evolution projects

Meet our team


Bryce Philips

Born in Seattle, Bryce grew up in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon. He studied finance at Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington and Seattle University splitting time in Whistler, BC, where he started skiing professionally for companies including Seattle’s very own K2. In 2001 Bryce started evolución Innovations, Inc. (evo), an action sports lifestyle retailer out of his Wallingford apartment. evo, based in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is one of the fastest growing retail businesses in the country with an award winning store in Fremont and web site on the world wide interweb. The blending of commerce, cause, culture and community have differentiated evo in the marketplace and have strong ties to the philosophies behind evolution Projects.

Starting in 1997, Bryce started with single family residential and moving into multi-family and mixed-use projects with a strong emphasis on creating distinct experiences and spaces meant to engage and build community.

Bryce lives in Ballard with his wife Elise and their son Antonio. They love the access to the mountains for skiing, snowboarding and biking, the sound for kite-surfing and of course the city of Seattle with so much to offer.

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Chad Dale

Chad was born and raised in Michigan before attending Taylor University, a small Liberal Arts college in Indiana were he majored in Business and Economics. He started his career at Edward Jones as an Investment representative, and later moved into a sales and consulting role for an IT consulting organization where he stayed for the next 8 years before jumping in with two feet into the world of real estate and restaurants. Chad is a partner in the legendary Walrus and Carpenter and has a number of projects tba with great, local restraunteurs.

Chad thoroughly enjoys being in the outdoors - biking, skiing, kite-surfing, mountaineering and travels any chance he can get. Save for a brief stint living in Shanghai, he and his wife Becky have lived in Seattle since 2001.  Chad and Becky recently had a daughter Ondia and even more recently a son named Surin.  The Dale’s are proud to call the Ballard/Phinney neighborhood their home.

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Ira Gerlich

Raised in Seattle, Ira attended high school at Seattle Prep and graduated from The University of San Diego with a business degree in marketing and finance. He stuck around California working in finance and technology before racking up powder days on the ski patrol at Mammoth Mountain. Ira has been involved in a growing list of marquee projects in Seattle.  In addition to the core projects with evolution projects, he is invested in and manages multi-family and single family properties around Seattle. He is passionate about working on different infill projects in great locations that add value to the community and showcase the amazing people and businesses that call Seattle their home.

Ira lives with his wife Courtney and their new son Maxwell in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle. They enjoy skiing, fishing, travelling and eating. And when the opportunity arises, combining all three.

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Ji Shon

Ji is the newest member of evolution projects team.  Born in Seoul, Ji and her family moved to Virginia when she was ten where she lived until attending Smith College in Massachusetts. She came to Seattle for graduate studies at the University of Washington where she earned duel masters in Architecture and Real Estate.

Prior to relocating to the Northwest, Ji worked in Boston in construction management and architecture. She prides herself on her hands on building experience and continues to be involved in the UW Design Build community. Though her professional life revolved primarily around the building industry, it was the earlier experience helping to run her family’s cafe where she learned her strong work ethic (and the value of a good cup of coffee).

The pioneer spirit she inherited from her parents has enabled her to travel and live around the world including stays in Kyoto and Stockholm. A few of her fond memories include building a cob wall in Vermont, living as a monk in Korea, and trekking up volcanoes in Iceland. Outside of traveling, Ji is a pug enthusiast and is in the process of mastering the art of KFC (Korean Fusion Chili).

She currently lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with her husband Kris.
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