Liz Shearer relishes in finding creative solutions at many scales. As an Associate in ZGF’s Seattle office, her experience includes a variety of work on large corporate campuses, temporary installations, historic buildings, and educational spaces. She lived in the Bay Area and New York over the last few years until her Seattle roots called her home. We stopped by Liz’s desk to catch up on books, dream projects, and weekend activities.
When did you realize you wanted to work in architecture? I fell in love with architecture and studio culture when I took an Intro to Architecture course at the University of Washington. I found myself happily working away at 2 a.m. That’s when I knew I was onto something good.
How does living in Seattle inspire you? I love being surrounded by so much natural beauty and people who appreciate it. It’s hard not to find yourself gasping a bit when you catch a glimpse of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, or Mount Rainier.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
If you could design for a fictional character, who would it be? This is a hard one, so I’m going to choose to design for a real person instead. I would love to design Samin Nosrat’s kitchen. I think working together would be a blast. I would learn a ton about her cooking style, too.
Favorite tool of the trade? I have a deep love for Adobe Illustrator.
Are you reading a book you just can’t put down? I am reading Sapians by Yuval Noah Harari and I highly recommend it. I did put that one down for a little bit to devour The Dry by Jane Harper.
Do you have any hobbies outside of the office? My wife and I just bought a house, so weekends are full of home improvement projects. I am now a DIY-video connoisseur and regular at the local Home Depot.
What is the best advice you have ever received? My dad always said that paper is cheap and writing all your thoughts out is never a waste of time when tackling a problem.