Board of Directors

Susan Boyle

Susan has lived in Seattle since 1967, and established her own architecture practice in 1983. She has led successful preservation efforts since then, serving on the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board from 1983 to 1989, and as a principal of BOLA Architecture + Planning since 2000. Her professional work focuses on the planning and design projects in the public realm. She co-founded the Northwest architecture and design journal, Arcade, and has been a board member for the Seattle Architecture Foundation and member of the University of Washington’s Professional Advisory Committee. Susan received a Bachelors degree in Art History followed by a Masters of Architecture, both from the University of Washington. Her background and interests focus on immigration and settlement, cultural landscapes, and industrial and vernacular architecture.

Rainer Metzger

A piece of Rainer's soul blasted into oblivion the day the Kingdome died. Vowing to get it back, he began a research odyssey through the béton brut of modern architecture, urbanism and infrastructure. He has written about thin shell concrete design in the Northwest, the landscape history of Seattle’s Union Bay, and he is currently researching the rural aspects of modern Italian architecture and city planning. Rainer travels a few months each year leading tours through Rome and Italy, and is a co-founder of Re-Collective, a group producing art installations on soon-to-be demolished structures. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Alan Michelson

With only pocket change, Alan left his native Rust Belt roots to live on the West Coast in 1984. He has lived up and down the coast, and developed a strong interest in its regional architecture. He is a compulsive collector of industrial design objects, and hopes to someday own his own design museum, tentatively called the “Michelsonian.” Alan has a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from the University of Rochester, a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Art History (with a specialization in architectural history), and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Michigan. He works as the Head of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning Library at the University of Washington.

Andrew Phillips

A preservation architect for the past twelve years, Andrew is an Associate with the Seattle architecture firm Stickney Murphy Romine (SMR) Architects. Andrew received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture with a Preservation Planning and Design certificate from the University of Washington. He also serves on the Board of DOCOMOMO_US, and the editorial committee of Arcade, the journal of Northwest architecture and design.

Kate Smith

Sight unseen, Kate picked up everything and moved to Seattle in 2006 from Boston where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Loathing the snow, but tolerant of rain, Seattle turned out to be a perfect combination of outdoors, entertainment and architectural styles. After being Docomomo WEWA’s "Co-Volunteer of the Year" with her husband, Michael, in 2011, becoming a member of the Board in 2012 was the next step. Recently purchasing her first home, Kate looks forward to renovating the 1951 house in all its mid-century glory. Kate has been an architect and associate at SMR Architects since 2006.

Tyler S. Sprague

Tyler S. Sprague, P.E., Ph.D., LEED AP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses in architectural & structural history and design. Tyler earned engineering degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington (UW). His research investigates the intersection of architecture and structural engineering throughout history including the work of Matthew Nowicki, the designer of the first tension-hung roof in the United States (the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC). Tyler has recently been researching the structural-architectural form of the hyperbolic paraboloid focusing on the work of Jack Christiansen.

Greg Walton

Greg’s professional background includes experience in technology and a number of consumer product marketing posts. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Greg’s specific interests are modern furniture and lighting design and the mid-century cultural scene in Seattle.

Eugenia Woo

A native of Los Angeles, Eugenia came to Seattle to attend graduate school and loved the weather so much she decided to stay. An experienced preservation professional since 1998, Eugenia is the Director of Preservation Services at Historic Seattle. She was a former Associate with the Tacoma-based preservation consulting firm, Artifacts Consulting, Inc. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master in Urban Planning and a Preservation Planning and Design Certificate from the University of Washington. She is a past Board member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (2006-2011) and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (2000-2006). Eugenia is particularly interested in vernacular roadside architecture, Googie architecture, and cultural resources related to ethnic heritage, especially in Asian American communities.