2017 Honor Awards
The AIA Seattle Honor Awards are the ideal platform to recognize the diverse perspectives, scales, and typologies of architecture in our region. As Seattle is recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, design matters more now than ever before. Let’s celebrate your voice and your values by offering recognition for the inspirational, the intelligent and the evocative.
Your viewpoint is more important than the photograph. Show us your thinking.
Show us what is behind the marketing image; reveal the relationships and ideas that inform your design. What is its genesis? Who does it serve? How does the concept relate to real space? How did factors like site, culture, and material inform the project?
Your successes can be measured. Demonstrate energy savings.
Share with us your project’s energy use and its energy savings story. What creates the balance between efficiency and design? Where are unexpected savings and opportunities?
The 2017 AIA Seattle Honor Awards offers submittal guidelines and judging criteria that recognize both our profession’s changing conditions and our legacy of design leadership. If you’ve never submitted before, now is the time. If you’ve submitted a project in the past that you think should have won, submit it again. This is a new year and a different jury.
Your voice is essential to the conversation. Join us!
JoAnn Wilcox AIA & Tim Richey AIA | Chairs, 2017 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture
September 18: Energy in Design Calculator Demonstration
September 20: Early Bird Submission Deadline (price increases 15% after 5pm PDT)
September 27: Final Submission Deadline, by 5pm
November 13: 2017 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture Live Event
Questions? Contact AIA Seattle Professional Programs Manager, Cassie Blair.
Shirley Blumberg CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Recent projects include 20 Washington Road at Princeton, Fort York Public Library, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC, the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus, a winner of a Governor General’s Medal, an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a Royal Institute of British Architects International Award. Current projects include the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.
Robert Harris FAIA, LEED Fellow is a recognized leader in sustainable design, and has founded his career upon identifying and developing ways that the built environment can improve the lives of individuals and quality of our communities. As Lake|Flato’s Partner-in-Charge of Sustainability, Bob has played a critical role in positioning the firm as a leader in environmental design and stewardship . Under Bob’s leadership, Lake|Flato became early adopters of the 2030 Challenge and AIA 2030 Commitment. Bob’s deep appreciation and love for nature is mirrored through his active engagement to change the way we think about the environment and to raise community discourse about biophilia — the innate human craving to connect with nature. Bob champions Geographer Jay Appleton’s notion of prospect and refuge, which posits that humans are most comfortable when they can both see outside and feel protected. Bob’s work is driven by the conviction that sustainable design is not a feature or value-added element of architecture but instead serves as an important tool to transform both communities and individual lives; and a tool that should be universally available and accessible. With his willing openness to make changes in the established norms of design and construction — both within the profession and within the community, Bob’s portfolio serves as an exemplar of the powerful impact of universal sustainable design to enrich communities. Bob enjoys fishing and hiking in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
J. Meejin Yoon AIA, FAAR (b. Seoul, Korea) is a Korean-American architect and designer. In 2014, Yoon was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yoon is a registered architect and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Awarded the 2016 ACADIA Teaching Award, the 2013 Irwin Sizer award for Most Significant Improvement (and Innovation) to Education at MIT, the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, the Rome Prize in Design in 2005, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998, Yoon’s academic and professional work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. She is the co-author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009), and Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2008). Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University in 1997.
Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh is an architect, an architectural historian and theorist. He works on issues of modernism, postcoloniality, global history, urban theory, and fashion & architecture. His books include Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India, A Global History of Architecture (with Francis DK Ching & Mark Jarzombek), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (with Peter Scriver, co-eds), The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma and Chandigarh: An Architectural Guide. A Global History is widely used as a textbook and being translated into five languages. He is currently working on Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization(Routledge: 2017). Vikram has served as Assocaite Dean and Chair at the University of Washington. His administrative experience includes capital campaigning, strategic planning, institutional networking, and mentoring. His public service includes terms on the Boards of the Seattle Center and the Seattle AIA. Currently, he is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, and founding board member of GAHTC – the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. He is co-PI (with Mark M. Jarzombek, MIT) of a 2.5 million dollar Mellon Foundation grants to develop the teaching of global history in the academy. Vikram grew up in Chandigarh, India. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He loves poetry, and is a modern dance and theater enthusiast. Fashion and architecture, or Body-Architecture, is his newest passion, a transdisciplinary reimagining of the architecture of design thinking.
Special thanks to our 2017 Honor Awards Sponsors: