Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates the region’s achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge®. For over a decade, WMIG? has educated and inspired the larger design community with creative solutions for sustainability.
Jurors from the 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Awards will be interviewing the shortlisted project teams from around the region live at Seattle City Hall April 18 starting at 9am with the winners being announced that evening. For those interested in sustainable design, green buildings, and energy-efficiency, this is an opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes what goes into designing the kinds of buildings that will help us reach carbon neutrality by 2030. For more information, please visit here.
Designers in the Northwest and Pacific Region create some of the world’s most sustainable buildings. What Makes it GREEN? (WMIG?) celebrates your achievements and the interdisciplinary teamwork required to meet the 2030 Challenge. Through live interviews with shortlisted project teams on April 18, WMIG? will educate and inspire the larger design community with creative solutions for sustainability.
The submittal process is planned as a companion to AIA National COTE’s Top Ten Green Projects Awards so you can leverage one submittal for both programs to simultaneously showcase your expertise regionally and nationally. The registration deadline is February 27th and submissions are due no later than March 7th. To register and for more information, visit here.
The upcoming Tour of Architects in the Puget Sound region of Washington State sponsored by AIA Seattle will take place from March 17-25. Four separate tours will take place over the two weekends, with architects on site to meet with tour guests in addition to conducting tours. The projects featured on the tour are primarily residential, encompassing a wide variety of styles ranging from modern, universally design urban lofts, to remodeled min-century ramblers. Some of the other typologies featured include a memorial project dedicated to the memory of Japanese Americans interned during WWII, an equestrian facility and an award winning Fire Station.
The tickets are priced at $20 per tour, $35 for a weekend pass, and $50 for both weekends.Visit the official site for more information here. See more photos of some of the featured projects after the break.
AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, with partners BetterBricks, the City of Seattle, and Architecture 2030 present AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy Future at Seattle City Hall.
The AIA+2030 Professional Series, which starts on January 27th and ends with the last session on October 12th, helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten four-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. All who are interested must register by January 18th. For more information, visit here.
The AIA Seattle chapter recognized nineteen projects for design excellence from across the state of Washington. An extensive collection of 140 submittals were reviewed, resulting in the selection of ten institutional, seven residential, and two commercial projects. The general theme showed an integration of sustainability into architectural work, stating that the “old discussion of green design in opposition to good design argument is history.”
Nancy Levinson, Editor of Places/Design Observer, moderated the packed event at Benaroya Hall. The competition was juried by Marlon Blackwell FAIA (University of Arkansas), Martin Felsen AIA (Chicago) and Jennifer Yoos (Minneapolis). Co-Chairs were Wendy Pautz AIA of LMN Architects and Guy Michaelsen ASLA of the Berger Partnership.
Continue reading for the complete list of the 2011 winners.
Perspective provides us the vision to see our work and how we shape our surroundings with increasing clarity as we aspire to evolve and seek ever better answers to the challenges of our world. Our perspective begins with the most personal of the individual, to ever expanding rings of reference and community. This year’s 2011 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture recognizes the transformative potential of vision in shaping our work and our communities.
We invite the design community to engage in the conversation of the Awards and submit your perspective whether realized, latent, or an idea in the pursuit of design excellence. This year’s esteemed jury and moderator will share their perspective in an engaging evening of dialogue at Benaroya Hall.
The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its integration of craft into all things built: from the finest home to the fuselage of the Dreamliner. How does this resource influence our design process? Is our romance with craft constraining our approach to design, or is it a unique platform for innovation that will help us respond to new demands on the built environment? How can we position our command of craft to transform the design and building process? Can we drive design expertise more deeply into the process of making buildings?
Join a day of lively dialog with architects, economists, fabricators, business innovators, technology leaders and more as we explore the role of craft in 21st century architecture. Through panel discussions, a “town hall” discussion, and a curated idea slam asking “what is craft,” this one-day event will consider: Localtecture, Digital Production, High Performance Craft, and Craft and the Economy.
FutureShack is a dialogue between the public and design professionals focused on new ways to think about residential architecture in all its forms. It’s about how it works, not just how it looks. FutureShack showcases creative responses to the challenges posed by our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas.
Showcase your solutions to evolving housing needs and urban livability. Submitted projects are evaluated by a panel of both designers and engaged members of the public. All projects will be showcased on AIA Seattle’s FutureShack website and selected projects are included in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine cover story and at the live event on Sept. 20, 2011.
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This residence is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia. The site includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure. For over a thousand years this site was a summer camp location for the Lummi Indians, and due to its archeological significance, no footing excavation could take place on the site. Further, its location in a federally designated flood plain required that the structure be raised off the ground several feet. The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view.
Heliotrope Architects received a Merit Award – 2009 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture for their design of North Beach. Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of this project.
Located in Orcas Island, Washington, Suncrest Residence sits among trees, rocks, ponds, and bald eagle nests. Heliotrope Architects designed this new residence to minimize site disturbance and blend in with its existing environment. The result is an award winning residence (Merit Award 2010 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture). More photographs and drawings following the break.
Architects: Heliotrope Architects
Location: Orcas Island, Washington, USA
Structural: Swenson Say Faget
General Contractor: Ravenhill
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Sean Airhart and Benjamin Benschnieder
The design goal of Graham Baba Architects of Building 115 was to acknowledge the unique site requirements, provide a unique solution to housing in an urban core, and to have a close collaboration with the client, contractor, and architect. The resulting mixed-use building includes 1 retail space, 2 commercial offices, and 1 residential unit. Building 115 recently received a 2010 AIA Seattle Honor Commendation Award.
Follow the break for drawings and photographs of this project.
Architects: Graham Baba Architects
Location: Fremont, Seattle, Washington, USA
General Contractor: D. Boone Construction
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Fagét
Surveyor: Geo Dimensions
Geotechnical Engineer: Associated Earth Sciences
Channel Glass Manufacturer: TGP Pilkington Profilit
Project Area: 2,640 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Matisse and Graham Baba Architects
The Kolstrand Building is an adaptive reuse of a 1910 marine supply building in the industrial neighborhood of Ballard. The upgraded building stretches the urban core south with a mix of new services: offices, retail and restaurant space. (1 retail/cafe, 3 restaurants, 4 commercial offices, and 1 wine storage) The goal of adaptive reuse of the historically significant building is to preserve a vernacular that is quickly disappearing in Ballard.
The Kolstrand Building designed by Graham Baba Architects received a 2010 AIA Seattle Design Award for Washington Architecture – Commendation. Follow the break for drawings and photographs of this mixed use building.
Architects: Graham Baba Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
General Contractor: CDB General Contractors LLC
structural engineer: Swenson Say Fagét
Civil Engineer: Saez Consulting Engineers
Energy Consultant: Ecotope Inc
Geotechnical Engineers: Pan Geo Inc
Mechanical Contractor: Emerald Aire
Structural Steel Fabricator: Lincoln Industrial
Developer: 4743 Ballard Avenue LLC
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 17,790 sqf
The seven-story, five unit adaptive live-work space is designed for residents who want to both live and work in the city. Art Stable, is situated on a plot of land previously housing horse stables. A recipient of the 2010 AIA Seattle Citation Honor Award, the urban infill project features large art doors, manually operable by a custom-designed hand wheel and hinge. The 80′-5″ hinge terminates at a rotating davit crane on top of the building.
A collaboration between architect, client, engineer, builder, and fabricator resulted in a hinge mechanism that opens 8 foot tall by 12 foot long steel clad doors on all seven levels. The vertically stacked art doors face the alley side of the building and provide a great ease in moving large materials and/or art pieces into and out of each unit.
Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington
Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray, AIA
Project Manager: Kudo-King, AIA LEED AP (Construction Documents and CCA) and Jim Friesz, AIA LEED AP (Schematic Design through Design Development)
Project Architect: Jeff Ocampo, LEED AP
Project Team: Sky Lanigan, LEED AP, Wing-Yee Leung, LEED AP, Ming Yuan
Graphics: Kevin Scott
Project Area: 25,556 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Point32, Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects
The 60th AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture were moderated by Nathaniel Kahn, director of My Architect, and juried by Jim Jennings AIA (San Francisco), Sheila O’Donnell Hon. FAIA (Dublin), and Gilles Saucler FRAIC (Montreal).
The historic Moore Theatre played host to the event which focused on four words to define this year’s submittal categories: visionary, measurable, econimical and tectonic. There were over 170 submissions and 13 awarded projects.
Follow the break for a complete list of this years winners.
FutureShack is a new way to think about residential architecture. It’s about how it works, not just how it looks. FutureShack creates a platform for dialogue between the public and design professionals. How can architecture help improve the quality of your city? Your neighborhood? Your home? How can you share your vision of living in the future?
It showcases creative responses to our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas. Part debate about how we want to live, part recognition of innovative architecture, FutureShack is judged by a panel of both designers and engaged members of the public. FutureShack is a partnership with the Seattle Times, which will publish selected projects in Pacific Northwest Magazine. An evening of public discussion of the projects will be held at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
What does ‘neighborhood character’ mean to you? Why is it important and what is the role of architecture? Join AIA Seattle as our own local characters Steve Scher of KUOW’s “Weekday”, author Knute Berger, activist Kent Kammerer, and real estate maven Bob Melvey debate and discuss specific projects shaping the future of residential architecture in our region.
A new residential architecture program for our times, FUTURE SHACK celebrates progressive solutions for urban living across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints, and social agendas. Architects from around the region have submitted projects to the program which will be selected separately by two juries-one comprised of outspoken members of the public and another comprised of design professionals.
In this era of change, how do architects remain inventive, agile and break boundaries? Submit your project to the 2009 AIA Seattle Honor Awards. Jurors include: Nigel Dancey, RIBA Foster + Partners, London, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Rios Clementi Hale, Los Angeles, and Teddy Cruz, eStudio Cruz, San Diego.
All entries are available online prior to the awards presentation. Awarded projects will be featured in an upcoming feature in Forum, AIA Seattle’s quarterly magazine. For more information, visit the official website.