•    Strong decision maker and problem solver
  • Comfortable with large groups, leadership, public agencies, neighborhood organizations, and in-house. 
  • Highly collaborative, knowledgeable, versatile and creative design leader and project manager. Adept at balancing design goals with technical and business requirements
  • Team Leader
  • Decision maker willing to take the lead when needed and eliminate “swirl”.
  • Approach projects with a unique perspective that takes into account each project's needs and individual style. Style and technique are broad and flexible, developed over time with training and experience.
  • Successfully manage multiple project schedules and communication
  • Mixed use, retail, and multifamily project base
  • Familiar with all phases and disciplines from landlord negotiations, site design, building and interior architecture to store planning and retail branding.
  • AutoCAD Proficient, Revit novice


 2008 - Current   Architectural Design  &  Project Management    Susan Neaton Architect  

  • Innovative architectural design and planning services, projects include the renovation and conservation of existing buildings, additions and remodels, and interior design.

  • Private residences, accessory dwelling unit, steep slope critical area design,  restaurants, retail, and commercial clients

  • Green: Solar photovoltaic, solar water heating, passive energy efficiency, energy management, lighting, and lighting controls.

  • Retail Contracts for REI & Eddie Bauer as Architectural Project Manager and Construction Project Manager handling projects from site selection through design, purchasing, and construction.

  • Architectural design for residential, multifamily renovations, and retail projects throughout Seattle

2000 - 2008   Senior Architectural Project Manager  REI   Recreational Equipment Inc.

  • Drove retail projects including small capitals, remodels, new stores, and prototype roll-outs from leasing through construction. Interior and exterior design, fixtures, feasibility

  • Developed a successful working process and communication method so regional, corporate, and stores understood the project Scope of Work to get buy in from all team players

  • Annual responsibility for  $25 million in new construction, $12 million in remodels, and $5 million capital improvement projects annually

  • Managed and contracted with consultants, in-house teams, and vendors. Bid and scheduled open store remodels.

  • Identified and coordinated energy lighting strategies, lighting controls, and lighting retrofit roll out

       Project Manager &  Architect   Botesch Nash & Hall, Harthorne Hagen, Neaton Cronin, Arai Jackson

  • Construction Administration for Island Hospital Medical Office Building
  • Project Manager:  Transportation, Transitional Housing, Education, Historic Buildings, Medical Clinics and Offices
  • School District Long Range Capital Facilities Plan updates
  • Principal Architect for Blaine City Hall remodel, Blaine Police Facility remodel, Bellingham City Hall remodel, Bellingham Police Facility, Port of Bellingham Multimodal Planning Study, Skagit Valley Community College Classroom Building remodel, Bellingham YWCA, Geisecke Transitional Housing, Ashley Place Condominiums, and Samish Island Fire Station
  • Managed commercial projects up to $11 million

  • Design of public and commercial facilities, community college projects, fire station, and housing

      Construction Coordinator    Kiewit Grice Construction

  • Construction site coordination with shoring, falsework, to support West Seattle Bridge construction engineers


  • Bachelor Science in Environmental Studies, University of Detroit

  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Detroit 


  • Licensed Architect, State of Washington   1988

  • LEED Accredited Professional   2008-2012

  • NW EcoBuilding Guild

  • Lighting Design & Energy Management Classes,  Lighting Lab

  • Revit, Seattle Central Community College, 2010 – 11

  • Sketch Up Training 2011


  • Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound since 2006

  • Puget Sound Blood Center Volunteer

  • AWA (Association for Women in Architecture) Board Member

        References upon request

     Susan Neaton Architect

        1602 East Garfield Street #B  |  Seattle, WA 98112  |  Tel 206.335.1080          Email