Ruth is a partner at The Miller Hull Partnership, where she has worked since 1999. As a senior design lead in the office, Ruth has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including Fisher Pavilion, Olympic College Poulsbo Campus, Vancouver Community Library, Odegaard Undergraduate Library at the University of Washington and Renton Library. By embracing a variety of typologies within a singular project, she has expanded the way architects design learning, teaching and working spaces. Her expertise in translating a client’s vision into iconic form and expression has enabled her to bring together both the functional and inspirational aspects of design. In this way, Ruth’s work is on the forefront of adaptability and continues to embody the future through her transformation of typologies for knowledge and discovery, collaboration and creativity, and exploration and research.
John leads the Innovation and Sustainability team at Starbucks Coffee Company. He co-authored the Starbucks LEED for Retail Volume Build Program and manages the execution team responsible for sustainable strategies and LEED certifications. John spent 13 years at Mithun working with a variety of sustainable retail, commercial and institutional clients including REI, the IslandWood Environmental Learning Center and Miraval. He is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker on sustainability at scale. He is dedicated environmental advocate serving on the boards of EarthCorps and the Northwest Natural Resource Group and as a member of the AIA COTE Advocacy Task Force.