Our Team.

Suzanne Zahr is the owner and creator of an Architect-led, Design-Build practice on Mercer Island. Her firm takes a symbiotic approach to designing and building creative environments. Suzanne empowers her team to bring creativity and ingenuity to life in close collaboration with residential, corporate, and retail clientele. 

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SUZANNE ZAHR.  Founder & Principal Architect

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:  While traveling on an academic fellowship in Sub-Sahara Africa, I visited a Fulani village in the arid Northern region of Senagal & a Diola village made of 'impluvium' homes in the Casamance rain forest. Their adaptations of 'architecture without architects' were pristine, effective & as beautiful as their inhabitants.

THEME MUSIC:  Tilted by Christine and the Queens

ED BOM.  Sr. Construction Manager

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:  Because I'm from Rotterdam, and because this is where I had my first dinner with my wife, Nancy, I have to say Euromast. From this observation tower, you can see the entire city and its harbor. This icon is part of our heritage.

THEME MUSIC:
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine

LARA TEDROW.  Designer

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
Walking through the stairwell of The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles. It was like walking through a man-made cave with these cool  moments of organic cut-outs that look into the vault where all the artwork is stored away.

THEME MUSIC: 
Defying Gravity from WICKED The Musical 

KIM BENJAMIN.  Accounting Manager

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
Exploring Mercer Island at night and finding the highest neighborhood in the town center, looking out at the lights and views, beautiful!

THEME MUSIC: 
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

  

  

SHAKIBA AHMADI.  Architectural Intern

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
Walking around the Naghsh-e Jahan square in the city of Isfahan in Iran is one of my favorite architectural moments. It is surrounded by historical buildings which are great samples of traditional Persian architecture that have inspired me as an architect.”

THEME MUSIC: 
Jana by Ehaam
آهنگ جانا از ايهام

SHANNON CARVER.  Development Coordinator

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
The University of Oregon’s campus Architecture inspires me by connecting components of technology with nature, espeically the Jaqua Center for Student Athletes and Matt Knight Arena.

THEME MUSIC: 
Ghostwriter by RJD2
Sun Models by Odesza

PAUL NUNN.  Art & Signage Curator

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
Cuba's National Art Schools, now known as the Instituto Superior de Arte, considered by historians to be among the most outstanding architectural achievements of the Cuban Revolution. It was built in a time when the US trade embargo made building steel reinforced structures impossible.

THEME MUSIC: Tessellate by alt-J

KIZZY.  Chairdog of the Board

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
Nothing more breathtaking than walking the Enchanted Forest in Pioneer Park with my humans. So much to sniff, so many nooks and crevices to explore, and on my lucky days I find remnants of gnome villages.

THEME MUSIC: 
Martha My Dear by The Beatles

ALFONSO GUSMAN.  Construction Foreman

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
God created the nature, the forests, the sea. I like to admire the skies at night.  When I was a boy, I'd climb up to my roof and look at the stars. I liked to disappear into the heavens, admiring the universe.

THEME MUSIC: 
Besame Mucho by Consuelo Valesquez
Rancheras con Mariachi

JULIA HESS.  Prolific Storyteller

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL MOMENT:
After seeing it five years ago for the first time, the Suzzallo Reading Room at UW-Seattle is still my favorite piece of architecture in the city. Its beautiful lighting and huge windows make me want to read and write all day! 

THEME MUSIC: Objects of my Affection
by Peter, Bjorn, and John


Gary Henderson has been working with Suzanne for 12 years, completing several major projects together. Suzanne admires Gary’s experienced authority in the field of interior design, as well as his personable and friendly communication style with clients and across teams. He brings a humanity back to the process of design, and similar to Suzanne’s own philosophy, Gary designs with solely the client in mind.


 

L+B Design is an award winning international creative consultancy. We are delivering growth and business transformation through digital-driven strategies, compeling creative stories, and architectured branding experiences supporting your goals.



Rêve is the French word for “dream,” and it is our aim to attract investors who dream of exciting opportunities in property development. With our combined background in real estate law, design, construction and property development, Rêve’s team handles complexities with ease to ensure that these dreams can become a reality.