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AIA Seattle Medalist 2003: Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA

Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA (BA, MA Oberlin College, MArch Yale). Since coming to Seattle in 1968 to chair the University of Washington Department of Architecture, Tom Bosworth has significantly advanced the quality and the international reputation of Northwest design.

Perhaps most significantly, his much-honored and widely published work in residential design has become emblematic of the central values that inform Northwest architecture. Throughout his career he has made his design studio a learning laboratory, combining design practice with education - beginning as a designer with Eero Saarinen & Associates while teaching/chairing at the Rhode Island School of Design.

In addition to more than fifty houses, the Bosworth portfolio includes 17 buildings for the Pilchuck Glass School, several buildings for Overlake School, and other projects located throughout the Northwest. As an educator, he has expanded the international dimension of architectural studies through his promotion of learning exchanges with Italy (as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a founding member of the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy/NIAUSI) and Japan, where in 2001 accepted an honorary degree from Kobe University.

He received his first design award from AIA Seattle in 1973, and his work has since earned numerous awards from the AIA, Sunset, the Western Red Cedar Association, and The American Wood Council, among others. Wide-ranging "jury duty" includes service on the AIA national Honor Awards jury in 1984, and again for the year 2000. His lengthy record of speaking engagements spans a breadth of public and professional topics and gatherings. His work appeared on the cover of Progressive Architecture in June 1981, and later on the covers of Elle Decoration and Country Living.

A long list of education appointments includes teaching at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he served as Head of the Department of Architecture; he joined the University of Washington Architecture Faculty in 1968 and served as Chairman 1968-1972.

Other significant administrative assignments include Director, The Pilchuck School; President of the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy (NIAUSI); and Director of the UW Rome Studies Program. Awarded a Winchester Traveling Fellowship by Yale in 1960 and appointed a Fellow at Ezra Stiles College at Yale in 1963, he went on to win a Pris de Rome at the American Academy in Rome in 1980 and a Masuda Fellowship to Kobe University in 1990, and to serve as the 1996 Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon. He became a Fellow of the AIA in 1979.

Tom Bosworth FAIA


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