About JWA


The vision was born 9 years ago in a garage: create progressive designs for livable, affordable homes. Today, that vision flourishes, in projects impacting families, neighborhoods and communities. We are JWA.

Team


Our diverse team members combine their broad range of expertise in a rigorous, collaborative process that is the hallmark of JWA design. Our method yields affordable, progressive designs without sacrificing quality.

STEVEN AUSTIN, ARCHITECT

Project Architect/ MoreLess

Architecture has been a part of his life since Steven was young. Influenced by his grandfather who learned architecture and the building arts through apprenticeship and “learning through doing” and by his father and uncle’s home building businesses, he spent his childhood learning how structures come together. This legacy nurtured his interest in creating spaces and learning how design can enhance and influence the social and natural environment.

With a long family history in the New Orleans area, he attended Tulane University School of Architecture. The city itself was a classroom that taught an architectural history of thoughtful and meticulously detailed spaces. While the iconic architecture of New Orleans shapes and influences his designs, he sees every design as an opportunity to improve and complement a project’s surrounding environment.

After graduating with a Masters of Architecture, he moved to Houston and then Seattle. In both cities, he worked for several diverse design companies. While his design experience includes various project types, he specializes in multifamily projects and custom high-end residential homes. His experience includes coordinating project teams, working with homeowners, developers, engineering disciplines, and general contractors. He coordinates construction administration for projects and is involved in bidding, planning and permitting processes. He has a strong technical knowledge and experience with a variety of codes and construction types. He works on Type I, II, III and IV construction with extensive experience in wood framed construction.
At JWA, Steven hones in on his skills working as a Project Architect in the Community Studio. He designs apartment buildings and larger scale residential projects.

SARAH BURK, LEED GA

Project Coordinator / MoreLess

With a background based in rural Montana, Sarah understands the importance of preserving authentic communities. Her interests as a designer lie in genuine community design and the policy that supports it. She has earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Montana State University.

SARAH FLACH

Designer / MoreLess

Sarah is an undergraduate from Montana State University where she learned how far the impacts of design reach. Her focus in design is to interrogate and understand existing conditions while maintaining a goal to improve the sustainability and livability of future communities.


ALEXANDRA FORIN, AIA

Project Architect / MoreLess

Alexandra earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon with a focus on craft, fabrication, and sustainable technology. She is passionate about how design can positively impact human experience and benefit our communities.

Stephanie Irwin

Project Coordinator / MoreLess

Steph lives a life outdoors, which motivates her to design environmentally unique, thoughtful, and community oriented spaces where people can live and work. Her interest in urban and social systems and love of the mountains, drove her masters thesis study of designing an integrated community network to restructure social imbalance in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Montana State University.

ALYSON HOLAHAN

Designer / MoreLess

Alyson earned both her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees at the University at Buffalo, where she focused on urban and inclusive design. She is invested in designing for diversity and creating spaces that can positively impact the lives of individuals and their communities, while remaining sensitive to what makes a place unique. 


KATIE LUEDEMAN, AIA

Studio Leader/ MoreLess

Katie is motivated to create healthy, sustainable and thoughtful spaces in which people can work and live. Along with those passions, she brings with her years of experience with Seattle’s mixed-use and multi-family housing. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from Washington State University.

Maria O’Connor Nebot

Designer / MoreLess

Maria grew up in Madrid, Spain and earned her Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Alcalá. She is an all-out design enthusiast, with passions extending beyond the built environment. Maria takes interest in creating livable residential communities while preserving a neighborhood’s unique sense of self. She brings a practical approach to creating urban density solutions with distinct European influence and green sensibilities.

CHRISTIAN REYLING

Designer / MoreLess

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Christian Moved to Seattle to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Washington. Having a history in the realm of fabrication Christian enjoys the beauty in structure and subtle details in design. When he is not in the office you can find him fishing or pursuing one of his many fabrication projects.


Margot Rosenberg

Director of Operations / MoreLess

Margot comes to JWA with a rich history as an educator and manager of both people and resources. She began her career as an early childhood special education teacher and then transitioned to the non-profit sector, mentoring teachers and social workers at Head Start and then as director of a residential facility for homeless youth.

In a major career shift, Margot returned to school for a BFA in Interior Design, and was ultimately drawn to lighting design – a blend of science and art. As a lighting designer for NBBJ, she had the opportunity to work on many high-profile projects, such as Russell Investments Corporate Headquarters, UW Medical Center, Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Margot then immersed herself in the sales, procurement and manufacturing side of the lighting industry at Pacific Lighting Systems.

Margot is thrilled to have joined JWA, where she has the opportunity to use her wide range of skills and experience from her multi-faceted career.

Although now fully immersed in the design realm, she continues to connect with her non-profit roots through her volunteer work. She works with immigrants in the role of ESL Adult Educator at The Seattle Public Library, and as an advocate for children in foster care as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Amara volunteer.

When not working or volunteering, Margot can be found walking with her wife and two crazy mutts around Seward Park.

Daru Shi

Project Coordinator / MoreLess

Daru earned a 5-year architecture degree from Southwest Jiaotong University in China and then came to the US to continue his architectural education. After he received his Master’s Degree from Tulane University, he moved to Seattle to pursue his professional career in 2016.
He loves dogs, sports and sketching. You may run into him on the basketball court at the UW gym or catch him sketching a building somewhere in the city. His Instagram account is full of his cute little Corgi and sketches from all over the world.

SEAN TAYLOR

Designer / MoreLess

Sean’s adventurous spirit and passion for travel has taken him to over 20 countries in the last five years photographing architecture and studying how different culture’s influence design. He has a passion for sustainable design and how people interact with the environment. He holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design from Montana State University.

JAIDEE WEBER

Principal / MoreLess

Jaidee Weber has been instrumental in the growth and development of JWA from the beginning in 2009.  She has over twenty-five years of experience working with and leading innovative, creative and collaborative teams and has received multiple awards for her work in the arts and design.

After a successful 15-year career in the performing arts, Jaidee returned to higher education and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in industrial and interior design at The Art Institute of Seattle. During her studies, she worked as a model builder and design assistant at Pb Elemental concurrently with Julian.

Upon graduation, she was recruited to work in lighting design and had the privilege of working on many iconic buildings in Seattle. Using her skills as a collaborator and connector, she led a lighting studio in developing the standards and design of uniquely illuminated spaces for millions of square feet of Amazon headquarters, including The Spheres.

At JWA, Jaidee combines her passion for studying the human experience and how we interact with the built environment. She leads the integration of interior design services with architecture, oversees internal design and development projects, manages construction administration services, and mentors professional growth among the staff while maintaining a vibrant office culture.  If you think her hands are full you should see her heart!

JULIAN WEBER, AIA

Founding Principal / MoreLess

Julian Weber, AIA, leads a highly collaborative design process that includes designers, consultants, and clients. He has been working in the industry for over 18 years and founded JW Architects in 2009. Committed to design that positively impacts neighborhoods and communities, he served as the Chair of the Southeast Board of the City of Seattle Design Review Board from 2015 to 2018.

LEONARDO WEBER

Leo, LeoBaDiO, Peanut, & Dude! / MoreLess

Leo is the office’s unofficial alarm system. He has no professional training but his contribution to snuggles and weird behavior is unparalleled. He enjoys treats, naps and chasing squirrles.