Arlene brings over twenty-five years of design experience to her company. As a professional who strives to provide exceptional customer service, creative design skills, and an eye for detail, AKJA has the experience and training to lead your residential project from concept through completion.
Arlene received her Master in Architecture Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her Master in Science in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts and her Bachelor degree from Skidmore College with a major in Art & minor in Spanish. Arlene's combination of creative degrees in Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Art give her a holistic approach to residential design and enable her to quickly comprehend and efficiently collaborate with other professionals. At MIT, she coupled her studies with graduate courses at the MIT Center for Real Estate where she studied business. Since a young age, Arlene has had numerous academic opportunities to travel throughout America, Europe and Asia and learn about art and culture throughout the world.
Since 1987, Arlene has been privileged and trusted to work on residential and commercial projects with multi-million dollar budgets. She has managed all phases of residential design, architecture, and construction for well-established Seattle architecture firms such as Sullivan Conard Architects, NBBJ, and General Contractor Toth Construction, a Seattle based custom residential builder. Arlene launched her own firm in 2007 to design new and renovated homes, cabins and condominiums ranging in size from 500sf to 10,000sf. She brings passion, creativity, a commitment to succeed, and a powerful blend of skills, education and experience to every residential architecture project.
Today, the firm is growing. Arlene is contributing her design talent to each project and helping her clients' visions become a reality. Her ability to design structures & interior spaces, to manage client's needs, and to work with the contractor during construction provide tremendous value to her clients. Arlene continues to develop her creative and technical skills by attending seminars relevant to design & sustainability, traveling, and sharing her knowledge with local non-profits. She lives in Seattle with her husband and dog and enjoys getting away to the Long Beach Peninsula on Washington's coast for rest and relaxation.
A native of western Massachusetts, Arlene was born and raised in South Hadley, a classic New England town on the scenic shores of the Connecticut River Valley. She is inspired by both the rural traditional environment where she grew up as well as the technologically savvy region of the Pacific Northwest where she calls home.