Vince Ferrese, a lead director and designer with more than 45 years of experience, is recognized both locally and nationally for his expertise in housing that serves communities and campuses. Energized by momentum, Vince knows how to sequence complex projects through interconnecting insights while embracing new opportunities. Vince keeps his focus on the perspectives of the client as he pulls from a large repertoire of skills involving technical propensity, project management and rapport with the client. A knack for transformative thinking enables his successful problem solving and leads the way to practical design that transitions into thriving projects. Vince has over 110 built projects, 55 of which are multi-family housing.
Chris is a Founding Principal of Encore Architects, and as Managing Principal, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the firm. Her methodical approach to business and project execution, combined with a great design sense, allows her leadership skills to shine across all of Encore’s projects and platforms. Skilled and adept working with and leading design teams, she is truly an effective manager and listener, and works very closely with clients and stakeholders to ensure common values and goals are met with exceptional results. She strives for innovative, site-specific solutions to every project, combining aesthetics and practicality. She has over 24 years of experience with particular interest in urban infill, mixed-use, and the opportunity to enhance the existing urban fabric.
With more than 25 years of urban mixed-use project experience, Andrew has developed a strongly integrated design approach. His extensive background in building codes and five over two construction allows him to confidently and adeptly steer projects through complex review and authorization processes while maintaining a keen eye on the quality of the work produced. He has successfully navigated many projects through the approval procedures of various public and private entities, including the City of Seattle’s Design Review and M.U.P. processes. Andrew’s innate sensitivity to balancing urban environments with affordable construction has made him a specialist in finding the positive connection between the differing desires of clients, city agencies and neighborhood associations.
Interested in exploring new ways for technology to inform the creative process, Bryan brings a fresh design mentality to the already broad experience of the firm. His experience in the housing and the higher education market comprises a diverse collection of projects ranging from market-rate housing, to food service venues, student centers, stadium complexes and student housing complexes. By using the three-dimensional nature of “BIM” software, early in the process, Bryan guides our clients through the experiential sequence of a building in real time. This ability allows the owner and the architect to make design decisions as a synchronized team, ultimately resulting in a more seamless architectural product.
Blair is passionate about collaborating across disciplines to create well designed, enduring housing projects. She emphasizes a high functioning team approach and takes time to craft professional relationships in order to foster dynamics that support outstanding project outcomes. Creating both for market and affordable housing projects, Blair understands the multiple approaches needed for best results. She brings over 25 years of experience and this reflects in the quality of every project she contributes to.
Chris has more than 20 years of architectural experience working on a variety of project types for diverse communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has successfully taken on many project roles from initial concept design through construction administration. Chris has a particular interest focusing on building tectonics and exterior envelope detailing, and is always searching for solutions that are effective, economical and also elegant. Recent award winning work includes the new Elm and Alder Residence Halls which were completed as part of the West Campus Housing project, a multi-block mixed-use residential community for the University of Washington campus.
Thomas Hemba is an insightful and creative team oriented designer with over 15 years of experience on challenging urban mixed-use residential, student housing and hospitality projects. As a well-rounded architect Thomas combines his technical knowledge with a discerning eye to come up with solutions rooted in good design. Being a Seattle area native who has worked abroad in Germany on international projects he has absorbed a heightened sense for what makes this region unique. Through working collaboratively with clients, consultants and the city Thomas seeks to foster thoughtful, community enriching designs.
Derrick is a creative and resourceful architect with over 25 years of experience designing and managing a diverse range of project types, including multi-family, mixed-use, higher education, recreational, health care and public libraries. He has extensive knowledge of all project phases from pre-design through construction administration. With a passion and aptitude for incorporating sustainable solutions into all projects, he also has a proven record of delivering successful projects. Derrick is experienced in project management tasks including budgeting, cost estimating, code analysis, value engineering, and consultant and staff management. He brings extensive construction administration experience to the firm.
A skilled architect with more than 24 years of experience on a variety of housing, institution, corporate and commercial building projects, Rocky Flores is a wealth of knowledge and an important resource for the Encore team. His residential project experience ranges from Type V over Type I construction for affordable and market rate housing to senior and assisted living facilities. Rocky’s technical expertise has aided the development of projects such as the 340 Unit Lennar Totem Lake Apartments to the 200 Occidental Building, a high-rise in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Rocky is knowledgeable in all areas of the design process and building information model (BIM).
Christine brings 18 years of diverse architectural experience, and successfully navigates projects from initial feasibility study, to leading a project team through construction completion. Christine’s comprehensive view of a project encompasses schedule and budget maintenance, as well as approaching building challenges with pragmatism and a critical eye. Project experience includes corporate workplace tenant improvement, commercial shell and core, mixed-use multi family, and private education. Christine is passionate about building and fostering relationships, and takes great pride in the built projects that integrate well with the community.
Rob’s work emphasizes good old-fashioned drawing and teamwork, crafting client visions from sketches into enduring built environments. This dynamic process facilitates all parties to speak, be heard, act, and appreciate the built result. His experience ranges from single and multi-family residential, government, corporate, civic projects, to tenant improvements. He is particularly interested in how robust public and private relationships can foster sustainable and socially-balanced places. Rob is an active member of the AIA Seattle Young Architects Forum (YAF) and participant in Design in Public. He values clients and team members as part of a growing community.
From surveying existing buildings, and early conceptual designs through construction, Fredrika is dedicated to the integrity of each project. Her continuing study of sustainable urban planning provides a deep understanding of the way projects affect neighborhoods and vice-versa. How a new project interfaces with the larger neighborhood, affects intersecting subcultures, and adds value via overt and subtle impacts is vital to the way Fredrika approaches her work. Her diverse project experience in Seattle and Washington, DC, includes renovating DC’s oldest hotel into a W boutique hotel, a design-build office building, renovations of a small campus of former barrack buildings into high-tech classrooms, and multi-family projects in Seattle and Bellevue ranging from a five-over-one multi-family construction projects to a 42-story high-rise nearing completion.
Stefan is a passionate architect with broad interest who enjoys all phases of building development. He facilitates an iterative design process aimed at realizing substantive project goals in their physical, historical, and conceptual contexts. Team-based collaboration is the foundation of his approach to generating innovative solutions to design and construction challenges. In his free time, he enjoys exploring parametric modeling, computational design, and photographing built and natural environments.
Jen brings a wide range of architectural experience with projects in an urban context, from conceptual studies through construction administration and LEED documentation. She strives to create spaces that relate to their surrounding community and enhance their neighborhoods. Jen specializes in 3D visualizations, renderings, and animations. Her most recent work includes the Zella Apartments; Jefferson Park Apartments; University of Washington Maple and Terry Halls; Northwest School Theater, Athletic, and Dining Facility; and University of Washington Lander Hall.
Maurice joins Encore with 12 years of combined experience in multi-family residential, low-income housing, civic & emergency facilities, and historic preservation. He prides himself as a technical designer with expertise in construction documentation, building code analysis, project entitlement and feasibility studies, all while using an array of computer programs – REVIT, AutoCAD, Photoshop, VectorWorks – during the design process. Maurice finds the greatest appeal of architecture to be the marriage of creativity with rational order – that poetic ideas should be carefully informed by standards and regulations – and that great design should be the product of healthy collaboration with clients and consultants. Ultimately, he finds fulfillment in helping to shape the built environment – designing quality spaces which offer value to clients and also enable and inspire its users. In his spare time, Maurice enjoys travel, cooking, and live music. His volunteer activities include Treehouse for Kids (mentorship for foster youth) and supporting citizenship & immigration organizations.
Scott’s work reflects his passion for the physical, social, and political intersections of people and places. These intersections and conflicts provide opportunities to improve the way people interface with the built environment. To successfully build socially and environmentally sustainable places, Scott values a collaborative design process that acknowledges the perspective of the entire project team and community. His experience has been a collection of various scales, ranging from tech office workplaces and cafes to large master planning projects.
Jym is a design-industry professional with over 15 years of experience specializing in the effective stewardship of thriving and growing creative businesses. He has worked extensively across many different creative platforms: architecture, installation art, film + television, graphic design, motion graphics, and entertainment branding/marketing. His diverse experience includes: 360-degree operational oversight, finance, marketing/branding/PR, company culture + morale, and numerous special creative projects. He is a generalist with a left brain / right brain balance who enjoys penmanship, spatial awareness, cheese, and perfecting his banana bread recipe.