The BLOCK Project | Volunteering Event [07.16.17 & 07.23.17]
The BLOCK Project
Over the course of two weekends in July, RAI staff members Tara Augustad, Yue Chen, and Eric Cranston volunteered with The BLOCK Party, a unique organization that invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially-zoned block within the City of Seattle. The BLOCK party is managed and owned by Facing Homeless, an organization that Rolluda Architects worked with during the 2016 Seattle Design Festival.
UW College of Built Environments | 2017 Prospective Student Day Lecture [03.31.17]
UW College of Built Environments – Vimeo
Alex Rolluda gave the 2017 Prospective Student Day Lecture at the College of Built Environments. Speaking at the University of Washington on March 30, 2017, he delivered a talk entitled “Diversity By Design, Design By Inclusion.”
St. Edward School 8th Graders Visit UW | College of Architecture, Suzzallo Library, and the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center [11.21.16]
On November 21, 2016 the South Seattle-based St. Edward School 8th graders visited the University of Washington College of Architecture, Suzzallo Library, and the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The trip was organized by the AIA Seattle Chapter Diversity Round Table – Architects in School Program. Alex Rolluda, who is involved in the program, joined the students for their visit. The focus of the program is to provide exposure, guidance and awareness of the design profession to young minority students and to encourage them to follow a career in Architecture. The team of Architects visits the school twice a month and engages in exercises, lectures, and site visits. The culmination is a project for the school.
Rolluda Architects presents at Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Light Rail Open House | City of Shoreline [11.16.16]
Sound Transit hosted three public meetings in November 2016 to present the latest designs for three of the Lynnwood Link light rail extension stations.
On November 16th, RAI presented the NE 185th Street station design with Kathi Williams and Christine Scharrer at Shoreline City Hall. The 30 percent design open house in Shoreline offered a chance for the community to provide feedback on station designs, station names, public art, and other station-related projects.
Seattle Design Festival Block Party Installation 2016 | the house of [ex]CHANGE [06.29.16]
SDF Rumble 2 Presentation:
The house of [ex]CHANGE SDF Rumble 2 Presentation
RAI has assembled a team of dedicated and creative design professionals to volunteer their time and expertise for the 2016 Seattle Design Festival Block Party. The event took place in Occidental Square on September 10th and 11th, 2016.
Rolluda Architects believes that good design should enhance the environment, the community, and ultimately improve people’s lives. RAI has been part of the Pioneer Square community since 1996 and has seen the transformation of the neighborhood over the last 20 years. RAI feels strongly that one of the biggest issues facing Seattle is the increase in homelessness, due in part to a lack of affordable housing and increasing economic inequality. The firm feels that the homeless shelter projects have an important impact, but they are just one part of the solution. As a first step, the firm will create a space of awareness and compassion through participation/interaction/connection between the homeless and “homeplus” populations.
The installation itself will be a lightweight interactive wood frame structure that promotes breaking down social barriers in our community. RAI anticipates using the entire 10′ x 10′ footprint allocated for the program or installation in Occidental Square. This could include translucent and reflective surfaces that encourage self/community reflection.
Notkin Engineering Playing Card Event 2016 [02.25.16]
Rolluda Joker Card Submission:
Notkin Engineering Playing Card Event – Joker Card Submission 2016
On February 25th 2016, the Rolluda Family congregated at Benaroya Hall with 53 other Pacific Northwest Design Firms to present their Joker Card interpretation as part of the Notkin Playing Card Event 2016. The event was hosted by Notkin Engineering and occurs just once every 25 years. It includes 54 firms, all randomly assigned one card from a playing deck to reimagine graphically. RAI received the Joker Card, and the design team was lead by Christina Ciampa, Donn Stone, Eric Cranston, Maryam Alaeddini, Juan Calaf, and Tara Augustad.
Joker Card Process Description:
RAI’s design philosophy emphasizes collaboration and active participation of every member of the design team. When Notkin Engineering announced that we received the Joker card as our assignment, we felt honored to wear the jester hat and tell the story of unique and entertaining architecture of the Pacific Northwest. We began by examining the history of the Joker through wikipedia.org: “originating in the US during its Civil War, the card is unique in that it lacks an industry-wide standard appearance. Created as a trump card…it may function as a wild card.”
Donn believed there were many opportunities for allusive elements here. Eric, Maryam, Juan, and Christina reflected on a few unique architectural pieces of the Pacific Northwest, noting the Hat and Boot of Oxbow park (formerly a gas station restroom), the Twin Tee-Pee’s of Aurora Ave, the “Blob” of Queen Anne which cycled through various business owners, and finally the iconic signage of the Elephant Car Wash on Denny Way. Ivar Haglund became the face of the Rolluda card, given his silly penchant for feeding the seagulls. Finally, we layered various Joker-esque images to create the final wild card!
Juan Calaf on Panel for Rose Center for Public Leadership in Denver, CO [02.22.16 - 02.25.16]
Juan Calaf, a Project Designer at Rolluda Architects, was invited to be part of a panel for the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Denver, CO. The panel served as an advisory group to the City of Denver’s Mayor Hancock and his team. The goal of the panel was to focus on how the city can catalyze new private investment and redevelopment opportunities along the West Colfax neighborhood, which is in a transit-oriented development (TOD) corridor but hasn’t had much success since it began a few years back. The Rose Center invited a diverse group of professionals across the country to be part of the advisory sessions with the City. The group consisted of architects, developers, development consultants, finance experts, policy advisers, and land-use experts in the 13-person collaborative. The panel was co-chaired by Andre Brumfield, director of planning and urban design at Gensler’s Chicago office, and NYC-based Kate Collignon, managing partner at HR&A.
West Colfax is an important and historic Denver street connecting the communities from the westside to the lively central downtown Denver. West Colfax and the areas around it—and underneath its 1.25-mile viaduct segment—continue to struggle to attract new investment and serve the needs of the adjacent neighborhoods. The main question guiding the discussions was “How can Denver attract new development to West Colfax that will support residents and businesses and enhance the unique identity of the corridor?”
Alex Rolluda Keynote Speaker at the AFEW (American-Filipino Engineers of Washington) Gala [11.20.15]
Alex was selected as the keynote speaker for the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of the Association of Filipino-American Engineers of Washington. Alex reflected on “lessons learned” through his experience as a business owner, and the firm’s bright future ahead.
AFEW is a local organization in the State of Washington that promotes camaraderie and teamwork among fellow professionals. Their goal is to integrate experience and expertise in the realm of engineering and technology towards supporting their community here and throughout the world.
NOAA Features Rolluda Architects Pre-design Charette in Company Newsletter [11.17.15]
On November 17th, a pre-design charrette was conducted by Rolluda Architects to begin concept development for a pilot project to better manage storm water at WRC. This initiative was funded by a Green Grant that was matched by OCAO. This important environmental initiative will address improvements to WRC storm water systems, reduce surface water utility fees imposed by the City of Seattle, and augment efforts to restore shoreline along the campus. Improved water quality and shoreline management are part of the larger effort to implement sustainable business practices at WRC.
Philippines Business Mission Forum – The Philippines Economy [10.23.15]
With support from:
Washington State Department of Commerce
National Center for APEC
Puget Sound Regional Council
The Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC
The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
Roli and Imee Hebron
The Economy of the Philippines is the 39th largest in the world, according to 2014 International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics, as well as one of the emerging markets. The Philippines is considered a newly industrialized country which has been transitioning from agriculture to services and manufacturing. In 2014 the GDP was estimated to be $692 billion (by purchasing power parity). The population of the Philippines is about 110 million, the majority of whom are highly educated and fluent in English.
American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit
Seattle, WA [09.17.15 - 09.19.15]
AIA 2015 Women’s Leadership Summit – Seattle, WA
The 2015 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit was held in Seattle, WA in September. Its theme—“Celebrating Women Leaders: Creating Cultural Change.” Project Designer Tara Augustad of Rolluda Architects attended the fourth biennial event.
The two day Summit celebrated the various ways women have attained leadership positions in the design profession. The forum was centered around the concepts of exchanging information and creating a dialogue to explore design, partnership, and sustainability. RAI prides itself on the contributions of its diverse team. Through its participation in the Women’s Leadership Summit, RAI enhanced its ability to bring all perspectives to fruition for the sake of innovative design.
University of Washington’s new Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center [10.01.14]
The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) at the University of Washington drew administrators, faculty, and architects from Kansas State University this week. The ECC was selected by KSU’s team as a facility exemplifying what they envision for their proposed multicultural student center in both design and function.
Alex Rolluda of Rolluda Architects, principal in charge of planning and design for the UW’s ECC, joined Dr. Marisa Herrera, ECC’s Director, and her staff in sharing the ECC story and how it came to be: the conversations, the thoughts, and the dreams that made this facility a model for other such facilities throughout the country and beyond.
Alex shared the ECC’s planning and design process to the KSU team—from the initial programming, working jointly with the ECC and its diverse student groups in bringing the history and culture of the original center to the new project, to transforming the building from concept to reality. The KSU team was inspired by ECC’s story and how its design creates open, welcoming spaces where students of all ethnicities can see and be seen, interrelate, and collaborate, and where staff can mentor, teach, and integrate with students to become future leaders.
Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (FCCPNW) Golf Tournament [08.24.14]
Willows Run Golf Course | FCCPNW
The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (FCCPNW) held its annual golf tournament at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond, Washington. Team Rolluda Architects came away with the win…by one stroke! The team included Alex Rolluda (RAI), Ed Claxton (CenturyLink), Nick Chou (Edmonds School District), and Steve Murakami (Tacoma School District). In addition to winning the tournament, Nick had a hole-in-one and Ed won the Longest Drive award.
Developing Pike Place Market: An Intersection of Preservation and Urban Design [05.29.14]
The Historic Resources Committee and the Urban Design Forum of AIA Seattle hosted a forum to present the latest development plans for the PC1 North site in the Pike Place Market Historic District. Presented: the latest design for the project and the design challenges of new development in a historic district. The session also touched on issues of cultural sensitivity and landscape preservation. Representatives presented relevant issues from each perspective followed by a facilitated discussion with the participants. This was intended to be an educational and informational session for AIA members but was open to other registered participants as well.
Diversity Roundtable Solstice Celebration: Diversity by Design [06.14.13]
Reception | AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable
The AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable invited individual architects and architecture firms from the Seattle area to submit their work as part of an exhibit of completed or in-process projects expressing the theme Diversity by Design. The exhibit will be mounted at various locations throughout 2013 and 2014, possibly including the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference in Vancouver, select Northwest schools of architecture, and the AIA 2014 Convention.
The exhibit will highlight individuals and businesses whose work in architecture reflects the inclusive spirit that has energized the Roundtable since its origins more than 25 years ago, as honored by the AIA’s national Diversity Recognition in 2010, with the intention of encouraging current and future generations to explore and manifest the power of diversity in their design careers.
As part of the Roundtable’s 2013 Summer Solstice celebration at the UW Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), Alex Rolluda presented to Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, chief diversity officer of the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), with a framed poster honoring Benjamin F. McAdoo, Jr., first African American to receive his architecture degree from the University of Washington (BArch, 1946) and the first to operate an independent architecture practice in Washington.
University of Washington’s new Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center [01.10.13]