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Tom Kundig Honored with AIA Seattle Gold Medal


We are pleased to announce that Olson Kundig Principal/Owner Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, has been awarded the 2018 AIA Seattle Gold Medal. The award is the highest honor that AIA Seattle can confer on one of its own members.

The Gold Medal recognizes the distinguished lifetime achievement in architecture including design, professional practice, and service to the profession, the community, education and the arts. Since the first Medal was awarded in 1984, it has recognized architects who have had a substantial influence in shaping and advancing architecture in the Pacific Northwest. The 2018 award will be presented on June 30 during the AIA Seattle President’s Dinner.

I am deeply honored to receive this distinction from AIA Seattle. While my work continues to expand to new locations around the world, the Pacific Northwest will always be home to me. I am grateful to be in the company of such talented architects from our region who have received the Gold Medal over the last 34 years. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Over the past three decades, Kundig has received some of the world’s highest design honors, including a National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and an election to the National Academy as an Academician in Architecture. Kundig was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2004, and in 2017 he was confirmed as a Chartered Architect by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In total, Kundig’s work has received over 60 awards from the American Institute of Architects, including ten National Honor Awards, ten National Housing Awards and most recently, a COTE Top Ten Award.

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