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December 1, 2021




Seattle-based design firm Hewitt announced that Kris Snider, senior principal and director of design – landscape architecture, will retire at the end of 2021 after 33 years with the company. In addition, Hewitt named Principal Jake Woland its next director of design – landscape architecture, effective upon Snider's retirement.

Snider's career has encompassed hundreds of projects in a broad range of environments including: civic — Bell Street Pier, Bell Street Park; office — Arbor Blocks, Amazon's Bigfoot/Nessie, SLU Lakefront Blocks; mixed-use residential — Via6, Center Steps, 8th and Republican, Harbor Steps Towers; retail — University Village, Redmond Town Center; and transportation — Tukwila Station.

Snider became Hewitt's first landscape architect in 1988 when he joined the Urban Design group, working primarily on larger scale urban planning projects. His desire to see projects through to construction led to him shifting to more site and urban open space design as part of the in-house architectural teams. Snider began working with many developers and growing his staff, leading to the creation of the landscape architecture studio. The studio's work with in-house architects resulted in an intimate knowledge of the building process. Snider and his team began working with outside partners, resulting in the first, and only at the time, multi-disciplinary firm in Seattle where the landscape architecture studio supported both in-house work as well as out-of-house projects with other architects.

Prior to Hewitt, Snider began his career as a landscape architect at EDAW in Seattle. He received his Master Of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. “Kris has made an indelible imprint across the region's landscape, which will be felt for decades to come. His design approach and ingenuity provided the solid foundation upon which our studio was built,” said Matthew Porteous, principal and director of practice – landscape architecture of Hewitt.

Woland has been with HEWITT for 13 years and has over 20 years of experience as a design leader. He specializes in conceptualizing the space between buildings. Woland received his Master Of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and his bachelor of science, geological sciences, from Tufts University.

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