Tom Kundig

Dezeen Awards 2022 Judge Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig is the owner and design principal of Seattle-based architecture studio Olson Kundig.

Kundig has received design honours, including a National Design Award in architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, an Academy Award in architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an election to the National Academy as an Academician in architecture.

He has also been awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honour, as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington. 

Known for his contextual approach to design, Kundig emphasises the primacy of the site. His buildings are a direct response to place, often serving as a backdrop to the built, cultural or natural landscapes that surround them. 

His current projects include homes across North America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand; adaptive reuse projects for a host of different functions; and hospitality projects in the United States, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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