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Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating Women in Engineering Day: A Tribute from Milbrandt Architects

At Milbrandt Architects, we believe in the power of diversity and the remarkable contributions that women bring to the fields of architecture and engineering. Today, as we celebrate Women in Engineering Day, we take a moment to honor the talented women who are shaping the built environment and driving innovation in our industry.

Breaking Barriers and Building Futures

The journey of women in engineering and architecture has been one of resilience, determination, and groundbreaking achievements. From early pioneers who shattered glass ceilings to the current generation of leaders and innovators, women have continually redefined what is possible in our field. At Milbrandt Architects, we are proud to work alongside these extraordinary professionals who inspire us every day with their creativity, expertise, and passion.

The Intersection of Architecture and Engineering

Architecture and engineering are intrinsically linked, with both disciplines playing a crucial role in the design and construction of our built environment. Women engineers bring a unique perspective to architectural projects, contributing to the structural integrity, sustainability, and functionality of our designs. Their expertise ensures that our visions are not only aesthetically pleasing but also safe, efficient, and resilient.

Join Us in Celebrating

On this Women in Engineering Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of women engineers. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a young student aspiring to make your mark, your contributions are invaluable to the future of our industry. Together, we can build a world where diversity thrives, and innovation knows no bounds.

At Milbrandt Architects, we are proud to stand with women engineers today and every day. Happy Women in Engineering Day!

Moving Day!

We’ve Moved!


We’re excited to announce that we’ve relocated to a stunning new studio space just off Kirkland Way, behind the Kirkland Urban and Google buildings. While we haven’t moved far from our previous office, the new space offers a completely different and refreshing environment!

Our new office has undergone a complete transformation with sleek new workspace finishes. We now proudly feature standing desks, dedicated code book stations, as well as private and public meeting spaces. The office is surrounded by windows, providing nearly 360-degree second-story views, allowing natural light to flood the space and create a more open and inviting atmosphere.

The thoughtful design includes live planters that separate desk sections, naturally purifying the air and adding vibrant pops of color to the neutral tones of the office. The enhanced environment not only looks fantastic but also contributes to a more productive and efficient workspace.

The new studio was unveiled to all employees at the beginning of the month, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. One employee shared, “I feel like I am more efficient when working here,” perfectly capturing the essence of our goal: to create a positive space that enhances productivity and efficiency.

We would like to give a special thanks to all of those who made our move possible; from Sechrist Designs, Stonewood Design, Coriander Designs, The Wide Format Company, and Mike from The Green Thumb, who all helped craft our ideas into reality for our new studio, PBI Installers, and College H.U.N.K.S. moving company for such a smooth transition. We especially could not have gone without Dynamic Computing Services for taking care of all our IT needs!

Overall, we are thrilled with our new studio space and can’t wait for our clients and associates to experience it firsthand.

Unwrapping Joy: Milbrandt’s Annual Secret Santa Ornament Exchange

The holiday season is a whirlwind of joy and festivities, but amidst the chaos, finding the perfect gift for colleagues can be a daunting task. Enter Milbrandt, where we’ve discovered a delightful and budget-friendly way to celebrate the season – our Annual Secret Santa Ornament Exchange.

Initiated by our esteemed Fun Officer, Elizabeth Erlandson, this tradition is now entering its 6th year, and it’s become a cherished highlight on our office calendar. The festivities kick off with an office-wide luncheon, setting the stage for a heartwarming exchange that brings out the creative spirit in all of us.

What makes our Secret Santa Ornament Exchange truly unique is the personal touch. Each participating employee fills out a Secret Santa questionnaire, providing insights into the significant events of their year. This allows the gift-giver to craft an ornament that commemorates a special moment, turning a simple exchange into a meaningful experience.

The 2023 Secret Santa Ornament Exchange was a resounding success, marked by the warmth of camaraderie and holiday cheer. To enhance the cozy atmosphere, we transformed our space with a virtual fireplace and curated the perfect festive soundtrack with the “Christmas Cocktail Jazz” playlist on Spotify.

As the gifts were unwrapped, laughter filled the air, and the joy of giving and receiving radiated throughout the room. While only three participants successfully guessed their Secret Santa, the overall experience was a triumph. It’s evident that our tradition has become an eagerly anticipated event, creating lasting memories and strengthening the bonds that make Milbrandt more than just a workplace.

In the spirit of the season, we look forward to many more years of Secret Santa Ornament Exchanges, where the true gift is the joy we share and the memories we create together. Cheers to the holidays and the unique traditions that make our Milbrandt family truly special!