Claire Axley

AIA, LEED AP / Project Architect

Contemplative by nature, Claire thinks about how inclusion and social justice issues can be advanced through thoughtful design and consideration. Viewing projects through the lens of various users, she systematically thinks about how people interact and move within a space, enabling her to design accessible projects that enhance the public realm.

Tapped to help establish the Seattle office, Claire is a hub of information for clients, team members, and consultants. An integral part of all design phases, she collaborates to create site-specific, sustainable buildings that advance community interaction. One of her most rewarding projects was Boeddeker Park, an inspiring, inclusive public space and community center, a project which she participated in from gathering community input pre-design all the way through to the construction phase.

Claire is a licensed architect in California and Washington, a member of OWA, and has 13 years of professional architectural experience spanning residential, civic and higher education. She received her Master of Architecture from Yale University and her B.A. in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, where she also minored in City and Regional Planning. She held positions at WRNS’ San Francisco office and ran her own private practice in Seattle before returning to WRNS. During her spare time, she spends time with her family, enjoying Washington’s lush landscape and running half marathons.

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