Principal | AIA, LEED AP
I’m interested in creating moments of surprise and delight, moments that give people a new perspective and inspire them to engage with our world in a different way.
Blair Payson joined Olson Kundig in 2004 and has worked on both architectural and exhibit design projects, including the Century Project for the Space Needle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, and [storefront] Olson Kundig, as well as several residential projects across the Western United States and Mexico. Blair’s current work includes a new art park at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and two new museum projects for an American sculptor. Blair regularly lectures and organizes conferences across the U.S. – most recently, he chaired the 2018 Architects Newspaper Conference in Seattle, and he co-presented a workshop for the 2019 Facades+ Conference in New York City.
A maker at heart, Blair is an architect who revels in the details. From large cultural projects to temporary design interventions, Blair is able to distill large, complex projects into distinct culminating moments. Lately, Blair’s research has taken him on site visits to a subterranean cavern deep underground in one week, to hundreds of feet above an urban landscape the next. This demonstrates not only the range of Blair’s interests, but also his proclivity towards risk and experimentation. Blair holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University, and he is the recipient of several design awards for his work on the Gates Foundation Visitor Center and the Century Project for the Space Needle, among other projects.
- The Century Project for the Space Needle
- The Acid Ball
- “Concorde Table” for Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Performance of On the Beach
- Summit Law
- Sonos Studio: Born in Blue
Los Angeles, California
- I Want All of This at [storefront] Olson Kundig
- Elephant Dream (Artists at Play design competition submission)
- Underbelly at the Seattle Center
- Record Store at [storefront] Olson Kundig
- 38 Beams – The Collectors Lounge at Design Miami, 2014
- Mexico Residence
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center