Our Studio

Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects is an 10-person design firm located in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle. We specialize in the careful crafting of visually rich and highly effective buildings and spaces for civic, academic, environmental, and residential use. Over the past 20 years, Rick Sundberg, one of the Northwest’s leading civic architects, with partners John Kennedy and Gladys Ly-Au Young, have worked to create projects that are loved by their users, critics, and the public alike. Together Rick, John, and Gladys have produced some of the city’s best-loved public places, including the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Seattle University School of Law Sullivan Hall, and the Frye Art Museum.

Our firm is a tightly-knit, highly collaborative, and cross-disciplined group of designers and professionals who bring a wide spectrum of skills and expertise to each project. We believe in social responsibility, and view civic engagement and sustainability as critical subsets of this core value.


The Sundberg Architectural Initiative (SAI) is a program begun by Rick Sundberg and now rolled into the pro bono work in which our firm engages. Through selective projects, we endeavor to create places that have a positive and lasting social, environmental, and economic impact on the community to which the building belongs. Collaboration with local community leaders, builders, and sustainability experts is an integral part of the design process, creating beautiful, functional, resilient, and self-sufficient structures that enrich both people and place.