AIA Seattle Announces 2020 Fellows

The 2020 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated three AIA Seattle Members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to Members who have made significant national contributions to the profession.

Christopher Eseman headshot

Chris Eseman FAIA has transformed convention center design, creating iconic places that engage visitors in the urban landscape, enrich civic life, invigorate neighborhoods, and connect convention delegates with the community. Chris has led more than 50 convention center projects from programming and planning to design in the US and abroad. Chris is widely recognized for his expertise and is often asked to present at national and international conferences. His work has been widely covered by national, regional, and local media, and has received numerous local and national design awards. As the convention center practice leader at LMN for 28 years, he has mentored the firm’s next generation, successfully preparing his colleagues for leadership positions in the firm and the broader industry.

David Goldberg headshot

David Goldberg FAIA is President and Design Partner at the interdisciplinary design firm Mithun, with offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has been instrumental in helping grow Mithun’s mission-driven practice to national prominence, and has served in virtually all areas of firm leadership, with a keen focus on integrated design and the role of a designer as a collaborator, listener, and leader. Over the past two decades, Mithun has been recognized with six AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green projects, the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Firm award, and more than 200 national design awards spanning each of the firm’s disciplines. David’s projects include the IslandWood environmental education center on Bainbridge Island, Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus in Pittsburgh, and the Perot Family Offices in Dallas. David lectures nationally on integrated design and sustainability and has served in numerous volunteer leadership positions for notable conservation and education organizations including Woodland Park Zoo, IslandWood, and Earthshare of Washington. He is currently serving on the University of Washington Foundation Board, representing the College of Built Environments. David received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.

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Christopher Meek FAIA, IES is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington and Director of the Center for Integrated Design and the Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) at the University’s College of Built Environments. His research focuses on the integration of natural systems in building design to improve indoor environmental quality and building energy efficiency. Prof. Meek is nationally recognized in the area of daylighting, integrated lighting design, and building energy performance research. Over the past decade, Prof. Meek has consulted on over 20 million square feet of commercial and institutional buildings including working, learning, and healing environments including the net-zero energy Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA. His research has been funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Bullitt Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects. Prof. Meek teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses on building design and technology at the UW Department of Architecture. He is co-author of Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest and Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design.

The work of these Fellows demonstrates the power of architecture to address issues of sustainability with collaborative design, utilize natural systems in building design, and integrate convention center design with the community.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, there are approximately 3,000 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship.

The 2020 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles on May 15 and celebrated at the AIA Seattle President’s Dinner in early June.