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In the Alaska Business Editorial department we’re passionate about cats, plants, and Bob Ross, but those are all secondary to our investment in Alaska businesses and their contributions to the state’s economy and communities.

Through our monthly print edition, online content, e-newsletters, and social media platforms, our goal is to highlight the individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and other organizations that create jobs and opportunity throughout the state.

Our best resource for that information is the community: we frequent conferences, attend luncheons, and hustle to media briefings; we scour press releases and obsessively check in on social media; and of course, we reach out to our sources, the professionals who are here in Alaska doing the work and pushing the projects we love to feature.

And we want to hear from you: acquisitions, partnerships, mergers, certifications, new hires, additional lines of business, unique service offerings, innovations, initiatives, projects, contracts, subsidiaries… and we certainly wouldn’t turn down a good pie recipe.

We are Alaska’s business advocates.

MANAGING EDITOR

Kathryn Mackenzie

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Height: Appropriate
Weight: Impeccable
Age: Majestic
Favorite book: The World According to Garp by John Irving
What animal would you be: Dolphin
Pet peeve: Bright, sunny days

Associate Editor/Web Editor

Tasha Anderson

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Height: Tallest
Weight: Marshmallow
Age: Classic
Favorite book: Sunshine by Robin McKinley
What animal would you be: Baby otter
Pet peeve: Putting dirty dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher

Digital & Social Media Specialist

Arie Henry

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Height: Yes
Weight: Sterling
Age: Puppy
Favorite book: The Game by Ken Dryden
What animal would you be: Canada goose with dual citizenship
Pet peeve: Other drivers not using a turn signal

Alaska Business Magazine February 2020 cover

In This Issue

The Art of Architecture

February 2020

Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?

“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”

Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.