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Tom Kundig Honored With AIA Housing Award


We are pleased to announce that Olson Kundig’s Sawmill is the recipient of a 2017 Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA Housing Awards recognize design excellence, emphasizing the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable natural resource. The AIA notes that recipients of the award show the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together.

Set in the harsh high desert of California, Sawmill is a family retreat embedded into the tough, scrubby landscape. Shaped by the challenges and opportunities of the site, Sawmill is self-sufficient, durable, and economic. Design Principal Tom Kundig, FAIA, worked with the owners to conceive of the retreat as a lasting marker of their presence and legacy in the area. The AIA jury noted of the project: “A very well-done cabin which doesn’t seem to be any more than needed as far as size, but offers much more as far as spirit and understanding of the place.”

We are delighted to share the honor of this award with our valued partners and client.

Sawmill, Tehachapi, California, USA

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Project Manager: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin, AIA, LEED® AP
Gizmo Design: Phil Turner
Client: Bruce Shafer and Carol Horst
General Contractor: Bruce Shafer
Structural Engineer: Monte Clark Engineering
Energy Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Corrugated Metal Roofing: Steelogic
Master Welder: James Riddle