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23 March 2018

HOK’s AJ Taaca Joins Seattle Design Review Board

AJ Taaca, AIA, an architect in HOK’s Seattle office, has been appointed to the Seattle Design Review Board to provide guidance on significant developments across the city. 

Seattle’s Design Review Board gives professionals a voice in the design process for the city’s new commercial and multifamily developments. The board consists of five members who represent community, development, local, landscape and design interests. As the board’s design representative, Taaca will serve a two-year term in the East district, which includes Capitol Hill, First Hill and other established Seattle neighborhoods.

The board’s review process, which occurs at bi-weekly public meetings, includes evaluating:

  • The overall aesthetic of a building
  • How the building massing relates to adjacent sites and overall street frontage
  • How the proposal relates to unusual aspects of a site
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access to the site
  • Quality of materials, open space and landscaping

Taaca is a long-time proponent for the power of design and urban planning to transform neighborhoods, districts and communities. “I’m honored to represent HOK and to serve my community by being an advocate for great architecture and urban design,” he says.

Taaca has been instrumental in the design of HOK projects including the new Concourse D Hardstand Holdroom at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the King County Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle, and the San Francisco Police Department Traffic Company and Forensic Services Lab.