Design Team Announced for MICA

It’s a new year and Mercer Island Center for the Arts is kicking it off strong! We are excited to announce that we've selected the design team of Framework Cultural Placemaking and Owen Richards Architects (ORA) for the design of the new arts center.

Framework and ORA’s strength of leadership and breadth of project experience are well suited to MICA’s mission to create a premier performance space and valuable community resource.

- Louise Kincaid


LESLEY BAIN, FAIA, LEED AP, Founder of Framework Cultural Placemaking, is one of the region’s pre-eminent architect/urban designers (read more). Bain’s focus on integrating built space and the public realm will be key to MICA’s success as an arts center, gathering place, and community resource. Some of Bain’s recent work includes design and planning for the Seattle Center, Cornish College of the Arts, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also currently helping Youth Theatre Northwest complete their temporary move to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Bain is nationally recognized member of the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows, and a native and current resident of Mercer Island.

OWEN RICHARDS, AIA, LEED AP, Founder of ORA, brings design experience of more than 20 performing arts and cultural facilities (read more). A few of his notable projects include the Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center, Evergreen State College Recital Hall, SIFF Film Center, and art installation design at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Before founding ORA, Richards was a principal at LMN Architects, serving as lead project architect on McCaw Hall, Mercer Arts Arena, Wenatchee Performing Arts Center, and many other major cultural facilities.

ADAM SHALLECK, AIA, Theatre Designer plays the lead role in concept design and development of the performance spaces, with systems planning and design for all associated technical areas (read more). Adam’s expertise comes from bringing almost 350 performing arts facilities projects through planning, design and execution. Adam weaves together art, pragmatics and often engineering gymnastics, carefully balancing capital and operating costs.

MICHAEL YANTISMICHAEL YANTIS, ACOUSTICAL ENGINEER AND DESIGN, P.E. will provide full acoustical engineering services (read more). He will help shape all performance spaces; and provide details for interior and exterior walls, floor and ceiling assemblies; he will coordinate on mechanical systems and interior materials. When the acoustics of the hall are excellent, performers are able to be at their best. The three venues for MICA are each quite different—from the multi-purpose Theater Lab for productions, experimental works and classes, to a performance hall tuned for chamber music, recitals and an organ, to the main stage for a range of theater and other productions.