Brendan Hutchins

Brendan Hutchins

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Focus: All aspects of the Built Environment

Favorite Place in Seattle: West Seattle

Bio: Brendan was born in upstate New York in 1991. Soon after he moved to Washington State and was raised in Sammamish, WA. After having grown up in a more sheltered community, Brendan decided to join the United States Navy and pursue a position as an aviation rescue swimmer. Brendan succeeded in his attempt and spent a total of six years in the Navy as a crew chief, utility aircrewman, and rescue swimmer, racking up over 1500 total flight hours in the MH-60S helicopter. During his time in the Navy Brendan did countless deployment preparation detachments, one multi-month joint nation exercise in Hawaii (RIM-PAC) and deployed three times. His time in the Navy was spent in San Diego, CA at helicopter squadron HSC-4 on Naval Air Station North Island. His squadron was attached to a multitude of different ships, including the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, the U.S.S. Ronald Regan, and the U.S.S. George Washington. On his deployments, he was afforded the opportunity to visit a number of different countries including South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Guam, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. It was on these deployments that he realized his passion for the built environment and the importance of designing cities and buildings that have a positive impact on the environment and the people who inhabit them. Brendan is currently enrolled at the University of Washington in Community, Environment, and Planning as a transfer student from San Diego City College and is utilizing his veteran benefits for his education. He attends a number of different built environment events and organizations inside and outside of school. Since moving back to Seattle in June Brendan has enjoyed fishing off of Alki, backpacking and spending too much time working on projects in Gould Hall’s Digital Commons!

Why did you choose CEP? I chose CEP because it affords me the opportunity to develop myself to be an even more valuable employee to future employers. In being able to take my choice of classes I am able to develop an Individualized Study Plan that will enable me to have a better understanding of the built environment as a whole and not just from one discipline. CEP also requires students to gain real-life experiences through internships and provides a flexible schedule to make that happen.

Ask me about: Transitioning veterans, veterans affairs, veterans benefits (post 9/11 GI bill and vocational rehabilitation), transfer students, the built environment, clubs/events in the Seattle area, life