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Kevin Eckert

Founder + Partner

Kevin is the founding partner at BUILD, and from its inception, he has established a culture of integrity and care for each relationship and project. He was part of the inaugural class of Studio 804 at the University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Masters in Architecture, including programs abroad in Denmark and Italy. Kevin brings decades of expertise in architecture, engineering, and construction management alongside a commitment to bring a lasting positive impact on the built environment and his community.

 

 

 

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Andrew van Leeuwen

Partner + Lead Architect

Andrew is a partner and lead architect at BUILD. As the design director, he brings  rigor and clarity to every project with a balanced focus on poetics and value-based results for each client. Andrew received his Bachelors in Architecture from Washington State University and Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, and studied abroad in Denmark. Andrew leads the firm's outreach and public engagement, and is responsible for creating the BUILD Blog as well as BUILD's rigorous documenting and photography program. He contributes to the greater design community through ARCADE Magazine's interview series and participating in the University of Washington’s architecture program.

 

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Carey Moran

Partner + Project Designer

Carey is a project designer at BUILD currently in pursuit of licensure. Joining the firm full time after a couple internship terms with BUILD, she adds tremendous value to the team. Carey received a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences for Architecture from Lehigh University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. Carey had multiple stints in Denmark for study abroad and a professional internship, and prior to that a few years as a snowboard instructor in Colorado for good measure. Carey brings an expansive and focused perspective to every project, with a solution-minded design sensibility. Since completing programs through UW and Scan|Design, Carey remains involved with these organizations as a contributing professional.

 

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Bart Gibson

Partner + Project Manager

Bart is a partner and project manager at BUILD. Having spent decades managing a variety of teams and projects, he brings an unparalleled construction expertise coupled with a commitment to creative, effective solutions. Although with the firm for well over a decade, his early years as a commercial fisherman to his on-going role as a construction manager personify the firm’s results-driven approach.  Bart brings an engaging and seasoned perspective toward every project, as well as each interaction with all of BUILD’s vendors, contractors, and clients.

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Rodriguez

Operations Manager

Kelly is BUILD’s operations manager. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Kelly was the longtime executive director and editor of ARCADE, a Northwest non-profit arts organization concerned with reinforcing the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life. Among her numerous volunteer engagements, Kelly has served as an arts commissioner and artist selection panelist for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of Arts, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and she has been a ballet dancer for most of her life.

 

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Cale Wilber

Project Designer

Cale is a project designer at BUILD. He joined the firm full time after completion of his Masters, with internships both in Denmark and at BUILD. Cale received his Bachelors of Art in Industrial Design and Studio Art from Western Washington University prior to his Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. He  brings razor-sharp skills, endurance, thoughtfulness, and good humor to each project, as well as his multi-pronged outdoor pursuits. From Cale's start at the firm, he's elevated the model building program at BUILD, and holds a strong commitment to achieving the best results for each client, project, and community at  large.

 

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Ariel Scholten

Intern

Ariel is a returning intern at BUILD. She joined the firm last summer with a multi-disciplinary perspective - incorporating architecture, landscape architecture, and painting in her work.  She received her Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound and is currently a candidate for a dual masters from the University of Washington in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Inclusive of her studies, Ariel has studied abroad in Rome and participated in the Murcutt|AUSTRALIA studio. Equipped with professional experience in marketing and business development, Ariel brings depth, focus, and commitment to each project.


 

 
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Justin Lemma

Intern

Justin joined BUILD as in intern in the winter of 2019 and is currently working towards a Master of Architecture at the University of Washington. He has a bachelors degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont, has experience in urban agriculture, and can define the term ‘aquaponics’.  Justin’s has roots on the east coast and his background includes carpentry and co-founding a design-build company. He brings construction know-how, digital agility, and a can-do attitude to each project.

Tori Haynes

Intern

Tori joined BUILD as in intern in the winter of 2019 and is currently working towards a Master of Architecture at the University of Washington. She has a bachelors degree in architecture from William Smith College in Geneva, NY and has studied abroad in Copenhagen with the Denmark Institute for Study Abroad. Tori has experience in the furniture shop and continues her work in the art studio. She brings graphic eloquence, research horse-power, and a poetic eye to the BUILD team.

Jackie Eckert

Chief Canine

Jackie is the Chief Canine at BUILD. From her earliest days as a guard puppy of the office, she continues to bring a playful and alert dynamic to BUILD while ensuring her herd stays in order, producing results. Jackie completed obedience school and shows off her endurance on regular visits to Central Oregon. While her design skills are still in development, Jackie is a seasoned guard dog (challenge her at your own risk!) and urban flower forager.