Meet Our Board
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.
Abby lost her heart to modern architecture when she encountered the Nuclear Reactor Building on the University of Washington campus in 2007. It became her Master of Architecture thesis officially, and unofficially to save it from impending demolition. Sadly, after a temporary respite from fate, the gem of a building was demolished by the University. But the experience inspired Abby with a deep appreciation for buildings from the modern era, and a passion to fight for their often tenuous existence. Abby is currently employed as curator at the Bakke Coffee Museum and is also a documentary photographer. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Washington.
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 (Secretary)
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 (Vice President)
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.
Kate Smith (Treasurer)
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, 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 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 (President)
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.