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AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards Honor Two Olson Kundig Projects


On September 24, two Olson Kundig projects were honored with 2020 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards. The Burke Museum (led by principal/owner Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA) received an Honor Award, while ARTS at King Street Station (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, led by principal/owner Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA) received a Citation Award. This annual awards program recognizes architectural design excellence in publicly funded projects throughout the State of Washington.

The Burke Museum is the oldest public museum in Washington State with a collection of over 16 million artifacts and specimens, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils. The design of the new building breaks down traditional museum barriers between public and “back-of-house” spaces, integrating collections and research labs with traditional galleries. The result is an experience that invites everyone – from curators to visitors, educators to students – to engage in the process of scientific and cultural discovery.

Olson Kundig designed the kinetic gallery walls at ARTS at King Street Station, which enable the community and artists to reconfigure the central gallery space as needed for changing exhibitions and events. Suspended from a custom-designed elevated track inspired by the railroad tracks that serve the station below, a set of eight movable walls with integrated lighting support a wide range of displays and spatial configurations. The result is a flexible space that can easily transform to meet the evolving needs of ARTS and the community.

We are honored to have our work recognized by this program, and thankful to the valued clients and project partners we had the opportunity to work with on each project. Visit AIA Washington Council on YouTube to watch the announcement and learn more about the honored projects!

The Burke Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principal and Project Manager: Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Architects: Edward Lalonde and Justin Helmbrecht, LEED® AP
Architectural Staff: Gavin Argo, Julia Khorsand and Olivier Landa, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
Gizmo Design: Phil Turner
General Contractor: Skanska
Laboratories: BergerABAM
Landscape Architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Elevators: Lerch Bates
Civil and Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Lighting Design: Niteo Lighting
Building Envelope: RDH
Electrical Engineer: Stantec
Mechanical Engineer: WSP
Gizmo Fabrication: Turner Exhibits
Specifications: Cite Specific
Museum Programmer: Walter Crimm Associates
Accessibility Consultant: Karen Braitmayer
Exhibit Design: Evidence Design

ARTS at King Street Station, Seattle, Washington, USA

Design Principal: Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA
Principal: Jerry Garcia, LEED® AP
Project Architect: Brandon Crain, AIA, NCARB, LEED® GA
Architectural Staff: Tessa Crespo
Gizmologist: Phil Turner
Architect: Mithun (designed as Schact Aslani Architects)
Structural Engineer: ARUP
Lighting Design: Rushing