Shannon Christensen AIA

Principal, Cushing Terrell

Shannon Christensen is a Principal at Cushing Terrell, a multi-disciplinary design firm with over 480 team members in 13 offices and working remotely across the country. Shannon joined the Cushing Terrell team in Billings, Montana in 2006 after earning her Master of Architecture from Montana State University. She became a licensed architect in 2010. As Principal-in-Charge of Architecture, Shannon guides the vision, strategy, and growth of Cushing Terrell’s architectural team across all offices. Shannon has served as AIA Montana Associate Director and the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Young Architect Regional Director. She has been an Architect Licensing Advisor since 2009 and has volunteered on several committees and task forces for NCARB including this year’s Experience Committee. Shannon received the AIA’s 2017 Young Architects Award and was featured as an AIAS 60th: Legacy Alumni. Shannon is a registered architect in 11 states and 3 Canadian provinces.

Janet Tam FAIA

Partner and CEO, Noll & Tam Architects

Janet Tam, FAIA, is a founding partner and CEO of Noll & Tam Architects in Berkeley, CA. She is a licensed architect, a LEED accredited professional, and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.  Noll & Tam Architects is a 40-person women-owned firm that has been in practice for 30 years and focuses on the design of public and institutional projects that strive to make a visible and positive difference within their communities. The firm’s practice focuses on projects where we design “Uncommon Spaces for the Common Good,” that build connections between people and become resources for the communities they serve. Janet has special expertise in facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholder groups as an integral part of a participatory design process. She has served as Principal in Charge of numerous civic and community projects in California.

Joann Dao Le AIA

Founding Principal, DAO Architecture LLC

Joann Dao Le is founder and co-owner of DAO Architecture LLC, a multidisciplinary Portland-based design practice. Ms. Le was born and raised in Vietnam and immigrated to rural Wisconsin in 1972. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and M.Arch from UC Berkeley she spent her early career at Polshek & Partners (now Ennead) in the Bay Area and TVA and Hacker in Portland, Oregon, prior to founding DAO in 2004. She has lived and studied in various Asian, European, and Middle-Eastern regions and brings this broad spatial and cultural perspective to the firm’s work on an array of project types.

Her firm’s projects span seemingly disparate disciplines, working along the seams of architecture and landscape, architecture and public art, and architecture and infrastructure. Her recent award-winning buildings and urban designs span a broad spectrum of project types and scales, including a small town performance venue, ranger station in an old growth forest, urban plaza/ skatepark, pedestrian bridges, affordable housing, high schools and community college facilities. Much of the office’s work is for non-profit organizations with scarce funding in underserved districts, aiming to make something out of nothing. DAO strives to uncover the unique story of each project to create structures and spaces with integrity, beauty, and meaning that engage, activate, and enhance their communities.