2013 Award of Honor: The Octahedron
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AIA Seattle Recognizes 2014 Honorees

Community Leaders Recognized by Architectural Community

Each year, AIA Seattle recognizes leadership and achievement in design and the built environment through its honors program. AIA Seattle honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors committee each spring. AIA Seattle is delighted to recognize these recipients for their exceptional contributions to the profession and our community.

The honorees will be recognized at the formal AIA Seattle 2014 Honors Dinner held on May 31, 2014, at MOHAI in Seattle. 


Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, is an activist architecture educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of her profession and in the populations it serves. She calls upon architects to undertake transformative approaches to improving living conditions in low-income communities of color which, she argues, will attract more ethnic minorities into the field. Dr. Sutton's upcoming book continues her trajectory of documenting America's continuing struggle for educational equity. Entitled When Ivory Towers Were Black, it portrays what was undoubtedly the nation's most audacious effort to recruit black and Hispanic students to Columbia University's School of Architecture, while offering design services to the nearby Harlem community. Dr. Sutton has been a professional musician, fine artist, and practicing architect, and is now professor of architecture and urban design, adjunct professor of social work, and director of the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies at the University of Washington. She is a registered architect, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and was once a member of the musician’s union in New York City. Dr. Sutton holds five academic degrees—in music, architecture, philosophy, and psychology. In addition to being a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and recipient of the AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, she is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Formerly, she was a Kellogg National Fellow, a Danforth Fellow, and president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

rico quirindongoYOUNG ARCHITECT AWARD 

Rico Quirindongo, AIA, is driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both the urban and natural landscape and works with community organizations to have a positive influence in their neighborhoods through design. Through his 18 years of professional experience, Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock is the ultimate expression of a sustainable architecture and a critical component of a new green economy. In addition to being in his fifth year of service on AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors, Rico is a mayoral appointment to the Historic Seattle Council, a board member for Pike Place Market PDA, and a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter. Rico sat on the AIA+2030 national steering committee, a committee born out of AIA Seattle, that has seen to it that 24 cities nationally are providing curriculum to help design teams and owners meet the 2030 Challenge. Rico was recognized in 2011 by AIA National as a Citizen Architect on the Move. He has just completed a term as a member of the AIA National Communications Committee and was an Advisory Group member for AIA’s National Sustainability Scan. 


Joel Loveland is the Mithun Russell Professor of Sustainability in Architecture and the Director of the Center for Integrated Design in the School of Architecture, College of Built Environments, University of Washington. The Center is composed of the Integrated Design Lab and the Discovery Commons, dedicated to building knowledge through discovery, advocacy and education about high performance built environments that better serve the health of people and the planet. Joel teaches classes in architecture that include graduate design studios and seminars in design with climate for high levels of energy and daylighting performance.  He has taught a wide variety of other professional classes and workshops concerning issues directly related to energy use in buildings at venues such as the Light+Building in Frankfurt, the National AIA Convention, Lightfair International, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), American Society of Heating and Refrigerating Engineers (ASHRAE) National Conferences. He spent the last decade teaching daylighting and energy use in buildings workshops and seminars to hundreds of architects across the Pacific Northwest, California and Hawaii.  This teaching pioneered an innovative and nationally recognized one-on-one project-based education strategy for transforming the design professional’s market for energy efficiency in architects and engineers offices.  This work via the Integrated Design Lab was primarily funded through the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks program.  In recognition of those efforts, in 2013 he was given the first life-time achievement BetterBricks award by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. In the last five years he was honored to work with AIA Seattle and local volunteers to develop the curriculum and manage the early roll-out of the AIA+2030 Workshop Series in 2008-2009. This early work with AIA Seattle and their AIA+2030 Series lead to moderating the first two AIA+2030 workshop series from 2009-2011 and teaching a variety of AIA+2030 workshops around the country.


howard frumkinHoward Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H. is Dean, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Frumkin is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist, who has worked in academia and public service. Dr. Frumkin currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, and the Washington Global Health Alliance, on the Executive Committee for the Regional Open Space Strategy for Central Puget Sound, on Procter & Gamble’s Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel, and on Advisory Boards for the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, the National Sustainable Communities Coalition, Green Chemistry Center Northwest, the Partnership for Active Transportation, and the Center for Design and Health at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. As a member of EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, he chaired the Smart Growth and Climate Change work groups. A graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, he was named Environmental Professional of the Year by the Georgia Environmental Council in 2004. His research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact; toxic effects of chemicals; and environmental health policy. Dr. Frumkin received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard, his Internal Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his Environmental and Occupational Medicine training at Harvard. He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Environmental and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 

kathryn gustafsonKathryn Gustafson brings over 30 years of distinguished practice to her partnerships in two offices,Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London. Kathryn’s diverse portfolio intuitively incorporates those fundamental sculptural and sensual qualities that enhance the human experience of landscape. Her early work includes a widely known series of projects in France, with recently acclaimed projects located throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. These civic parks, gardens, and community spaces range in scale from a tenth of an acre to 1000 acres. Kathryn is only the third landscape architect to have received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture and a medalist of the French Academy of Architecture. She is also the recipient of the ASLA Design Medal, the Chrysler Design Award, and London’s Jane Drew Prize. Along with her partners at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Kathryn received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture.

patti southardPatti Southard is program manager for the “GreenTools” green building program in King County, Washington. From cargo containers to large industrial buildings Patti provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED and Built Green initiatives. Recently Southard was on the team to complete the nation’s first zero energy townhomes zHome. The Southard family has a long history in conservation of the New Jersey Pine Barrens as well as many years of leadership in outdoor and environmental education. Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the juxtaposition between rural and urban communities and planning. Patti also serves on the Clinton Global Initiative Action Building Network and is a Washington State representative  for OxFam International and OxFam America’s climate change adaptation and food programs. In 2006 Patti was recognized with Built Green’s first Pioneer Award for helping to raise awareness for residential green building in the Pacific Northwest Bioregion. In 2011 she was named a Cascadia Fellow and received the Government Leadership award from Cascadia Green Building Council. In 2012 GreenTools received Harvard’s Bright Ideas award, and in 2014 Southard received the Inspirational Leadership Award from King County’s Sustainable Cities and Executive Dow Constantine.


The Integrated Design Lab (IDL) in Seattle is a self-supporting University of Washington service to the building industry. The IDL includes interdisciplinary UW research, faculty, staff, and students that support the development of high-performance commercial and institutional building design including lighting, daylighting and energy infrastructure. The IDL has established design and construction market relationships in the Pacific Northwest through the provision of technical assistance, design guidance, and building energy efficiency research. The IDL is the final link in the life-long learning chain of state-of-the-art professional education resources offered by the College of Built Environments to our regional professional constituencies, alumni and traditional students. The IDL is about increasing building value at no extra project cost to the owner. The goal of IDL research, design and education support is to produce buildings that synthesize a project’s context of climate, its patterns of use, the resulting building loads and systems to produce a building that is healthier, more comfortable, productive and 50% more energy efficient than today’s common best design practice. The University of Washington, through the IDL, is here to assist design teams in meeting those goals. Functionally, the IDL’s goals are to assist in decisions that support 50% reductions in a building's loads and 50% increases in its system efficiencies, utilizing state-of-the art simulation and verification techniques.

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Stefan Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, for his proposal, "Tech (+) Hub: The influence of tech industry development in San Francisco, Nairobi, Kansas City and Seattle"


Anne Schopf, FAIA, recipient of the 2013 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Medal of Honor


2014 Fellows from the AIA Seattle chapter:
Ray Calabro, FAIA; Margaret Montgomery, FAIA; Sian Roberts, FAIA; and Ming Zhang, FAIA

George Suyama, FAIA, recipient of the 2013 "Residential Architect" Hall of Fame Award 

ron klemencicHonorary AIA National Memberhip: Ron Klemencic earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1985 and his Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He worked with KPFF Consulting Engineers 1986-92 before joining the Seattle-based firm now known as Magnusson-Klemencic Associates.   He currently serves as President/CEO of the firm, with offices in Shanghai, Riyadh, and Chicago. Throughout his career as a structural engineer, Mr. Klemencic has fostered architectural excellence through innovative structural methodologies that have afforded an impressive group of architects the liberty to realize the full potential of their designs.  His advancements in engineering, tall building design in particular, have resulted in an extraordinary portfolio of projects recognized with numerous national, regional and local AlA awards. Through his involvement with national code development, Ron is constantly working to improve the industry standard.  In his five-year tenure as the Chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), he raised the organization’s profile internationally.  Most notably, in the months following the tragedy of September 11, he was the industry’s voice on the design and safety of high-rise buildings, maintaining an open and rational discourse in media interviews, presentations, and via the publication of CTBUH’s Recommendations for the Seismic Design of High-Rise Buildings, a set of guidelines and safety enhancements to make tall buildings more robust and defensible. Ron has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Concrete Institute and the Charles Pankow Foundation, as a voting member of multiple American Concrete Institute committees, and as a member of the Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings, the Concrete Technology Advisory Committee of the Portland Cement Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Urban Land Institute, among his extensive professional activities.

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