Bringing engineering, manufacturing, architecture, and technology together

Aaron Holm

CEO

Aaron founded Blokable in March of 2016 with a mission to make housing accessible and affordable for everyone. His experience leading business and product teams includes spearheading product management for Amazon’s first two physical retail businesses, Amazon Go and Amazon Books. In 2012, Aaron co-founded Mylio, a software startup creating solutions to protect and organize large libraries of personal photographs and memories. He was also founder of GLOBALedit a global leader in digital media software and services, where he built a world-class team and customer base including NBC, Warner Bros, Victoria’s Secret, Sony Pictures, Gap / Old Navy, CBS, and Publicis.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“I can’t limit it to one place. I’ve stayed in treehouses, caves, temples, sailboats, guesthouses, pensions, all-inclusives, construction sites, hostels, and huts. I’ve lived in cottage Wards Island Toronto, Victorian Toronto, Old Montreal, art deco South Beach, Tenement East Village, Brownstone Brooklyn, and Suburban Seattle.”

Jeff Castro

Engineering

Jeff’s professional background spans all facets of the new product development process, and brings expertise in product innovation and mechanical design to the Blokable product family. A degreed Mechanical Engineer, for over 20 years, Jeff has developed innovative product solutions for companies such as Cannondale Bicycles, Harley-Davidson, Yakima Products, and Leatherman Tool. Jeff’s portfolio is filled with numerous design and utility patents, and hopes to add more through his work at Blokable, re-imagining the building and construction industry.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“It was a brief stint in a 1987 VW Camper during University, while searching for permanent student housing. The experience validated my desire for a consistent, immoveable, place to call home, and that I wasn’t cut out for a vagabond lifestyle”

My Tam H. Nguyen

Business Development

My Tam is passionate about bridging private, public, and nonprofit entities to address urgent societal challenges. She has extensive experience applying design thinking, smart city strategies, and alternative economic models for urban and rural communities, both in Europe and the U.S. She has served the City of Seattle as the public engagement lead for the city planning team, and as new media manager for Washington State’s Office of the Governor. My Tam holds a Master of Arts in urban planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in journalism and international studies. She’s currently a political partner fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and a fellow of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“The aluminum thatched roof house in the Vietnamese fishing town where I grew up. There was no regular electricity, running water, or paved roads. My fondest memories are during the monsoon season, falling asleep to the sound of heavy rains pouring on the aluminum roof and waking up to fish swimming into my living room from the overflowing creek next door. “

Luke Olszewski

Building Innovation

With nearly two decades in the construction industry, Luke is an experienced builder and commercial superintendent. He’s worked in Germany and England studying stucco, brick and concrete techniques, applying innovations and traditional craftsmanship on all sorts of structures from palaces to modern buildings. In the U.S. at JLL and NTVI he’s built office spaces, military bases, and large scale building renovation projects. He’s experienced in managing day-to-day operations on site, coordinating subcontractors and foremen, and working closely with architects, owners, and project managers to meet strict deadlines and costs. He’s passionate about innovation, and changing the patterns of construction, with new systems that evolve as human needs evolve.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“The 4600 square foot home I renovated in Washington D.C. We bought a 1908 row house that was a so run down, there was not much of the original structure that I could save. Over a course of 12 years, I rebuilt the whole house, from pouring the foundation and repointing bricks, to installing solar panels on the roof, offsetting 75% of the electricity in the house using 40% recycled materials.”

Timothy Miller

Design & Innovation

Timothy connects the dots between user experience, technology, and business. Through the lens of architect, human-centric industrial designer, and business strategist, he has successfully enhanced the customer experience of industry leaders Boeing, Best-Buy, Amazon, and LATAM Airlines. Tim speaks at industry conferences on the topic of design and user experience and has taught at the graduate level on the subject of merging physical environments and digital technology into holistic customer experiences. He has worked as a design leader within both agency and corporate environments, most notably AmazonGo, TEAGUE, and HOK Architects.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“A 44 foot Ta Shing sailboat, sailing throughout the Bahamas and Florida.”

Michael Duncan

Manufacturing

Michael is an innovator with 30+ years of experience combining traditional manufacturing with new technologies to develop product quality systems, manufacturing scalability and cost management strategies. He has brought his talents to a variety of industries and companies, including such as Fathom, Leatherman, Amazon, and Intel. Holding a degree in Product Design & Materials Science education from the University of Washington, Michael has served as a student and guest educator at the Art Center at the College of Design. His career is focused on new product prototyping, short-run production, supplier qualification and management.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“A 2 level 1800 square foot floating home in Portland, Oregon. The house was originally designed by an architect in 1961. Very well thought out spaces but very dated materials. I spent a few years updating, including installing a unique roof that helped with the overall structure of the house. I had my boat parked in front of my house, so had access to the water year round. I even went to the grocery store by boat. There was a tremendous sense of community because everyone depended on each other to maintain the floating neighborhood. There were unique challenges in maintaining the house, mostly storm related, but a very wonderful lifestyle.”

Blair Barnes

Product

Blair brings 30 years of experience designing products, building brands, and bringing product innovations to the world, on behalf of some of the world’s most admired brands, including Oasis, The Scotts Company, Texas Instruments, Gerry Baby (Evenflo), Nike and Leatherman. His recent experiences include directing performance footwear innovations at Nike, and serving as intrepreneur at Leatherman, to create new hand tool products. Blair is named on numerous utility and design patents and his work has appeared in I.D. magazine, Baseball Japan, Outdoor Retailer, Core 77 and Thrasher. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and a Masters of Arts in Design Management and Planning.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

In 1991 I lived in a “granny flat” on the edge of a cliff in Haitaitai (Wellington) New Zealand. The cozy 200 m2 flat had a “million dollar” view of Evan’s bay in the Summer and terrifying Winter gales that rattled the whole house. In January, I loved to watch the Inter-island ferry set out for the South Island from a big picture window in the lounge but there were some August nights when the gale rattling off that same window and lifting the flat created a bit of terror.”

Stuart Emmons

Strategic Development

Stuart is an architect and planner with a expertise in multi-family and affordable housing, as well as modular construction. Stuart’s passion for affordable housing led him to run for Portland City Council in May 2016, with a campaign focused on solutions for housing for homeless, and the need to deliver housing faster and at less cost. As the founder and principal of Emmons Architects, an award winning design firm, Stuart designed projects for government, private sector and educational institutions. He started Emmons Modular in 2010, focusing on modular housing and classrooms, and designed and co-developed one of the most successful modular housing projects on the west coast at the time, Kah San Chako Haws. Stuart received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt institute, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“My flat in Los Angeles on Doheny Drive that I designed right after grad school. High over LA’s westside, it was a clean, minimal, loft-like space with a long wall of glass looking out over a continuous deck, the city, and out to the Pacific Ocean.”