LMN Partners

LMN Partners lead the continuing evolution of the practice in response to our changing world and increasing emphasis on sustainable urbanization. We leverage our complementary strengths, diverse perspectives and holistic approach to serve the needs of our clients while addressing the broader issues of our communities. The partner group offers decades of leadership across a wide range of project types and delivery approaches, along with specialized skills in design, management and technical execution. We’re each deeply engaged in project work and we collaborate on assignments to most effectively address the specific project conditions and design opportunities. We’re also leaders in various civic and professional organizations—locally and nationally—to serve the broader interests of our society.

John Chau, AIA, LEED AP jchau@lmnarchitects.com
John’s ability to integrate the unique characteristics of each project with its local culture and traditions results in responsive, innovative design solutions. Originally from Vietnam, John earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He first joined LMN in 1993, and his LMN experience in the ensuing years was punctuated by periods of working with other firms in Hong Kong and Seattle.

A leader in LMN’s urban mixed-use and higher education market sectors, John ‘s approach creates environments where buildings and public spaces mutually support and activate each other and seeks opportunities for transformation in every project. Some of John’s representative projects include Vancouver Convention Centre West; Hines Expedia Tower; Continuing Education Building at the University of California, Irvine; Anteater Learning Pavilion at the University of California, Irvine; 800 Columbia Residential Tower; and Summit 3 Office Tower.

Sam Miller, FAIA, LEED AP smiller@lmnarchitects.com
Sam’s approach prioritizes balance between design and technical execution, with a commitment to creative problem-solving and sustainable solutions. His background in engineering and construction was instrumental in the creation of LMN Tech Studio, a multidisciplinary research and development lab that is nationally recognized for advancing design and fabrication technology. Sam earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and worked as a carpenter, engineer and contractor before transitioning to architecture and joining LMN in 2000.

Sam embodies LMN’s commitment to architecture as an agent for enriching public life and has led many of the firm’s most impactful civic, cultural and educational work. Some of Sam’s representative projects include the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle Central Library, Seattle Asian Art Museum and the City College of San Francisco Performing Arts Center.

Walt Niehoff, AIA wniehoff@lmnarchitects.com
An avid outdoorsman with a keen mind for the business of tall buildings, Walt embodies the dual urban and natural character of the Pacific Northwest. His architectural focus is progressive urban development that integrates new structures into existing neighborhoods—socially engaging the public realm to support smart, sustainable and successful cities. Walt earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Montana State University and joined LMN in 1989.

A leader across the urban mixed-use market sector, Walt’s work incorporates innovative solutions that reveal new opportunities in this dynamic typology. Some of Walt’s representative projects include the Downtown Seattle Hotel, Midtown21 Office Tower, Hines Expedia Tower, 929 Office Tower, Summit Office Tower Complex and Civica Office Commons.

Wendy Pautz, FAIA wpautz@lmnarchitects.com
A strong conceptual thinker, Wendy understands the subtleties of complex projects and brings a tremendous capacity to visualize and resolve their technical challenges. Her approach to architecture fosters a “culture of possibility,” promoting widespread exploration and discovery. Her work has had a profound impact on urban and campus communities, as she weaves diverse layers of user experience across numerous building types—arts, education, public assembly and mixed-use—to achieve transformational results. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and joined LMN in 1996.

Wendy works primarily in the cultural, convention centers and higher education market sectors, with a passion for flexible public assembly spaces that catalyze and inspire their communities and campuses. Some of Wendy’s representative projects include Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, Greater Columbus Convention Center Interior Renovation & Expansion, Seattle Academy Cardinal Union, Brooks Sports Headquarters, Aspira Residential Tower; and the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University California, San Diego.

Mark Reddington, FAIA mreddington@lmnarchitects.com
A collaborative and curious designer, Mark has a special interest in the integrative design of highly functional and contextually engaging civic places that enrich the vitality of their urban and campus communities. His work advocates for progressive communities which integrate community life, infrastructure, and environment in a functional, human centered design approach. Mark earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and joined LMN in 1986. He is a frequent presenter for universities, civic and professional organizations throughout the United States.

Mark works across all of LMN’s market sectors, leading multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with other designers to elevate urban experiences. Some of Mark’s representative projects include Benaroya Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and the Sound Transit University of Washington Station.

George Shaw, FAIA, LEED AP gshaw@lmnarchitects.com 
George’s holistic approach is focused on enriching civic and campus communities through socially and environmentally responsive design solutions to complex facility programs. Committed to continual advancement of the profession, George is widely recognized as an industry leader in integrated design-build project delivery and a regular participant in multi-discipline practice initiatives.  He currently chairs the Washington State Architects/Engineers Legislative Council and serves on the Government Affairs Committee of AIA Washington Council. George grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, received his architecture education at UC Berkeley and joined the firm in 1991, after working with LMN as a local architect collaborator on the San Diego Convention Center.

George works across several market sectors, with an emphasis on educational and cultural projects. Representative projects include the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington; Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington; Anteater Learning Pavilion at the University of California, Irvine; Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego; Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio; and the Hawai’i Convention Center.

Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP svandyck@lmnarchitects.com
Through his daily work Stephen is energized by his passion for understanding the contemporary built environment through the lenses of architectural history and theory. Stephen’s design approach seeks to create high-performance buildings and public spaces for people and cities, producing inventive solutions for programmatic needs, environmental conditions and urban influences. He is widely recognized as an industry authority on the application of technologies to the design and construction process. Stephen helps direct the investigations of LMN Tech Studio, the firm’s in-house research and development lab. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, and joined LMN in 2009.

Stephen applies his passion for innovation across several market sectors, including public assembly, performing arts, higher education, transportation and urban mixed-use. Some of Stephen’s representative projects include Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa, Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, the Downtown Seattle Hotel, Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core, SR-520 Montlake Lid and Land Bridge, and the Everett Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, AIA rvinoly@lmnarchitects.com 
Rafael’s diverse cultural background informs a design approach that is based on a deep curiosity for the unique cultural, social and physical conditions that inform every project. His focus is on the design of projects with an emphasis on civic identity and engagement that extend well beyond the buildings’ limits to unite diverse communities. Originally from Argentina, Rafael earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and joined LMN in 1999 after practicing in Berlin, Miami and Tokyo.

Rafael is a leader in LMN’s convention and event center practice, involved both in the design of projects and as an industry leader. Some of Rafael’s representative projects include Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core, Dena’ina Civic & Conference Center, Spokane Convention Center Completion, Comcast Arena, College of Business at Clemson University, and the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at the Michigan State University.