Commendation from Seattle AIA, 1996

“A distinguished jury has selected ten recent projects by Washington architects for design excellence, announced at the AIA Seattle 1996 Awards for Washington Architecture presentation on October 28 at Meany Theater on the University of Washington Campus.

Jerry Finrow, Dean of the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning, moderated the 45th annual AIA Seattle Honor Awards program.

The jury included Peter Davey, Senior Editor of the London-based Architectural Review; James Stewart Polshek FAIA, of Polshek and Partners, New York; Billie Tsien and Tod Williams FAIA of the design firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien, New York.

They reviewed nearly 100 entries of completed work by Washington architects and designers, located nearby and around the world, and visited projects throughout the Puget Sound area.

This year’s AIA Seattle jury members declined to name Honor Awards among the 10 built projects they recognized for excellence, choosing instead to distribute awards within two lesser categories.

In addition to the award winners shown here and on the following pages, they selected four Conceptual entries to discuss for their representation of ideas in architecture: “Object of Thought,” by WPa, “Kansai National Science Library,” by Anderson Anderson Architecture, “Point Roberts Border Station,” by The Miller/Hull Partnership, and ” Home House,” by Olson Sundberg Architects, Inc.”

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JURY COMMENTS on Nelson LC: “An elegant shed, marrying industrial use with a vernacular building type. Very clear, with a powerful simplicity.”

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