We know Seattle is booming, however few of us know that we have a dirty secret: Seattle is facing a catastrophic, long-term water crisis.

Please join us on Saturday, April 29 at 1pm at the Belltown Community Center for the first “Water Bootcamp” presented by Growing Vine Street, a community-based non-profit that has been advocating, raising awareness, and engaging with nature in an urban setting since 1995. Space is limited so please reserve your spot today!


Join leading thinkers for an engaging discussion about actions you can take to preserve the essential water systems that silently support and nourish us every day.

Lyle Bicknell, Senior Planner

Lyle Bicknell is Principal Urban Designer with the City of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development where he promotes urban design excellence throughout the built environment.

He is the City’s urban design lead for large transportation projects, transit oriented neighborhood planning and center city redevelopment initiatives. Lyle is a member of the executive board of Seattle’s Allied Arts and serves on the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Urban Design Forum. As the 2012 Scan|Design Professional Fellow he analyzed superior transportation integration and urban design in Scandinavia.

Lyle is an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington’s College of the Built Environments where he received his architectural degree.


Donald Carlson, FAIA, Carlson Architectural Works

The principal of “the Works” is Donald Carlson FAIA. Don is a generalist architect in the broadest sense having designed educational, civic, residential, and commercial projects as well as engaging in campus master planning, town center planning and urban design.

He understands the essence, the function, the human need, cultural convention and accepted rules surrounding each project type, which means that he is able to produce design alternatives that are “variations on the theme” and that he knows where to “break the rules and conventions” to produce a new, more artful and appropriate solutions.

His firm was instrumental in creating the 1998 Growing Vine Street Plan. His work with the community based non-profit launched the expansion of the Growing Vine Street, bringing life to the Green Street concept.



Ashley Francis, Senior Civil Design Engineer, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)

Ashley is a Senior Civil Design Engineer at MKA with 10 years of experience transforming ideas into action as a green infrastructure advocate, civil engineer, and environmental activist.  With the belief that participatory planning and design are the key to sustainable infrastructure, Ashley works collaboratively from conception through project implementation, conducting capacity-building workshops, design charrettes, performing green infrastructure feasibility analysis, 2D hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and design, and supporting projects through the construction and maintenance life-cycle. She is committed to being the change she wants to see in the world and encourages the community to engage in environmental and social justice issues when the opportunity presents itself.


Drew Ganges, Partner and Director of Civil Engineering Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) 

Drew Gangnes is a partner and MKA’s Director of Civil Engineering.  During his 31 years of design experience, he has focused on holistic, sensitive site design, bringing ecological, and restorative engineering techniques to projects ranging in size from small urban infill developments to large campus sites.  His current focus is the planning and design of site and infrastructure improvements that are “back to basics” and intuitive, not forced and disruptive of natural systems. His recycled use of water in projects reduces the built environments burden on municipal treated water.


Carolyn Geise, Principal Geise Architects and Growing Vine Street Founder

Carolyn Geise FAIA (BArch UW ’63) has advanced the social and economic power of architecture in a unique professional lifetime, in her practice as well as in extensive community activities. In a career combining special achievements as an architect, as a developer, and as a community organizer, Carolyn has exemplified ideals of ethical practice and service to society.

She devoted the last two decades to the design and re-creation of a planning effort to reclaim a residential street as a pedestrian-focused linear park of nature and art. Seattle’s Belltown, the much-admired Growing Vine Street project. Her community-focused work includes creative efforts in public-private financing and pioneering work with neighborhood planning — for instance acting as both developer and architect in the reclamation of a 1914 factory building in the Denny Regrade. This successful project, the 81 Vine Building, became a keystone for Carolyn’s activism in the Denny Regrade and the Growing Vine Street Project — Carolyn’s major contribution as a Regrade citizen, architect, and property owner has had a unique influence on the growth explosion in Seattle’s premiere downtown residential neighborhood.

In May 2005, the Seattle City Council proclaimed May 2005 as “Carolyn Geise Neighborhood Month,” and designated the plaza at the top of the Cistern Steps in Belltown as CAROLYN GEISE PLAZA.

She first worked with Jane Hastings FAIA in one of Seattle’s pioneer, and established Geise Architects a woman-owned design firm in 1978. In recognition of the effectiveness of her contributions to the profession, her colleagues presented her with AIA Seattle’s highest honor, the AIA Seattle Medal, in 2001.


June Grant, Founding Principal, Blink! LAB architecture

June Grant, founding principal at Blink!LAB architecture has been working with several local communities in identifying those gaps, opportunities as well as immediately impactful initiatives.  Spanning over 15 years in organizational workplace and the built environment, June has worked with private and public organizations. Both as an independent studio and while employed with other architecture firms, such as AECOM, her analytical approach to strategic decisions has been instrumental in land use and building assets planning.  Agencies such as NASA, the US Coast Guard, Denver Water, and international corporations have been guided by her recommendations in response to economic forecasts, preparing for funding requests as well as planning transitions necessary to be better environmental stewards.  The results have been significant reduction in operating costs, better preparedness for an unpredictable future, as well as increased public land for recreation and education.


Jennifer Guthrie, PLA, FASLA, Founding Principal, GGN

Jennifer Guthrie is a founding partner of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Her design leadership merges a guiding, experiential vision with innovative and precise detailing. Her work ranges broadly, encompassing urban districts of green streets and mixed-use housing, public squares, rooftop gardens, urban farms, and cultural institutions. Jennifer’s clients have included the Smithsonian Institution, the Nu Skin Corporation, and the Department of State, as well as major universities and developers. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, President of the Landscape Architectural Foundation Board, and serves on the CEO Roundtable.


Jon Kiehnau, Project Belltown Board-member 

Jon Kiehnau was a senior executive at TIME magazine guided by the mantra “personal, portable and digital” helped launch “Houseparty,” the world’s first “people-powered” media platform.  His current venture, “Supermarket Spree: The Modern Way to Hunt + Gather” uses science-based natural medicine to make food recommendations based on users own health goals.
He left New York in 2011 and found a home in Belltown overlooking “Beckoning Cistern,” the Buster SImpson sculpture which inspires awareness of nature in an urban setting.  Jon is an advocate of repurposing the obsolete SR 99 Battery Street Tunnel as green stormwater infrastructure able to reclaim non-potable water for irrigation and reduce polluted runoff into Elliott Bay.
Jon is a founding board member of Project Belltown and co-host of Water Bootcamp.  Sunny days find him in Belltown’s P-Patch.  The rest of the time, find him @explore360.


Buster Simpson, Sculptor and Environmental Artist

Buster Simpson is an internationally recognized public artist based in Seattle, with permanent projects in the U.S. and Canada. He has exhibited and participated in design teams around the world, often addressing environmental issues in his work. Buster, a pioneer of urban eco art, he typically works directly in the landscape rather than in museums and galleries.

Buster worked with urban designers and Carlson Architects, the Growing Vine Steering Committee, and the Belltown Committee to take the conception design for Vine Street and bring the “Green Street” idea to life. Currently Simpson is working on commissions for the Seattle Waterfront Seawall, Station Master Garden, King Street Station, a Sound Transit Station, and projects in Jackson Hole WY, Washington DC,  and Charlotte, NC.

Buster received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.


Amy Waterman, Stormwater Program Manager, Seattle 2030 District

Amy is the Green Stormwater Program Manager for the Seattle 2030 District, a high performance building district that aims to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment.  She has over 20 years of experience in the water resource field.  For six years, Amy has been contributing to green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in Seattle. She is developing rain gardens, conducting field research on innovative tools, and advocating for urban GSI. Amy holds a Masters from Cornell University in Natural Resource Policy and Management and professional certificates in low impact development and wetland science.



1:00pm – Welcome and We Live in Interesting Times

Reflections and Opportunities

The Big Picture

Why Now? Why Here?

Visionary Approach to Integrated Water Design

San Mateo Shore Up—A Visionary Path to Regenerative Future 

Get Local! Get Dirty!

Call to Action, Forward Looking Growing Vine Street Plan 2020, Spearheading Change

5:00pm – Closing Remarks


Refreshments will be provided at this free event. As noted above, space is limited – please reserve your spot today!



If you have questions about the event, contact Lisa Quinn by calling 206-387-6670.

Growing Vine Street’s 2017 Water Bootcamp is funded through a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and support from Project Belltown