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About Nora Ludviksen

A unique path to mediation

In my former career as an architect, the most satisfying part of my work was leading teams of people through complex decisions, from conflict to creativity. Now I help design-firm leaders build a work environment where partners, staff, consultants, and clients can tap into their most collaborative selves, respond well to obstacles and setbacks, shift frustration to focus, and get the work done.

I speak the language of architectural practice. I know the interpersonal challenges and stresses you face. And I’ll provide you with the skills, tools and techniques you need to work through them as a confident, effective leader.

Training and Experience - Architecture

  • Master of Architecture, University of Washington
  • Architectural studies, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art History, McGill University
  • Architectural Internships at Seattle architecture firms Canatsey Weinstein and Cardwell Thomas Inc.
  • Founder/Partner of Seattle architecture firms Studio Jaso and Jaso Ludviksen, Inc.
  • Store Design Director for Metropolitan Market

Training and Experience - Mediation

I trained at the Volunteers of America Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Everett, Washington, completing the rigorous eighteen-month practicum required for mediator certification—a practicum that meets the guidelines of the Washington Mediation Association and was developed by experts with over 30 years of experience in the conflict-management field.

I volunteer as a coach, trainer, and lead mediator at the DRC, mediating parenting plans, divorce matters, property division, parent-teen conversations, and workplace disputes.

Specialties

  • Conflict coaching and mediation for architecture firms
  • Workplace trainings and mediation
  • Restorative practice
  • Family mediation
  • Elder mediation
  • Child-informed divorce mediation

About the Table

In naming my practice, I was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s book of poetry, Odes to Common Things. In it, Neruda reveals the beauty and universal meaning in ordinary objects around us. He describes the table as “trustworthy and life sustaining.” For me, the table also represents a place where, for generations, people have gathered to break bread, discuss important issues, and settle their differences.

My own iteration of The Table is a neutral, supportive place for people to meet and talk; one that at the same time is friendly and familiar.