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Team Build Fall 2022

Kevin Eckert

Partner + Founder

Kevin is the founder of BUILD llc. Under his leadership the firm has expanded its portfolio to include complex master planning projects, such as Sisters Woodlands in Oregon. Kevin is deeply involved in every aspect of the company, and is skilled at seeing the minute details, balancing the myriad stakeholders and forces at work on every project, and artfully and quickly analyzing, digesting, and crafting a strategy to achieve a desired result. Kevin’s ability to find the sensible pathway through the difficult is remarkable. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys outdoor fitness, coaching soccer, and making memories with his wife, two sons, and two hounds.

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Andrew van Leeuwen

Partner + Lead Architect

Andrew joined BUILD in 2001; since then he has served as design lead on an array of single-family, multi-family, and commercial projects. In addition to rigor, clarity, and poetics, Andrew’s work is shaped by his calm and focused demeanor, and delivering value-based results. As a senior partner, Andrew deftly moderates internal team and client discussions, which result in a strong sense of shared purpose. He also leads BUILD’s outreach efforts, the BUILD Online Magazine, and the firm’s rigorous documentation program. Andrew is a visiting critic for the University of Washington College of Built Environments, and in his spare time he may be found making photographs, and traveling the world with his family.

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Carey Moran


Carey is a multi-talented designer who thrives on contemplating and solving complex problems simultaneously. Her ability to look several steps ahead, to efficiently thread the needle in every project, and find solutions to complicated code issues is notable. Carey’s project leadership fuses savvy design sensibilities and technical knowledge with a deep understanding of the entitlement process, which results in the effective development, management, and realization of her projects. In spring 2022, Carey will be co-instructing a graduate thesis research studio at the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, which will focus on envisioning futures in a post-anthropocentric world. In her spare time, Carey enjoys spending time in the mountains and the water with friends and family.

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Bart Gibson


Bart has been with BUILD for nearly two decades, during which he has provided consummate construction management leadership, and an unwavering commitment to our clients’ goals. Bart’s diverse skill set, natural ability to find common ground, engaging and seasoned perspective, building expertise, and enthusiasm for finding creative and effective solutions for every project personify BUILD. Bart is an inherent team player, and he delights in learning new skills and providing construction mentorship to the BUILD team. In his spare time, Bart enjoys sustainable farming, cooking, and spending time with his family.


Kelly Rodriguez


Kelly is the manager of operations at BUILD; she’s responsible for keeping track of the firm’s bottom line and an eye on the big picture. Kelly engages in future planning efforts that work to further BUILD’s goals, manages all financials, supports HR, and assists with marketing, proposal finessing, strategic client engagement, and social media efforts. Kelly brings strong interpersonal skills and professional judgment to the team, and is infinitely flexible and organized. In her spare time, Kelly works on a variety of creative writing projects, enjoys all manner of fitness, including her lifelong passion for ballet, and spending time with loved ones.

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Cale Wilber


Cale is a project designer and manager at BUILD. Since joining the firm in 2014, he has wielded his finely-tuned problem solving skills, dexterous and detailed design sensibilities, and commitment to authenticity to every phase of his projects. He works to deliver the best results for each client and the community at large. Cale also leads BUILD’s complex technology program. In his spare time, Cale enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.


Master of Architecture, University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Design & Studio Art, Western Washington University

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Justin Lemma


Justin is a big-picture thinker whose broad understanding of built and natural environments leads him to success in the schematic and site design phases of his projects. Since joining BUILD in 2019, Justin has been instrumental in creating permit and construction documents for fast-tracked projects in Seattle, Deschutes County, and Sisters Oregon. Justin has carefully integrated his training, design/build savvy, and background in forestry and wildlife biology to shape his passion for creating lasting buildings and landscapes. More, he brings digital agility, rapid drawing production, and an infectious can-do attitude to each project. In his spare time, Justin enjoys tinkering on his historically registered Seattle home with his wife and hounds.

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Niccolo Piacentini


Niccoló Piacentini is a designer at BUILD. Born in Milan Italy, he moved to the United States to pursue his education. Nicco has a background in marine science, and is a staunch steward of the environment; he aspires to bridging the gap between the built environment and ecological systems. More, Nicco brings a strong systems-based approach, adaptability under fire, good humor, and a breezy demeanor to the BUILD team. When not at his drawing board, Nicco may be found fishing, visiting family in Italy, and spending time with his fiancé.