Male, born 1944-03-11, died 2020-01-15

Associated with the firms network

Bindon, Wright and Partners, Architects; Bittman and Sanders, Architects; Daly and Associates, P.S., Architects; The Skolnik Company, Architecture and Urban Planning

Professional History


Architectural Draftsman, Bittman and Sanders, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1967.

Architectural Draftsman, Bindon and Wright, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1967-1968.

Assistant City Architect, City of Seattle, City Architect's Office, Seattle, 07/1969 through 03/1971. In this position, Skolnik was "responsible for the administration of numerous capital improvement projects and staffing the Seattle Design Commission. A list of Capital Improvements is available upon request." (From Skolnik CV, sent to the author by Mr. Skolnik, 02/15/2019.)

Pioneer Square Historic District Manager, City of Seattle, Building Department, Seattle, WA, 03/1971-12/1974. Skolnik was the City of Seattle's first Historic District Manager, "responsible for the overall management of both public and private projects and activities within the 25-square block district." (From Skolnik CV, 02/15/2019.)

City Conservator, Director of the Office for Urban Conservation, City of Seattle, Department of Community Development, Seattle, WA, 01/1975-08/1975.

State Conservator/State Historic Preservation Officer/Executive Director,State of Washington, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Olympia WA, 09/1975-01/1978.

Historic Preservation Consultant, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA, 1978-1980. For the King County Arts Commission, Skolnik was "responsible for implementing the County’s Historic Preservation Program, and the creation of the King County Preservation Officer (first County to have one), participating in the drafting of the County’s landmark Ordinance and overseeing the County’s first Cultural Resource Inventory, still in use. Founded the Association of the Organization of King County Historical Organizations." (From Skolnik CV, 02/15/2019.)

Candidate, King County Council Position #4, 1979.

Executive Director/Consultant, San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Council, San Diego, CA, 04/1984-12/1985. For the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Council, Skolnik supervised "...the restoration and rehabilitation of the 16-square block Downtown Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, at one time known as San Diego’s 'red light' district." (From Skolnik CV, 02/15/2019.)

Principal-in-Charge, Daly and Associates, Architects, Seattle, WA. 03/2000-12/2001. For Daly, Skolnik had "overall management and marketing responsibilities for the architectural, Historic Preservation and urban design practice, which has a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from Historic restorations, feasibility and planning studies for new construction projects." (From Skolnik CV, 02/15/2019.)

Candidate, Washington State Legislature, District #5, 1998.

Executive Director, Kalakala Foundation, Seattle, WA, 06/2002-02/2003.

Candidate, Seattle City Council, Seattle, WA, 2003.


Visiting Lecturer in Urban Design, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), 03/1969-06/1969.

Professional Activities

State of Washington Architect #2015, obtained in 1973.

Founder, United South Slope Residents of Queen Anne, Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, 1973. This group campaigned for the preservation of views from Kerry Park (established in 1927) in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

Member, Queen Anne Community Council, Land-Use Review Committee, 1973-1980.

President, Mount Baker Community Club, Mount Baker, Seattle, WA, 1987-1988.

Member, City of Seattle, Norm Rice's Mayoral Transition Committee, 1990.

Member, Citizens Advisory Committee, Central Waterfront Master Plan and Aquarium Siting, Seattle, WA, 10/2000-2001.

Mentor/Team Leader, Sustainable City Charrette, Visionary Sketches for a Future Seattle. A collaboration between the Cornish College Design Department & the City of Seattle, 10/04-06/2004.

President, Committee for the Preservation of the Seattle Federal Reserve Bank Building, Seatle, WA, 2007-2015

Board Member, Board of Directors, North Shore Community Home Owners Association Tacoma, WA, 2010-


Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1996. Seattle architect David Hewitt sponsored Skolnik's fellowship nomination, approved at the AIA National Cpnvention in Minneapolis, MN.



B.Arch., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1966.

M.A., Architecture/Urban Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1968.



Art Skolnik was born in Chicago, IL, and spent his early years in that city. He attended the University of Illinois, at Champaign-Urbana, and then moved out to the Seattle, WA, area where he briefly lived on Mercer Island in 1967. He moved back East to matriculate in the Master's of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, from which he graduated in 1968.

He lived and worked in the Seattle area doing groundbreaking work in historic preservation for the City of Seattle during the period 1969 through 1975. He was then appointed the WA State Historic Preservation Officer, working in Olympia, WA, between 1975 and 1978.

Skolnik and his wife, Susanne, relocated to MA in 2007, when she became the Vice President, Perioperative Services at University of Massachusetts. They returned to the West Coast by 2011, when she took a position at the Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA. By the late 2010s, they had relocated to the town of Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada, where Art passed away from complications due to ALS in early 2020.


His father was Jack Skolnik (born 10/31/1915 in Chicago, IL-d. 02/16/2007 in Boca Raton, FL) and his mother Geraldine Garland, (born 08/18/1918 in Chicago, IL-d. 06/20/2016 in Skokie, IL). She lived to be just shy of 98 years old.

He has two sibliings, Adrienne Elaine Skolnik (born 06/29/1941 in Chicago, IL) and Howard Zed Skolnik (born 12/13/1952 in Chicago, IL).


Arthur Skolnik married three times.

He married Marsha Lynn Glassman (last name later changed to Glaziere) on 07/22/1966 in Miami Beach, FL. He divorced her on 06/03/1980.

He wed Pepper Schwartz (born c. 1953) in Medina, WA, on 07/07/2003. She was noted a sociologist teaching at the University of Washington, on 01/10/1982. They divorced on 07/07/2003.

He later married Susanne Helen Loven-Skolnik on 07/12/2003. In 2011, Dr. Loven was the Director of Perioperative Services for Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA.


Arthur had four children: With Marsha Glassman, he had Joshua Cary Skolnik (born 05/15/1968), and Maya Kristina Skolnik (born 04/15/1972). With Pepper Schwartz, he had one son, Cooper Chance Julius Schwartz-Skolnik (born 03/06/1983) and a daughter, Ryder Thyme Gertrude Schwartz-Skolnik (born 02/09/1985).

A grandchild, Lily, was born in 2008.

Biographical Notes

Board Member, Children’s Service of Sno-Valley, North Bend, WA, 1995-10/1999.

Chair, Children’s Service of Sno-Valley, North Bend, WA, Entrepreneurial Task Force and Committee, 1996-1999.

Founding Board Member, Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation, 1999-2004. This foundation provides free, one-month retreats for Northwest writers in Oysterville, WA.

Board President and Founding Board Member, the American String Project, 2000 to 2010. It's piurpose was to "Organize and fund a once-a-year concert series in Seattle, performed by 15 concert misters in a conductor less string orchestra." (From Skolnik CV, sent to the author by Mr. Skolnik, 02/15/2019.)

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