ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING
BOLA Architecture + Planning offers a wide range of consulting services and strong expertise in historic preservation, developing effective strategies and designing high quality and achievable solutions. We have prepared over 300 local and national register nominations, and have completed restoration and rehabilitation design and planning projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Preservation of the built environment sustains communities. We are passionate about history and authenticity, and we seek opportunities to solve problems with inquiry, insight and intelligence.
PLAN | COLLABORATE | PRESERVE
BOLA's historic preservation planning and collaborative design services have been recognized by awards, including those from the AIA, Historic Seattle, the Washington and National Trusts for Historic Preservation, and the State of Washington. Our clients include institutions, municipalities, developers, universities, non-profit organizations and private property owners, and the region's most talented architects, engineers and landscape architects. We appreciate the responsive design results of multi-disciplinary partnerships.
EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK
WHAT WE DO
Principals Susan Boyle, AIA, and Rhoda Lawrence, AIA, have served on landmark boards and civic commissions. We offer insights into The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the rules and guidelines adopted by many agencies, landmark commissions and design review boards.
We offer a range of specialized services including:
Historic surveys and landmark nominations
Building assessments and feasibility studies
Strategic design analysis
Preservation plans for buildings, municipalities and campuses
Technical material specifications for restorations and repairs
Assistance with funding, grants, incentives and federal tax credits
Section 106 compliance and mitigation
WHO WE ARE
Susan Boyle, AIA
A skilled preservation planner and architect and co-founder of BOLA, Susan focuses on institutional buildings and civic and development projects. Her work on over 200 National Register-listed and locally designated landmarks includes nominations, historic surveys, design guidelines, adaptive use and rehabilitation projects, feasibility and financial incentive strategies, preservation plans, and design review guidelines.
Susan graduated with a degree in Art History and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington, and she served as a member and chair of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board and as president of the Seattle Architectural Foundation. A recognized expert in mid-century Modern architecture, she also co-founded the local advocacy group, Docomomo_WeWa.
Rhoda Lawrence, AIA
Co-founder of BOLA, Rhoda holds a degree in Environmental Design and a Masters in Architecture with an emphasis on Historic Preservation. As a registered architect, her work focuses on preservation planning, investigation and condition analysis, and historic structures and research reports. She brings her depth of knowledge to technical preservation issues.
Rhoda's projects incorporate strategies that enhance the unique qualities of existing buildings. The award-winning preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use projects that she has created throughout her practice reflect her expertise and passion. She has served on the Pike Place Market Commission, and she is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology International, and a co-founder of the NW Chapter of APT.
Rhoda Lawrence, AIA