Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is a founding principal in the Seattle firm, BOLA Architecture + Planning. She is a former member and chair of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board and University of Washington design instructor. As a practitioner, Susan focuses on architectural history, civic and educational buildings, and development projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Susan received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History followed by a Master of Architecture, both from the University of Washington.

Mike de Lange

Mike got interested in preservation after getting into an argument on whether his old neighborhood McDonald’s in Downey, California, was “historic.” He ended up studying historic preservation in graduate school at the University of Oregon. He’s a proud bureaucrat and has worked for the State Historic Preservation Office in Hawaiʻi and Oregon and as a city planner in Portland. He is currently a design review planner for the City of Seattle. While in Honolulu, he was a founding member and president of the Docomomo US/Hawaii chapter and led the Oregon chapter as well. It’s worth noting that the McDonald’s in Downey is now on the National Register of Historic Places so whoever that argument was with, Mike was right.

Rainer Metzger

A piece of Rainer’s soul blasted into oblivion the day the Kingdome died. Vowing to get it back, he began a research odyssey through the béton brut of modern architecture and large scale infrastructure projects. Rainer leads design advocacy efforts in Seattle focusing on historic urban landscapes and is a founding member of Seattle ARCH. Rainer travels a few months each year leading tours through Europe and more recently, North Africa. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Alan Michelson

Alan was raised in the Midwest and transplanted to the West Coast in 1984. He has resided in various places in California and Washington and developed a great attachment to the West Coast and its architecture. He has engaged in various historic preservation projects over the years and has been working at the University of Washington as its Head of the Built Environments Library since 2004. Alan earned a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from the University of Rochester, a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Art History (with a specialization in architectural history), and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Michigan.

Andrew Phillips

A transplant from Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M, Andrew arrived in Seattle in 1991 to work on his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Washington. He has worked as a preservation architect since 1996 with the Seattle architecture firm Stickney Murphy Romine (now SMR) Architects, where he is currently an Associate Principal. He also served on the Board of Docomomo US from 2000-2005, and on the Board of Trustees for Arcade, the journal of Northwest architecture and design, from 2010-2017.

Michelle Sadlier

Michelle is an Olympia-based architectural historian. By day she is surrounded by Cold War history as a Cultural Resources Manager at Naval Base Kitsap. According to family lore, her love of modernism revealed itself in nursery school, when she built a model of the new Brown University Graduate Center out of bits of plywood. Formerly an educator, Michelle’s years living in post-communist Czechoslovakia cultivated her passion for regionalism in the Modern Movement. In addition to graduate work at the University of Washington, Michelle has a BA in history and anthropology from Tulane University and a MA in historic building conservation from York University in the UK. Her special interests include cultural landscapes, company towns, and traditional materials in modern design.

Kate Smith

Visiting a Walter Gropius home in Concord, MA during her studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology sparked Kate’s passion for mid-century modern architecture. Sight unseen, Kate picked up everything and moved to Seattle in 2006. Tolerant of rain, Seattle turned out to be a perfect combination of outdoors, entertainment, and architectural styles. After being Docomomo US/WEWA’s “Co-Volunteer of the Year” with her husband, Michael, in 2011, becoming a member of the Board in 2012 was the next logical step. Kate has been an architect at SMR Architects since 2006 and is an Associate Principal at the firm.

Tyler Sprague

Tyler Sprague, P.E., Ph.D., LEED AP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses in architectural & structural history and design. Tyler earned engineering degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington. His research investigates the intersection of architecture and structural engineering throughout history including the work of Jack Christiansen. His recent publication, Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen’s Thin Shell Modernism, was released by the UW Press in 2019.

Greg Walton

Greg owns Walton Group, a developer of residential and mixed-use projects in urban Seattle neighborhoods. The company specializes in buildings that are modern in design and minimal in environmental footprint. Previously, Greg worked in marketing and product development in the technology and consumer products fields. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Greg’s specific interests are mid-century modern furniture/lighting design and cycling in the awesome Pacific Northwest.

Eugenia Woo

Eugenia has parlayed a fascination with architecture, history, cities, and communities into a career in historic preservation. As Historic Seattle’s Director of Preservation Services since 2009 she leads the organization’s advocacy efforts, fighting the good fight to “save Seattle’s soul.” Eugenia has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master in Urban Planning and a Preservation Planning and Design Certificate from the University of Washington. She has a fondness for vernacular roadside architecture and Googie design.

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