A long-time Queen Anne resident, architect Don Miles (1942-2021) contributed to urban design projects on the hill and beyond.
Don Miles grew up on his family’s farm in Eastern Washington, then moved with his family to Olympia. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Washington in 1966, followed by a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning / Urban Design from Harvard University. He married Pam Wait in 1972, and they moved to New York where he worked in urban design.
In 1976 Don returned to Seattle and opened Don Miles Associates in Pioneer Square. He worked with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership (ZGF) beginning in 1989, until his 2010 retirement. His projects include master plans for developments in Seattle and throughout Washington. His colleagues honored him as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1992, recognizing his contributions to the development of many successful urban design projects in Seattle and elsewhere throughout the US.
Don and Pam and their family lived on Queen Anne beginning in 1976. He served on the Queen Anne Community Council 1978-80, engaged in developing design guidelines for the neighborhood.
As a founding board member of Project for Public Spaces, he established an organization dedicated to making urban spaces attractive and accessible for pedestrians. He also advanced these goals with Picture Perfect Queen Anne, a neighborhood organization revitalizing the streetscape of Queen Anne Avenue from Galer to McGraw; and he played a role in the founding of Seattle Children’s Museum at the Seattle Center Armory as a Board member 1978-82.
Reference: “How stewardship benefits Seattle’s streets” (DJC 2008)