Rico Quirindongo

Rico Quirindongo is a bridge; his work often closes the gap between urban development and community needs. He understands the importance of the physical environment in architectural design and works with community organizations to make a positive influence in neighborhoods through meaningful design. 

As the current Board Chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, Quirindongo oversees the MarketFront Committee. They connect the market to the Seattle waterfront through the development of new spaces, affordable housing, and a public plaza that serves both the neighborhood and the larger community.

Over his 25-year career, Quirindongo has worked across both public and non-profit projects. His clients include the Department of Social and Health Services, City of Seattle, and Seattle Public Schools. He is a past president of the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter, former mayoral appointee to the Historic Seattle Council, and founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter.

While his extensive resume of work might fool you, Quirindongo is an introvert. But he’s a relentless advocate who continues to find energy for projects that empower community organizations to have a positive influence through design. 

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