2016 Design Award WINNERS


Shinsegae International
Seoul, South Korea
Olson Kundig Architects
Seattle, Washington
Photographer: Kyungsub Shin Studio/Olson Kundig

Description:  In designing the fifteen-story headquarters for international luxury clothier Shinsegae International, the design team sought to create an iconic landmark in the heart of Gangnamgu, one of Seoul’s largest districts. The design concept for the new headquarters is derived from three themes: 1) fashion 2) experience and 3) the unexpected.
Jury Comments:  The steel frame really well done. Operable windows amazing. Ties well with the fashion aspect of the owners. Great rooftop garden for employees. A little jewel.



Swift Agency Headquarters
Portland, Oregon
Beebe Skidmore Architects
Photographer: Swift Agency

Description: The building is an adaptive re-use and seismic upgrade for a 160 person media agency with a goal to unify the exterior and interior architecture and create a strong common identity space.
Jury Comments: Great building reuse. Full of natural light. Appreciated the interior, the materiality of the wood beams. Beautiful staircase. Like a streetscape, with an alley cutting through, but still exclusive. A happy place to work. Great catalyst for other neighborhood improvements, helping to reenergize.


Washington Fruit + Produce Office Headquarters
Yakima, Washington
Graham Baba Architects
Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Kevin Scott

Description: Company leaders desired a new office/headquarters that would serve as a refuge from the industrial agribusiness landscape that surround them. They asked for warmer materials, little to no concrete, non-boxlike forms, protection from the freeway, and minimal visible equipment or devices. The approach for the new office was to create an inwardly focused oasis.
Jury comments: The building is light, from the structural beams to the daylight throughout. Nicely positioned in its environment. Great integration of the garden, making it a central theme. Looks like a great place to work.


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Anhalt Renovation + Addition
Seattle, Washington
 PUBLIC47 Architects
 Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Lara Swimmer Photography

Description: Converted from an apartment building to generic medical office space in the 1960’s, the historic 1930’s Anhalt building and site have been restored back to their original residential use. The new addition provides an additional 15 apartment units configured around a new courtyard positioned between the two structures.
Jury comments: Pretty smart project. It seems one story too tall, but still works as part of the historic integrity of the neighborhood. Great brickwork. Nice reinterpretation.

Merit Award

Little House
Seabeck, Washington
MW|Works Architects
Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Andrew Pogue Photography

Description: Nestled into a lush second growth forest on a north facing bluff, Little House overlooks Hood Canal in Washington. The new building repurposed an existing foundation, just over 20 ft. square. The simple form is abstracted against the forest – a stark exterior contrasting a warm bright interior.
Jury comments: Simple and beautiful. Met our expectation of a retreat. The layout is good, with a nice use of materials. Small, simple ideas that show restraint. Ingenious and well done. Impressive canopy.

Merit Award

Mercer Island Fire Station
Mercer Island, Washington
The Miller Hull Partnership 
Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Lara Swimmer Photography

Description: This project is an 8,000sf replacement for FS92 – originally built in 1962 as a small volunteer fire station. The fire station provides open and inviting views into the apparatus bay from the main pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfare, creating a more positive connection to the community.
Jury comments: We really liked the integration of the screen and wood, and how they slip together. Conscious of sustainable strategies. Signage nicely documented. With a modest budget, it was money well spent for the civic functionality. Handsome building.

 Merit Award

Newberg Residence
Newberg, Oregon
Cutler Anderson Architects
Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Bitterman Photography

Description: This single-family 1,440 square foot residence and 550 sf guest house was designed to broaden the owners’ already strong emotional connection to the living world. The design attempts to make the pond and residence a single entity in which the owners can enjoy and connect with the wild creatures that come to the water.
Jury comments: Classic NW style, set in a beautiful location. It’s lovely. Perfect for its site. A sweet little project.

Merit Award

Fire Station 76
Gresham, Oregon
Hennebery Eddy Architects
Portland, OR
Photographer credit: Josh Partee

Description: At the intersection of two rural roads, presiding over patterned fields and the Cascade Mountains, Fire Station 76 serves a rural community of family farms and nurseries. The simplicity of the local environment, scattered with quietly- formed agricultural buildings, textured with materials of practicality - primarily wood and metal - provided inspiration for the building concept.
Jury comments: We loved the diagram. The juxtaposition works. Nice light views. Very sophisticated. The designers took greater risks in solving the issues.


Citation Award


Renton Public Library
Renton, Washington
The Miller Hull Partnership
Seattle, WA
Photographer credit: Lara Swimmer Photography

Description: The original 1966 library structure was constructed to iconically straddle the Cedar River with views to the water, railway, and active salmon habitat. Its unique location was well loved by generations of community members and well worth preserving. Inspiration for the renovation came from revealing the true nature of the library as bridge with expansive views to the Cedar River below.
Jury comments: Restricted and limited in its scope.  Having to work within a tight restraint. Nicely done.

Citation Award

Laura’s Place
Portland, Oregon
Architecture Building Culture  
Portland, OR
Photographer credit: Joshua J. Elliott

Description: Laura’s Place is a supportive transitional housing facility for women who have graduated from an in-patient treatment. Laura’s Place offers mothers who have successfully completed their treatment programs a communal home where they can take their next step in the recovery process and translate new skills to everyday life.
Jury comments: Really wonderful way of using architecture as a civic driver. Well done.










Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, is the CEO of Richter Architects based in Corpus Christi, Texas. The firm is a recognized leader in the profession with award-winning designs. It was honored with the prestigious Architecture Firm Award from the Texas Society of Architects in 2011. Recent projects include the National Museum of the Pacific War, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Del Mar College Academic Complex, Manila American Cemetery Visitor Center in the Philippines, and GSA Design Excellence U.S. Land Ports of Entry in El Paso, Laredo, and Columbus, New Mexico.

Elizabeth was elected as the 2015 national president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She was the first Asian-American woman and the fourth woman to served as national president in the Institute's 158 year history. The AIA has over 87,000 members in the U.S. and abroad.

Elizabeth is an honorary member of the Japan Institute of Architects, the Korean Institute of Architects, and the Australian Institute of Architects. She is frequently invited to speak on leadership, design, and the future of the architectural profession, Most recently, she was invited to lecture at the Savannah College of Arts and Design and the 2016 US-Korean Conference of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association.

Peter Exley, FAIA, RIBA

Peter Exley FAIA, RIBA is an architect, designer and advocate for play, public space and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has mostly been there ever since, and founded Architecture Is Fun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Full Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago, winner of the Benjamin Moore HUE Award, was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago and currently serves on the national Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects.

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown note that the projects of Architecture Is Fun are “works of significance and relevance, joy and seriousness, range and depth”.

Donna Kacmar, FAIA

Donna Kacmar, FAIA, was educated at Texas A+M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1988 and a Master of Architecture in 1992. Donna is a National American Institute of Architects 2004 Young Architects Award recipient and was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Donna has served on the board of the Houston AIA, the Avenue CDC, the Rice Design Alliance, the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the Texas Society of Architects. Donna has taught at Rice University and Texas A&M University. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches architecture design studio and directs the Materials Research Collaborative (MRC). The MRC is engaged with research projects while providing instruction and education on sustainable building materials for new generations of architects and designers. She currently practices as Donna Kacmar, FAIA and with Natalye Appel + Associates Architects