AWARD November 2016

During the Architects Alaska Chapter convention in Fairbanks, NorthWind was recognized with a 2016 AIA HONOR AWARD for the Mendenhall Valley Public Library project in Juneau!


NorthWind Architects is sad to lose two long-term partners to the call of other places and adventures. Gerald Gotschall, near-lifetime Juneauite and NorthWind co-founder has relocated to the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon (where it is still like summer as we move into winter here!). Evelyn Rousso has followed an opportunity to join the prestigious Alaskan architecture firm McCool Carlson Green in Anchorage (where her lovely horse Jenny will enjoy happy and dry trails and a heated barn!).

We anticipate this is not the last we see of either, in both our professional and local community: both have ties to this place that will endure. After a decade or more of service in building this company and the Juneau community, they will be certainly be missed here at NorthWind. Partners Sean, James, and Dave, along with our intrepid staff, shall persevere here, doing what we do to serve our community and region with good design and project services.


In the Spring of 2012, Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau was recently given LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  This Certification is promoted by the USGBC as a measuring stick for sustainable design and is a token of the City and Borough of Juneau and the Juneau School Districts commitment to providing healthier, smarter, and more environmentally responsible facilities for our community’s students.

Glacier Valley is the first public facility in Juneau to achieve LEED Certification on any level under the recent municipal ordinances mandating LEED design for new and substantially renovated facilities.  Sustainable strategies include: low VOC materials, high recycled content materials, rapidly renewable growth materials, displacement and heat recovery ventilation, attention to day lighting and high energy efficiency lighting and, low maintenance finishes.

PRESS! March 2012

NorthWind Architects' Downtown Transportation Center & Parking Garage is featured in this American Architects article.

"HIGH-DESERT DRAMA"! January 2012

Dave Hurley's design work is featured in the Oregon Home article High Desert Drama.


Thunder Mountain High School student Kevin O'Neil-Smith, Shannon Dore and Fran Downey work together to form a consensus on their modeling techniques. Completed in the summer of 2013, NorthWind built a 1:20 scale model of downtown Juneau. Stop by our office and check it out!

In this photo, Thunder Mountain High School student Kevin O'Neil-Smith works with NWA interns Shannon Dore and Fran Downey, to form a consensus on their modeling techniques.

Model of downtown Juneau

AWARD October 2011

Northwind Architects is a proud 2011 AIA MERIT AWARD WINNER for its Downtown Transportation Center & Parking Garage.

PARTNER November 2010

NorthWind Architects welcomes its fifth partner, Mr. Dave Hurley, from Portland. He joined the firm in 2010 and is now leading the Special Inspection and Construction Administration addition to our office. Dave is a licensed architect in both Alaska and Oregon.

OFFICE February 2010

Come visit us in our new downtown Juneau office located on the ground floor of the historic Goldstein Building. You are welcome to take a look at our most recent projects or browse our architectural library in our new spacious conference room.


NorthWind Architects welcomes its newest intern architect, Russel Echiverri. He graduated from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, and joined NorthWind Architect last February. He is currently working on his IDP hours and acquiring a concrete testing certification to offer Special Inspection services for our office.


NorthWind Architects is a proud sponsor of the Alaska Design Forum Lecture Series. The Alaska Design Forum presents programs on the leading edge of design and art, encouraging the discussion of these ideas as they relate to life and design in our state. For the latest announcements please check the Alaska Design Forum website.