I am a MAKER. And that quality manifests itself in two ways: I am a licensed architect, with a strong emphasis in functionality and sustainability, and I am a LEED Accredited Professional. I am also a welder, and have worked in steel for many years, using traditional blacksmithing techniques and modern lasercutting to make forms that I fabricate into furnishings, public and private art, architectural elements, signage, etc. In both of these parts of my career, I try to create built forms that are appropriate for their context and their community.
My work experience spans the last twenty years of acting as Project Architect and Project Manager for several local firms, including the Miller Hull Partnership. The projects I have designed include several multifamily housing buildings, hotels, office buildings, the Tacoma Police Headquarters, two phases of the Kids’ Zone at the Point Defiance Zoo, schematic designs for two children’s museums, several homes, and retail centers. I create initial sketches for clients and/or take the project through permit drawings and construction.
If you have been driving along Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma lately, you might have noticed a large and colorful collage of metal forms on the side of the building that houses the United Way, at 1501 Pacific Avenue. At the turn of the year, this large installation, called “ISH” by artist Jennifer Weddermann, was installed as a commission for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. It is located at the entry to their new location, and is an interpretation of the Children’s Museum’s new logo as if drawn into a giant whimsical pop-up book by a child. The book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds was the inspiration, along with Ms. Weddermann’s son Bobby’s drawings of toys, tools, and random shapes, which he did in an “ish” style. The book’s main character Ramon’s experience reminds us to nurture and protect our individual creativity and forego the tendency to make things just “right.” As Jennifer reiterates, it is most important to do what we love, and to make our mark.
Jennifer Weddermann, AIA, is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, with a strong emphasis in functionality and sustainability. She is also a metal artist and has worked in steel for many years, using traditional blacksmithing techniques and modern laser cutting to make forms that she fabricates into furnishings, public and private art, architectural elements, signage, etc. In both of these parts of her career, she creates built forms that are appropriate for their context and their community.