Partners

Jason F. McLennan
CEO

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Considered one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and green building movement today, Jason is a highly sought out designer, consultant and thought leader around the planet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize (the planet’s top prize for socially responsible design). He has been called the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the green building industry, a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine and has been selected as the Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record- one of the only individuals in the architecture profession to have won the award in its 52-year history.

McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe.  He is the author of seven books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities, and influential development companies –all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice designing some of the world’s most advanced green buildings. McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines, and newspapers around the world.

Dale Duncan AIA LEED AP
Managing Partner

Dale has a reputation for being the kind of project manager that isn’t finished until a project succeeds. Clients and designers alike know Dale as the responsive, go-to person who keeps the project on track. No matter what role he plays on the design team – and he can play many – his passion for good work, sustainability, and his commitment to quality turn concepts into reality.

Dale has been responsible for project management, materials selection, consultant coordination, supervision of construction-document production, and construction administration for major projects in Kansas City and surrounding communities.

Dale was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Kansas, and in 2016, he served as the President of the AIA-Kansas City chapter (over 1,000 members). He is a LEED accredited professional, registered in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Connecticut, and British Columbia, and holds CSI and NCARB memberships. Dale is Chairman of the Board of the Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.

Staff

Galen Carlson

Galen Carlson is a young designer with a passion for innovative, mission-based design and a deep belief in the value of transformative relationships. His work is driven by a desire to push the envelope of design, technologically, ecologically, and relationally. A native Northwesterner, his love of the mountainous Pacific landscape serves as a constant source of inspiration for his work and home life. Galen holds a Master of Architecture degree with a specialization in Urban Design from the University of Oregon, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington.

Sadie Carlson

Sadie Carlson is a designer who is driven by her optimism and value of intersectional sustainability. Sadie approaches all aspects of design with abundant exuberance and an empathetic worldview that integrates knowledge from her BArch, Sustainable Environments minor, and passion for human geography. Born and raised in California, Sadie has moved up and down the American west coast, studying at California Polytechnic State University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and now lives in Seattle, Washington

Joshua M Fisher

Spanning a wide range of project types, Joshua leads McLennan Design’s creative media design efforts from the Bainbridge Island, Washington studio. His experience in architecture, design, art, and community activism has been a shaping factor in the evolution of the McLennan Design visual brand since its inception. Joshua uses this experience to tailor bespoke creative media efforts for the firm’s varied regenerative design clients.

Highly collaborative and team-oriented, Joshua brings each project to life with a fresh perspective and a compelling vision of how a regeneratively designed future might look. As a founding member of the McLennan Design team, Joshua has been contributing his unique artistic sensibility for five years as Director of Creative Media to projects spanning North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia. These projects have included a diverse range of master planning, urban design, hospitality, commercial and residential.

Joshua’s approach leverages best available technologies and the visual arts to communicate design aspirations through content creation that elevates projects’ potential and clients’ expectations. In his work, deep-green design integration happens at each stage of the process, from feasibility to concept design to marketing.

At home in the Pacific Northwest, Joshua takes inspiration from art, design, the outdoors, and skateboarding, and shares his love of life with his wife and two little boys.

Joanna Jenkins, AIA, LFA
Regenerative Design Consultant

As a Regenerative Design Consultant for McLennan Design, Joanna brings a wealth of knowledge from her background as an Architect to every consulting project.

As a Licensed Architect in Washington state, and a perennial regenerative design consultant, Joanna has experience on project types ranging from schools and universities to office buildings and corporate campuses. She also has experience, from prior projects, regarding government buildings, data centers, public green spaces and parks.

Joanna is Living Future Accredited, and a LEED AP, a BREEAM AP, and an Esidama Pearl Qualified Professional. With this diverse certification experience, she assists clients in not only fulfilling the project’s green certification goals, but also in identifying unique sustainability strategies for each project.

She specializes in guiding clients through the early design stages of complex projects by planning and facilitating Integrated Design Charettes. Joanna believes strongly in the importance of incorporating sustainability strategies into the PreDesign and Schematic Design stages. By helping each client to identify and write the Owner Project Requirements, Joanna helps each project set the stage for success, minimize change orders and optimize the transition from construction to building operations.  She excels in coordinating the work of large project teams and in communicating effectively with Owners.

Joanna’s other responsibilities include writing and implementing green building certification work plans and coordinating the work of multiple disciplines to reach project goals. She also writes green building certification specifications and responds to RFPs regarding regenerative design.

Susan Neal

Susan’s background as a Litigation Executive Assistant in the law firm environment set the foundation for her eventual transition into the corporate world and ultimately to McLennan Design.  First supporting as Executive Legal Assistant to the Chief Legal Officer of Wamu for ten years prior to its acquisition, and then as Executive Assistant to the Global Chief Procurement Officer of Starbucks at its Seattle Headquarters.   This led to the venture capitalist connected role as Executive Assistant to the CEO of a high profiled scientific health and wellness startup based in Seattle.

Inspired by McLennan Design’s mission to help make the world a better place, she balances her work with writing projects supporting a variety of causes, including a horse rescue sanctuary.  Apparently she spends so much spare time with horses, she has now subconsciously taken to color-coordinating her outfits with their own coloring and tack!

Phaedra SvecAIA, LEED AP BD + C
Director of Regenerative Design

 

Phaedra is an architect, regenerative systems planner and Director of Regenerative Design with McLennan Design.  With over 20 years of experience in the sustainable design movement, she has served as chief sustainability trouble maker on many award-winning, high-performance projects.  A master at interrupting traditional process, she creates opportunities to infuse Biomimicry and regenerative design and development processes into an integrated design process.  Phaedra’s approach to regenerative design and development is holistic, systems-based, inspired by living systems and deeply personal.  She believes that regenerative design is not a new set of standards or best practices to comply with, but rather a way of coming to a project with a mind intent on discovering and improving the on-going vitality of a place and its living systems.  

Rushyan Yen, AIA LEED AP BD+C

As an architect with a background in urban ecology and fine art, Rushyan’s work successfully bridges research and design to solve complex problems using data-driven analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her commitment to creating equitable, sustainable, and healthy urban environments is fueled by her love of the natural world and the myriad cultures she’s encountered during her travels. An avid trail runner and hiker, she finds inspiration during long adventures in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Rushyan is a LEED accredited professional and holds dual master’s degrees in Architecture as well as Environmental Management from Yale University.

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