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AIA Northwest Washington 2021 Design Awards Live Event

AIA Northwest Washington 2021 Design Awards

The 2021 AIA Northwest Washington Design Awards celebrate the best architectural designs available from the AIA members in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties. These projects represent the finest standards in sustainability, innovation, inclusion, building performance, and overall integration with client and surrounding community.

We invite you to join us for the live virtual event!

Date: October 7
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: LIVE Virtual Event
Cost: Free

Call for Submissions opens: August 2, 2021
Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to September 9, 2021 at 5pm PDT

Find out more here.

Click here to view the full event program.

This live, virtual program will be presented with full closed captioning. Indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted about specific accommodations to fully participate in this program, including ASL interpretation. Contact Section Program Manager, Karen Bacon, with any questions or concerns.

The awards presentation will follow the keynote speaker presentation by Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA, distinguished professor at Parsons School of Design, author of When Ivory Towers Were Black, and Whitney M. Young Jr. Award winner.

The Architecture of a World House: Creating a Just and Inclusive Commons

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In spring 2020, as Covid-19 was making apparent America’s racially-based economic inequalities, I called upon architects to help communities create what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned as “the architectural pattern of [a] world large house.”  In this keynote, I share the five principles that low-income youth of color used to create such an architecture in the commons of their disinvested neighborhoods, including struggle (embracing difference and its conflicts), inclusivity (approaching problems through “eight different eyes”), engagement (of the whole person), introspection (being present with grief and healing), and stability (sustaining the future).  I propose that, with these principles, architects can help communities thwart the inequalities that are creating a commons of disenfranchisement, exclusion, and impoverishment of the human spirit.

Join us for this timely and essential conversation about equity in design!

Meet the Jury

Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA | Parsons School of Design

Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA is distinguished visiting professor at Parsons School of Design and has also served on the faculties of Columbia University, Pratt Institute, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.  The twelfth African American woman in the United States to be licensed to practice architecture, the first to be promoted to full professor of architecture, and the second to be elected a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, Dr. Sutton’s scholarship explores America’s continuing struggle for racial justice.  Her book, When Ivory Towers Were Black, describes the nation’s boldest recruitment of minority architecture and planning students during the Civil Rights Movement.  An upcoming book, A Pedagogy of Hope, shows how low-income, youth of color can change a racist, consumerist society by transforming their surroundings.  Dr. Sutton is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and served as president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.  She received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects, the Medal of Honor from both the New York and Seattle chapters of that organization, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Rik Allen | Artist

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Rik’s earliest and formative glass studio experiences and education came as a studio assistant in Providence, working with a number of wonderful artists, Daniel Clayman, James Watkins, and Michael Scheiner. He earned a BA in Anthropology from Franklin Pierce University. In 1994, Rik relocated to Washington where he joined the William Morris team at the Pilchuck Glass School for thirteen years.

Rik has had numerous solo exhibitions of his sculptures throughout the country, including the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, the Museum of Northwest Art, and Traver Gallery, Blue Rain Gallery, Schantz Gallery, and Duncan McClellan Gallery. His sculptures have been acquired for a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Imagine Museum and Toyama Institute of Glass, Blue Origin, Boeing, Amazon and SpaceX. In 2018 Rik was awarded the “Grand Artist of the future” Award by the Imagine Museum. Rik and his wife, Shelley Muzylowski, work from their beautiful rural home and studio in Skagit County Washington.

Tiffani Candler | Lydig Construction

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Tiffani Candler is a Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager for the Western Region at Lydig Construction. She is a local advocate for Construction Worker Mental Health and increasing Diversity in the Construction Industry. She has managed Safety Programs for projects spanning from multi-story high rises to schools, universities, and Port of Seattle and Sound Transit projects. Currently, she is Managing a department with 10 projects spanning from Tukwila to Bellingham.

Tiffani holds a BS degree in Safety and Health Management from Central Washington University. She enjoys spending time traveling, camping, and exploring with her wife and three dogs in the Pacific Northwest.



Questions about Submitting? Contact AIA Northwest Washington Coordinator, Karen Bacon.

Questions about attending the event? Contact AIA Seattle Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker.

Sponsorship Questions? Contact AIA Northwest Washington Steering Committee chair, Dave Christensen.



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October 7, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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