Thomas Schaer received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Babson College. As co-founder and principal of SHED, Thomas has been instrumental in establishing an architectural practice that combines design and fabrication. His extensive knowledge of steel fabrication and building construction has been applied across a wide range of historic preservation, residential and fabrication projects. In addition, Thomas remains involved at the University of Washington College of the Built Environment as an outside critic and studio instructor.
Prentis Hale received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, has an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, and has performed traveling research in Stockholm on a Valle Scholarship.
Prior to establishing SHED, Prentis worked as a lead carpenter for a Seattle design/build firm learning to build. From 1998 to present, Prentis has worn the various hats of business principal, designer, builder and fabricator through the conceptualization and realization of a broad range of commercial, residential and fabrication projects. In addition to his professional activities, Prentis teaches design studio on an annual basis at the University of Washington College of the Built Environment, participates in local architectural collaboratives and arts communities, and undertakes numerous independent architectural research projects.
Greg Shiffler received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ohio state university in 1999 and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington in 2004. Before coming to SHED he was involved in design build projects with the Northern Cheyenne Indians in Montana, for a primary school in Juitepec, Mexico, with the Yakima Nation Housing Authority in Eastern Washington, and for a private client in Galicia, Spain. He was licensed to practice architecture in 2009. Greg became the proud father of twin girls, Emma and Lucia, in November 2007.
Kara Greenetz is one of the few Northwest natives among the SHED team. She grew up pulling geoducks—indigenous clams that grow to the size of a man’s arm—from Olympia’s South Sound before heading to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for her undergraduate degree in architecture. She earned a Master’s degree after three years at UCLA, culminating her graduate studies with a research project called Backyard Bi[h]ome, a hyper-modern dwelling that garnered national attention from architectural press. She returned to the Northwest after graduating in the spring of 2015, bringing a research-based approach to design that’s unique among our staff.
Chris Phillips received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He also spent that summer studying throughout Europe while based at facilities of the ENSA-Versailles, France. Chris has past roots in both Oklahoma and New Mexico. In 2011, he planted new roots in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son. Chris has a diverse background in a variety of project types ranging from single family to mixed-use developments. He will often utilize his eclectic background and plural interest in the arts to bring fresh ideas and thinking to the table.
Alex Hale came to Seattle from the Midwest where he received a professional degree in Architecture and a degree in Environmental Studies from Iowa State University in 2010. While at school, Alex participated as a design studio teaching assistant and mentor, helped develop a digital fabrication program, spent a semester abroad in Italy, and received several distinctions along the way. Before working at SHED, he has accrued experience at various architecture firms and has spent some time learning wood and metal working as a furniture fabricator. He believes good design is resourceful and sensitive.
Clayton Herbst received his Bachelors in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. He then returned to his hometown of Chicago to work and earn his Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. There he taught as a studio teaching assistant, won multiple competitions for his own studio work, and spent countless hours building furniture and binding volumes of research. In 2016, Clayton moved to Seattle in hopes of finding the purest intersection of the urban and the wilderness. His focus is on beautiful, site responsive, human architecture.
Karri Peery earned her Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Washington. During her studies, she focused in part on sustainable architecture, receiving a Certification in Sustainable Design and a Minor in Architecture in conjunction with her degree. Karri’s commitment to sustainability has been proven over the years as she has worked in various industries, including organic commercial baking and recycled glass and ceramic production. Prior to joining SHED, she worked as a 3rd party verifier for various sustainable building programs, such as Built Green and PHIUS. With a wealth of experience in operations management and process improvement, she brings a keen eye to both the everyday operations and forward planning at SHED. When she is not managing schedules and budgets, she can be found hiking in the North Cascades or traveling the world in search of the perfect curry.
Kyle Griesmeyer made his way up to Seattle from the southeast where he graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of South Florida in 2014. While at USF he studied in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Faculty of Architecture and later participated in the Land Arts of the American West program out of Lubbock, TX. Before coming to SHED Kyle worked with Olson Kundig Architects on a variety of projects. He hopes to one day have a dog.
Aaron Trampush received his Master’s in Architecture from Washington State University and undergraduate degree in Technology Construction Management from Eastern Washington University in 2005. With his many years of experience as a contractor, carpenter and working at a design/build firm prior to SHED, Aaron’s approach to design is very hands-on. He physically explores architectural ideas through his artwork which has been shown throughout galleries in Washington State. Aaron draws his inspiration from the physical interactions one has with design; such as the handshake of a door knob or the cusp of a chair.
Amy Leedom is the co-owner of Paxson Fay, a Seattle-based marketing and communications firm specializing in architecture and design. After graduating from Fordham University, Amy spent 5 years working in advertising in New York and Los Angeles before returning to her hometown of Seattle where she received an Master’s in Business Administration and Certificate in Marketing from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics in 2015. Amy launched Paxson Fay with co-owner, Tessa Andrews, in 2015 and now has over 10 clients across the country.
Rebecca March was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Rebecca pursued a background in interior design before receiving a Master’s in Architecture from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, she contributed to a social housing program built by women, for women in Masoro, Rwanda, assisted in teaching global architectural history and theory, and studied in London and Berlin. Before relocating to the Pacific Northwest, she researched correlations between sexual education and poverty in order to secure grant funding for a mobile education hub.
Rebecca’s research explores the often overlooked beauty of ordinary objects, specifically as it pertains to the American single family home. Her Master’s thesis, Domestic Glitches in the “City of Good Neighbors” explores the overlap occurring between the existing physical construct of the house and opposing realities that happen on the interior. Her research of abnormal homes, in collaboration with Sean Morgan, was exhibited for the Syracuse Architecture Creative Works grant and published in Pidgin Magazine.