Puget Sound Business Journal
BELLEVUE, WA – 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. It will have a strong brand and sense of culture and community – key tools for retention and recruiting of talent and business opportunities. It will be a healthy, safe place as the balance has shifted to be the “office away” from the home office. Our design professionals are embracing this development and the rapid changes that are shaping our future, including our own head office in Downtown Bellevue.
MZA is proud to announce a number of recent hires and promotions, including the promotion of Craig Davenport to President, Kevin Sutton to Principal, and the addition of Sharon Rhea as Director of Interior Design.
“We are thrilled to be building our integrated team in architecture and interior design. Adding Sharon and her expertise is a real boon for MZA.” states Mia Marshall, Principal at MZA.
Sharon Rhea, previously of KMD Architects, has passionately executed compelling Interior Architecture and Design for over 15 years. Prior to her role as Director of Interior Design at KMD, Sharon was with local firms Johnson Braund, Inc. and JPC Architects.
Sharon employs a globalist approach to design – influenced by her domestic and international work on projects for Zillow, Pokémon, Hargis Engineers, Compass Health, Starbucks International, and the under-construction KODA Condominiums. Sharon’s diverse experience as a senior interior designer aligns with many of MZA’s existing offerings: multi-family, office, hospitality, retail, and civic architecture, and expands their in-house interior design and architecture team. Through hand-in-hand design collaboration, MZA sees Sharon’s hire as a pivotal move forward for the firms integrated design approach.
“As we navigate these post-COVID waters, we will continue to build our menu of services that or clients are seeking to improve their developments and return on investment. The addition of these new members to our team will support our vision and growth of the firm.” states Craig Davenport, President at MZA.
To begin 2020, MZA also completed the hire of Robert Ortiz as Associate and three additional entry-level architectural staff. Robert brings high technical and project management expertise to the firm, with experience working for clients such as Dorsey & Whitney, Dow Jones, and local online retailers and technology companies. Working together with Sharon Rhea and Mia Marshall, Robert fortifies the firm’s interior expertise.
As part of their brand expansion, MZA has also added Christine Olshefsky as Marketing Coordinator. Reinforcing the 5-year-old firms brand image through a new website and a fresh approach to proposals, Christine is an integral piece to presenting MZA’s new team and capabilities.
Coming soon for MZA: completion of a major renovation and TI for Benaroya at their South Hill Business and Technology Center, as well as the anticipated 1170 Republican condominiums topping-off in late summer 2020.
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