Thursday, April 19, 2018

The AIA Prairie Illinois Chapter and A. Richard Williams-Archon Prize Presents Keynote Speaker: 

Kevin Kudo-King
Olsen Kundig Architects
Seattle, WA 
Lecture Title: "Olson Kundig: Please Touch the Architecture" 
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 p.m. - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 

BIO: Kevin Kudo-King, who began his career and nineteen-year tenure at Olson Kundig as an intern architect, was named an associate in 2004, a principal in 2010 and an owner in 2015. He works across a broad range of project types including private residences, museums, resorts, and mixed-use and institutional design. His projects extend from the firm’s home base in Seattle to work across the nation and around the world—from India, Mexico and Taiwan to Costa Rica, Europe and Australia.

Kevin has played an integral role in the design, production and management of numerous residential projects, specializing in those for art collectors. In collaboration with fellow owners Tom Kundig and Kirsten R. Murray, Kevin led the design of the Tacoma Art Museum Haub Gallery Addition and, in collaboration with owner Jim Olson, played a significant role in the design of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center.

His award-winning projects include the House of Light in collaboration with Jim Olson, which was honored with a Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, and Art Stable in collaboration with Tom Kundig and Kirsten R. Murray, which received three National AIA Honor Awards. His work appears in publications worldwide including Architectural DigestInterior DesignArt + Auction and Town & Country.

Inspired to draw, design and build structures from a very young age, Kevin discovered architecture to be an ideal outlet for and means of combining these passions. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Arizona, Kevin joined Olson Kundig based on the firm's legacy of craft, contextual design responses to nature and the integration of architecture and art. "The firm directly engages builders and craftspeople in the creative process and they, in turn, engage us in the crafting of the architecture."

The firm focuses on collaboration as a key element of its creative process. "The opportunity to work closely with clients to create something unique to them and their site is one of the greatest joys an architect can experience. Whether it is a home, museum or hotel, you become a part of someone's dreams and aspirations, which I find personally rewarding."

To date, one of the highlights of his career was sitting next to artist James Turrell at sunrise in one of his sky spaces watching him manipulate the light in an installation that the firm integrated into one of founder Jim Olson's designs. “It embodied everything that has kept me excited about working at Olson Kundig. I was literally immersed in the artist’s creation as he manipulated the space around us using light. It was as if I was within the painting as the artist painted it."

In addition to design leadership on projects, Kevin oversees Olson Kundig’s marketing and business development initiatives and serves in a leadership role on the board of trustees of Artist Trust, an organization that supports artists in Washington State.