OUA Staff Directory

Rebecca Barnes, FAIA

University Architect and Assistant Vice Provost for Campus & Capital Planning


UW’s University Architect and Assistant Vice Provost for Campus & Capital Planning, Rebecca Barnes is charged with planning and design management of the university’s campuses. She staffs the UW Architectural Commission, and leads the Office of the University Architect team in capital, campus and space planning, and design oversight. Previously, as Director of Strategic Planning for Brown University, Rebecca was involved in developing university/community relationships as Brown’s long-term vision began to focus downtown. She has held senior positions in the public sector including Chief Planner for the City of Boston and Director of Urban Design & Architecture for the “Big Dig” in Boston. She led Seattle’s widely-admired “urban villages” planning initiative in the early-90s that matched infrastructure investments and amenities to growth of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. In Boston, she held several roles on the Big Dig, and contributed to the iconic Zakim Bridge, the family of vent buildings, highway architecture, and the creation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Conservancy. She was educated at Brown University, the Boston Architectural College, University of Oregon and as a Harvard Design School Loeb Fellow. Rebecca is an active member of the design community as reflected in her leadership of the early ARCADE magazine, board membership of AIA chapters in Seattle and Boston, GrowSmart RI, and Ear to the Ground Theatre, and an advisor to Seattle Central Waterfront Project.


Kristine Kenney, ASLA, LEED® AP

University Landscape Architect


As the University Landscape Architect, Kristine is responsible for facilitating thoughtful stewardship of the campus environment through design and planning leadership, collaboration with process partners throughout the University, and establishment of practices and protocols for each of the University of Washington campuses. Kristine helps to guide projects through the planning and design process, ensuring the resulting improvements align and strengthen the mission and vision of the University while taking into consideration the long-term sustainability of the design from both a functional and maintenance perspective. Prior to joining the University, Kristine worked in the private sector with a specialized focus on university and college planning and landscape improvement projects at numerous institutes around the country. Having worked with a variety of consultants and institutional leaders, she brings a broad perspective and expertise of best practices and strategies.


Diane Machatka

Senior Planner


As a senior planner, Diane leads or supports analyses of physical facility and space needs, and formulates guidelines and recommendations regarding university space management and resource allocation. Prior to working at UW, Diane spent 15 years as the campus space planner at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA, where she was responsible for space programming and allocation, and helped program major capital projects across the full spectrum of academic programs, including health sciences, physical and social sciences, engineering, business, humanities and arts. She was part of the campus classroom governance team for renovation, utilization and development of new teaching and learning spaces. After a flood that closed 22 major campus buildings, she oversaw evacuation of 2.8 million gross square feet; the entire schools of art and music and theater moved into new spaces while the programs continued to operate without significant interruption. Before serving as the campus space planner, she spent 13 years in College of Art and Sciences administration at the University of Iowa, managing space and resource allocation. Diane has an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois -- Champaign/Urbana.