The women around us are constantly shaping our world for the better, and their work is integral to the success of HDC’s Exemplary Buildings Program (EBP).

Behind us, despite the uncertainties and challenges, the EBP team delivered a year of historic accomplishments in forging a pathway to decarbonization. As we look forward, Women’s History Month offers us an opportunity to celebrate a few key players helping to bring the principles and practices of exemplary building to King County’s affordable housing sector. These women use their unique skills to bring together diverse teams and deliver the strong results that constantly move the needle towards a more equitable and sustainable future for their community. This community. Our community. 

We’ve asked several women and women-led teams to share a bit about their connection to EBP, to reflect on the distinct technical and leadership skills this work draws on, and to offer advice and encouragement to younger women considering a career in an architecture, engineering, and construction (ACE) profession.

Click on the links below to read about the smart, dedicated women moving EBP ahead.

Laurie Wilson: Part of the fantastic Weber Thompson team focused on the North Lot demonstration project.

Stephanie Farrell:  Another member of the dynamic Weber Thompson team.

Uche Okezie + Gladys Ly-Au Young: Uche (from HomeSight) and Gladys (from SKL Architects) work closely together on the Othello Square demonstration project.

Noelle Galicia

Julie Nordgren + Juanita McLaughlin + JoAnna Martin:  Julie (from DESC), Juanita (from Walsh Construction), and JoAnna (from Lotus Development Partners) are part of the Hobson Place South demonstration project team.

Emily Evenson: Emily (from Weber Thompson and HDC’s Exemplary Buildings Program task force) reflects on the urgency and intersectionality of climate change, equity, and affordable housing and highlights implications for how we do things.

Women & Women-led Teams in EBP