New & Noteworthy

Rick Tolleshaug Retires!

After 20 years with Milbrandt Architects, Rick Tolleshaug is retiring.  We are grateful for his leadership and countless contributions over the years.  While we hate to see him go, we want to congratulate him on his successful career and wish him equal success on his next adventure.


Dear Friends and Colleagues…

The time has come for me to begin the next chapter of my life.  I’m grateful to have worked with such a creative team, collaborated with so many great people, and I am especially proud of what we built together.

I can say with 100% certainty that my clients, and the company in general, are in the hands of proven leaders who will ensure the continued growth and success of Milbrandt Architects.

Thank you all!  

– Rick Tolleshaug


Meet the newest additions to the Milbrandt Team here!

The Climate Pledge Arena Nearing Completion!

Seattle is home to many sports teams and sports arenas, but the new kid to the Seattle block is taking it by storm.  The Climate Pledge Arena, which will be home to both the new Seattle Kraken Hockey team and also the Seattle Storm Women’s basketball team, has taken great strides in the fight for a cleaner planet.  So much so, they are the first net zero certified arena in the world!  Another cool aspect is that they also will be using the rain water collected from the roof to create the ice for the Kraken arena floor!  Not only is this gorgeous and green new space going to be under the Seattle Space Needle, but it will also be able to host musical guests as well!

To read more about this creative new architecture piece coming to Seattle, click here!

Welcome to the Team!

Please help the Milbrandt Architect’s team welcome our three newest additions – Madison Roberts, Cynthia Yang, and Ray Kuong!   We are over the moon with our newest additions to the team, and we know with them, Milbrandt Architects will only become a stronger firm!  To read more about our newest design tech’s, read below!

 Madison Roberts 

Madison is originally from Sumner, WA but decided to attend Washington State University for both her undergrad and masters.  She also completed her internship here at Milbrandt for two summers, back in 2018 and 2019, we are so glad to have her back!

Madison was drawn to architecture because she initially liked the idea of getting to combine her love of math and structure with her admiration of art and design. As she was able to learn more about the field, she began to enjoy getting to learn about people and how the built environment can shape their connections and interactions.  A fun fact about Madison is that she has traveled to 8 different countries, including Ireland and China!


Ray Kuang

Ray is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, where he also earned his undergrad from the Chaoyang University of Technology in Taichung, Taiwan.  From there, Ray moved to the U.S. and went on to earn his masters degree from Washington State University.

Rays passion for design is what drove him to study architecture.  From playing with LEGOS at such a young age, Ray knew he had always loved design, especially when he could spend a whole night by himself building castles and spaceships from the thousands of tiny LEGO pieces.  A fun fact about Ray is that he owns a kitten named Dori (*cue the awe’s) and he enjoys many activities.  From snowboarding to badminton, to fishing to volleyball, he enjoys them all!



Cynthia Yang

Cynthia is also originally from Taiwan!  Although she moved to the U.S. for both her undergrad and masters degrees.  She primarily attended the University of Washington for her undergrad, then went on to the University of Michigan for her masters degree.

Cynthia’s interest in architecture came from her passion for design as well as her interests in creating and crafting!  Some fun facts about Cynthia are that she hates cucumbers, and she has two dogs: Biscuit and Jelly!  How cute!

Welcome to the team!