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.

 

ED
GALLAUDET
JEFF
MARTINA
BRITTNEY
ASHLEY
KYLE
CHRIS
CARRIE
JIMMY
ERIK
ROD
SNOW
LEAH
JUDSON

ED GALLAUDET

President

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.

Edson@buildurban.com

JEFF

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.

Jeff@buildurban.com

MARTINA

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!

Martina@buildurban.com

BRITTNEY

Designer

Brittney was born in Homestead, Florida.  As the daughter of a military man she didn’t stay in her birthplace long and grew up in places all over the world including England, Holland, and Germany. After her family settled in Olympia she enrolled at the Art Institute of Seattle, graduating in 2011 with a B.F.A in Interior Design.  She began her design career at Thomasville of Bellevue and then moved to Kitchen and bath design before she made her way to Build Urban.  Brittney loves all aspects of her work; whether modeling, working in Auto CAD or exploring Pinterest and Houzz for current design trends.

Hidden Talent: Build Urban Fantasy Football League Champ.

Brittney@buildurban.com

 

ASHLEY

Designer

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!

Ashley@buildurban.com

 

KYLE

Construction Manager

Raised in Seattle, Kyle maintained his roots and attended the University of Washington. Kyle brings to Build Urban his experience as a Senior Project Manager for construction firms focusing on custom homes and micro apartments and enjoys seeing projects come from idea to reality.

Kyle enjoys spending time with his children, is heavily involved with his church, and takes the occasional hunting trip to eastern Washington.

Hidden Talent: Junior World Champion in men’s figure skating

Kyle@buildurban.com

CHRIS

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!

Chris@buildurban.com

CARRIE

Project Coordinator

A Northwest woman at heart, Carrie graduated from Gonzaga with a Bachelors of Business Administration. After 9 years in Product Design and Development, Carrie came to Build Urban seeking a successful, yet small and growing company, and will lead the way for utility coordination on each of our projects.

Carrie enjoys spending time with her family and friends while taking advantage of some of the great gems the PNW has to offer: parks, the zoo, Greenlake and Whidbey Island. She is an avid sports fan and dedicated Gonzaga Alumni.

Hidden Talent: She’ll take you down in Ping Pong any day of the week. We dare you to challenge her.

Carrie@buildurban.com

JIMMY

Superintendent

Jimmy was born and raised in Lynnwood, WA and now raises his two children with his wife in the Lake Stevens area. Immediately out of high school, Jimmy started pulling house packages at a lumber yard, leading him to pursue carpentry for a custom home builder. Over the past nine years, he has climbed the ladder from carpenter, to foreman, to superintendent.

Jimmy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to their property in Cle Elum, and loves to hunt and fish. Jimmy loves building so much he even flips houses on weekends!

Hidden Talent: Zen Master at constructing natural rock water features and koi ponds

Jimmy@buildurban.com

ERIK

Superintendent

A Pacific Northwest Native, Erik was born in Kirkland and moved back to the area just over a decade ago. He has been working in construction since high school, has experience building passive homes, worked as a superintendent and project manager, in addition to training building inspectors on SIPS framing.

Erik enjoys spending time with his son and experiencing life outdoors whether it be ATV’ing or motorcycles, target shooting, or adventuring in the mountains. Together they are actively involved in snow sports, water sports, boating and fishing.

Hidden Talent: Self-taught oyster farmer!

Erik@buildurban.com

ROD

Superintendent

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!

Rod@buildurban.com

SNOW

Bookkeeper

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!

Accounting@buildurban.com

 

LEAH

Leah

Purchasing Assistant

Originally from New Hampshire, Leah moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts. With experience in project management at a small real estate and remodeling company, Leah is excited to merge precision with creativity within our purchasing department.

Leah also works with the Washington Ensemble Theatre as their casting director and as a company actor. She is also an avid adventurer and urban enthusiast; she loves biking to work, running, and tennis.

Hidden Talent: She’s wet & dry suit certified in scuba diving!

Leah@buildurban.com

JUDSON

 

Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Judson made his way to the Pacific Northwest during college, and never looked back after falling in love with his wife and the city. Judson has worked in the construction industry in everything from labor to sales, marketing, and management and enjoys seeing something tangible come from his hard work.

Judson and his wife formed their own church in Lynnwood, and he enjoys spending time with his children. He also plays in a band during his free time, and they are currently at work on their first album.

Hidden Talent – He’s a video and lighting guru on the side for performance venues!

Judson@buildurban.com