Robert Hutchison (bottom), Scott Claassen (top), Wenjing Zhang (right), Siyu Qu (left)

Robert Hutchison (bottom), Scott Claassen (top), Wenjing Zhang (right), Siyu Qu (left)

Robert Hutchison is a practitioner, researcher, and educator whose interests and practice overlap the fields of architecture, art and photography. Hutchison received a MArch degree from the University of Washington in 1996, and a BS degree in Structural Engineering and a BS degree in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in 1990. From 1996 to 2001, he was a Project Architect and Project Manager at The Miller/Hull Partnership. In 2001, Hutchison formed the Seattle-based architectural firm Hutchison & Maul Architecture in collaboration with his friend and colleague Tom Maul. In 2013, Hutchison established the architecture studio Robert Hutchison Architecture. Honors and awards include the 2016 - 2017 Rome Prize in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome, the 2010 Creative Artists Fellowship awarded by the Japan-US Friendship Commission & National Endowment for the Arts, the 2009 Emerging Voices awarded by the Architectural League of NY, a 2008 AIA Honor Award for Washington Architecture for the installation project 7, and one of fifteen individuals to be selected as a 2013-2014 On the Boards Ambassador. Hutchison is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches architectural design studios at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the last five years Hutchison has served as Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Architecture in Mexico Studios, based in Mexico City. He has also taught design studios on a periodic basis for Washington State University’s College of Architecture & Construction Management. Hutchison is an Advisory Board Member for the independent non-profit architectural organization Space.Cityand served six years (two terms) as a Public Art Advisory Committee member for King County's 4Culture’s Public Arts Advisory Committee.

Scott Claassen has been with RHA since our founding in Summer 2013. Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington in 2009, was a 2010 Architectural Researcher at the Bauhaus Dessau Stiftung, and received a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Prior to joining RHA, Scott worked for the internationally known firm Henning Larsen Architects, and the Michigan based firm LAMAS. Scott is a multi-faceted architect. He brings to RHA a strong design sensibility, a keen eye for detail, and incredible graphic abilities. Scott has served as a staff architect for the Cantilever House, the House on the White River, and the Hotel in Lishui, China. For a glimpse of some of the amazing drawings that he has executed for us, see the House with a Courtyard #2, the Hotel in Lishui, China, the Earthwork (Re)Inhabited, and the Hole Pavilion.

Wenjing Zhang has been with RHA since 2014, when she started working on a part-time basis while studying at the University of Washington, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree in 2015. Since February 2016, she has been working for RHA full time on a variety of projects. We are very excited to learn that Wenjing recently has been accepted to Columbia University’s Graduate Architecture program, where she will commence studies in September of this year.

Siyu Qu has been working for RHA on a part-time basis since early 2015. Originally from the Hunan Province of China, Siyu received a Bachelor of Art in Visual Art from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2011. She is currently in her third year of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Washington, where she is now starting work on her thesis project, with Robert Hutchison on her thesis committee.  Siyu was one of Robert's and Cory Mattheis' students in the 2015 University of Washington Architecture in Mexico Program, where she impressed her instructors with her design of a beautiful chapel located in the Tacubaya neighborhood of Mexico City.