Shannon Gaffney

Shannon Gaffney is co-managing partner, chief creative director and one of the founding principals of SkB Architects. Based in Seattle, Washington, Shannon is an architect, interior designer and planner shaping a diverse range of places from mixed-use, commercial office buildings, workplace, restaurants, retail spaces, residential and furniture products. Her in-depth knowledge on workplace design has led to creating not only forward-thinking, inspiring places to work but has also led to rethinking typical norms in office building typology and social gathering places in the public realm.

Select works include Tommy Bahama Headquarters, Boston Consulting Group, Holland America Group HQ, 400 Fairview (Skanska Development), 700 Dexter (BioMed Realty) and KEXP 90.3FM.


Kyle Gaffney

As one of the founding partners and lead designers at SkB Architects Kyle has developed a reputation for designing buildings and interiors that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. With twenty five years of experience in both interior and exterior architecture, he designs projects based on the belief that the environment (interior and/or exterior) can positively influence the way people live, work, play and learn. His balance between subtle detail and bold composition continue to produce unique and award winning projects.

Kyle is responsible for SkB's residential home practice and has designed many private homes throughout the Western US. Additional select project work includes Rocky Pond Wine Tasting Room, 400 Fairview (Skanska Development), WSECU 45th Street, Wild Ginger restaurants, La Marzocco, and KEXP 90.3FM.


Brian Collins-Friedrichs

Brian is one of the founding principals and has over 30 years of experience in the industry as a designer, manager, coordinator, and adviser.  His expertise resides in the blending of the creative with the technical - always working collaboratively to find resolutions that resonate with the needs of the users and foster interaction.  He has led the design and management efforts for clients such as WSECU, Microsoft, Philips, Sur la Table, and Skanska Development.


Steve Olson

As a Principal with SkB Architects Steve primarily performs the role of Project Manager. Steve’s professional career has been largely focused on commercial and corporate work, and he has been at the helm of many complex, high profile projects.  With over 20 years of experience in the architectural industry Steve’s broad expertise in project management, programming, design development, and construction administration has not only been an asset to SkB but has provided thoughtful guidance to many prominent clients such as Vulcan Real Estate, Alexandria Real Estate, 90.3 KEXP FM, Tommy Bahama, Upstream Music Fest + Summit and Microsoft.


Doug McKenzie

Doug’s primary role and responsibility with SkB is to oversee and manage the business and financial operations of the company. With over 10 years of experience in operational management at different companies and in different industries he brings a unique perspective to the architectural and design process.

In addition to Doug’s skills in operational management he brings extensive experience in the design, selection and procurement of furniture for commercial, hospitality and residential use. Doug also has broad experience in furniture contract negotiation with a multitude of commercial, hospitality and residential manufacturers.