2013 Award of Honor: Sustainability Treehouse
Photo Credit: Joe Fletcher
2013 Award of Honor: Sustainability Treehouse
Gala regalia: AIA Seattle 2003 Medallist Thomas Bosworth FAIA receives the symbol of 'highest honor' from Honors Nominating Committee Chair David Miller FAIA, 6/7/03.
"HOT" says it: on a warm June evening, the 'heroes and heroines' of the Puget Sound design community gathered with AIA 2004 President Eugene Hopkins FAIA to celebrate the year's rich crop of national and local honors. AIA Seattle President-elect Kristen M. Scott AIA, standing in for absent President Rena M. Klein AIA, welcomed some 120 attendees to the 13th annual Honors Gala, held at the historic Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
On behalf of the Institute, Gene Hopkins delivered greetings and gratitude to all who have helped advance the profession, and helped bring home the medals to those recognized with national honors this year. Five Washington architects inducted into the AIA College of Fellows offered their thanks and observations: Tony Gale FAIA, William H. Kreager FAIA, Val Thomas FAIA, and Rick Zieve FAIA along with Bruce E. Blackmer FAIA of AIA Spokane, among a group of colleagues, friends, and family members.
Gala guests: AIA Seattle 1997 Medallist Bill Bain FAIA with AIA Seattle Honorary Member Deborah L. Jacobs and Hubert Locke
This year's national honors also include recognition to structural engineer Jon D. Magnusson Hon. AIA, whose work has not only made possible some of the Northwest's and the world's most remarkable structures but also advanced public appreciation of the value of design. At the 2003 AIA Convention (San Diego May 8-10), the AIA inducted Jon Magnusson among eight Honorary AIA Members in the nation this year.
As the AIA 2003 Architectural Firm Award recipient, Seattle-based Miller|Hull has captured professional and public acclaim for advancing the Northwest design ethic. Continuing a celebration that began with the AIA's announcement of the Award in December 2002, Miller|Hull Partners Craig Curtis AIA, Bob Hull FAIA, Dave Miller FAIA, and Norman Strong FAIA expressed their humble gratitude and the sustained sense of responsibility to the profession and the public that this award and the intense national attention has brought to the firm.
The festive assembly celebrated also recipients of local honors, including 2003 AIA Seattle Medallist Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA. The highest honor conferred on an architect by AIA Seattle, the AIA Seattle Medal recognizes Tom Bosworth's much-honored and widely published work in residential design, which has become emblematic of the central values that inform Northwest architecture. In a career as a productive practitioner and an influential educator – including service as Chair of the University of Washington Department of Architecture 1968-72, Tom Bosworth has significantly advanced the quality and the international reputation of Northwest design. (See Tom Bosworth's 'Remarks on My Architectural Life' as presented at the Gala.)
Tributes and applause also honored University of Washington Press, recipient of the 2003 Allied Organization Award in recognition of its work to disseminate Northwest intellectual and artistic culture through thoughtful publications, including some cornerstone works for the design community. Steven N. Arai AIA received the 2003 Community Service Award, acknowledging his leadership in a practice emphasizing community service (Arai/Jackson Architects + Planners) and his personal devotion to civic engagement, carried out both locally and nationally.
David Miller FAIA, Chair of the Honors Nominating Committee, presented AIA Seattle Honorary Membership to three esteemed contributors to the profession: attorney Stanton Phillip Beck Esq., who has played a key role in several of the landmark cases affecting design practice in Washington; Seattle City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs, recognizing her wise guidance for the major investment toward Seattle's new Central Library and neighborhood facilities; and landscape architect Robert Murase FASLA, design collaborator for some of the Northwest's most highly regarded public spaces.
As the evening drew to a close, AIA Seattle Fellows/Honors Council President Roger Williams FAIA called the "Honor Roll," connecting those recognized this year with those who have accepted honors in the past.
To mark the occasion in memory, the Emerald City company rose for a closing circle, joining hands to sing 'Good Night, Eugene' (to the tune of the traditional "Good Night, Irene") before departing in a spirit of community pride.
AIA Seattle thanks Magnusson Klemencic Associates for their role in the evening's festive hospitality.
Sharing a glorious moment: From left to right, AIA Seattle EVP Marga Rose Hancock Hon. AIA, Val Thomas FAIA, AIA 2004 President Eugene Hopkins FAIA and Trip Hunter.
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