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Olson Kundig Architects
Practice information
PartnersTom Kundig
FoundersJim Olson
Significant works and honors
Awards2009 AIA Architecture Firm Award

Olson Kundig is an American architectural firm based in Seattle, Washington, run by architects Jim Olson and Tom Kundig. Founded by Olson in 1966, the firm’s work has grown to encompass museums, commercial and mixed-use design, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship, and residences, often for art collectors. Olson Kundig was awarded the 2009 AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects) from the American Institute of Architects.


The firm, founded by Jim Olson, has been in business since 1966.[1] Principal and owners have included Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Rick Sundberg, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin and Kevin M. Kudo-King. The firm changed its name from Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects to Olson Kundig on January 1, 2010.[2]

The firm launched an interiors studio in 2000. Their first line of accessories, The Tom Kundig Collection, debuted in 2012. In 2022, the firm expanded to New York City, its first office outside of Seattle since 1966.[3]

Notable works[edit]

Olson Kundig designed a space for the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle.[4] The project involves renovation of an existing 1950s building to integrate it into an evolving urban context and construction of 50 new housing apartments.[5]

In 2016, Olson Kundig won the competition for a children's museum annex to the Jewish Museum Berlin.[6]

In 2018, Olson Kundig led the renovation of Seattle's iconic Space Needle.[7]

Other notable works of the firm include:

Awards and honors[edit]

The firm has won more than 70 regional and national AIA 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,[8] 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.

In 2024, the firm was honored on Architectural Digest's AD100 list, for the 11th consecutive and 16th overall inclusion of the firm.[9]

Further reading[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.


  1. ^ Niland, Josh (April 29, 2022). "Olson Kundig is expanding to New York City after six decades in Seattle". Archinect. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  2. ^ Miller, Stephani (November 13, 2009). "Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen changes firm name". Architect Magazine. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  3. ^ Yerebakan, Osman Can (June 30, 2022). "Olson Kundig Opens Its First East Coast Office in New York". Metropolis. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  4. ^ "Gethsemane Lutheran Church". Olson Kundig Architects.
  5. ^ "Olson Kundig Architects to design Gethsemane Lutheran Church redevelopment". WIDN News. 2010-12-07.
  6. ^ (in German) Kindermuseum des Jüdischen Museums Berlin 22. Juli 2016
  7. ^ "Space Needle Renovation / Olson Kundig". 16 October 2019.
  8. ^ "2008 National Design Award Winners | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". www.cooperhewitt.org. 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  9. ^ "AD 100 2014".

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