Arnie is the first one in the door (and under the desk) every morning. He keeps the group sane with his canine sense of humor and makes sure breaks are taken on a regular basis even when all nighters are called for to meet a deadline. He has been working for the firm since January 2014 after moving to Seattle from Portland. He met Michelle back in 2008 at the Oregon Humane Society when he convinced her he was the most incredible dog ever with his story of heroics surviving a tragic accident that left him 3-legged. He's a humble guy though and is really just happy to be hanging out with Michelle every day instead of waiting for her to come home from work. Talk about working like a dog!

​Arnie - Office Helper Extraordinaire

After working for corporate firms for 13 years and gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience on some amazing projects, Michelle decided in 2013 to start her own firm and opened Lanker Design LLC. This decision came from her desire to focus on the projects she loves because of how they inspire her while working closely with clients at a higher level of collaboration that is not easily achieved in a large firm. She has a diverse project portfolio including K-12 Schools LEED Certified projects, small and large scale retail developments, tenant improvement projects, major renovation projects, as well as residential design. Her specialties include retail design and sustainable design.

In her personal life she lives life with passion while traveling and enjoying all the Northwest has to offer. She tries to bike wherever possible. For her, life reflects her art and a sustainable lifestyle is part of a sustainable practice.


Licensed architect in the state of Oregon and the state of Washington

​LEED Accredited Professional

​LEED AP Homes

​​Michelle Lanker - Owner/ Designer

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