City Council Appoints Wong to Review District Board

Written by Laura Paskin
September 23, 2014

Professor Marie Wong has been appointed to serve on the International Special Review District (ISRD) board. The International Special Review District, one of Seattle's eight historic districts, is a collection of early 20th-century commercial and hotel buildings that serves as the center of Seattle's diverse Asian American community.The ISRD reviews preservation, planning, design, and redevelopment/development project proposals for buildings and open spaces in the Chinatown-International District.

The ISRD was established by the City of Seattle through an ordinance in 1973 to preserve the district's unique Asian American character and to encourage rehabilitation of areas for housing and pedestrian-oriented businesses. The City Council appointment is effective immediately.

Wong, who holds a doctorate in Urban Design and Planning, teaches in the Institute of Public Service and the Asian Studies Program. Her research focuses on urban housing and architectural history, land use development, sustainability, and Asian American studies. She is the author of Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees. The Institute of Public Services offers undergraduate degrees in public affairs and nonprofit leadership and two master’s degrees: Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership.