More than 130 submissions were entered into this year’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, a celebration of excellence in design hosted by The American Institute of Architects’ Seattle chapter. Judges Bryan C. Lee Jr., Lisa Matthiessen, and Jonathan Tate selected thirteen winners from the bunch across three categories:built, conceptual, and research and innovation.
Winning projects exhibited an overall appreciation of the region’s design culture as well as an inclination to go beyond simply presenting “beautiful design,” opting to explore themes of justice, equity, density, and building performance.
“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,” Matthiessen said in a press release.
Returning for a second year was the Young Voices Selection (YVS) program, which seeks to engage and elevate young designers’ voices through participation and representation in the awards. The panelists—including Sarah Burk of JW Architects, Kyle Francis of Neiman Taber Architects, and Will Crothers of Integrus Architecture—selected the ARTS at King Street Station by Schacht Aslani Architects and Olson Kundig as the YVS winner.
Read on for a selection of the 2019 winning projects. To view all 2019 submissions, visit AIA Seattle’s online gallery.
AWARD OF HONOR
Big Mouth House
Best Practice Architecture & Hybrid Architecture
National Nordic Museum
ENERGY IN DESIGN AWARD
Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School
AWARD OF MERIT
Discovery High School
Seattle Resource Hub
Sundberg Kennedy Ly Au Young Architects (Conceptual)
KOArchitecture & Ed Sozhino
University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
Perkins + Will