2017 Honor Awards

Congratulations to this year's participants on submitting over 130 projects for the 2017 program. Check out all of the submissions in the Online Gallery and be sure to join us for the live awards event November 13.

The AIA Seattle Honor Awards are the ideal platform to recognize the diverse perspectives, scales, and typologies of architecture in our region. As Seattle is recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, design matters more now than ever before. Let’s celebrate your voice and your values by offering recognition for the inspirational, the intelligent and the evocative.

Join us for the 2017 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture!

November 13 at Benaroya Hall
5:30pm – Lobby and Bars Open
7pm – Program Begins

Group Discount: a 10% group rate discount is offered with purchase of 10 or more tickets. To purchase group rate tickets:

Call the Benaroya Ticket Office (206-215-4747) before end of day October 26 in order to have group tickets mailed directly to your firm/ office.

Purchase group tickets in person at the Benaroya Hall Ticket Office (3rd Ave & Union St) in advance of the event date. Group rate tickets are not available online.

Individual Tickets: visit Benaroya’s website or visit the ticket office in person.

Key Dates

September 18: Energy in Design Calculator Demonstration
September 20: Early Bird Submission Deadline (price increases 15% after 5pm PDT)
September 27: Final Submission Deadline, by 5pm
November 13: 2017 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture Live Event

Questions? Contact AIA Seattle Professional Programs Manager, Cassie Blair.

2017 Jury

Shirley Blumberg CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Recent projects include 20 Washington Road at Princeton, Fort York Public Library, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at UBC, the Global Centre for Pluralism for the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus, a winner of a Governor General’s Medal, an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a Royal Institute of British Architects International Award. Current projects include the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.

Robert Harris FAIA, LEED Fellow is a recognized leader in sustainable design, and has founded his career upon identifying and developing ways that the built environment can improve the lives of individuals and quality of our communities. As Lake|Flato’s Partner-in-Charge of Sustainability, Bob has played a critical role in positioning the firm as a leader in environmental design and stewardship . Under Bob’s leadership, Lake|Flato became early adopters of the 2030 Challenge and AIA 2030 Commitment. Bob’s deep appreciation and love for nature is mirrored through his active engagement to change the way we think about the environment and to raise community discourse about biophilia — the innate human craving to connect with nature. Bob champions Geographer Jay Appleton’s notion of prospect and refuge, which posits that humans are most comfortable when they can both see outside and feel protected. Bob’s work is driven by the conviction that sustainable design is not a feature or value-added element of architecture but instead serves as an important tool to transform both communities and individual lives; and a tool that should be universally available and accessible. With his willing openness to make changes in the established norms of design and construction — both within the profession and within the community, Bob’s portfolio serves as an exemplar of the powerful impact of universal sustainable design to enrich communities. Bob enjoys fishing and hiking in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.

J. Meejin Yoon AIA, FAAR (b. Seoul, Korea) is a Korean-American architect and designer. In 2014, Yoon was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yoon is a registered architect and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. Awarded the 2016 ACADIA Teaching Award, the 2013 Irwin Sizer award for Most Significant Improvement (and Innovation) to Education at MIT, the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, the Rome Prize in Design in 2005, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998, Yoon’s academic and professional work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. She is the co-author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009), and Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2008). Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University in 1997.


Dr. Vikramāditya “Vikram” Prakāsh is an architect, an architectural historian and theorist. He works on issues of modernism, postcoloniality, global history, urban theory, and fashion & architecture. His books include Chandigarh’s Le Corbusier: The Struggle for Modernity in Postcolonial India,  A Global History of Architecture (with Francis DK Ching & Mark Jarzombek), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (with Peter Scriver, co-eds), The Architecture of Shivdatt Sharma and Chandigarh: An Architectural GuideA Global History is widely used as a textbook and being translated into five languages. He is currently working on Deruralization: The Modernist City in the Age of Globalization(Routledge: 2017). Vikram has served as Assocaite Dean and Chair at the University of Washington. His administrative experience includes capital campaigning, strategic planning, institutional networking, and mentoring. His public service includes terms on the Boards of the Seattle Center and the Seattle AIA. Currently, he is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, and founding board member of GAHTC – the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. He is co-PI (with Mark M. Jarzombek, MIT) of a 2.5 million dollar Mellon Foundation grants to develop the teaching of global history in the academy. Vikram grew up in Chandigarh, India. He lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He loves poetry, and is a modern dance and theater enthusiast. Fashion and architecture, or Body-Architecture, is his newest passion, a transdisciplinary reimagining of the architecture of design thinking.

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