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FutureShack | 2011

A Seattle Design Festival Partner event.

How can architecture help improve the quality of your city? Your neighborhood? Your home? How can you share your vision of living in the future? Part debate about how we want to live, part recognition of innovative architecture, FutureShack showcases creative responses to our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas.

Looking for the latest in residential design? Check out our FutureShack 2011 Gallery, featuring entries submitted by local architects and architecture firms from around the region. View the Gallery

what is FutureShack?

FutureShack is a dialogue between the public and design professionals focused on new ways to think about residential architecture in all its forms. It’s about how it works, not just how it looks. FutureShack showcases creative responses to the challenges posed by our changing lifestyles, across a wide range of building types, budgets, constraints and social agendas. Part debate about how we want to live, part recognition of innovative architecture, FutureShack is an evening of lively public discussion at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.

For Architects, it is an opportunity to showcase their solutions to evolving housing needs and urban livability. Projects submitted to FutureShack are evaluated by a panel of both designers and engaged members of the public. All participating projects will be showcased on AIA Seattle’s FutureShack website and selected projects are included in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine cover story (Sept 18, 2011) and presented at the live event on Sept. 20, 2011.

For the Public, it is a forum to discuss how architecture can help improve the quality of your city, your neighborhood, your home. How can you share your vision of living in the future? We want to know what you believe is succeeding and failing in residential design. Find FutureShack through Facebook and Survey Monkey and leave us your comments. Come get involved in an evening of public discussion at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Sept 20.

ask an architect: “Speed – Date – Design”

Sometimes it may feel like it takes a village to make a home project successful. How do you figure our how to make the most of my budget? What does "green design" really mean and can I even afford it? How do I to plan for my family's changing needs? What questions should I be asking? Speed – Date – Design brings architects and the public together, in seven minute increments, to go over tips and information addressing your tough design questions.

Daniel Friedman, FAIA
Daniel Friedman is dean of the College of Built Environments (formerly the College of Architecture and Urban Planning) and the University of Washington. Prior to joining CBE, he served as director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and before that as director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. Friedman lectures and writes widely on professional education, public architecture, and contemporary theory. He is a member of the boards of the Seattle Art Museum, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the American Architectural Foundation, and served as 2010-11 president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He earned advanced degrees in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his doctoral dissertation on the work of Louis I. Kahn. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2001.


Michael Fifield FAIA, AICP, University of Oregon
Michael Fifield, FAIA, AICP, is Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon where he co-directs the housing concentration, and teaches housing studios and courses including Housing Prototypes, Community Design, and Minimal Dwelling. He is also principal in the award-winning firm, Fifield Architecture + Urban Design, that specializes in residential and community design. His housing projects/writing have been published in Residential Architect, Fine Homebuilding, Progressive Architecture, and Newsweek, as well as in books such as Suburbia Re-examined, in-laws, outlaws, and granny flats, and New Top 100 Houses. Fifield, along with Mark Gillem, administrated the 2007 Portland Courtyard Housing Design Competition and has been on numerous design juries, including, as a GSA Peer, chair of the jury for the US Federal Courthouse in Eugene, won by Morphosis. Fifield was previously chair of the departments of architecture at the University of Oregon and Penn State University, as well as Director of the Joint Urban Design Program at Arizona State University.

Mary Johnston FAIA, Principal, Johnston Architects
Mary Johnston is a founding partner of Johnston Architects, where she provides design and planning services for new custom homes, multi-family and mixed use developments, and public projects. Mary’s work and the work of her firm has been recognized both locally and nationally. Johnston Architects has received a National AIA Honor Award and several local AIA Civic Design Awards and has been featured in publications such as Sunset Magazine, Pacific Magazine, and the New York Times. Mary is past chair of the Seattle Design Commission and has served on the Seattle Public Art Advisory Committee and The Central Waterfront Committee. She has chaired the Sunset Magazine Western Home Awards and has been a juror for the AIA Nebraska Honor Awards, AIA North Carolina Honor Awards, the AIA/Seattle Times Home of the Year Awards and was co-chair of the 2008 Seattle AIA Honor Awards. Mary was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2008.

Martin C. Pedersen, Executive Editor, Metropolis Martin C. Pedersen has served as executive editor of Metropolis magazine for 12 years. He has helped spearhead breakthrough coverage on the Seattle Public Library, the California Academy of Science, and the Bloomberg headquarters in New York, looking at these projects through a broad, multi-disciplinary lens. During his time with the magazine, Metropolis has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for Excellence, and named by the Chicago Tribune one of the top 50 magazines in the country. He writes extensively for the magazine and its website.
He is also the co-author of Robert Polidori's Metropolis.

Jason Twill, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Vulcan Inc.
Currently managing sustainability initiatives at Vulcan Inc., Jason has over a decade of experience in the areas of construction management, architecture, urban planning and real estate development. His work includes research and implementation of portfolio-wide resource conservation measures, creating investment strategies for alternative energy and water systems, and advocacy work for policies that support environmentally conscious design. Jason earned a masters degree in real estate finance and development from New York University and is a trained climate change communicator for both the city of Seattle and The Climate Project. Jason also currently serves on the boards of the International Living Future Institute and the Green Sports Alliance as well as the steering committee for the Climate, Buildings & Behavior Project at the Garrison Institute. Jason is the father of two boys and spends his spare time wandering the Cascade Mountains with his family.

future shack 2011 co-chairs

Mike Mora AIA, Principal, Heliotrope Architects
Jeffrey Bailey AIA, Senior Associate, NBBJ Architects

many thanks to our futureshack 2011 sponsors



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