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Male, born 1952-12-31

Associated with the firms network

Schacht | Aslani Architects; Schacht, Walter, Architects

Professional History


Builder, Mystic, CT, five years.

Associate, Larry Rouch and Company, Seattle, WA, 1986-1988.

Draftsman/Designer/Project Architect, Olson / Sundberg Architects, Seattle, WA, 1988-1996. At Olson / Sundberg, Schacht specialized in working with institutional clients. According to his page, ""Walter led planning and design teams for cultural and educational projects, and provided oversight for the firm's marketing efforts." (See, "Walter Schacht FAIA," accessed 02/07/2022.)

Principal, Walter Schacht Architects, Seattle, WA, 1996-1999.

Partner, Schacht | Aslani Architects, Seattle, WA, 1999- 11/2019. He formed this new firm with Cima Malek-Aslani. 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, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle, Chapter.

Vice-President/President-Elect, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 09/01/2005-09/01/2006.

Registered architect in the States of CA, AK, ID, WA and OR.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 2013.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Community Service Award, Seattle, WA, 2015.

Recipient, AIA, Washington Council, Jennie Sue Brown Award for Service to the Profession, Seattle, WA, 2015.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Gold Medal, Seattle, WA, 2020.


High School / College

Graduate, Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY, 1967-1971.

B.A., Connecticut College, New London, CT, 1972-1978. (He studied art, political science and psychology.)

M.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1982-1987.



He wed Cima J. Malek-Aslani on 05/30/1987 in Seattle, WA.

Walter was born in New York City and studied art, politics and psychology at Connecticut College. For five years following that he practiced as a builder in Mystic, Connecticut, designing and making furniture and remodeling historic homes. Cima was born in Houston and studied architecture at Texas A&M University. In 1981, they came to the Pacific Northwest for graduate study in architecture at the University of Washington. For nine years, Walter practiced architecture with Olson Sundberg Architects. As the leader of the firm's work for institutional clients, he demonstrated a unique ability to understand the connections between culture, community and architecture. As Principal and Project Architect, he led the firm in projects for the Seattle Art Museum, the Experience Music Project, The Evergreen State College, Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College. For fourteen years, Cima practiced architecture with Cardwell/Thomas & Associates. As the leader of the firm's work in renovating academic buildings, she showed a special ability to understand the complex technical aspects of remodeling projects. As Senior Associate, she led the firm in projects for the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.

Associated Locations

  • New York, NY (Architect's Birth)
    New York, NY

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