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.
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.
Amy Golden 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.
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.
Michael graduated from The School of Design and Construction at Washington State University and attended the study abroad program in London. Upon graduating from WSU Michael relocated to Los Angeles, California and put theory into practice. Spending six years in Southern California working on a wide scope of projects, ranging from bespoke residential designs to large-scale public buildings. In 2007 Michael returned to the Pacific Northwest to continue his desire to learn. Prior to joining Shed, Michael took an opportunity to spend a couple years in architectural metal fabrication – fulfilling a longtime curiosity.
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.
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.
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.
Kris Kuster grew up on a farm in eastern North Dakota, where he learned to cultivate a very healthy imagination. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 2011 with both a BSED and BS in Art with Emphases in Sculpture & Ceramics, before completing his M.Arch in 2012. Since graduating he has been on a steady trajectory westward, working on small to medium scale projects in both Denver, CO and Portland, OR before joining the SHED team. Perpetually curious, he enjoys immersing himself in extracurricular activities, the most recent of which has been sample-based music creation.
Born in Korea and raised in Georgia, Jin Park developed a passion for architecture during his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Prior to earning his Master’s degree at the University of Washington, he worked on residential projects of various scales for award-winning architecture and design/build firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. His architectural studies have taken him to far corners of Europe from Galicia, Spain to a formerly Finnish city in western Russia. He is an amateur cook and potter and is constantly on the lookout for a new craft to learn.
Georgine Botha received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell with a concentration in building sciences and technology and a minor in art history. She is a third culture kid from the Netherlands and South Africa with roots in Bahrain. While at Cornell, she co-led the publication Association and was actively involved with the fabrication labs in her roles as a digital and material’s assistant. Prior to joining Shed, she interned at offices in New York and Dubai. She is fascinated by social, contextual, and material narratives, as well as the perception of space through image capturing devices.
Jacob Southard is a LEED Certified, Licensed Architect and AIA member with experience in a diverse collection of typologies from single-family homes, to retail development markets, to 48-story towers. He has won local and international design competitions, and has worked in small and large offices between Cape Town, Metro Detroit, and Seattle. Jacob believes that architecture is learned through experience, pragmatism, and empathy, and, admittedly, has little interest in design trends or -isms that come and go and will continue to do so.
Nicole McKernan is a northwest native with strong interests in contextual architecture and the built environment. She received her Bachelor or Arts in Architectural Design and Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington, with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Previously, she worked at a design-build firm specializing in custom residential architecture and brings with her the love of a fast-paced construction environment. Her love of design stretches into her free time, where she designs and sews clothing and patterns.
Will Rounsavell grew up in California but – if you count the years spent at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA – he has passed the inflection point of living in Washington for most of his life. While his study of politics there may not have drawn a direct path to our studio, his experience with client and project management surely did. He has been a wallflower on the architecture and design scene for the last decade thanks to his wife’s furniture showroom and the myriad events he has enjoyed there. Together, they have two sons, two dogs, a van, and a love for adventures and stories around the campfire.
Robert Arlt is a new arrival to the Pacific Northwest and is a licensed architect and Certified Passive House Consultant. Originally from Minnesota, he earned a Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University in 2011 after a circuitous route that included years of carpentry work and a semester abroad in Florence, Italy studying art and architecture. Graduate studies in Germany solidified a passion for Bauhaus and early modern design as well as building science. Before coming to SHED, Robert had his own award-winning practice and was a lecturer at South Dakota State University where he served as Principal Investigator of a grant to research, teach, design, build, and monitor Passive Houses. In his free time he enjoys reading, hiking, backpacking, and building things with wood.
Kyle Keirsey comes to Seattle by way of the South—born in El Paso, Texas, he grew up around a family of architects. At the beginning of his formative teenage years, Kyle made his way to Georgia and then to Alabama to begin his own venture into the family trade of architecture. While at Auburn, Kyle had the opportunity to participate in the Rural Studio, where he helped build and design structures for the underserved communities of West Alabama.
After receiving dual degrees in both Architecture and Interior Architecture, Kyle made his way up to Seattle. Prior to joining SHED, Kyle worked at a variety of firms on projects that spanned from corporate headquarters to bespoke residential, restaurants, and retail. Kyle is an active member of the Space.City board, helping expand Seattle’s exposure to the larger global design community. In his spare time, Kyle likes to draw and paint abstract compositions, inspired by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch and Keith Haring, featuring otherworldly landscapes.