Core Purpose

Dedicated to designing and building better places to live.

Seattle and the Puget Sound region are beautiful, diverse, and expanding. Build Urban is proud to be a part of this amazing corner of the world. As a real estate development, design and build firm, we realize our work has a direct impact on how our area evolves. Simply stated, our purpose of delivering excellence sets the bar high and keeps us humble as we know we’re never done improving.





Born and raised outside Detroit, MI, Ed graduated from the University of Colorado. Ed moved to Seattle in 1993 with his wife, Julie. Before Build Urban he gained relevant experience in mortgage banking, construction financing, commercial and retail development, land acquisition, and infill development. He began building with a small Tacoma remodel then moved from new single family homes to larger homes, townhouses, row homes, and apartment buildings.

Ed loves to see a project go from raw land to completed structure.  His excitement for work comes from all the human interactions that happen throughout building homes and our company.  Building people a better place to live brings him a great sense of accomplishment.

Outside of development, Ed enjoys spending time with Julie and their four kids – skiing, golf, hunting, cooking, travelling.  Time with family and friends can’t be beat.

Hidden talent – bus driver – get the right people on the bus and make sure it’s continually heading in the right direction.


VP of Design

Jeff was born and raised in Seattle.  He attended the University of Arizona where he received his Master’s Degree in Urban Design.  Over the last 16 years he has combined his City Planning and architecture skills to manage design and entitlements on a range of residential projects ranging from 800+ unit neighborhoods to single family homes.  In addition to design work, Jeff has experience in writing residential design guidelines for local jurisdictions and private developments.

The challenge of urban infill keeps Jeff inspired.  Understanding the opportunities and constraints associated with a site, aligning projects with client goals, providing cost effective site development strategies and delivering quality lasting design are his primary goals.

Outside of design and development, Jeff enjoys fishing, golf, playing ice hockey and urban hiking.

Hidden talent – Can play a round of golf in under 2.5 hours.


VP of Finance and Operation

Martina was born in Slovakia in a small village at the base of the Low Tatras mountain range. She moved to Seattle in 1999 with the intention to stay for one year. She fell in love with the people and mountains of the Pacific Northwest and came to the realization that she had no intention of leaving.

Martina brings a breadth of knowledge to her position at Build Urban. With a B.A. in marketing and a Master’s in finance under her belt she recently earned a certificate in commercial real estate from the UW. Working for a company that cares about sustainability and learning about the challenges of growing a business along the way is what keeps Martina involved.

Martina enjoys time in the wilderness hiking, climbing and skiing. She also volunteers during the winter months as a ski patroller at Hyak, Summit at Snoqualmie Pass.

Hidden Talent – She can knit!



Born and raised in Mount Vernon, WA, Ashley craved the urban lifestyle over the small town feel and moved to Seattle after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. While attending WSU, Ashley gained experience working for the Capitol Planning & Development office where she assisted on the Northside Dormitory project.

The creative process is what Ashley thrives on; translating ideas from a sketch to a complete design keeps this designer excited and eager to leave a positive mark on her adopted hometown. Outside of the office Ashley loves spending time baking cool cakes, boating with friends, cheering on the Cougs, and hiking.

Secret Talent: She knows how to skateboard!



Purchasing Manager

Chris, an Edmunds, WA resident for most of his life, attended Trinity University in Vancouver, BC.  After finishing his time studying Business and Psychology, Chris returned to the area. With experience as a purchasing agent, purchasing manager, and project engineer Chris returned full circle, having worked previously for Ed a few years back.

Chris enjoys spending his time being active, playing sports, watching the Seahawks, and skiing. He’s an avid photographer and filmmaker, and has even traveled to Africa to voluntarily film a documentary.

Hidden Talent: Jack of all trades – he builds furniture too!



Born and raised in Lynnwood, Rod went straight into business with his dad after high school focusing on residential remodels. Currently working on his Associate’s degree in construction management, Rod loves a challenge. From the challenge of balancing school and work, to the challenges of building and warranty work, Rod is a busy guy!

Rod enjoys playing the drums, treasure hunting at the Goodwill, and spending time with family. Rod also collects coins – He claims he could watch Antiques Roadshow for hours.

Hidden Talent: Rod had a very rewarding amateur career as a competitive snowboarder!



Snow, originally from Illinois, has lived throughout the western part of the state for over 20 years. With experience working in the nonprofit sector, website development and blogging, Snow’s diverse background and 15+ years of bookkeeping experience brings a unique perspective to the Build Urban team.

Snow enjoys crocheting, photography, and going for walks or playing board games with her husband, Mike. A lover of the Seattle greenery, weather and friendly locals, Snow even has a membership to the Woodland Park Zoo.

Hidden talent: She’s a tango dancer!