of cohousing and its benefits to members of the SDA (Society of Design Administrators), followed by a discussion about their community, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC), located above their architecture practice. Topics will include how the community residents came together and went through the design and development process. After the discussion, Mike and Grace will lead a tour of the building, followed by refreshments on the building’s rooftop deck.



grace h. kim
psmj | seattle, wa
23 july - 24 july 2019

Exploring with a panel of architecture professionals how firms make diversity a priority, and how they measure their success in recruiting and maintaining a diverse workplace.


AIA san francisco next/gen architecture conference [keynote address]

grace h. kim
next / gen | san francisco, california
27 june 2019

How can architects use their talents, tools, and values to meet these goals and how can the profession grow its relevance in the process? Be part of the discussions that look towards setting a new standard for sustainable urban development and how we plan, manage, and live in our communities.


community for the health of it: national cohousing conference 2019

grace h. kim | mike mariano
cohous | portland, or
30 may - 2 june 2019

Learn how living in community can be healthier by combating loneliness. The conference explores a variety of topics, from starting to explore living in cohousing, becoming a cohousing architect, designing the common house, to community governance.


belden club may luncheon: capitol hill transit oriented development

grace h. kim | mike mariano
belden club | seattle, wa
21 may 2019

Come and learn from Michael Mariano, AIA and Grace H. Kim, AIA (schemata workshop, inc.) about the Capital Hill Lightrail Stations’ new Transit Oriented Development.

The mixed-use transit oriented development project has been a decade in the planning. The light rail station opened in early 2016. Sound Transit owns the almost two-acre site, and had previously solicited mixed-use proposals from developers — with a major component to include affordable housing.  Through an RFP process, Portland-based Gerding Edlen Development (GED) was selected in 2015, and now has a 99-year lease for most of the property that will begin when the complex opens in 2020. Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) owns the B-North site.


shift19 oregon design conference

grace h. kim
shift19 | portland, oregon
18 april 2019

The 9th Biennial Oregon Design Conference: SHIFT19 features design leaders and industry disruptors from a variety of perspectives and experiences. As designers and place-makers, problem solvers and big picture thinkers, we have an opportunity to lead conversations that drive positive change through design.

How do we advocate for greater density, multifamily living, livability in cities when we are living in our single family homes? And the privilege that home ownership embodies in our country? Community engagement – not simply getting people to come out to public meetings and open houses, but looking deeply at the root causes of displacement and gentrification in communities of color.


how cohousing can make us happier, and live longer

grace h. kim
columbia center for the arts | hood river, or
4 january 2019

Imagine a home where adults and kids can live in a supportive, healthy environment, where you know your neighbors, with private homes as well as common facilities … Imagine Cohousing!


designing for shared living: happiness & wellbeing

grace h. kim | michael birkjaer | itai palti
space10 | copenhagen, denmark
17 may 2018

How do we ensure our lives have purpose and meaning? And how do we design the spaces we inhabit to help us lead healthier and more fulfilling lives? The fourth in our series of events about Shared Living will explore how shared spaces can improve people’s psychological and emotional well-being—and in doing so, encourage them to interact more with others, share more, eat well, stay healthy and live more sustainable lives, for as long as possible. It will also explore how shared living could provide the solution to some of the biggest problems in urban environments—social isolation and loneliness.


panel on transit oriented development: an affordable house week discussion

marijana cvencek | lisa herbold | teresa mosqueda | bill rumpf  |edward butterfield | moderated by bruce yadon
affordable housing week | welcoming west seattle | seattle, wa
16 may 2018

Once the light rail expansion is fully implemented through its third phase, the greater Seattle area will be a region transformed. The West Seattle and Ballard Light-rail Link Extensions will provide fast, reliable light rail connections to dense urban centers throughout the region. The influx of new transit infrastructure and new neighbors presents a rare opportunity to shape the future of Seattle and sets the stage for increased access to jobs, quality schools, and other community resources—while also helping to meet Seattle’s need for new affordable homes.

Panelists will have a robust conversation on the ins and outs of implementing TOD, and what it will mean for further development and housing affordability; diving into the advocacy action necessary to capitalize on TOD, and how neighbors can start efforts now to be well positioned as new stations open over the next two decades.

A recap of the event is available here.


urban cohousing: the essentials for organizing and developing community

grace h. kim | mike mariano | joren bass
2018 living future (un)conference: authenticity + action | international living future institute | portland, or
2 may 2018  

Using two recently completed urban cohousing communities as case studies (being onsite and touring one), the audience will gain an understanding of how the intentional actions of individuals acting in consensus of the group successfully created a resilient community and new home. Comparing and contrasting the two paths through community building, design, financing, and design the attendees will see the hurdles and successes of each project. The session is planned to be interactive with ample time for questions and discussion.


the social science of cohousing [keynote address]

grace h. kim
canadian cohousing conference | vancouver, canada
28 april 2018  

Loneliness has become an international health epidemic, from the UK appointing their first ever Minister of Loneliness, to Japanese elders committing petty crimes to seek out community in prison. And North Americans are not immune. In her keynote address, Grace Kim will illustrate how cohousing can increase life expectancy through social connections and share strategies to elevate the level of communitas in your community -- whether it be yet unbuilt or long-established.


tailoring transitions: retaining top talent and developing women leaders

mira mui | catherine calvert |  cory hitzemann |  charlene kovacs  |  kristian kicinski  |  amanda st. andre
paid leave: a business decision | aia women in design | seattle,wa
27 march 2018  

This is the second of three panel discussions on paid family and medical leave, this evening will focus on how to manage transitions before and after a period of family or medical leave. The evening will start off with a panel discussion of local Architectural and Engineering leaders who will speak to the employer benefits and challenges of providing flexibility around an employee’s unique family or medical needs. A round table discussion will follow, with participants sharing personal experiences and strategies for maintaining a career during life transitions.

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cohousing: another answer to the american dream

grace h. kim
housing design summit | daniel burns real estate consulting | denver,co
21 march 2018  

The focus of the Housing Design Summit is design, innovation, and market shifts in production home building. As far as we are aware, this is the only conference of its kind in the U.S

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cultivating diversity through equitable and inclusive design

margaret knight | jennifer montressor  |  karimah edwards |  ubax gardheere  |  francis james  | susan balbas | miguel maestas
resonate | WASLA conference 2018 | seattle,wa
16 march 2018

Resonate. As landscape architects entrusted to design for diversity, how can we ensure that equity and inclusivity resonate through our work? How do we ensure that discrimination isn’t the lasting impact of our work? Our current social and political climate has shed light on previously unrecognized or ignored discriminatory practices that are both pervasive and ingrained in our structural, institutional, and societal systems.
As landscape architects working with and for diverse people and communities we have a professional obligation to be inclusive and treat our clients, colleagues, consultants, allied professionals, and the community at large equitably. Now is the time to acknowledge that we are not immune to perpetuating discriminatory practices through our work. Through a panel discussion, practitioners are invited, encouraged, and challenged to evaluate themselves and their practices to identify and remedy practices in their work that contribute to a culture of inequity and discrimination.