Olson Kundig Architects

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Olson Kundig Architects, a Seattle-based architectural firm, was founded by architect Jim Olson in 1967. Current principal/owners include Jim Olson, FAIA, Tom Kundig, FAIA, FAIA, Kirsten Murray, AIA and Alan Maskin. Olson Kundig Architects’ work encompasses museums, commercial and mixed-use design, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship, and residences, often for art collectors. The firm was awarded the 2009 AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects) from the American Institute of Architects. The firm launched an interiors studio in 2000. Their first line of accessories, The Tom Kundig Collection, debuted in 2012.

Awards[edit]

The firm has won more than 70 regional and national AIA (American Institute of Architects) awards, as well as awards from the Chicago Athenaeum. Tom Kundig was awarded the 2008 National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007, and the Emerging Architecture Award from the Architectural League of New York in 2004. Jim Olson received the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2007. The firm's work has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Architectural Record, among other publications.

Recent projects[edit]

Olson Kundig Architects is designing a new home for the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle.[1] The project involves renovation of an existing 1950s building to integrate it into an evolving urban context and construction of 50 new housing apartments.[2]

Example projects[edit]

  • Noah’s Ark Exhibit, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles (2007)
  • Delta Shelter, Washington (2004)
  • Chicken Point Cabin, Idaho (2003)
  • The Brain, Seattle (2001)
  • Mission Hill Winery, Westbank, British Columbia (2001)
  • Ridge House, Washington (2001)
  • Red House, Denver (1999)
  • Studio House, Seattle (1998)
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle (1997)
  • Hillclimb Court Building, Seattle (1985)
  • Gallery House, Seattle (1985)
  • Pike & Virginia Building, Seattle (1978)
  • Earth House, Washington (1969)

Resources[edit]

  • Olson, Jim. Jim Olson: Art in Architecture. Whatcom Museum/August Editions, 2013
  • Kundig, Tom. Tom Kundig: Houses 2. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
  • Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen. Jim Olson Houses. The Monacelli Press, 2009
  • Riordan, John and Kristen Becker. The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge. New York: Collins Design, 2008.
  • Beck, Petyr, ed. The Frye Art Museum: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects. Documentary Media, 2007.
  • Ngo, Dung. Art + Architecture: The Ebsworth Collection & Residence, William Stout Publishers, 2006.
  • Ngo, Dung. Tom Kundig: Houses. Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.
  • Ojeda, Oscar Riera, ed. Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art, and Craft. The Monacelli Press, 2001.

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