Rick Sundberg


With over 40 years of experience as a practicing architect, Rick Sundberg has designed many of the region’s best places, including buildings on the campuses of Whatcom Community College, Seattle University School of Law, and University of Washington. He pairs meticulous attention to physical detail with a broad architectural vision and the insistence on viewing sites and buildings in their larger context.

A graduate of the University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Rick worked with Ibsen Nelsen Architects for seven years as a project architect, helping them design and craft complex academic buildings. He joined Olson/Walker in 1974, and became a partner in 1976. The firm became Olson Sundberg Architects in 1985; Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects 2000; and Olson Kundig Architects in 2010. Rick founded his own firm, Richard Sundberg Architect in 2010, and Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects in 2012. This past June, he was awarded the 2013 AIA Seattle Medal of Honor for generous mentorship, influential design leadership, and commitment to community service.

John Kennedy

John brings to the firm 25 years of experience designing civic and institutional projects in New York, Chicago, and Seattle—16 of them teaming with Rick and Gladys on award-winning projects such as the Seattle University School of Law Library and Athletics Center Master Plan, the Frye Art Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. John’s skill at organizing group dynamics, building consensus among stakeholders, navigating state and local regulations, and providing clarity make him a great director of projects. John worked previously with Rick and Gladys at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects and earned his degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently leading our firm’s work with the University of Washington School of Law.

Gladys Ly-Au Young

Gladys Ly-Au Young brings a deep understanding of sustainable design as well as sensitivity to context and place in her work. As a founding principal of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young, she is committed to design excellence and works closely with clients and stakeholders to help guide them through the design process, ensuring ideas are translated gracefully to drawing documents. She is adept at working on a wide range of projects and spaces, from the intimate complexities of a residence to more expansive ideas of adaptive reuse and urban design, all the while creating work that is environmentally sensitive, elegant, and functional. Gladys graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University and earned a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked with Rick for over twenty years, first at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects as a project architect, and currently, at Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects. Together, they collaborate with a shared design sensibility and thoughtful integrity to all work undertaken by the firm.