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Jim Haack

President and Cofounder

Jim is a highly respected leader with over 20 years of experience in building design, architecture and project management. Jim’s lifelong passion for making functional things began in earliest childhood in Missouri, where he grew up spending summers on a family farm.

My grandfather worked with his hands his whole life, and he gave me a strong work ethic. Like most farmers, we built everything ourselves…he would find whatever materials we had and together we would figure out how to make what we needed.”

After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in art and architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Jim relocated to Seattle. For the next five years, he worked as an architect at HNTB, followed by nearly a decade as Principal and Vice President of Design at EHS Design. Over the course of his design career, Jim has worked with hundreds of corporate and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of project types.

Jim’s commitment to delivering unique, community-specific designs has been at the core of Momentum’s success.

It’s never been about applying the same design signature repeatedly. It’s about taking the client’s goals and making something really neat; something unique, potent and specific to that place and need.”

Today, Jim and his wife live on a rural property outside of Seattle, where they also run a biodynamic local food company, KT Cattle Company, raising grass-fed cattle for beef. He serves on the board of the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance and holds an elected seat on the Board of Supervisors of the King Conservation District.

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