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Paul Dorn RA, LEED®AP

Associate Principal


“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 is what drew him to architecture. He grew up working with his father, a Boeing engineer, on home construction projects, learning about tools and materials, and was encouraged to construct his own projects. As a teenager, Paul’s interest in boats led him to seek a job at a local ship builder. While employed for the ship builder, he spent a summer helping with the construction of a new marina in the San Juan Islands. Similarly, Paul spent several summers with his father’s family in Austria where he helped his uncle build his house and rebuild parts of his grandmother’s home. These early experiences added to Paul’s desire towards a career in architecture.


Paul attended the University of Washington, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1986. In the same year, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction, adding to his knowledge of the construction industry. He continued his studies at the UW and earned his Master of Architecture 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 worked with many school districts throughout Western Washington including Seattle Public Schools, Edmonds, Everett, North Kitsap, Central Kitsap, Arlington, Ferndale, Tahoma, Shelton, and Mount Baker.


Paul has designed and managed architectural projects in all phases of the work, including programming and planning, schematics, 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 joy in building has led to numerous construction projects around his home and in his volunteer work. Many of Paul’s volunteer work is shared with his wife, an elementary school Dean, at the local schools. Paul and his wife of 30 years enjoy the many local cultural and sporting events, and he enjoys kayaking with his daughters.

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