Owen brings 30 years of experience in a wide range of projects, including over 20 arts and cultural facilities, with a strong record of leading multi-disciplinary teams through all project phases. He has served as president of Architects without Borders-Seattle, editorial board chair for AIA Seattle Forum, and facilities chair of On the Boards. He graduated from Rice University with majors in Architecture and Photography and an unofficial minor in theater. Prior to founding ORA in 2004, he was a principal at LMN Architects in Seattle, and he has also practiced architecture in New York, Atlanta, and Australia. He was a core team member with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects on the competition-winning design of the Australian Parliament House. In addition to theater and architecture, his passions include photography and long-distance cycling.

Steven has over 15 years experience as designer and project architect of single and multi-family homes, office and retail environments, boutique hotels, cultural and aviation facilities. He believes that architecture is a collaborative effort between the client, architect, contractor and the crafts-people who construct the work. He has a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Washington, an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and is licensed in New York State. Before joining ORA, Steven worked with award-winning firms including Suyama Peterson Deguchi in Seattle, Matthew Baird Design in New York and Vincent James Architects Associates in Minneapolis. When not diligently working, he enjoys training for ultra-marathons, art-blogging and reading Julia Child cookery books.

Emily is passionate about creating architecture that enhances relationships between client, environment, and community. She has a Master of Architecture and Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Washington, and a BA in Architecture from Ball State University. With the UW Green Futures Lab, she collaborated with landscape architects and planners on the design of high-performance neighborhoods. Prior to moving to Seattle, she lived in Austin, Texas where she played a key role in community planning sessions and design charrettes for the Austin Comprehensive Plan and the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. Whenever Emily is not enthusiastically exploring strength of community through architecture and the built environment, she pursues it on the roads and trails through the camaraderie of Seattle runners.






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