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Jim Olson

Portrait of Dezeen Awards 2019 judge Jim Olson

Jim Olson is a founding partner, principal and owner of Seattle-based architecture practice Olson Kundig.

US architect Jim Olson founded Olson Kundig in 1966. With a career spanning six decades, Olson was recently involved in the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art project and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University.

Olson Kundig has recently renovated Seattle’s iconic Space Needle and unveiled a proposal for  The Bob Dylan Center, a museum in Oklahoma dedicated to the American singer, which is set to open in 2021. The practice aims to maintain a focus on the natural landscape in their residential projects, which include the Trout Lake Residence and Olson’s recent expansion of a forest cabin that he built as a teenager.

The architect’s renowned architecture portfolio has been the subject of four monographs, a travelling career retrospective and a solo exhibition. He became an honorary fellow of the AIA in 1990 and has consistently ranked within the top 100 architects and designers by Architectural Digest.

Olson now runs the architecture practice with partners Tom Kundig, Kirsten R Murray, Alan Maskin and Kevin M Kudo-King.



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