Celebrating Marc’s Retirement


After more than 32 years with McGranahan Architects, it is with a spirit of deep appreciation that we announce the retirement of Marc Gleason. His career with the firm has truly been remarkable, and we wish him well and look forward to all he accomplishes in his next endeavors.

After many years with the firm, Marc joined firm leadership as a Partner in 1998 and Principal for Design in 2000. He has been a design leader on some of the firm’s most significant projects, including the Washington State Department of Ecology Headquarters, Redmond High School for Lake Washington School District, Advanced Technology Center for Bates Technical College, Lake Washington High School, Integrated Education Center for South Seattle College, and Highland Middle School for Bellevue School District among many others. Our staff and clients have been fortunate to benefit from Marc’s expertise, design perspective, devotion, and guidance. His determination, motivation, and inspiration have guided the success of the firm and recognition for thoughtful design solutions.

Marc would be the first to note that our approach is collaborative and not the work of a single individual. As a Principal, Marc elevated our design process and inspired the work of everyone on the team, whether the efforts were focused on a design concept, detail, or relationship. As a Partner, he held the importance of creativity, beauty, and lasting benefit central to our leadership conversations.

Marc’s years of contributions to the built environment and the architectural community are summed up well as he reflects on his almost 40 years of architectural practice.

“I am filled with gratitude as I consider the interactions, connections, and opportunities that have come my way with so many inspiring people, missions, and ideas. The relationships, the work, and the design results have been incredibly rewarding. I have found so much joy and gratification in working together to meet the project goals and values. What a blessing to contribute to a fundamental need that sustains growth, community, and learning. An investment in our future.

I also feel fortunate to practice in a geographic region so rich with design and construction talent. Architecture and design are so much more than a vocation. Creating is an intrinsic part of life. I believe the practice of architecture has its own Hippocratic oath to ‘do no harm’ and we have built our practice to support and affirm beauty, equity, sustainability, craft, and relationship.

I am thankful for the support and the countless ways the enjoyable interactions integrated mutually shared ideas and talents. So many people have contributed to my experience with McGranahan Architects and the practice of architecture in the Pacific Northwest. I know there are many exceptional projects to come as McGranahan’s deep talent and commitment moves forward.”

McGranahan Architects wouldn’t be the mission-oriented design firm we are today without Marc. His work and mentorship have helped pave the way for the company’s future. Congratulations, Marc, on your well-earned and well-deserved retirement! May your new chapter be exciting and full of opportunities.

Posted: January 19, 2023

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