Up Close With Esther Cho Liu

Current job: Architect (Associate Principal) at LSW Architects

Proudest professional moment: I think that each time a building (school, library, mixed-use, office, etc.) is constructed after many hours of long hard work, especially if it’s done in our community, it’s hard not to be proud.

First job: I am ashamed to say that I only lasted two weeks at my first job working at McDonald’s at the age of 16, but after that, I worked at BASF (desk job) every summer and winter break during high school and college. I applaud anyone who works in the fast food industry as I found out how hard that was at an early age.

Fun fact: My family and everyone around me expected me to be a doctor, but I pursued my dream to be an architect.

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My husband and I usually spend Saturday nights with our church youth group – usually eating great food and connecting with our young people.

Favorite movie: “The Italian Job,” “A Room with a View.”

Music of choice: U2, Sting, Coldplay, Hillsong.

Favorite place to eat: I absolutely love good food. In Vancouver: La Bottega, Nonavo; in Portland: Tasty’n Sons, Verdigris, Oba.

Motto/inspirational quote: “I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou



Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.