About Us

CLARK | BARNES – A Seattle Architecture Firm

We create timeless buildings in urban environments. Founded in 1993, W. Scott Clark and Brenda Barnes built CLARK | BARNES as a Seattle Architect and Interior Design firm with quiet confidence; experienced in various building types, innovative site strategies, and integrating new construction with the historic fabric. We have a passion for designing community-centric and thoughtful places that link the past and future. CLARK | BARNES values developing long-term relationships with our clients, through which we believe the best design solutions are achieved. Our staff includes Architecture, Interior Design and Historic Architecture with project teams often comprised of a mix of disciplines. We place a special focus on Sustainable Design, Tenant Improvement, and Preservation. This allows us to work collaboratively and think differently about the solutions required by each client, their goals, and the site.

Our Design Culture

At CLARK | BARNES we have built a culture that lives not only in our office but also in our projects and how we collaborate with clients and consultants. Our two partners and three associates are intimately involved in the design process and the wealth of talent and diverse skill sets allow us to create effective teams based on the needs of the project not the needs of a studio. Our focus on providing the best technically delivered project possible begins in pre-construction and our focus on design, detail, budget, and schedule ensures that our projects are successful all the way through to the end-users experience.

From our renovated open-plan office in Interbay, CLARK | BARNES is pushing the boundaries for what it means to have a successful project. Meeting your goals and solving tough problems while having a fun time doing it are just a few of the things that set us apart. Our personalized service will ensure that the smiling faces below will provide you with the knowledge and expertise that you need.

Give us a call, or stop on in. We’d love to meet with you.


W. Scott Clark


Scott has 30+ years of international experience in Architecture, grew up in Brazil and Australia, and has traveled extensively. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design, his family moved to Seattle in 1974. He has taught and was a guest critic at Harvard, Boston, Pratt, RISD, and University of Washington. He was the editor of Harvard Acceptance Review and founding editor of Designscape.

Brenda Barnes


Over the last thirty years, Brenda has worked on a range of institutional, government, transportation, multi-family and hospitality projects.  As a partner for the last 15 years, she is at home with both large-scale complex urban projects to small-scale renovations.  She enjoys exploring the National Parks with her family in their Airstream. They surf, paddleboard, kayak and can be found fly fishing in the great outdoors.


Adam Gromer

Project Architect

As a licensed architect with over seven years of experience, Adam has worked on a variety of projects, including commercial, mixed-use, and assisted living projects. Adam is highly detail focused and is currently working on multiple hospitality projects, which includes the recently completed Renton Hampton Inn & Suites. He enjoys golfing, telling dad jokes and watching the Seahawks, and has a strict office eating schedule you can set your watch to.

Brandon S. Peters

Marketing Director

A recovering expat, Brandon is trying to elevate small talk to medium talk. Clark | Barnes’ Marketing Director, Brandon also has extensive experience in Asia in architecture and design, runs a non-profit golf tournament, and can speak fluent emoji. He enjoys traveling, photography, and his puns are always intended.

Charul Mehta

Job Captain

Charul studied architecture in India and completed her Masters from Texas A&M University. She has experience in retail, hospitality and multi-family projects. She has traveled extensively in India and doesn’t say no to sweets.

David Sachs


Through working on civic projects, assisted living communities and mixed-use residential developments over the past 19+ years practicing architecture, David has come to believe that successful design can help shape communities, improve the urban fabric and promote healthy living. His design focus is on creating cost-effective, efficient and elegant interventions in the built environment. David snowboards, surfs, and clings to rocks occasionally when not being followed by his dog Wynn.

David Whittlesey

Office Manager

A Seattle native, David has more than 10 years in managing operations and systems in the real estate sector. He is excited to marry his expertise with Clark | Barnes’ architecture and design work. David is passionate about technology, systems design, and looks forward to leading Clark | Barnes’ efforts around commercial real estate. David enjoys spending time with his family, reading, swimming and working in his yard.

Derek C. Smith

Project Architect

With 7+ years of architectural experience, Derek seeks to leave a lasting positive impact on our built environment. He is passionate about building community and finds joy developing inspired multifamily living spaces that enrich our changing city. In constant pursuit of a new experience, he is the happiest traveling and exploring diverse cultures.

Fred Lawson

Senior Project Manager

Having over 20 years of experience in architecture & design, Fred is an avid licensed architect who loves to provide people design & detailing solutions for architecture, interiors & furniture.  Project types have ranged from retail, financial, multi-family, commercial, interiors, religious, renovations/adaptive-reuse, municipal/public, & single-family residential. He enjoys designing & building furniture, motorcycles, kayaking, scuba diving & home improvement.

John Bartin

Project Manager

With 20+ years in the architectural field, John is passionate about designing spaces that enhance the urban fabric, most notably the Publix Hotel and Warehouse in the International District. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, loves playing tennis, playing piano and guitar, and painting portraits of his children. He lives in GreenLake with his family or four.

John Liu

Project Architect

John has 10+ years of architectural work experience.  With a background in psychology and anthropology, he believes architecture design is about the expression of regional built culture and ideas.  For John, architecture is a place people identify and interact with,  share and build community.  An east coast transplant,  John loves to explore and be active in nature.  He’s fond of road trips and fresh smells of pine trees,  morning dew, and cool ocean air.   As an architect, he enjoys finding & developing creative solutions that meet contrasting ideas and goals.

Johnathon Cave

Interior Designer

Originally from Klamath Falls, Oregon, Johnathon moved to Seattle to attend college at the International Academy of Design and Technology and graduated in 2014 with a BSA in Interior Design. During his 3 ½ years at CDG, Johnathon has been involved in numerous project types ranging from multi-family new construction, historic preservation and rehabilitation, and small to large tenant improvements. Away from the office, Johnathon enjoys rehearsing and playing live shows with his band, A Lien Nation, where he plays the drums.

Kate Gilbert

Project Architect

As a licensed architect with 5+ years in the field, Kate has a great appreciation for urban spaces and the way architecture can shape the surrounding community. She is currently working on mixed-use residential projects and brings with her experience in both commercial and retail architecture. When not at work, Kate enjoys skiing, traveling, exploring the vast world of beer, and avoiding the gym.

Kim Simonoff

Accounting & HR Manager

Kim has spent 39 years in accounting with 13 years in professional services. She revels in the challenge and exactitude of numbers and loves having her coworkers as her “clients”. In her spare time, she loves to read, crochet and play with her 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Lauren Garkel


With 10 years in the architectural field, Lauren is experienced in all phases of project development and has extensive experience in hospitality and multifamily.  She enjoys being an integral part of a highly-qualified design and construction team that values quality and relationships built on trust.  Lauren is originally from Arkansas and lives in Ballard with her husband, daughter and energetic dog, Tazzy.

Mike Bade


Michael has 10+ years of design experience which include global retail, single-family residential, and mixed-use multifamily, with projects in China, Australia, Europe, San Francisco, and Seattle.  His weekends are spent exploring the outdoors through skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.  Because nature plays such an important role in his personal life, environmentally conscious design practice is important to him.  In his spare time, he enjoys photography, painting, and sampling Seattle’s craft beer offerings.

Mike Hatcher

Project Manager

Mike has 12+ years in the architectural field working on a wide range of projects from luxury single family residential, multifamily, small commercial, academic and large corporate campus projects, both locally and internationally.  He has also spent time managing marketing, public relations, and graphic design to expand the reach of architectural projects.  Originally from California, Mike has embraced the Pacific Northwest as his home, biking to work and working occasionally at a local taproom. He lives in West Seattle with his wife, young son and his terrier Barley.

Rachel Crowe


Rachel is a graduate of the University of Washington College of Built Environments. She values attention to urban planning and cultural/historical presence in design. She is currently working on mixed-use residential projects, primarily in the West Seattle area. Outside of the office, Rachel enjoys rock climbing, traveling and furniture design.

Sarah Pride

Interior Designer

Sarah has 5+ years of interior design experience in mixed-use developments, commercial spaces, tenant improvements, and workplace strategy. Her experience on projects ranges from conceptual design to technical drawings and construction administration. She has a strong art and design background with a BS in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati. Sarah spends her weekends paddle-boarding on Lake Washington, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, hanging with her dog, and enjoying a nice cold beer.

Suzanne Salandi

Associate, Interior Designer

Experienced Interior Designer with ten years in the architecture & design industry. Emphases practice in multifamily, workplace, commercial TI’s, hospitality and retail. Suzanne has lived across the country and enjoy traveling.  Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Tampa. She now lives in West Seattle with her husband and 3 cats.

Taylor Brennan

Interior Designer

Taylor has 6+ years of interior design experience primarily in retail design ranging from boutique retail to full line luxury department stores.  She graduated from Ohio University (Midwesterner at heart) earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture with a focus on Fine Art and Art History.   In her spare time she enjoys hiking in flannel, watching Hitchcock films and finding the best burgers (and IPAs) in Seattle.

Vitaly Ogorodnik


Vitaly was raised in the Seattle area after his family emigrated from Ukraine when he was only 2. He developed a passion for architecture at a young age while helping his father build two single-family houses. He has 8+ years of architecture experience and has worked on a broad range of project types ranging from medical, veterinary, commercial, corporate as well as single and multi-family residences. Vitaly enjoys gaming, the outdoors and is currently contemplating which part of Europe to explore on vacation next.

Zack Zimay


After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University, Zack moved to Seattle and joined CLARK | BARNES in 2014. He has worked on a variety of projects from mixed use to hospitality while gaining experience in all phases of project delivery. Zack’s understanding and passion for digital technologies have allowed him to become a resource to others while also helping to implement new firm practices and standards. When not in the office, Zack is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and backpacking.