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Female, US, born 1955-02-08

Associated with the firms network

Cardwell/Thomas and Associates, Architects; Schacht | Aslani Architects; Schorr, Barnett, and Company, Architects

Professional History


Intern Architect, Richard Fitzgerald and Partners, Architects, Houston, TX, 1977-1981. This firm was established in 1963.

Architect, Barnett Schorr, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1984-1985.

Designer/Senior Associate, Cardwell / Thomas and Associates, Seattle, WA, 1985-1999. She developed a specialty in remodeling university buildings.

Partner, Schacht/Aslani Architects, Seattle, WA, 1999-12/2019. The firm of Schacht | Aslani participated in the University of Washington Seismic Improvements Project, that began in the late 2010s and was scheduled to conclude in 2025. The end of the first phase of this work occurred in 09/2019. Twenty-five buildings on campus were to be seismically upgraded during this time period. Schacht | Aslani worked with the VA-based Clark Construction Group, LLC, on the project.

Partner, Mithun, Seattle, WA, 12/2019- .

Professional Activities

Member, King County Landmarks Commission, Seattle, WA, 2006.

Member, US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Member, American Planning Association (APA), Washington Chapter.

Member, Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Washington Chapter.



Graduate, Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX, 1973.

B.A.., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, 1973-1977. The architect studied Environmental Design at Texas A & M.

M.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1981-1983.



Cima Malek-Aslani was born in Houston, TX, and spent her childhood in that city. At age two, she lived with her parents and infant sister at 4017 Silverwood Street in Houston. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Fort Worth; Fort Worth, Texas; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: 21, accessed 02/08/2022.) She graduated from Bellaire, High School in Bellaire, TX, before matriculating at Texas A and M University in 1974. As a senior, she listed Houston as her hometown. (See Texas A and M Aggieland Yearbook, 1977, p. 753,)

In 1985, the architect resided at 103 East Lynn Street, Apt #102, in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood. A year later, she lived at 1305 East Republican Street in Capitol Hill. (See, Source Information U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 02/08/2022.)


Her father was Morad Malek-Aslani (born 01/05/1924 in Tabriz, Iran), her mother was Johnetta Katherine Schow (born 10/12/1926 in LaMesa, TX-d. 01/14/2016 in Houston, TX). Morad, a geologist, left Iran and arrived in New York, NY, on 06/02/1953. He declared his intention to become a US citizen in 1957. He likely worked as a geologist in the booming oil industry in Houston, TX.

He married Johnetta Schow on 10/31/1953 at Rosenberg, TX. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Fort Worth; Fort Worth, Texas; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: 21, accessed 02/08/2022.) At least part of Johnetta's family, the Schow branch, was of Swedish ancestry. (See, Source Citation Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Elk Grove Village, IL, USA; Swedish American Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, and Burials; Parish: Grace Lutheran Church; ELCA Film Number: S211-212; SSIRC Film Number: S-211, accessed 02/08/2022.) In 1940, Johnetta's widowed mother, Katherine Schow, worked as a music teacher in Fort Woth, TX, to support her two daughters Johnetta and Jeannie (born c. 1930 in TX). (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: m-t0627-04185; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 257-49, accessed 02/08/2022.)

Her parents also had two other daughters, Shirine Sylvia Malek-Aslani (born 02/23/1957 in Houston, TX) and Georgette Malek-Aslani Lockwood (born 11/07/1959 in Houston, TX).


She married Walter A. Schacht on 05/30/1987 in Seattle, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington, Marriage Index, 1969-2014, accessed 02/.08/2022.)

Born c. 1956.

Associated Locations

  • Houston, TX (Architect's Birth)
    Houston, TX

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PCAD id: 2521