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Three Olson Kundig Projects Receive American Architecture Awards


On November 13, three Olson Kundig projects were honored with 2023 American Architecture Awards: 8899 Beverly Boulevard (led by design principals Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, and Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA), the Bob Dylan Center (led by design principal Alan Maskin), and the LeBron James Innovation Center at Nike World Headquarters (led by design principal Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA). Founded in 1994 and presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press, the American Architecture Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urbanism across the United States.

8899 Beverly Boulevard converts a mid-century office building into a new residential program, reflecting a contemporary design approach in dialogue with historic architecture. Rather than demolishing the existing building—designed by Richard Dorman and built in 1964 as the Los Angeles International Design Center—the project preserves its embodied energy and neighborhood significance through reuse. Aspects of the existing façade, concrete megastructure, and distinctive original balconies were retained, with the architectural language of old and new clearly expressed. The updated design honors the character and integrity of the original building while responding to the new use and needs of the surrounding community, adding housing density and improving connections to the pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the new Bob Dylan Center traces the creative trajectory of this prolific artist across his 60-year career. Located in the Tulsa Arts District, the Center is a dynamic and multifaceted venue, housing permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions that provide a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, his influences, and the offshoots inspired by his legacy. Exhibits draw from The Bob Dylan Archive, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, films, videos, artwork, memorabilia, and original studio recordings housed within the Center. While the Archive’s permanent repository is open only to qualified researchers and scholars, a linear gallery wall and interactive display features nearly 100 items from the collection for visitors to explore.

The LeBron James Innovation Center celebrates and advances Nike’s foundation of innovation in service to athletes. The LEED Platinum building embodies the concept of speed, inspired by the high-performance physicality and athleticism the brand represents. Uniting over 700 staff from innovation teams previously spread across the Nike campus, the new facility combines design studios, offices and meeting spaces, prototyping labs, and research facilities in a high-functioning workshop where the latest innovations in sport technology can be designed, built, tested, and refined. At the top of the building, the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) features 50-foot ceiling heights and houses a 200-meter track, regulation NBA basketball court, and partial soccer pitch. Integrated sensors and state-of-the-art motion capture technology collect data to support product improvements and inform training outcomes.

We are honored to have our work recognized by this program, and deeply thankful to the incredible client teams, collaborators and project partners we had the opportunity to work with on each project.

For more information about the American Architecture Awards and winning projects, visit this link.

8899 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA

Design Principals: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, and Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA
Principal: Mark Olthoff, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect (Tower): Gus Lynch, LEED AP
Project Manager (Townhomes): Brian Walters, LEED AP
Architectural Staff: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin, AIA, LEED AP and Jeff Ocampo, LEED AP
Interior Design: Laina Navarro and Megan Adams
Interior Design Staff: Irina Bokova, Francesca Krisli, Fernanda Ximenez and Kathy Hanway
General Contractor: Pankow Builders
Architect of Record: Large Architecture

Bob Dylan Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Exhibit Design Lead & Design Architect: Olson Kundig
Design Principal: Alan Maskin
Principal (Architecture): Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager (Exhibits): Marlene Chen, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect (Architecture): Holly Simon
Exhibit Design Staff: Ryan Botts, Brian Havener, Karen Duan and Aiym Zhumasheva
Installation, Interactive and AV Design: 59 Productions
Filmmaker: Jennifer LeBeau
Historian & Author: Sean Wilentz
Author: Lewis Hyde
Content and Copywriting: Ellipse Studio
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Exhibits Structural Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Audio Guide: Art Processors
Graphic Production: Brown Bag Creative
Exhibit Fabricator: CREO Exhibits
Audio/Visual Integration: BBI Engineers
Gate Fabricator: Black Buffalo Ironworks
Architect of Record: Lilly Architects
General Contractor: Crossland
Structural Engineer: Wallace Design Collective
MEP and Fire Protection Engineer: Phillips + Gomez
Façade Mural Artist: Erik Burke

LeBron James Innovation Center at Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon, USA

Design Principal – Architecture: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
Principals: Steven Rainville, AIA, LEED AP, and Angus MacGregor, RIBA, LEED AP
Project Manager: Christopher Butler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architectural Staff: Laura Sinn, Derek Santo, LEED AP BD+C, Holly Simon, Gavin Argo, Thanasis Ikonomou, Claire Fontaine, Megan Quinn, John Hallock and Sheena Garcia
Design Principal – Interiors: Kirsten Ring Murray, FAIA
Interiors Staff: Sarah Muchow, IIDA, NCIDQ, Margaret Undine, NCIDQ, Jamie Slagel, Kinsey Johnson, Naomi Mason, Cristina Acevedo and Erin Hamilton
Kinetic Design: Steve Wong
Senior Project Administrator: Jane Devine
General Contractor: Mortenson
Structural Engineer of Record: Thornton Tomasetti
Civil Engineer: NV5 (formerly WHPacific, Inc.)
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer of Record, Fire Protection, Lighting, AV/IT, Security, and Built Ecology Consultant: WSP
Environmental Graphics and Wayfinding Design: Studio Matthews
Building Envelope Consultant: RDH
Lighting Design: Niteo
LEED Consultant: O’Brien360
Landscape Architecture, Benches, Water Feature and Monument Signs: PLACESpecification
Writing: Applied Building Information
Acoustics Consultant: BRC Acoustics
Code Consultant: Code Unlimited
Façade Design Assist: Front Inc.
Food Service Consultant: HDA~Pacific
Elevator Consultant: Lerch Bates
Concrete Specialist: Soares Builder Inc.
Owner’s Representative (contracted to Owner): Hugh Cx
Commissioning Agent (contracted to Owner): inici group Inc.