AIA Seattle hosted the 69th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. The distinguished jury included Bryan C. Lee Jr., New Orleans; Lisa Matthiessen FAIA, Santa Monica; and Jonathan Tate, New Orleans. The event was moderated by Elizabeth Golden, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Washington. Co-Chairs for the 2019 AIA Seattle Honor Awards were Susan McNabb AIA of The Miller Hull Partnership and Kevin Snook AIA of ZGF Architects.
From 131 submittals, the jury chose 13 award winners from three categories – built, conceptual, and research and innovation. This was the second year of the research and innovation category, recognizing strides in research and innovation coming out of our region, elevating our communities’ awareness of advancement in architectural practice. This was the fourth year of the Energy in Design Award to commend projects that have made quantifiably significant strides in energy reduction while also maintaining the highest qualitative design caliber.
In addition to the awards, it was the second year of the Young Voices Selection (YVS), a program with the aim to engage and elevate the voices of young designers through direct participation and representation in AIA Seattle’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. The three YVS panelists were Sarah Burk Assoc. AIA, JW Architects; Kyle Francis Assoc. AIA, Neiman Taber Architects; and Will Crothers AIA, Integrus Architecture.
Across the spectrum of project types, the jury acknowledged the strong design culture represented in our region, and applauded projects that went further than just beautiful design and thoughtful conceptual understanding, thinking about larger themes of justice, equity, density, and how buildings perform. The jury thought a lot about the social and environmental impact, context and influence of these projects in making their selections, and celebrated projects that dealt with larger social issues beyond the building’s scope.
“We are celebrating what we want to see more of. Continue your willingness to take risks answering the problems we face and contribute with our work and skills for future generations” said juror, Lisa Matthiessen FAIA.
Visit the Online Gallery to learn more about the projects, as well as project team and collaborator information.