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Center for Wooden Boats Receives AIA Architecture Award


We are honored to share that the Wagner Education Center at the Center for Wooden Boats (led by design principal Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA) has received a 2024 Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA Architecture Award recognizes the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, or type, highlighting the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.

The new Wagner Education Center at the Center for Wooden Boats was carefully sited to fit within the existing park at Lake Union, while also presenting a more visible face to the city beyond. The building itself performs like a boat—users tune and transform it as they might trim sails, working with natural forces to optimize performance under changing conditions. In design and operation, the building is a direct response to CWB’s mission: a hands-on community gathering space for people of all ages to grow, learn and connect with the environment.

“It’s a truly incredible honor to be recognized by the AIA, especially considering the emphasis this program places on high-performing and resilient design,” shares Kundig. “I’m deeply grateful for our amazing client and their vision for a functional, hard-working building that serves and reflects their mission. We’re proud to share this award with the Center for Wooden Boats and with the talented partners we had the opportunity to collaborate with on this project.”

For more information about the Wagner Education Center and other AIA Architecture Award winners, please visit this link.


Wagner Education Center at the Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, Washington, USA

Client: The Center for Wooden Boats
Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principal: Steven Rainville, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect: Angus MacGregor, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C
Architectural Staff: Derek Santo, Dawn McConaghy and Simon Clews
Building Performance: Vikram Sami, AIA, BEMP, LEED AP
Hanging Boat Installation: Tom Kundig, Alan Maskin and Angus MacGregor
Gizmo Design: Phil Turner with KB Architectural Services
General Contractor: Schuchart
Civil and Structural Engineer: KPFF
Mechanical Engineer: WSP
Electrical Engineer, Lighting Design and Acoustic Consultant: Stantec
Geotech Consultant: Adapt Engineering
Gizmo Fabrication: Alpine Welding
Building Envelope: RDH