Design Review Board

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The Design Review Board (DRB) reviews projects for consistency with applicable business district design guidelines and approved master plans. The seven members are appointed by the City Council to four-year terms. The DRB meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7 PM in the City Council Chamber. It uses the professional staff services of the Planning and Building Department. 

Next DRB Meeting

The Design Review Board Regular Meeting scheduled on March 4, 2024, has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 18, 2024.

The hybrid meeting will be recorded and posted on the City's website.

Public comment on general topics will be accepted during the Requests From the Audience portion of the meeting.  Also, public comment will be accepted for each project after the DRB asks questions of the applicant.  The Chair or Vice-Chair will announce when public comment will be heard. Written comments will be accepted by emailing the project planner associated with each project.  More information can be found on the Public Comments Procedures page.

You may watch a live feed of the meeting online by joining the meeting via Zoom Webinar, or listen to the meeting over the telephone.

Date: March 18, 2024
Time: 7 PM

Location:  Council Chambers, City Hall, 123 5th Ave

Join the meeting webinar at 7:00 PM:


Passcode: 770478
Or Telephone: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Webinar ID: 850 1247 2866

    Staff Contact: Planning Supervisor, Jon Regala at 425-587-3255 or

    Meeting Materials: (Once available, meeting materials can be viewed in HTML using your internet browser or by PDF. PDFs will download to your computer/device)

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    If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Jon Regala, Planning Supervisor, or call 425-587-3255. Project related questions should be directed to the planner listed in the agenda (also contains contact info).

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    Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our community members and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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    Meet the Design Review Board

    Amy Tarce - Chair (term expires 3/31/2025)

    Amy Tarce, Chair,  Kingsgate Neighborhood

    Amy Trace Design Review Board

    Amy Tarce brings over 25 years of experience in Urban Design and Planning to the Design Review Board through her various professional roles in the past as a planner and urban designer in Chicago, Washington, DC and the eastside cities of Seattle. As a planner, she has staffed multi-agency coordinating committees for federal, regional and local entities in the Washington Metropolitan Region, a neighborhood advisory committee for the City of Alexandria, and the Design Review Board for the City of Redmond. She has decades of experience presenting neighborhood plans and development projects to neighborhood groups, design review boards, development and planning commissions, and city councils.

    Ms. Tarce hopes to contribute in guiding the future growth of Kirkland using her diverse professional planning experience. As a planning consultant in Chicago, Ms. Tarce developed transit-oriented development plans for two Chicago neighborhoods served by the Green Line elevated train stations, and master plans for two mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhoods in New Orleans and Chicago. As a Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria, she managed the development review of a 100-acre redevelopment plan for a former railyard into a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use New Urbanist neighborhood with a town center, an award-winning fire station with affordable housing and a new Metro Station. As a planner for the federal government, she managed the Climate Adaptation and Floodplain Management program for federal lands in Washington, DC and contributed to the update of the Parks and Open Space Plan of the National Capital. In the Seattle area, she has managed the Development Review of Redmond’s City Hall, the Macy’s Department Store and the full-service Marriott Hotel in Redmond Town Center, the Redmond River Park Development Agreement Design Standards, and discretionary approval of two Issaquah School District schools, as well as one of the first large-scale residential developments to implement the Central Issaquah Plan.

    Ms. Tarce first moved to Kirkland in 2002, and through the years, has watched the growth and transformation of the city into a more dynamic and urbanized suburb of Seattle. Ms. Tarce believes livable and sustainable communities are achievable with a clear vision and a partnership of dedicated citizens and inspired city leaders, and hopes to contribute in implementing the City of Kirkland’s vision for a safe, walkable, vibrant and environmentally-sustainable city. Her passion for building great communities has always extended beyond her day job. She has conducted Design Review training for her fellow planners in several Snohomish County jurisdictions and for the City of Redmond. She loves to travel and has visited over 50 cities around the world.  She uses her vacations to visit walkable and sustainable cities and turns them into personal case studies of successful public realm designs. With her new role as a Design Review Board member for the City of Kirkland, she hopes to continue to share her passion and love for great urban design.

    Tyler Smith - Vice Chair (term expires 3/31/2026)

    Tyler Smith, Vice Chair, Upper West Ridge Neighborhood, Woodinville


    Tyler is a Bellevue born, east side of the bridge native who was raised split between Juanita, Kirkland and Issaquah WA.

    Tyler is a graduate from the Bellevue College and the University of Washington Majoring in Business Management and Economics. 

    Although Tyler’s primary background is Talent Acquisition for Technology his passion and love for Architecture and Design has given him the opportunity to partner on projects for the city of Seattle, Bellevue & Kirkland. Tyler had the pleasure to work with top architecture firms in the greater Seattle area to help grow and restore major attractions and Washington staples such as the remodel of Seattle Space Needle.

    Tyler & his spouse still resides on the cuff of Kirkland & Woodinville. He has spent his time growing up in Juanita and has a deep passion and love for his community and his hometown.

    Tyler will continue to support the community and strive to continue to bring growth to our infrastructure and our city as well as keep the roots and the foundation that has made Kirkland the great attraction and community as it is today.

    By combining historic landmarks with future growth and expansion, Tyler’s goal is to offer a sense of inclusivity and diversity to the city of Kirkland and allow for our great city to grow its special village




    Carlos Castaneda (term expires 03/31/2025)

    Carlos Castaneda, Norkirk Neighborhood

    Carlos Castaneda Design Review Board Member Carlos is an active member of Kirkland’s Design Review Board where he reviews projects for consistency with applicable business district design guidelines.  

    He moved to Kirkland from Mexico City in 2016 and has been drawn by the nature, outdoor activities (multiple trails) and the tranquility that the City of Kirkland offers. Carlos holds a B.A. in Architecture, he is a registered architect in Mexico, a LEED Green Associate and is currently seeking licensure in the United States. Prior to his relocation, he collaborated with multiple architecture firms working on residential and commercial projects in Mexico and the United States. 

    Beyond his current professional experience with Architecture leading commercial roll-out programs, he focuses on building strong relationships with clients, colleagues and teams. Carlos is an avid salsa dancer, runner and enjoys painting and riding anything that has two wheels on it. 

    Fatima Chohan (term expires 03/31/2024)

    Fatima Chohan, Finn Hill Neighborhood 

    DRB-member-Fatima.jpg Fatima Chohan moved to the United States two years ago with her husband and daughter from Japan. She holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the National College of Arts in Pakistan. Over the last 12 years, she and her family have lived in New Zealand, among other countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, which have been culturally rewarding and has helped expand her vision. The global exposure to different walks of life has kindled a passion for volunteering and community building.

    Fatima and her family chose Kirkland as their home as it has a good mixture of urban and suburban living. It is a vibrant and friendly environment. Joining the Design Review Board will give her the opportunity to be a part of the development of this beautiful city.

    Shoshana Cohen (term expires 03/31/2026)

    Shoshana Cohen, Houghton Neighborhood

    Shoshana Cohen DRB bio photo 2020.jpgShoshi moved to Kirkland five years ago from Israel. She graduated with her BS degree in International Relations and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University.  After several years, she shifted from her international Marketing and Business career to pursue her passion: boutique architectural design in 2014. Currently the owner and operator of a local interior designs studio since 2016, and has worked on projects throughout Kirkland and the northwest, with emphasis on elevating current home structures to match the latest global design trends, using an affordable pricing model.

    Shoshi and her family chose Kirkland as a home away from home due to the unique characteristics of our quaint city. She began to see Kirkland as a small town with a large urban context, and started seeking opportunities to participate in ways to keep the Kirkland Vibe; safe, beautiful, and pedestrian friendly while embracing the rapid changes the area is going through. 

    Shoshi enjoys hiking, painting and learning languages. 

    Randal Brand (term expires 03/31/2027)

    Randal Brand, Norkirk Neighborhood

    Randal Brand 2021 Design Review Board Member I have been extremely fortunate to have lived in Kirkland for the better part of 42 years. I arrived in Kirkland following my graduation from the University of Nebraska with degrees in Architecture and Construction Management, and later obtaining my MBA from Seattle University.

    My wife, Juanita, and I have raised our two children here in Kirkland. As they grew up, we remained active at Kirkland Junior High and Lake Washington High School, Little League, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, church, and other community events and activities across the eastside. We have enjoyed our many years raising our children and living in Kirkland.  

    I am a Registered Architect and have worked in the design, construction, and real estate development industries throughout the western United States. I have had the opportunities to present to many Design Review Boards, Planning Commissions, and City Councils up and down the West Coast. This expertise, education, and my many years of living in Kirkland are what I have sought to bring to the City of Kirkland Design Review Board to serve Kirkland residents for a better and bright future for our community. 

    Supriya Kelkar (term expires 3/31/2027)

    Supriya Kelkar, Juanita NeighborhoodSupriya Kelkar Design Review Board Member photo

    Supriya Kelkar is an experienced leader in all phases of Project Planning, Design and Project Management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Pune, India) and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (Syracuse University and State University of New York). She is a licensed Architect with over 22 years of experience in designing and managing projects in Transportation, Urban and Community Design, Civic and Federal Buildings.

    Supriya’s strong leadership skills in managing and motivating teams including internal staff, consultants and construction teams have led to the delivery of many successful projects. She has led presentations with many Design Review Boards, City Councils and other Permitting Agencies. Her areas of expertise include Sustainable Design (LEED) and Alternate Project Delivery methods (Design Build).

    Supriya is a longtime resident of the City and has enjoyed raising her family in Kirkland for the past 20+ years. Besides her architectural pursuits and spending time with family and friends, she is an avid gardener and enjoys cooking and hiking.