Thursday, November 11, 2010

AIA Seattle Announces 2010 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

Thirteen projects recognized for defying expectations


Tonight (Novemer 10, 2010), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter honored architects and their project teams from across Washington State for projects exemplifying best examples in a broad array of sectors from residential to commercial. Award-winning projects, announced at a packed event at the historic Moore Theatre, served as powerful demonstrations of design solutions that were modest, yet sophisticated and each stretching the definition of what is considered “Seattle architecture.” Project images and information, including project teams can be found online at

Of the 170 submittals to the 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Awards, one received an Honor Award four received Merit Awards, three received Commendations, and five received a Citation for their work. EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution images of awarded projects available upon request.

The project receiving an Honor Award is Colman Triplex by Workshop AD. Jurors felt this project was a “model for future residential building in the city” and discussed how the typology “had the right amount of detail” and while “fun”, clearly showed that a “level of thought was carried through from smallest to biggest decisions.” According to the jury, the project “achieved its goal and was consistent throughout.” Overall, they felt it demonstrated what it means when “architecture is life; [one] could visualize what it really means to be a family living downtown.” One juror expressed plainly: “This is what we need in a city.”

Four projects received Merit Awards. They include Bodega Residence by Cutler Anderson Architects; Port Townsend Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center by NBBJ; and Suncrest Residence by Heliotrope Architects.

Four Commendations were awarded: Building 115 by Graham Baba Architects;

Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Rainier Valley Teen Center by Weinstein AU Architects + Urban Designers LLC; and The Kolstrand Building by Graham Baba Architects.

The following five projects received Citations: Art Stable Hinge by Olson Kundig Architects; Deployable Greenhouses by atelierjones; Steel Stair by DeForest Architects; T Bailey Offices by Olson Kundig Architects; University of Washington West Campus Student Housing by Mahlum.

Of the 13 projects selected, 12 were either located or envisioned in Washington State.

The on-stage jury discussion ranged from an exploration of subtle details to a general show of appreciation for Seattle’s ability to innovate as a city. The jury also discussed the important role of clients play in the design process going as far as to say, “You can’t get good architecture without good clients.”

The three-person jury included Jim Jennings AIA (SF) Sheila O’Donnell Hon. FAIA (Dublin) and Gilles Saucier, FRAIC (Montréal). The event was moderated by and My Architect director Nathaniel Kahn. Co-Chairs for the 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Awards were Tyler Engle AIA of Tyler Engle Architects and Ray Calabro AIA of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

The program was sponsored by DCI Engineers, Foster Pepper, Lane Powell and schuchart/dow. Also sponsoring were Charter Construction, Clothier & Head, Coffman Engineers, Hoffman Construction, Inn at the Market, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction, McKinstry, PCS Structural Solutions, Schultz Miller Stantec, SvR Design Company, Swenson Say Fagét, TRUEbenefits, Turner Construction, WSP Flack + Kurtz , and Washington Archives Management

The program featured a short film produced and contributed by studio/216. Décor, graphic design and other services and materials were contributed in-kind by ZGF, NBBJ, Yuri Kinoshita, Inform Interiors, fleurish, Inn at the Market, Sellen Construction, Hewitt, and Olympic Reprographics.

See the 2010 Honor Awards Project Teams

Stephanie Pure, (206) 448-4938 ext. 103,

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