The environment of the northwest provides rich material for the creation of wonderful buildings in exceptional landscapes. Beginning with houses and expanding to libraries, small public works and larger commercial and mixed use buildings, Ray has developed an aesthetic that blends inside and outside, deep cultural roots and innovative thinking with a sense of timelessness to produce unique and award winning results. Ray works throughout the West on challenging design problems with great potential. For Ray, Architecture is a magnificent obsession. At the same time it is the ultimate in nuts and bolts. Blending the two is the ultimate pleasure!
Mary Johnston FAIA | Partner
Mary Johnston, a founding partner of Johnston Architects, believes design has the power to change lives. As a frequent juror, critic and teacher, Mary shares her ideas about ethical responsible architecture that has a story to tell about its place. Mary wears many hats as well as that of architect. She has served the City of Seattle as the chair of the Design Commission; she sits on the board of the Methow Conservancy, the Pleiades Foundation and the Yellowstone Park Foundation and is a gardener and a cook.
Gusti is an eight year old Small Munsterlander Pointer whose mornings consist of gazing out on the Burke Gilman Trail from her designated Wegner chair before retreating home for the afternoon. In her spare time she enjoys heading to Eastern Washington for the weekend, hunting for birds and hiking.
Cynthia Louie | Principal
Cynthia is a versatile member of the JA team with a balance of marketing knowledge, business management and a strong sense of design detail. As a Principal of the firm, she is a valuable part of the management team. Her work approach is comprehensive; promoting clear effective communication, maximizing efficiency and advocating for a creative and healthy work environment.
Megan McKay LEED AP | Principal
As JA’s newest Principal, Megan has honed her skills working on several large public and private projects, requiring extensive consultant coordination and information management. Megan believes strongly that effective use of technology is paramount to clearly communicating any design idea to a wide audience of clients and consultants, assuring no detail goes unnoticed.
Vesper is a Keeshond who enthusiastically greets any humans or animals that happen by her station. Otherwise, she spends her days alternating between chewing–including any unfortunately-placed architectural material samples–and sleeping. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with her family, playfully chasing her feline siblings, and unloading her toy bin around the house.
Ginger Garff LEED AP | Associate
Ginger has gained valuable leadership experience in all phases of the design process for both public and private projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, she has managed several LEED certified projects and led the in-office effort to educate staff, clients and consultants on new strategies and how to better implement them on projects.
Solei is an energetic Yorkshire Terrier. She’s the smallest of the bunch but makes her presence known- often referred to as the alert dog- signaling the office when someone new has arrived. Solei’s workday is spent predominantly in her own “office,” where she hops from one carpet sample to another while monitoring the hallway entrance for newcomers.
David attributes his passion for architecture to growing up with a science-oriented family in New Orleans. With a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Williams College and a Master’s from Tulane, David is drawn to the problem-solving aspects of architecture. When not at work, he enjoys both playing and watching soccer and traveling.
A Colorado native, Amber received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado. Her interest in creating more socially and ecologically responsible environments took her to the University of Oregon for her Master of Architecture. Amber has a wide-ranging background from single and multi-family residential to commercial tenant improvements to schools. She is passionate about her work and the relationships she fosters. When not at work, Amber enjoys being outdoors with her husband, two young daughters and dog.
Alex grew up in the Coeur d’Alene area of North Idaho where he developed a great affection for the natural environment. While studying architecture at the University of Idaho for his Bachelor and Master degrees he had the opportunity go to Rome, Italy. Immersed in the Italian culture and surrounded by stimulating architecture, Alex honed his appreciation for design and the built environment. His background in various building trades further influenced his passion for the construction process and affirmed his belief that the architectural experience is one that involves all of the senses. Outside of the office you’ll find him living actively, enjoying friends, and wrenching on his 1995 Triumph café conversion.
Matt Purvis LEED AP
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Matt has developed a deep appreciation for the local spirit. He completed his Bachelor degree at the University of Washington and received his Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Matt is an avid craftsperson, and enjoys exploring our relationship with this unique place through wood carvings, construction, yoga and cycling.
Adelle graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and is originally from the American Southwest. The cultures of these places have made their lasting mark on Adelle and her support of regionally sensitive design. Adelle brings unique experience to the firm in the form of master planning, Native American, and sustainable design, and has come to Seattle to apply and further hone these skills. She is an accomplished painter and graphic artist, and employs these talents in every project. Before joining JA, Adelle briefly taught English in Paris. In addition to travel, she enjoys dogs, cheese, and spontaneous acts of creativity.
Born and raised in China, Lu attributes her understanding on urbanism to twenty years of high-density living experience. She completed her Bachelor degree of Environment Art Design at the Hubei Fine Art Institute and received her Master of Community Planning from DAAP, University of Cincinnati. As a visual “addict”, Lu has developed a variety of infographics and realistic renderings to support marketing, site analysis and visualization. She enjoys bridging technical fields with the rest of the world by intuitive and creative approaches.
Kathy Justice Pittman
With twenty years of experience in multifamily housing of different scales and construction types across the West Coast, Kathy has a penchant for finding a site’s story and expressing it in the project design. An ASU Sun Devil, Kathy’s search to blend her skills in art and technology brought her first to architecture and then animation school. This combined background is an asset as the building development process further incorporates more 3D studies and documentation.
Leah Wiiest | Interior Designer
Leah is inspired by the interplay between culture, architecture and interior design. She brings a practical perspective to the process behind the built environment, while striving to push the limits to create artful and engaging interior spaces and landscapes. Her versatility is shown in her experience designing homes, restaurants, retail and hospitality spaces from Seattle to New York to Beverly Hills. Leah brings a passion for innovative and relevant design, and an understanding of the impacts of design on brand identity and user experience. Her comprehensive approach is based on a foundation of cultural sensitivity, environmental stewardship, and client-centered service.
A recent transplant from the Midwest, Kimberly moved to Seattle after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Communication from Michigan State University. With an interest in art and architecture, she is thrilled to be working in an environment where she can engage in the world of design and contribute to its accessibility. In her free time, Kim enjoys exploring her new neighborhood, writing, and learning obscure facts to share with the rest of the office.
Kameron is currently a Master’s student at the University of Washington working towards both his MArch and MLA degrees. Born and raised in Washington, he had the opportunity to earn his BSD in Architecture at Arizona State University where he learned the importance of site responsive design. Studying both architecture and landscape architecture, Kameron hopes to better understand the thresholds that occur between the built and natural environments and where those thresholds can begin to fade away. When not working, Kameron enjoys travelling, photography, relaxing with friends and exploring the Pacific North West.
Leo is a one year old Bullmastiff who spends his days in the office sleeping under a desk. Occasionally he will emerge for treats or pats, but is rarely seen moving at anything other than a slow walk. Leo is also responsible for emptying the water bowl in the kitchen at least once a day. In his free time, he enjoys rolling in the grass, hogging the couch, and sleeping.
Harmony’s experience ranges from sustainable retail and commercial design to a variety of single and multi-family residential projects. He enjoys sketching by hand and tries to bring this skill this to every project that he works on. He earned his Bachelors of Architecture from University of Oregon in Eugene and studied abroad in the hill town of Macerata, Italy. He also spent summers building passive schools and homes through BASIC Initiative on the Cheyenne Indian reservation and is inspired by socially conscious architecture. He has a fascination with buildings that create a synthesis between the inside and outdoors to support the layers of ecology at a particular place. Outside of work, he is an avid outdoorsman and snowboarder who is perpetually in search of the perfect patch of powder to ride.