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  • Kim H. Fong

    Former Design Principal | Caron Architecture

    Seattle, WA

Optimism is the driving force behind my design work. By understanding peoples' needs and motivations, we can use design to solve complex challenges and create positive change. I believe in the power of multiple perspectives, making room for new ideas, and that design is a continuous learning process without static solutions.

Work Samples

  • Built Work

  • Pen Ink & Photoshop Renderings

  • New Sketches

Work History

CAREER SUMMARY As a multi-disciplinary architect and designer, I am committed to create architecture and design experience that is inspirational and functional. I’m passionate about design and architecture solutions that tell the story of a place, its people and their culture. I believe that design should have authentic intention that support its unique story. EDUCATION Ball State University | Bachelor of Architecture 1993 (5 year program, NAAB certified professional degree) Ball State University | Bachelor of Environmental Design 1993 SKILLS Proficient in AutoCAD 2010, Revit 2013, Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, Dreamweaver CS5, Sketch Up, Power Point, Quark Press, and MS Offices Skilled in both hand rendering and digital rendering. Experienced model builder in wood, plastic or paper. Fluent in written and spoken Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin). PUBLICATION Class Architecture by Michael J. Crosbie DJC, Seattle, WA, March 28, 2011 Skagit Herald, WA, July 08, 2011 AWARDS AIA Seattle Honor Awards | DLR Group Semi-finalist Dream House Japan Design Competition | Independent Seattle AIA 2009, Women In Architecture | Independent AFFLIATION AIA, The American Institute of Architects EXPERIENCE Caron Architecture | January 2015 – August 2016 Design Principal As design and firm leader, oversees design concept and development firm-wide. Using thoughtful sense of creativity, innovative vision, and understanding of the space psychology, to create a culture of collaboration and empowerment both for clients and within the firm. “I love exploring the untapped potential at the beginning of each project. Design is intoxicating. Solving problem is fun and never gets boring.” Caron Architecture | April 2013 – January 2015 Director of Design A Design Director for a 30 people architectural office that specializing in housing and live environment, with responsibility for firm-wide design, marketing strategies and client services. Emphasis on leading integrated project teams and ensuring the design concepts create success for clients. Hutteball & Oremus Architecture | April 2003 – November 2012 Senior Designer | Project Manager | Project Architect A ten-year career in educational design, planning and architecture. Emphasis on overall design character from campus master planning, educational programming, public spaces to environmental graphics. Ability to create elegant and efficient solutions that reflects complicated project goals in a variety of visual styles. Ability to forge relationships with clients through writing, public speaking and listening. Mentor young staff to develop working skills and team dynamics. Experience in proposal writing, marketing presentations, project schedule and staffing. Experience to translate desires of Principals and clients to successful buildings and beautiful architecture. KCLS, Lake Forest Park Library | TI, 5,873 sf, Bid $850,000 NCTA, Anacortes | Skill Center, 18,189 sf Bulding, 5.9 acres, Bid $5.59 m Shorewood Elementary School | K6, 60,000 sf, Bid 18.7 m Snoqualmie Middle School | MS, 87,600 sf, Bid 18.4 m Granite Falls High School | HS, 132,716 sf, Bid $ 32.5 m Eisenhower Elementary School | 6-8, 108,148 sf, Bid $ 18.8 m Lake Tapps Elementary School | K5, 55,000 sf, Bid $ 8.4 m Juanita Elementary School | K6, 57,000 sf, Bid $ 9.6 m Stafford Elementary School | K5, 60,945 sf, Bid $11.8 m Fryelands Elementary School | K5, 55,400 sf, Bid $8 m Kim H Fong Design Consultant | 2001-2003 Designer Create new retail identity for corporate client, single and multi-family building and unit plans; residential block design; restaurant and retail stores; hospital master planning. Whites Residence | Private Owner Starbucks Coffee TI Concept Development | Starbucks Coffee Company 2200 Block, Design Development | Collins Woerman Architecture Ellerbe Becket | 2001 Senior Designer | Project Architect Led conceptual Plaza Design, planning and interdisciplinary coordination for Seahawk Stadium through CA. Master planning for Pioneer Square North Plaza through DD. Facilitate complex building permitting and design review boards presentations. Responsible for marketing and interview proposals and Seattle office staffing. North Plaza phase, Seahawk Stadium | Design lead and PA on Plaza Everett Arena | Design Concept and Proposal Memphis Arena | Design Concept and Proposal Sienna Architecture Company | 2000 - 2001 Design Lead Design projects for Seattle sound transit mixed-use development, multi-family buildings, chain retails and hotels. Specialized in urban design and master planning projects. Durham Quarry | Design lead 2200 Block | Design Development Albertsons Mixed Use | Design Concept and Proposal Greenwood Mixed Use | Design Concept and Proposal Callison Architecture | 1998 - 2000 Project Designer | Architect Led construction document and interdisciplinary coordination for retail projects from SD to CD. Worked with Senior Designers and Principals on developing concepts for retail projects and master planning for retail centers. Flatiron Village | Design Development Ala Mona Shopping Center Phase 5B | Schematic Design University Mall | Construction Document DLR Group | 1996 - 1998 Project Designer | Project Architect Core design team for award winning high school project. Participated in design development from DD to CA on a multi-million dollar reatail renovation. Kamiak High School | Project Architect, Project Designer Ala Mona Shopping Center Renovation | Designer, Job Captain FRCH Design Worldwide | 1994 - 1996 Designer | Job Captain Design Lead in 3D Studio modeling and design while working directly with Senior Designer and design team on international projects. Directly responsible for Corporate retail client coordination and presentation. Plaza of Indonesia | 3D Studio Lead, Designer Bangkok Dome Plaza | 3D Studio Lead, Designer Specialty: The Avenue, WH Smith News & Gift | Interior architect


  • Ball State University

    • Bachelor of Architecture Architecture and Planning
    • 1988 - 1993

    (5 year program, NAAB certified professional degree)

  • Ball State University

    • Bachelor of Environmental Design Environmental Design
    • 1988 - 1993



AIA, The American Institute of Architects:Laddership Group | Mentor


AIA Seattle Honor Awards | DLR Group Semi-finalist Dream House Japan Design Competition | Independent Seattle AIA 2009, Women in Architecture | Independent