The Seattle Design Commission has a new chair, and a new commissioner filling the architect position.
Shannon Loew is commission’s new chair. Shannon is the founder of Form In Context (a.k.a. FIX), a small real estate development company focused on urban infill projects that stimulate community through shared values of innovation and creativity. FIX is the culmination of Shannon’s ongoing pursuit to create great places with inspiring, relevant design. Shannon is an associate member of the AIA, is LEED certified, and holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Architecture from Vassar College. He has worked with some of the largest real estate developers in the country, with prize winning architects in the U.S. and Europe, and at IDEO, where he designed on a range of issues from apparel retail to sustainable mineral resource extraction. His clients have included Marriott, Nike, Rio Tinto, and Forest City. Prior to his career in architecture, Shannon worked in marketing and business consulting for seven years in New York and South Africa on a diverse set of industries.
John Savo, AIA, is the new commissioner filling the architect position. John is a Principal with NBBJ in Seattle and a leader of the firm’s commercial and corporate practice. For over 30 years, John has been leading urban architecture projects that emphasize innovation, historic preservation and sustainability. A generalist, John has delivered a wide range of project types for his clients, including high-rise and mid-rise office and residential buildings, complex mixed-use projects, public infrastructure, corporate and institutional master plans, and historic building rehabilitations. In addition to practice, John has taught architecture and design at universities in Boston and Seattle and has served locally on the Boards of Leadership Tomorrow, the South Lake Union Community Council and the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce for which he served as President in 2012. John is also Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Seattle University’s Master Plan. Passionate about advancing a more sustainable future, he has presented at numerous conferences, including Green Leaders Summit, Green Build and Code Green. Prior to joining NBBJ in 1985, John was with Olson Walker Architects in Seattle and Marcel Breuer Associates in NYC.