Poppi Handy  |  Managing Director

Inspired to contribute to her community in a meaningful way, Poppi works with her clients to create vibrant, sustainable developments that have a positive and lasting impact. From rehabilitating an existing historic building, transforming it into a new use or designing a new building to house a child care center or regional non-profit offices, providing thoughtful, conscientious design is a priority. Her clients include Hopelink, YWCA of Seattle, El Centro de la Raza and Catholic Housing Services. As Project Designer and Architect on Family Village Issaquah, Poppi created a transit-oriented, LEED Gold-certified development that provides 146 units of affordable low-income housing units in 3 buildings, surrounding the Village Commons community building. Incorporated into the program are a childcare center, YWCA regional offices, education classrooms and an integrated site plan. Following Family Village, Poppi was fortunate to work with El Centro de la Raza on a groundbreaking transit oriented Community Development that includes 112 units of affordable housing, an 11,000 square foot latino inspired plaza, a childcare center and a cultural center in the heart of the North Beacon Hill Neighborhood. After 17 years of professional experience, Poppi founded Third Place Design Co-operative in 2014, the first design co-operative in Washington State.  She believes that building community starts from within, so all staff have an equal voice and vote as co-operative members, their workplace is a thriving mix of engaged, multi-disciplinary designers. Poppi is a board member on the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and long time advocate of affordable and homeless housing. She also chairs the King County Landmarks Commission, making the historic fabric of our communities a priority, preserving landmarks which make our region unique. As a LEED-accredited architect, Poppi has worked throughout her career to integrate thoughtful, conscientious design and sustainable practices seamlessly. She believes all people should benefit from healthier buildings and a healthier planet.

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