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About Annette

As an architect and artist, Annette has an innate drive to bring order from chaos, while also embracing the need to dream in order to materialize a meaningful vision. These seemingly opposing skills help to realize creative projects that thrive.

 

Sensitive to how objects and our environments affect our emotions, Annette’s design and artwork focuses on experiences discoverable over time, to inspire engagement, ownership and transformation of both the artwork and the viewer over the span of the project. A common thread in her work is to heighten multisensory connection and uplift emotion.

 

Throughout her career, she has been honored to work on award-winning interior design projects with clients who are leaders in their industries, passionate about what they do, and who strive to improve our world on a global scale. They include Stanford University, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Genentech, Singapore Changi Airport and even the beloved, late Bay Area Feng Shui master, Liu Ming.

 

In 2018, Annette’s interior design leadership on Juno Headquarters helped her team to win an IIDA Northern Pacific INAward. 

 

Continuing to lead her teams with passion and joy, 2020 brought in 3 design awards: AIA San Mateo Interior Architecture award for workplace design and two IIDA Northern Pacific INAwards: Seattle Children’s Research Institute “Building Cure” and University of Idaho.

 

In 2021, her leadership brought two additional IIDA awards for a Seattle-based (confidential) client–both winning Best in Category for healthcare workplace and mico-workplace design. 

 

With a desire to expand community-building through art and design, in 2020 Annette founded Urban Shrine, a collective of socially engaged participatory art projects weaving myth with modern emotional challenges, such as grief, comfort, inadequacy and hope. Her current project, Drops in the Ocean in a Drop is nearing completion. 

 

Annette is a licensed architect in California, an NCIDQ certified interior designer, LEED AP ID&C, and a member of IIDA.

*Photo credit: Michele Sainte-Starbuck