Valerie Thiel, AIA, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant, with a background in both architecture and structural engineering, is the founding principal of SAGE Architectural Alliance. She has over 30 years of architectural experience and 20 years in the field of senior and special needs housing. Valerie is a regional leader in cutting-edge innovations for senior lifestyles and a passionate advocate for affordable senior housing. A frequent speaker at Washington Health Care Association, LeadingAge, and Housing Washington Conferences, she has spoken on the topics of sustainable design best practices, innovations in senior housing, design for social connection, and creating the intergenerational urban village.
Master of Architecture and Master of Structural Engineering, MIT
Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering, University of Washington
Larry Sinnott, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, architect and principal (CFO, CTO), is our lead on sustainable design and product selection. He has experience in mixed-use, multi-family and single-family design. His strong interest in urban design led him to work as an activist in the Sound Transit station location at Roosevelt and the SR 520 Montlake/western approach design. Larry also has a background in commercial and residential construction.
Master of Architecture, University of Washington
LEED AP and BD+C
Carrie Koenig, LEED AP, senior associate, is a design lead and project manager with over 10 years of experience. She has a strong background in civic and community buildings and is dedicated to creating engaging and meaningful spaces. With a holistic design sense and collaborative approach Carrie balances design, budget and schedule to meet project goals and objectives. In her free time, Carrie enjoys playing sports, attending art and theater events, and working in her garden.
Bachelor of Architecture and Science, Ball State University
LEED AP and BD+C
Kim Anh Tran-Dinh
Kim Anh Tran-Dinh, is an associate and architectural designer with a background in affordable housing. Kim is expert at site planning and design visioning. Her facile skills in three-dimensional modeling allow her to create quick sketches of the project design directions. These skills allow the client to easily visualize options and make decisions. Kim has a strong understanding of construction, having volunteered with Habitat for Humanity projects over the course of many years. She was a 2016 participant in the Housing Development Coalition (HDC) Leadership Training program for promoting affordable housing. Having come to the United States as a young immigrant, Kim understands the importance of housing for family stability and cares passionately about helping families succeed.
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ellen Kume is an architectural designer who believes architecture should enhance everyday experiences, while addressing the needs of the user and responding to the unique characteristics of site. Ellen brings strong graphic design skills to her work. Ellen joined SAGE Architectural Alliance after receiving her BA in Architectural Design from the University of Washington. Outside of the office, Ellen enjoys cooking and trying new foods, as well as travelling to new cities.
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design, University of Washington
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