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.
Ben Kraft, AIA
Ben earned his B.S. Arch at the University of Idaho and M.Arch at the University of Minnesota. His work on design/build projects during his education has really helped steer Ben to be especially conscious of the project budget, constructability, and attention to detail. He pursues purity, harmony, and balance through design by demonstrating a rigorous logic which stems from the underlying belief that architectural challenges are best solved practically and efficiently.
He is especially interested in the financial barriers to housing in Southeast Alaska, as well as the material and financial realities of homemaking in the wake of the recent housing crisis. His investigations produced a 220 sq.ft. tiny home he self-built. The home was, and still is, an incredibly valuable learning experience of designing for the values of a real client while under strict budget requirements.
Born and raised in nearby Sitka, Ben is thrilled to be living in Southeast Alaska once again. He is most content standing on a boat deck in the rain waiting for a release and logging many miles chasing his wife up the many Juneau trails.
Mariana P.-E. Hargrave
Mariana graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana with a degree in Architecture. Upon graduating Mariana worked for Modulo 7, an architecture studio in Tijuana, México. There she focused on public service buildings and art spaces. In 2015, she and her husband moved to San Diego, CA where she found a job working as a Master Model Builder for Legoland. Mariana's work can be found in Legoland Parks in California, Dubai and Japan. In March of 2017, they made their way to Juneau where she continues to pursue her passion for architecture with NorthWind Architects.
Her education and experience has led her to develop an interest in merging creative design with public spaces. Her belief is that aesthetic attributes do not have to be sacrificed in order to incorporate locally sourced or renewable energy technology.
Mariana was born and raised in Tijuana, where she joined a professional dance company. She traveled with them, performing all over México and also working with International dance projects across the border. After moving to Juneau, Mariana awakened her interest in trail running and can most commonly be found running with her two Huskies.
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.