Introducing, Anna Galloway!
Say hello to Anna, joining Board & Vellum’s Multifamily Studio. Anna's back in Seattle (for good!) after a few moves between here and her hometown, Portland, OR. Wherever she is, Anna loves serving her community, both through volunteering in her free time and at work through her passions for adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and affordable housing.
July 14, 2020
I’m Anna and I am so excited to be back in Seattle! A native of Portland, Oregon, I visited Seattle often growing up. I loved coming up to explore the city and take in all those water views. Needless to say, my boyfriend and I jumped at the chance to relocate when his company called, but let’s back up a little.
My path to architecture came from my love of both art and science. I received my Bachelor of Architecture with minors in anthropology and historic preservation from the University of Oregon. During college, I attended a historic preservation field school in Croatia where I got to study the intersection of beautifully stacked limestone buildings and ornate carvings alongside centuries-old water collection techniques. It was then I realized that our sustainability-focused curriculum was not limited to the shiny and new.
After graduating, I moved to Seattle to begin my career. I went in search of a firm focused on adaptive reuse and landed at a firm focused on affordable housing with the occasional historic project. While it may not have been what I intended, I found purpose in channeling my passion for serving the community. After a year, I moved home to Portland where I received my license and continued my career designing affordable housing.
Despite my strong ties to the Pacific Northwest, I love to travel whenever and wherever I can. My love of traveling began as an exchange student to Argentina my junior year of high school and has since taken me to countries across four continents (so far). My time as an exchange student connected me to Rotary International and introduced me to the joy of volunteering. I spend a great deal of my spare time volunteering with the organization and have helped charter two separate clubs. I spent two years as President of Willamette Rotaract and maintain a board position with the District 5100 Rotex.
My free time generally finds me reading whatever I can get my hands on, hanging out with my dogs, searching for a great cup of coffee, or sampling local beers. I love challenging myself, so I decided to pick up running as a hobby during my first stint in Seattle. As much of a struggle as it started out to be, it has turned into one of my greatest pastimes and you can now find me running with my Hood to Coast team every August.
I will always strive to learn more and continue to grow. I am looking forward to this next challenge as I step into a world beyond affordable housing and am thrilled to work with such a skilled group of architects to show me the ropes.