John Kennedy – Partner
AIA, LEED AP
AIA, LEED AP
John Kennedy’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. He has designed civic and institutional projects in New York and Chicago —and worked on well-loved community projects in Seattle such as the Frye Art Museum, the Wing Luke Museum, and Chophouse Row.
John has worked with Gladys for most of his 30-year career – first at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, before forming SKL. John earned his degree from the University of Notre Dame.
AIA, ALEP, LEED AP
A founding partner of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, Gladys Ly-Au Young is driven by a social purpose to design earth-friendly, community-based places that function well, create belonging, and promote health and well-being. SKL is a JUST organization. Her project at Othello is part of the Affordable Housing Framework pilot, working to remove barriers to use healthy materials in the affordable housing sector.
Gladys held an MS in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. She has been applying a deep understanding of sustainable design and thoughtful design integrity to projects for close to 30 years. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Justice from Harvard Extension School.
Gladys currently serves on the Cultural Space Agency’s Governing Council, Seattle 2030 District’s Board of Directors, International Living Future Institute Organizational Equity TAG, and AIA Seattle Honor Awards Co-chair.
Hannah Estrich has 8 years of experience in multi-family housing, mass timber, and retail. After graduating from Penn State in 2015, she moved to Seattle to work on high end retail projects in China and across North America, giving her an attention to detail and simplicity in design. Over the next several years, she worked in multi-family housing, on both market-rate and affordable projects in the Puget Sound region. She is interested in making the practice of architecture more equitable in the work we do, who we serve, and who we are as a profession.
America Fiol-Serra is SKL’s Contracts/Business Manager. She studied Business Administration at Heald Business College in San Francisco and brings 27 plus years of project management working for esteemed engineering firms, contractors, and government officials on various projects. Her experience includes contracts, construction, and financial administration. America enjoys helping others, music, cooking, arts and travel.
Myra Lara takes a relentless intersectional approach to both architecture and urbanism within the context of migration, urbanization, climate change, and systematic injustices. She works through design, art and testimony to educate and encourage civic participation on land use, housing policy and community justice.
Myra joined SKL after graduating with her Bachelors of Architecture from Rice University in Houston.
Wing-Yee Leung has more than 17 years of experience working as an architect on residential, public and commercial projects. Born in Hong Kong, She lived in England and Canada before getting her M. Arch. from the University of Oregon in 1994. After graduation, she worked for an urban design consulting firm in Vancouver BC doing urban rehab projects in Australia and SE Asia.
Wing-Yee joined SKL in April 2012.
Nicole Tsen Lew is an advocate for the power of design to create a healthier, more livable city. She has served as Seattle Design Festival Chair and Board Member of Design in Public. In 2013, her “South Park Food Bridge” conceptual design was recognized with an AIA Seattle Honor Award – Honorable Mention. Nicole has been with SKL since its inception. She worked in San Francisco and Shanghai before graduating with a Master of Architecture degree from University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in 2011.
Angus has nearly 20 years of experience as an architect, and since 2007 has been living and practicing architecture in the US. A registered architect in the UK, Angus is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a graduate of Kingston University, London and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, and he completed his professional studies at the Architecture Association in London.
First earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, Genevieve switched gears to pursue architecture, earning a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2011. She has a wide range of experience from high-end residential, master planning, higher education, and workplace interiors. Her passion for educational, civic, and non-profit typologies brought her to SKL. Genevieve serves as co-chair of the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable committee, which focuses on diversity equity and inclusion in the design community.
Mika graduated from the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences in 2002 with a degree in Anthropology, and graduated from University of Oregon College of Allied Arts and Architecture with a Master’s degree in 2009.
Stefan Wong earned his Masters of Architecture degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. He has worked across a diverse range of project types including large and small scale commercial interiors, private residences, educational and research facilities in Seattle, Vancouver and the San Francisco Bay Area. Stefan enjoys working closely with clients and project team members as part of an inclusive and collaborative process of design that influences people and the environment in a positive manner.
Megan received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002 and a Masters of Architecture from McGill University in 2003. After college, she completed an apprenticeship in wood working and furniture design then moved to Seattle to practice architecture. Since then, Megan has worked on a worked on a range of public and residential projects throughout the United States. Megan joined SKL in 2021. She brings a thorough approach to problem solving, along with a calming presence.