Shannon, a third generation Alaskan, initially worked at Northwind Architects as a summer intern periodically from 2005-2011 and starting in 2018 returned for a full time position. She attended the University of Oregon for a Bachelors of Architecture and minor in Historic Preservation, and the University of Bath for a master’s degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. She has completed her internship and now will begin the process to become a licensed architect. She also plans on achieving certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Shannon’s professional interests include vernacular architecture, environmentally sustainable design, preservation of historic buildings, and the connection between the design and construction of a building. She was heavily involved with a student led program at U of O called DesignBridge that built small projects students designed in studio. She also owned a Design/Build general contracting company in Washington State with her husband.
Shannon’s Great Grandparents moved to Treadwell in 1911 to work in the mining community, and her family has been here ever since. She decided to return to Alaska to get involved with the community and the built environment of her home town. Shannon is committed to preserving Alaska’s unique culture and resourcefulness in our historic structures, using mindful adaptive reuse practices to maintain our historic building’s relevance to the community, and using her knowledge of historic architecture to design sustainable new buildings. On her down time, Shannon enjoys hiking all over Juneau’s beautiful mountain ranges with her husband and black lab, exploring the local mine ruins and salmon fishing.
Russel has a B.S. Architecture Degree from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. After graduating, he moved back to Juneau, his hometown, and is currently working on his Intern Development Program with NorthWind Architects. He plans to get his professional license in Alaska after finishing his IDP. Russel also plans to expand his professional skills to include construction administration and special inspection. Russel strives for quality in each project with a simple and unique approach to design.
Russel was born in the Philippines and has resided in Juneau since he was 5 years old. Russel is an avid sports fan and enjoys local recreational sports.
Lizzy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design from Washington State University. While in school she spent a semester abroad in Florence studying Italian architecture and design. During her exchange she had the opportunity to visit Italian architecture firms, travel on design field trips to Milan, Venice, and Bologna. Her studio led by an Italian architect provided a unique opportunity to learn about and be inspired by Italian culture and history. She believes that experiencing other cultures increases creativity and open mindedness, allowing for us to be better designers.
Growing up she has always had a passion for art and the outdoors leading her into a career in design. Lizzy is interested in creating emotional connections with the built environment through spatial design, materiality and lighting. She holds a LEED (leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GA certificate and focuses on sustainable design as much as possible.
Born in Juneau and raised in Haines, Lizzy is passionate about Alaska and loves the culture of Southeast. When not working she can be found exploring the endless trails Juneau has to offer, navigating the oceans by sea kayak or travelling the world out of her backpack.
Ben Kraft, AIA
Ben is a design professional with Northwind working towards licensure. From nearby Sitka, Ben is thrilled to be living in Southeast Alaska once again after a Navy enlistment and then pursuing his B.S. Arch at the University of Idaho and M.Arch at the University of Minnesota.
Ben is especially interested in how design can positively impact the financial barriers to housing. This pursuit has helped him to be conscious of project constructability and the material/financial realities of homebuilding while perfecting an architectural style deeply rooted in the geographical and cultural context of Southeast Alaska.
When not working, Ben is an avid fisherman, exploring remote rivers with his fly rod or logging miles chasing his wife up the many Juneau trails.
Tracy Morrison started her professional career with a degree in biology from The University of California, Santa Cruz that she was successfully applying to a biotech career in California. This was, until her husband moved her and their growing family clear to Alaska: a state limited in the biotech industry.
Since then Tracy has worked in jobs that have developed her skills in office management & accounting which she applies as the Office Manager for NorthWind Architects.
Tracy was born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Anchorage in 2007 & then to Juneau in 2012. Having fallen in love with what Alaska has to offer, she is fond of training for and competing in triathlons and is an avid backpacker which she enjoys doing with her husband and three small girls.
Summer is currently attending the University of Oregon, working towards her Bachelor of Architecture. She has worked at Northwind every summer as an intern since she graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. Growing up in a historic home in Juneau has made her conscious about historic conservation and the protection of community culture. In her future professional architecture career, she wants to focus on designing environmentally conscious buildings that help to preserve the natural beauty of the land.
Living in both Eugene and Juneau, Summer enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and camping. She loves to watercolor in her spare time, painting landscapes of the places she travels to. She comes from a long-time Alaskan family and was born and raised in Juneau.