Meet Our People

What's it like to work at Callison?

Our people apply their talents in a variety of positions, from retail store planning and design to marketing and information technology. In their own words, they tell what they like best about working at Callison.

  • "I work with our financial clients assisting with drawings, code research and some construction administration in the fast-paced design process. My studio gives me the opportunity to gain experience at a fast pace and to build my IDP credits to eventually become licensed. I'm constantly presented with opportunities to participate in projects and tasks I might not be able to do working somewhere else.

    At Callison you have the benefits of a large firm with the studio mentality of a smaller firm. They're constantly finding ways to improve the company and take care of us, as employees.

    There are always activities to participate in – vendor presentations, yoga classes, continuing education for AIA credit, Callison Lecture Series, softball, kickball etc. This office provides me with the greatest amount of resources (both in terms of people and information) as well as one of the best views in the city!"

    Michelle - Architectural Staff - Seattle
    Michelle | Architectural Staff
  • "I work directly with our clients to oversee the implementation of stores across the country from the early stages of pre-design, performing surveys and working on store layouts. As an interior designer, my job provides the opportunity to work directly with clients, general contractors and consultants. Our team is not just Callison, but a whole group of individuals performing various roles.

    My managers work hard to give everyone opportunities to grow and develop as professionals. I've been encouraged to participate in leadership activities such as the Sustainable Leadership Committee so I'm able to work on long-term goals for the firm.

    I work in Seattle and can't imagine living and working anyplace else! This city is both urban and natural. There are cultural opportunities every day and mountains and water in every direction."

    Elijah - Director - Seattle
    Elijah | Director
  • "I am an account manager focused on remodels and 'ground up' projects for a variety of national retailers.

    I like the challenge of maintaining our high standard of service and performance so we continue getting repeat business from the clients I am involved with. Having direct access to clients is also a big motivator for me. The daily dialogue and dealings with clients can be difficult and inefficient if you have not developed a good communication process.

    My favorite aspect of the company involves the camaraderie and rapport that has developed among the Callison groups I am associated with.

    I work in the Seattle office and a big highlight is the location. We are right in the core of downtown Seattle and within walking distance of so many markets, parks, restaurants and shops."

    Glen - Meet Our People at Callison
    Glen | Director
  • "As a receptionist, I help provide a voice and face for Callison. I may be the first impression a client, consultant or future employee has of the firm and it is my responsibility to represent Callison in a professional, courteous and helpful manner by giving the best customer service. I also, along with my team and in conjunction with other support studios, offer an invaluable resource of information. You have a question? Let me help you!

    Every day I am astounded by the hard work and dedication I see from fellow members of my team and other employees throughout the office. The people here are extremely talented, creative and energetic. I consider myself fortunate to work alongside these gifted individuals.

    One of my favorite aspects of the company is the Callison Cares program. It is very encouraging to know Callison supports the interest of its employees by matching employee donations to non-profit organizations.

    I work in the Seattle office in a high-rise building beautifully designed by our firm. From the front desk window, I can see the Puget Sound and all its inspiration. Similarly, walking through the hallways, I can see projects in progress around the world and admire all their brilliance."

    Meet Hollie at Callison
    Hollie | Receptionist
  • "My focus is designing the architecture in our healthcare projects. Healthcare projects are heavily influenced by the medical planning and the interior design of the facilities, but need the typical architectural design process to bring together the clinical aspects of the projects. This encompasses everything from conceptualization of the big idea to code issues that influence the solution. I typically work from the macro urban scale of the projects, campus design etc. down to the interface of the interior public spaces and clinical spaces.

    The best thing about my job is the people I work with at Callison. Over the years many have become good friends that make the work environment a place where my career has grown; challenging me in the development of my goals and aspirations, sharing skills and we have a lot of fun along the way.

    The aspect of my job I like best is the variety of projects over the years I have worked on. I design primarily in the Healthcare group, but have spent time working across markets on high-rise mixed-use projects in China, Nordstrom stores on the east coast, Hospitality/ Destination projects in the Rockies like EverVail, corporate projects at the Microsoft campus, and even an equestrian-oriented high-end residential development on the Columbia River called Ravenwing. Working in the different markets have changed my perspective on what healthcare architecture can be and helped to infuse a non-institutional quality that has made a better patient/family focused environment.

    I work in the Seattle office and enjoy the fact that we have opportunities to work with the different offices all over the world. The coming and going of many staff to other locations helps us to connect in little ways like seeing the different souvenirs and photographs people post at their desk. One of the best things about our location is the wonderful views from the office of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Every day we see something different, from wonderful sunsets, the Olympic Mountains or ships sailing in and out of Elliott Bay."

    Meet David at Callison
    David | Senior Architectural Designer
  • "My job requires me to be flexible because of the different responsibilities I tackle. I'm involved in most every aspect of our projects from bidding and project development to design and client relations. This definitely keeps the days moving fast.

    I learn something new on a daily basis. The possibility to expand your knowledge and then be able to apply it appropriately plays a vital part in making each day a gratifying experience.

    I'm proud to be part of our Dallas team. The atmosphere is unique, it is very professional and focused, yet relaxed enough that our staff is united and friendly. The opportunity to collaborate internationally and the potential of the Mexican market are exciting. It's a pleasure to work here."

    Meet Alfredo at Callison
    Alfredo | Project Architect
  • "As Principal in the firm and General Manager for our Shanghai office, I'm working to establish Callison's global strategy in China. I collaborate with multiple teams and studios at both the Shanghai and Seattle offices and I work with many of our long-term clients on projects in Asia.

    Our firm is very creative and resourceful – the people I work with are experts in their field. And, because our office is still growing, I get the opportunity to work with new talent.

    Our Shanghai office is located in Hongyi Plaza, one of Callison's projects. As a key team member, it's a great feeling to work in a space that I helped design"

    Meet Xiaolei at Callison
    Xiaolei | Principal & General