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.


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.

Arely Lopez Diaz

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Arely grew up in the Mojave Desert, where she got her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her interest in furthering her design skills brought her to Seattle where she earned her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Washington. She takes a holistic approach to design and pursues site specific design solutions that prioritize environmental and social factors. When she is not designing she enjoys cooking and nursing her friends’ neglected plants back to health.

Diego Ruiz Diaz

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A native of the PNW, Diego was born in Renton, WA and grew up in Forest Grove, OR a small-town west of Portland. After 2 years of working in residential construction, Diego was inspired to pursue a degree in Architecture after graduating high school. Having just completed his undergraduate education at Montana State University he has moved to Seattle to establish himself as he prepares to enter the master’s program at the University of Washington’s School of Architecture. Passionate about the ways in which architecture can tell a story Diego seeks to bring those stories to life through graphics and written/historical analysis.

Outside the office, Diego can be found pursuing one of his many hobbies including sketching, watercolor painting, embroidery, and skating.


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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.


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Avery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College, a Postbaccalaureate in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University. His studies and interests have given him the opportunity to live in Tel Aviv, Israel, Los Angeles, Austin, and Bozeman, MT. Growing up in Montana, Avery fished, hunted, skied, and skated; he also played tennis on the varsity tennis team at Occidental College. As a designer, Avery focuses on integrating our built and natural environments. When he isn’t in the office, Avery enjoys playing the violin, traveling, skiing, and playing tennis.


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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.

Raychel Freiman

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Raychel has a passion for small business and helping to curate a system of accounting applications that integrate, creating a paperless environment. She has been working in the bookkeeping/accounting field for 14 years although her degrees are in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Outside of work, she enjoys creating acrylic pouring artwork, photography. She also loves research and understand the inner working of things that she can build and fix.

Maria O’Connor Nebot

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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.


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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.

Daru Shi

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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.

Morgan Aki Temkin

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Morgan is a graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Product Design and a certificate of Lighting Design. His previous work as a fabrication technician has given him a deep appreciation for craftmanship and attention to detail. He believes in architecture that prioritizes the occupant’s happiness and is built in a beautiful, meaningful, and quality manner. Outside of the office he enjoys outdoor recreation, cooking, and woodworking.

Jaidee Weber

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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!


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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.


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 squirrels.