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May 31, 2024

“Updated design presented for new tower at 5th & Virginia”

Chainqui Development and MZA Architects unveiled their latest design proposal for a tower at 2005 5th Avenue in early January 2022. Situated on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and Virginia Street, adjacent to the 5th Avenue monorail track and across from the Hotel Andra, the 19,500 square-foot site has been a focal point for development discussions. This marks the third presentation of early design guidance since December 2017…..

May 23, 2024

“MUP arrives for 586-unit project in the U District”

Onelin Capital received its Master Use Permit for its OneX development in the University District. It will be built on the original University Mazda property. The project stands as a testament to Onelin’s commitment to excellence. Collaborating with esteemed partners such as JTM Construction and MZA Architecture, the development promises to redefine urban living. Situated on the main University Mazda property, OneX will feature two striking 22-story towers comprising 586 units….

April 19, 2024

“2 Line Opening Celebration in the BelRed Arts District.

The BelRed Arts District is gearing up for its highly anticipated 2 Line Opening Celebration, a community extravaganza to commemorate the arrival of the new light rail lines. MZA is honored to be among the sponsors of this electrifying event, guaranteeing a day jam-packed with artistic expression, multi-cultural cuisine, and entertainment for the whole family.

February 5, 2024

“Holland secures SEPA approval for 224 Bellevue units near station.

Holland Partner Group has two neighboring apartment projects in East Bellevue, a little north of the future Bel-Red/130th Station. The 402-unit west project, dubbed Vicino, is nearing completion….

January 8, 2024

MZA Architecture is proud to announce our partnership with Jacobsen|Daniels (J|D) and a team of experienced firms to provide project management support services at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

The project, with a five-year horizon and $7 million budget, seeks to expand and revamp dining and retail offerings within the airport. This ambitious initiative will unlock potential within Sea-Tac’s space-constrained environment, seamlessly integrating with the airport’s growth strategy. …

November 2, 2023

“Chinn topped out on 20-story Bellevue condo tower, MARI

The crane from Morrow is gone, replaced by a manlift in recent weeks, and Chinn Construction has topped out on the 20-story Mari condominium. …

June 27, 2023

“Final Beam Set & Signed on Top Floor of Luxury Condo Tower, MARI

MARI, the new luxury condominium building currently under construction, has officially topped off. The final beam was recently set and signed on the top floor of the new tower, according to MARI Bellevue. Since sales began in spring 2023, the boutique collection of condos has sold over 25% of their residences. Buyers are invited to explore model home features and finishes, as well as renderings and floor plans within the sales gallery…

May 22, 2023

“MZA Architecture featured in exhibits host by the city of Bellevue to celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month

City hosts exhibits and virtual play to celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month
In recognition of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the City of Bellevue is hosting two free exhibits in May, one showcasing diverse artworks from a variety of AA…

March 15, 2023

“Northeast Design Review Board Recommends Approval for Design of 495-Unit OneX Towers in Seattle

Seattle’s University District could soon see the construction of a new multifamily project. A proposal for two towers that would bring hundreds of residential units to the city was presented to Seattle’s Northeast Design Review Board during a meeting on Monday, and the board voted to recommend that the design be approved by the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. OneLin Capital Corporation is the project developer, and the designer is MZA Architects….

February 23, 2023

“Downtown Design Review Board Moves Forward Proposal for 464-Unit Mixed-Use Tower in Seattle

Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is one step closer to seeing more housing. During a recommendation meeting on Tuesday, the city’s Downtown Design Review Board voted in favor of moving forward a proposal for a 44-story mixed-use tower with 464 residential units, office and commercial space…..

January 2023

“MZA on the list from GC Magazine: The Best Multifamily Architects in Bellevue, Washington

MZA Architecture is a forward-thinking practice founded by Ming Zhang, FAIA, a respected award-winning designer. Ming already had plenty of experience and a strong reputation in the industry, and now his firm also has a team of highly qualified professionals to back him up. The foundation of MZA’s accomplishments lies in its commitment to award-winning designs and cultivating close bonds with each of its clients……

November 24, 2022

“MZA-designed OCT Sanya Happy East Coast project” won the Gold Award for Commercial Space Design at Shanghai International Design Week.

In 2021, the Commercial Real Estate Design Award lasted for 234 days and attracted 2,105 commercial space projects from around the world through an open call. After multiple levels of scrutiny and selection by industry experts and mentors, MING ZHANG, the CEO/Chief Architect of MZA Architecture and Design, was awarded the annual gold award (2021-2022) for commercial space design.


November 22, 2022

“MZA Architects recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as no. 20, and the only architecture firm on the list of top Asian-owned Businesses.

It is an honor to be recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as no. 20, and the only architecture firm on the list of top Asian-owned Businesses. A big thank you to our amazing staff and our loyal clients who have supported us throughout the years…..

January 13, 2022

“The 15 Best Commercial Architects in Bellevue, Washington” GC Magazine features MZA Architecture

MZA Architecture was recently featured as one of Bellevue’s Top 15 Best Architects by General Contractors Magazine. Known for their founders, Ming Zhang, FAIA, vast project history and experience in Bellevue, WA and the…

October 13, 2021

138-Unit Condominium Tower in Bellevue, Mari, Breaks Ground

MARI, Bellevue’s distinctive high-rise residences in the heart of Downtown’s vibrant retail and the Eastside’s prestigious residential neighborhoods, has officially broken ground on its 17-story tower. A masterpiece of architecture and design, MARI blends traditional design with a modern flair…

October 8, 2021

Construction to begin next week on 20-story Bellevue condo tower

A Bellevue condo tower that’s been in the works for at least six years is scheduled to start soon. Developer Create World Real Estate Inc. will host a groundbreaking Wednesday for the 20-story Mari at 10232 NE 10th St. It will have 138 residences with commercial space…

October 7, 2021

65 Fremont units headed back to design review

Right on the line between Ballard and Fremont is an old corner commercial building at 106 N.W. 36th St. It last traded for about $3.3 million in 2014. Plans emerged about two years ago to redevelop with apartments…

August 4, 2021

Onelin pays $33M for University Mazda property, with two high rises planned

Last month Onelin Capital got $49 million for the sale of a development site in the Denny Triangle. Now it’s paid $33 million for the University District development site for what it calls OneX, at 4522 Roosevelt Way N.E. King County recorded the…

July 15, 2021

113 SLU condos reach the market

Plus Capital Partners recently received a temporary certificate of occupancy for what’s now called the Shoresmith Condominium, at 1170 Republican St. in South Lake Union. Polaris Pacific is now marketing the 113 individual units and 69 parking stalls on two underground levels. The eight-story project broke ground in the summer of 2019. MZA Architecture designed the…

July 2, 2021

Cloudvue project clears SEPA hurdle in Bellevue

One of the biggest but slowest development plans in downtown Bellevue is currently proceeding under the moniker of Cloudvue. The 4.6-acre property is most identified with the old First Congregational Church, at 10855 N.E. Eighth St. Most of the…

June 28, 2021

Onelin Capital to show plan for 2 U District high rises

OneLin Capital has two big apartment projects planned in the University District, both on sites near U District Station, where light rail service begins in October. Neither property has…

May 19, 2021

Chainqui’s 42-story Belltown tower back to design review

Chainqui Development is now into its sixth year of planning a high rise at 2005 Fifth Ave., on the corner of Virginia Street in Belltown. It owns the site, but the mixed-use project…

February 19, 2021

It’s a tight squeeze in Belltown for this planned high-rise

A planned mixed-use tower in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is hemmed in on three sides. The project by Chainqui Development of Taiwan is along a Fifth Avenue site lined by two landmarked buildings facing the monorail. To the west….

December 9, 2020

MZA put a taper on high-rise tower above landmarked Belltown buildings

Five years ago, Chainqui Development paid about $33.7 million for a corner site at 2005 Fifth Ave., at Virginia Street in Belltown. Plans for knocking down two old buildings and redeveloping were complicated by the 2017 landmarking of the Griffin Building and…

December 9, 2020

76 Fremont units head to design review

The corner at 106 N.W. 36th St. in Fremont, appears bound for redevelopment. North America Asset Management Group is the developer of record; it will either buy the property or partner with the current owner…

December 7, 2020

138 Bellevue condos could break ground next spring

The second planned phase of a Bellevue condominium project, now dubbed Altaire, is showing some signs of progress at 10232 N.E. 10th St., a block north of Bellevue Square. The present corner retail plaza, now home to Papa John’s Pizza and…

November 27, 2020

18 West Seattle condos to replace stone-encrusted Alki cottage

The non-landmarked but locally beloved Alki icon “Rock House” (aka “Stone House”), at 1123 Harbor Ave. S.W., is slated to be relocated. West Seattle Blog recently reported that volunteers from the Alki Beach Rock House Association were cleaning and…

July 8, 2020

MZA Grows Their Office of the Future; Hires Sharon Rhea to Expand Interiors Work

Our communities are quickly undergoing a dramatic shift in how the office is designed for better relationships between socialization, innovation, and collaboration. The future office will be an irresistible place in support of productivity….

May 13, 2020

65 Units Proposed for Alki Waterfront Site

Between 2014 and 2017, using LLCs, Eastside investor Jia Niu paid about $8.1 million to assemble a row of old houses on the north tip of West Seattle. Now there’s a redevelopment proposal for 1116 Alki Ave S.W., which spans six parcels between the…

April 17, 2020

Automated doors and hands-free sinks: the little changes we’ll see after COVID-19

Landscape architect Karen Kiest said she expects the 6-feet-away mandate of the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Americans even when it’s gone. “We’re never going to forget social distancing,” said Kiest, who owns Seattle-based Karen Kiest Landscape Architects “I think it’s going to imprint…

April 3, 2020

Architecture Firms Marshal Resources to Supply Health Workers with Face Sheilds

Architecture firms Weber Thompson of Seattle and MZA of Bellevue are helping supply face shields and goggles to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic locally. Over a two-week period, Weber Thompson plans to print 100 bands — the rigid plastic piece to which the clear face shield attaches to protect…

April 3, 2020

CONSTRUCTION: Pioneer Square Building Needs Fix

SEATTLE – Part of the parapet sloughed off last month at the Prefontaine Building, at 110 Prefontaine Place S. in Pioneer Square. There were no reported injuries from the crumbling masonry on the century-old building’s north side, facing Yesler Way. However, a corner bus stop there…

March 26, 2020

‘It isn’t our normal way of working’ Coronavirus outbreak tests limits of remote work in Seattle area

For the past five years, Craig Davenport has left his home in Mukilteo by 5:30 a.m. weekdays to beat Interstate 405 traffic on his way to his architecture firm in Bellevue. These days Davenport sleeps a little later and makes a shorter commute — to his dining room …

March 23, 2020

Our Commitment to Partners, Clients, and Employees during COVID-19

At MZA, the health and wellness of our employees, our clients, partners, and the communities we serve are our primary concerns. As we face the challenges of responding and preparing appropriately for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken steps to safeguard our….

March 17, 2020

Condos Planned for $12m site on Kirkland Waterfront

A long-vacant waterfront development site at 6211 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E. in Kirkland has sold for a little over $11.8 million, according to King County records. The buyer was BDR Kirkland 15 LLC, associated with homebuilder …

February 21, 2020

Opinion: Bellevue’s new code has heightened design

When Bellevue updated its land-use code about two years ago, the goals were to improve livability and the pedestrian environment while creating a more distinctive skyline. The changes were subtle but meaningful for developers who now can build higher in exchange for pedestrian….

December 31, 2019

GEO museum takes Gold in the 2019 WAN Awards

Situated in the Nanjing Fangshan Mountains, this new national park is known as “The Cradle of Chinese Geology”. Until recently, the site has been used for processing concrete, and due to significant amounts of quarrying, much of the precious geology has been damaged. The new…

November 19, 2019

Hotel Indigo Opens at Port of Everett

The new Hotel Indigo, at 1028 13th St. on the Everett waterfront, will mark its official opening with a private party on Dec. 4. The 142-room hotel, located in the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place development…

May 13, 2019

MZA Hires Mia Marshall to Boost US Work

Bellevue-based MZA Architecture hired Mia Marshall as a principal leading business development, with the aim of growing its domestic work, said Kevin Sutton, the firm’s operations director. “The perception in the industry is we do a lot of …

May 10, 2019

MZA Hires Veteran Seattle Designer Mia Marshall

Even though they’ve worked in the Puget Sound region for two decades, Ming Zhang, president and CEO of MZA Architecture, and designer Mia Marshall hadn’t met until recently. Now she is on the leadership team of …