2019 AIA Seattle Honor Awards

Last night, AIA Seattle hosted the 69th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. The event was moderated by Associate Prof. Elizabeth Golden.  Several UW Architecture alumni and faculty members, many of whom are active practitioners, were recognized for their outstanding work.

From 131 submittals, the jury chose 13 award winners from three categories – built, conceptual, and research & innovation. This was the second year of the Research & 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.

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 to 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.

Congratulations to all the awardees for this recognition of the design excellence represented in our program!