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

Professional History


Project Architect/Managing Associate, Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ), Seattle, WA.


Design Studio instructor, University of Washington (UW), College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seattle, WA, 1974. Member, Seattle Central Community College Technical Drafting Curriculum Advisory Board.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter, Seattle, WA. Charter Member/Treasurer, Association for Women in Architecture, 1974-2004; Member, City of Seattle Building Code Advisory Board; Member, Seattle Fire Prevention Code Advisory Board; Representative, Seattle Chapter AIA to AIA Washington Council, 1981. Member, Elliot Shorelines Exhibit Advisory Board.

According to former AIA Seattle Executive Director Marga Rose Hancock, "Her experience as a project architect and manager with NBBJ for live performance theaters, high technology research centers, and prototype designs for Trident missile-servicing facilities faciliated this work. She headed an AIA/DCLU [City of Seattle Department of Construction and Land Use] committee to find ways to improve the permitting process by clarifying procedures and shortening process time. As a member of joint committees of AIA Washington Council and Architects and Engineers Legislative Council/AELC [Architects and Engineers Legislative Council], she guided the monitoring and prioritization of AIA lobbying efforts for proposed legislation at the state level affecting the profession and environment." Alden also was very important in the development and interpretation of local building codes: "[Alden] ...specialized in the development and incorporation of building codes into design at a time when few of her colleagues knew about codes. Sue influenced code development in both state and national jurisdictions (Amended Uniform Codes)." (See Marga Rose Hancock, "Sue Alden FAIA," in the "AIA Fellows List," accessed 09/16/2015.)

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects, (FAIA), 1998.



B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1951. The UW Class of 1951 produced a number of well-known local architects, including, Norman Aehle (1923-2011), Ralph D. Anderson (1924-2010), Carl Arne Bystrom (b. 1927), Robert Chervenak (1924-2010), James Greco, Anker Molver, and Roderick Parr (1925-1999)



She married Richard Alden (1930-1992), an architect and Associate Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Architecture.

Biographical Notes

Her maiden name was "Harris."

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