2021 AIA Seattle Honor Awards

On Monday, November 8, AIA Seattle hosted the 71st annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design.  The Honor Awards is a nationally recognized program that provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its achievements, both among practitioners and with the community-at-large.

As in previous years, the UW Department of Architecture community was widely recognized, with multiple awards going to our faculty, alumni, PAC members and their firms. We are proud of the strong connection our program maintains with Seattle’s thriving professional community and our robust, active Professionals Advisory Council that supports our students and faculty in profound ways. 

Sixteen award winners were selected by the jury from 103 submittals.  Included among the awardees were Associate Professors and architects Elizabeth Golden and Rick Mohler.  They received an Honorable Mention for the Seattle Street Sink program, a community-based network of handwashing stations designed in response to the lack of public hygiene infrastructure.  

Other notable recipients with close ties to UW include:

  • The Miller Hull Partnership, who received an Award of Honor for Loom House, as well as an Award of Merit for the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, right here on the UW campus
  • LMN Architects, who received an Award of Honor for their work on the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal
  • Rob Hutchison of RHA, who received an Award of Merit for the Rain Harvest Home
  • Olson Kundig, who received an Award of Merit for ANOHA—The Jewish Museum Berlin 
  • Susan Jones of atelierjones, who received an Honorable Mention for Constitution SHED

Congratulations to all who were recognized for their stellar design work in our region!

Visit the Online Gallery to learn more about the projects, as well as project team and collaborator information. Missed the live show? You can catch the replay here.

Celebrating the Husky 100

Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. The Husky 100 actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future. Through their passion, leadership, and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience.

In honor of their many contributions to the University of Washington, each member of the Husky 100 is eligible to receive exciting benefits, and to participate in a range of activities and opportunities offered by the UW’s on- and off-campus partners.

The students from the College of Built Environments represent a range of disciplines and causes: Lan T Nguyen and Reese O’Craven.

Lan Nguyen, PhD student of Urban Design and Planning and Husky 100 2021 recipient

“Xin chào! In my research and practice, I center the knowledge, culture, and lived experiences of BIPOC, immigrant, and refugees in risk communication, disaster preparedness, public health, and community resilience. As a community development scholar-activist, I work in and with communities to advance social and spatial equity and justice. As an educator, I support students in the classroom and careers. My UW experience allowed me to apply knowledge to practice for social change.” – Lan Nguyen





Reese O’Craven, CEP student and Husky 100 2021 recipient

“We live in a world that is beautiful and diverse, yet deeply unequal and unsustainable. My work and academics focus on the intersection of human connection and sustainability: I intend to devote my career to moving the needle towards a future where wealth is more evenly distributed, communities are designed to be resilient and connected, environmental stewardship and sustainability are valued, and overall wellbeing and happiness are greater.” -Reese O’Craven



Congratulations to all the students selected for this year’s Husky 100 award! To learn more about their experiences, please visit the Husky 100 page.

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Exploring Artistically Significant Landscapes

Fall in the Quad, University of Washington Seattle campus, October 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner
Fall in the Quad, University of Washington Seattle campus, October 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Thaisa Way has been appointed chair of the Dumbarton Oaks Fellows in Garden and Landscape Studies. Way, who has been a Senior Fellow with Dumbarton Oaks since 2011 will serve a one year term.As one of six Senior Fellows, the group serves as advisors to the Director of Dumbarton Oaks in relation to the Garden and Landscape Studies Program.

As chair, Way will play a guiding role in the fellowship selection process and work with Senior Fellows to foster and nurture scholarship in urban landscape histories. “We provide opportunities for scholars to come and fully immerse themselves in their studies, in one of the world’s best landscape libraries and rare books collections,” Way said.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is a research institute in Washington D.C. overseen by the Trustees of Harvard University. The Garden and Landscape Studies program was established in 1972 to support advanced scholarship in garden history and landscape architecture. Dumbarton Oaks is one of the few institutions in the world with a program devoted to garden and landscape studies that is targeted at both humanities scholars and landscape practitioners. The program encompasses the analysis of culturally and artistically significant landscapes from around the world, spanning from ancient times to present day.

In her role as a Senior Fellow, Thaisa Way will curate a collegium on histories of drawing in landscape architecture, focused on urban landscapes in fall 2017. Previously, Dr. Way was the lead for the spring 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Symposium “River Cities: Historical and Contemporary.”

Along with Thaisa Way, Dumbarton Oaks Senior Fellows include: John Beardsley, Dumbarton Oaks; Sonja Dümpelmann, Harvard University; Georges Farhat, University of Toronto; Kathryn Gleason, Cornell University; Gert Gröning, Universität der Künste Berlin; Ron Henderson, Illinois Institute of Technology.

For more information contact Allie Rock in the College of Built Environments Advancement Office at: rocka2@uw.edu or Thaisa Way at: tway@uw.edu