Paul Dorn, AIA, LEED®AP
Senior Project Architect
“Architecture is about building communities – safe, delightful, places to gather and inspire.”
Paul grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and attended Seattle Public Schools. He considers the diversity of his community and his public education as positive forces in shaping his childhood.
Building things has always been an important part of Paul’s life and what drew him to architecture. He grew up working with his father on home construction projects, learning about tools and materials. As a teenager, Paul’s interest in boats led him to seek a job at the Jensen Motor Boat Company. He worked in the boat yard after school and spent a handful of weekends helping with the construction of Jensen’s new marina on Lopez Island. Growing up near the elegant mansions of Capitol Hill and travels with family in Austria added to Paul’s desire towards a career in architecture.
Paul attended the University of Washington, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1986. In the same year, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction, adding to his knowledge in the construction industry. He continued his studies at the UW and earned his Master of Architecture degree in 1989.
Paul joined Rolluda Architects in 2015. He has had a successful career practicing architecture since 1989, specializing in K-12 educational facilities as well as commercial
and industrial projects. Paul has experience with many school districts throughout
Western Washington including Seattle Public Schools, North Kitsap, Arlington, Edmonds, and Central Kitsap.
Paul has designed and managed architectural projects in all phases of the work, including programming and planning, construction documents, permitting, bidding, contract administration, and close out. He is a skilled communicator and brings his collaborative skills when working with clients, users and stakeholders.
Paul’s continued joy in building has led to numerous DIY projects, a tree house for his girls, the neighborhood mailbox hutch (a community tradition), and there are plans to finally build that runabout. He enjoys outings with his wife of 25 years, and kayaking with his daughters.