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Male, born 1928-12-29

Associated with the firm network

Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ)

Professional History


Designer, The Architects Collaborative (TAC), Cambridge, MA, 1958-1959.

Designer, Peirce and Pierce, Architects, Boston, MA, 1959-1963.

Associate, Fred Bassetti and Company (architects), Seattle, WA, 1963-1967.

Partner, Naramore, Brady, Bain and Johanson (NBBJ), Architects, Seattle, WA, 1967-1981. President, NBBJ International, Seattle, WA, 1976-1981.

Architect, The Right Audience, Seattle, WA, 1981-1983.

Vice-President, Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM), San Francisco, CA, 1983-1993.

Principal, RRS Consulting, 1993- .


Architectural Design Critic, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA, 1961-1962.

Professional Activities

Member, City of Redmond, Design Review Board, Redmond, WA, 1996-2000.



Diplôme in Architecture, École des Beaux-Arts, Fontainebleau, France, 1952.

B.A., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1953. B.Arch., University of Virginia (UVa), Charlottesville, VA, 1958.



Sowder was born in Kansas City, MO.


His father was James Robert Sowder, his mother, Agnes Robertson Sowder.


He married Joan Goddard on 07/26/1954


He and Joan had one child, Lisa Robertson Lee.

Biographical Notes

Sowder played an important role in the design of the King County Stadium (KingDome) in the early-mid 1970s.

He is an Episcopalian.

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 4418