Valerie Thiel, AIA, LEED AP, with a background in both architecture and structural engineering, is the founding principal with over 30 years of architectural experience and 18 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 WHCA, LeadingAge, and Housing Washington Conferences, she has recently spoken on the topics of Sustainable Design Best Practices, Innovations in Senior Housing, Design for Social Connection, and Creating the Intergenerational Urban Village.
Education: MIT Master of Architecture, Master Structural Engineering, BSE University of Washington.
Larry Sinnott, AIA LEED AP BD+C, architect and principal (CFO, CTO), is our lead on sustainable design and product selection, and he has experience in mixed-use, multi-family and single-family design. His strong interest in urban design lead 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.
Education: MArch from UW.
Carrie Koenig, LEED AP, senior associate, is a talented 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 the projects goals and objectives. In her free time, Carrie enjoys playing sports, attending art and theater events, and working in her garden.
Education: Bachelor in Architecture and Science, Ball State University, Indiana.
Kim Anh Tran-Dinh
Kim Anh Tran-Dinh, joined SAGE upon graduating from the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Illinois in Chicago.Kim has been advancing very quickly and is a very promising young architect. She has a strong understanding of construction, having volunteered with Habitat for Humanity projects over the course of many years. Kim has experience in phases of design from conceptual to construction documents. Kim is a 2016 participant in the Housing Development Coalition (HDC) Leadership Training program for promoting affordable housing. Having come to the US as a young immigrant, Kim understands the importance of housing for family stability and cares passionately about helping other families to succeed.
Education: M.Arch from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Ellen Kume is a Designer who believes architecture should enhance everyday experiences, while addressing the needs of the user and responding to the unique characteristics of site. 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.