Our Team

The heart of MAKERS is our creative and talented staff. Oh yeah - we're fun to work with, too!

MAKERS is an equal opportunity employer and endeavors to utilize minority and women owned businesses as subcontractors. If you are a minority or woman interested in employment, or DWE or WBE business interested in sub-consulting, please contact us at employment@makersarch.com.

We would be happy to discuss your upcoming project with you. Give us a call or send us a message today!

Office Location

1904 Third Avenue
Suite 725
Seattle, Washington 98101

Contact Info

T: + (1) 206 652 5080
F: + (1) 206 652 5079
E: makers@makersarch.com



Stefani Wildhaber, AIA

Stefani is an architect/planner with over 24 years of master planning, urban design, and facility/management planning experience. Her projects have benefited from her collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to planning and design.

Stefani has two great kids – Madison and Joey.

stefaniw [at] makersarch.com


Julie Bassuk, AICP

Julie enjoys helping organizations and communities envision and realize their goals. Whether it’s accommodating growth, transforming neighborhoods or getting the most out of our waterfront, Julie believes in creating quality environments that work. Her experience is diverse, with a focus on land use, neighborhood and facility planning for Port Districts, Cities and Federal Agencies. With a background in real estate, she is a strong project leader, facilitator and client service provider.

julieb [at] makersarch.com

Founding Partner

Gerald Hansmire

As the founder of MAKERS, Gerald has over 40 years experience in planning, architecture, and urban design. His projects range from community renovation plans to major industrial facility designs for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. All of them, however, have been characterized by a “strategic” approach that addresses decision-making, functional, and economic requirements and balances them in a plan that is positioned for implementation.

geraldh [at] makersarch.com


John Owen, AIA

John is an early MAKERS partner. His work is focused on urban design, and he has become increasingly involved in regional and statewide issues planning, with projects ranging from helping the State prepare a new WAC for the Shoreline Management Act to working with Puget Sound Regional Council in the development of regional environmental management and urban design strategies.

johno [at] makersarch.com


Bob Bengford, AICP

Bob’s planning experience, enthusiasm, and teamwork skills have made him a strong project manager for planning and community design projects. He has made design guidelines and development regulations a firm specialty. Such community-based work usually involves a great deal of public outreach, which can be as rewarding as it is challenging. Fortunately, Bob is good at it.

Away from the office, Bob is a bicycle commuter, hiker, soccer and tennis player, urban tourist, and fanatical gardener.

bobb [at] makersarch.com


Brent Huizingh, AICP

Since joining MAKERS in 2001, Brent has utilized his strong writing and analytical skills on a variety of projects, ranging from long-range facility programs for the Navy’s TRIDENT submarine fleet to urban design plans in Anchorage, Alaska. Although vastly different in terms of scope and product, these projects all have common threads of public and stakeholder participation, data gathering and analysis, alternative development and refinement, and final packaging into a planning tool that is both functional and user friendly.

When not in the office, Brent can usually be found tromping through the woods, cultivating killer tomatoes, or slaving over the stove.

brenth [at] makersarch.com


Urban Designer

Michael Austin

Michael joined MAKERS upon the completion of his Masters of Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to his studies in architecture, Michael was educated in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he was engaged in a variety of design and policy projects in California. Passionate about the complexities of the design process, Michael is constantly exploring methods of data visualization, design representation, and working with people similarly engaged in professional discourse.

A new resident of the Pacific Northwest, Michael can be seen exploring neighborhood eateries, traveling to urban centers around the Pacific Rim, and attempting to train his dog.

michaela [at] makersarch.com

Marketing/Document Production Specialist

Kristina Tews

Kristina studied Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Washington State University and joined MAKERS about a year after graduating. She assists the team by composing and formatting documents and also leads the marketing efforts here at MAKERS.

kristinat [at] makersarch.com


Andy Fenstermacher, AICP, LEED AP

Andy’s unique perspective to projects adds significant value for clients. He has graduate degrees in both business and urban planning, with a particular focus on sustainability. Prior to joining MAKERS, he was a consultant for a large mixed-use redevelopment project in downtown Seattle.

Andy lives in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood, where he enjoys exploring some of the city’s best hangouts and taking in rooftop sunsets.

andyf [at] makersarch.com

Landscape Designer

Brandon Herman

Brandon’s interest in the complex interface between urban and natural systems has led him to a career in the urban design profession. Trained in both environmental and urban planning, as well as landscape architecture, Brandon provides both imaginative and pragmatic skills that afford him the flexibility to contribute to a wide spectrum of project conditions.  A designer at heart, Brandon relishes opportunities to put his graphic skills to the test. He is also proud to serve as a design commissioner for the City of Sumner, WA.

As a recent Arizona transplant, Brandon spends weekends enjoying his new “climatic freedoms” hiking along one of the many local trails, exploring Seattle’s most interesting nooks and crannies, or supporting his local rugby club on the pitch.

brandonh [at] makersarch.com

Urban Designer

Betsy Jacobson, AICP, LEED AP

Betsy is a strong team member offering a combination of planning and design skills. She completed a graduate program at the University of Washington in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in which she experimented with the role design can plan in our cities. Betsy brings to MAKERS her experience in workshop facilitation, graphics, and historic preservation.

When she can find the time, you can probably find Betsy kayaking on Lake Washington or learning a new city from bicycle.

betsyj [at] makersarch.com

Associate – Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Nicole Simmons

At MAKERS, Nicole personifies Administration. Nicole joined MAKERS in 2003 after graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Accounting. Aside from utilizing her accounting skills—preparing financial statements, monthly budget reports, and company taxes as well as managing accounts payable and receivable—she also prepares project invoices, processes payroll, keeps the office in supplies and repair, and, from her position at the Reception Desk, welcomes callers and visitors to MAKERS.

nicoles [at] makersarch.com

Architectural Designer

Sean McCormick, LEED AP BD+C

Sean developed his interest in mixed-use and urban design while studying Architecture at the University of Oregon. Prior to working at MAKERS, Sean worked for a small architectural firm, where he developed his computer-aided design skills. Now he uses these 2D-3D computer-aided design and hand-drawn graphics skills in his architectural and urban design projects for MAKERS. Sean also has architectural experience of a more “hands-on” variety: 2.5 years of building custom residential houses.

seanm [at] makersarch.com

Senior Associate – Planner/Urban Designer

Rachel Miller

Rachel combines an extensive educational background in the built environment with broad experience in community development and design. Prior to joining the MAKERS team, she collaborated with local and international agencies on urban design and planning projects through the University of Washington’s graduate programs in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. She offers strong graphics, mapping, writing, and analytical skills to MAKERS projects. Her commitment to social equity and cultural diversity keeps her excited about urban planning and design.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys travelling to urban centers around the world, sharing food, and romping about the city.

rachelm [at] makersarch.com


Joming Lau

Joming’s interest lies at the intersection of planning, urban design, and sustainability, and how cities and communities can have a positive impact on the world.  With a graduate degree in urban planning and design, and a background in environmental science and sustainability, he brings to MAKERS a diverse skill set, from mapping and graphic visualization, to research and public outreach.

In his spare time, Joming enjoys tasting the bounty of the region’s farmer’s markets, exploring new neighborhoods on his bicycle, and documenting his adventures through photography.

jomingl [at] makersarch.com


Jenna Silcott

Jenna is passionate about turning data into consumable, relatable information whether the final product is best presented as a report, an infographic, or a simple illustration.  With an undergraduate degree in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound, a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, and a breadth of research and work experience ranging from food system planning, to website design, to community development, to comprehensive market analysis, she is well suited for the creative and multidisciplinary approach required for planning projects of all sizes.  Prior to joining MAKERS, Jenna worked as a consultant for a boutique planning firm specializing in data-driven GIS analysis where she worked with public, non-profit and private clients.

Outside of the office, Jenna can usually be found biking through the city, sketching, reading in parks when the weather permits, or plotting future travels.   She has aspirations of future dog ownership.

jennas [at] makersarch.com