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Russell Washer

Partner, AIA

As part of WHLC’s original founding team, Russell maintains the same focal point from day one—that the firm’s work goes well beyond aesthetics, fitting both the function and the goals of the people that need it for years to come. More than four decades later, as Partner, that same focus still stands and has helped establish WHLC as a distinguished regional firm recognized for excellence in design.

Russell is known for his open-minded and collaborative approach, always listening to stakeholders and acknowledging the expertise of others in order to shape the focus of the project before it even begins. His natural tendency to see the “big picture” enables him to successfully lead the development of the strategy, programming, design, and marketing of large-scale projects that are not only functional structures, but that also impact clients’ bottom lines.

Russell’s depth of functional design experience goes back to his childhood. With a father in the military, Russell grew up all over the world. The life experiences he gained—a global education, and engaging with a variety of cultures and careers—influence his ability to reflect life and function in his architectural designs, which span from highly technical multi-unit condominiums on the gulf coast to regional healthcare facilities and carefully detailed residences.

Russell is a member of the AIA, and a former instructor of the Dean’s Circle Visiting Design Critic at LSU’s School of Architecture and Design, where he also received his Bachelor of Architecture.


Bachelor of Architecture - Louisiana State University

Professional Organizations:

American Institute of Architects

Civic Involvement:

Louisiana State University School of Architecture & Design

Russell's Experience

Project Name Year
VATAN Mixed-Use Development
Biloxi Convention District Master Plan
Beach-Side Commercial Square
Azura Key
Seagrove East
109 Brooks Street
Biscayne Beach Residences
Costa Blanca
Ivanhoe Condominiums
Avara Residences
Pennington Biomedical Research Center - LSU, Basic Sciences Building
Lakeshore Town Center
RiverDream Entertainment
University of South Alabama, Recreation Center
Orleans Commons
Emerald Tower
Opal Condominiums 2006

News about Russell


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