BERNARD ZIMMERMAN LECTURE SERIES: Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig Architects
The 2018-19 Bernard Zimmerman Lecture Series concludes with Tom Kundig, owner and principal of Olson Kundig Architects. Kundig earned national attention in 1998 after completing Studio House, a residential-photographer's studio in Seattle. He is one of five co-owners of the Seattle-based full-service design firm, whose projects include residences, museums, hospitality structures, commercial design, higher education buidlings, interior and landscape design, and religious places of worship.
Kundig has been honored with the profession's highest design awards such as the 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design from Cooper-Hewitt; the 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and 11 National American Institute of Architect awards. He has been published more than 450 times in international publications as varied at the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, to anthologies dedicated to his most significant works -- among them the Princeton Architectural Press' all-time best-seller Tom Kundig: Houses.
Recognized for his signature style of taking an "elemental approach" to design that incorporates rugged materials in their raw and natural states, Kundig's projects encourage and inspire dwellers and visitors to interact with the natural and built environment. His design practice is an ongoing exploration of the elemental forces that drive architecture and art -- materials, texture and detail.
"If you start with the primacy of the site, everything else becomes a direct response to that particular place," Kundig said. "I think it is important not to compete with the landscape – built or natural – and to acknowledge the place of architecture within the larger context.”