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Dawn Clark is a design strategist and architect, leading her teams with deep experience and knowledge of global brands and retail strategies. As an architect, Dawn focuses on the synthesis of creative possibilities, seeking as an ultimate goal the creation of a powerful and memorable experience for the individual human spirit.

Dawn’s expertise ranges from mixed-use retail strategy, architecture, design, and planning, to highly detailed experiential store interiors. She has worked all over the world with brands including Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Harvey Nichols, Nordstrom, Amazon, SOGO, Seibu, and Starbucks. Dawn has created compelling, innovative, and award-winning environments in the U.S., U.K., Europe, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Middle East, and Brazil, India, and beyond.

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design – Architecture, 1984
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Additional architecture education at University of California,
    Berkeley, and University of Oregon
  • Registered Architect, State of Washington, 1991
  • LEED® Accredited Professional, 2007
  • AIA, Seattle Chapter

Corporate Brands

Global VP of Design | Starbucks

  • Leader of all design offices supporting Starbucks innovations worldwide.

SVP Store Design and Construction | Nordstrom

  • Lead of design, construction, and visual merchandising for all stores, all regions in the US and Puerto Rico, as well as new brand launches internationally in Canada: Calgary and Toronto.

Director, Design and Construction | Amazon

  • Lead for store/product design, UX design and research, brand design, visual merchandising and store development for new Amazon Style Store Concept.

PROJECTS AT NBBJ Principal, Designer

  • Dalian Waterfront
    China waterfront pier redevelopment
  • Yanlord Plaza
    Mixed use development, Chengdu China
  • Kaitak
    Airport re-development, Hong Kong
  • Blume Mixed-use Development
    Seattle, Washington
  • Metro Tract
    Downtown Seattle Masterplan

PROJECTS AT CALLISON Principal in Charge

Harvey Nichols
Saks Fifth Avenue
Suwon Gateway Plaza
Central Department Store
Cutter and Buck
D. Porthault
GS Stores
Haichang/ Vivo
Liz Claiborne Home
Marks and Spencer
Oil & Vinegar
Polo Ralph Lauren
Pout Cosmetics
Tim Girvin is Principal of GIRVIN | Strategic Branding, based in Seattle and New York City, with an affiliate office in Tokyo. In this capacity, he has been responsible for creating strategically-based communications and design programs for clients throughout the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. Tim has led brand development programs for the most powerful American founded brands on the planet including: P&G, J&J, Coca Cola, IBM, Apple, Microsoft and Nordstrom. Internationally, he’s partnered with Nestlé, Sara Lee, Shiseido and Suntory; he’s a brand design partner for Dentsu, the largest agency in the world, as well as Dai Nippon, both based in Tokyo. Girvin, as well, has lead a variety of retail, hospitality, resort, spa and wellness branding programs for international clients, such as YSL, Millennium Retailing, Starwood, Wynn, Kerzner, Wyndham International and MGM Mirage. He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry, with clients like Disney, Bruckheimer, Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, Rede Globo and TV Asahi. Girvin originated BrandQuest®, a proprietary cultural and brand development tool for workshopping new products, visualizations, naming solutions and brand strategies. This tool, along with the Incubation module, forms the basis of GIRVIN strategy and tactical outcomes.
  • Bachelor of Arts
    The Evergreen State College, Olympia
  • New College, Sarasota, Florida
  • Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, New York City
  • New York Imperial College, London, Great Britain
  • Grant recipient for International Studies,
    National Endowment for the Arts, Washington D.C.
  • Scholar in the Humanities, Washington State Commission for the Humanities


  • Member/American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Associate Member/American Institute of Architects
  • Affiliate/Industrial Design Society of America
  • Member/Design Management Institute
  • Member/Japanese Graphic Design Association
  • Member/American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member/Japan Typography Association
  • Board Member/Seattle Landmark Association/Paramount Theater
  • American Center for Design
  • Package Design Council
  • Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD)


GIRVIN, Inc. has received nearly 350 awards in both East and West Coast design and international competitions. The firm’s work has been published in Adweek, Brandweek, Communications Arts, Graphis, Identity, VM&SD, Creativity, Graphic Design USA, HOW Magazine, I.D. Magazine, Step by Step, as well as the Japanese publications Designer’s Workshop, Hokkaido Graphic Design, Idea, Nikkei Design, Portfolio, Sendenkaigi Typographics – Next Wave and Who’s Who/Sapporo, and the German publication Novum Gebrausgraphik. Tim Girvin has spoken to business advertising and design organizations in Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Kansas City, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sapporo, Tallinn, Tokyo and Tulsa.