MulvannyG2 Architecture announces changes to leadership

January 13, 2015

Russell Hazzard has been appointed president of MulvannyG2, Mitchell Smith is named chairman, and Ron Mitchell joins the firm as hospitality market leader.

MulvannyG2 Architecture announced today the promotion of senior principal Russell Hazzard, AIA, to president of the company. In this role, Hazzard will provide leadership for the firm’s core practice areas and will serve as a member of MulvannyG2’s executive committee and board of directors. Hazzard succeeds former president Ming Zhang.

Russell Hazzard

Hazzard joined MulvannyG2 in 1993 with a strong background in retail, office and mixed-use architectural design. Hazzard has since served in a variety of roles within the firm, leading several offices as well as the firm’s retail design practice and its work for longtime client partner Costco Wholesale. Since 1983, MulvannyG2 has helped Costco to build their business and brand around the globe through the development of more than 650 stores in nine countries. Hazzard has led the Costco account since 2007 and will continue to have a prominent role in this relationship.

“There are many skilled architects, but there are far fewer skilled architects who also have a true talent for leadership. MulvannyG2 is fortunate to have that in Russ and we are excited to see all that he can bring to our firm as president,” said MulvannyG2 CEO Mitchell Smith, AIA. “Throughout his career, he has built strong relationships with clients and peers thanks to his ability to step into any situation with energy, insights and a thoughtful approach to produce strong results. These are skills that will serve Russ well in helping to guide the future direction of our firm.”

MulvannyG2 also announced that CEO Mitchell Smith has been named chairman of the firm’s board of directors, succeeding Jerry Lee, AIA. Lee will be taking on a new role leading the MG2 Foundation, the firm’s new philanthropic arm that will be ramping up in 2015.

These updates follow a recent addition to the firm’s talent, with Ron Mitchell joining MulvannyG2 as hospitality market leader. Mitchell will be based in the firm’s headquarters office and brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality design and master planning to the firm. He most recently served as the executive design director for Think Inc., a boutique hospitality design firm he founded in 2007 after spending 17 years at WATG. Some of Mitchell’s most recent projects include the Four Seasons Kyoto in Japan and the Hyatt Regency Jaipur in India.

“This is an exciting time for MulvannyG2 as we continue to grow our business worldwide and attract talented industry leaders to our firm,” said Smith. “As we prepare to move into our new headquarters space in Seattle this year, we are on a strong path to ensure that we continue to provide the best expertise and insights for our clients across markets.”