2013 Award of Honor: Sustainability Treehouse

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Honors Archive: George Suyama FAIA

George Suyama FAIA (BArch UW 1967) has created a distinguished body of work that dissolves the division between architecture and applied art.

His consistently outstanding designs, a standard for Northwest architecture, originate from the same sensibility that inspires his public arts advocacy. George shows his commitment to the advancement of the arts through volunteer positions and by appointment to numerous arts organizations, including Henry Art Gallery, On the Boards, Seattle Arts Commission, Downtown Seattle Transit Project Arts Committee, and the Pike Place Market Commission. The 1998 creation of Suyama Space in the offices of Suyama Architects reflects George Suyama's commitment to public understanding of contemporary art.

In George's work the simplicity, flexibility, and transparency of Japanese tradition are transformed into a contemporary language of indoor-outdoor spaces. He forges an evolving architecture that reveres nature, taking cues from context, climate, and indigenous myth. The Fauntleroy residence he designed for his family received top honors in the AIA Seattle 2003 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture.

George Suyama FAIA (photo by Ken Wagner)

* The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest 10/10/03: "Clarity in Simplicity: In a minimalist design, lessons for life"

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