2022 Honor Awards

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The Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is AIA Seattle’s annual marquee program, drawing hundreds of attendees to a lecture-style event of unique rigor and breadth. This nationally-recognized program provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its achievements, both among practitioners and with the community at-large.

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Every year, jurors praise submissions that reveal the story behind the marketing images. What concepts and considerations drove the design? How did the design team creatively address the project parameters? Did the true design intent materialize in the project? What is the project’s benefit or impact? Ultimately, what makes this an award winning project? Submitters were encouraged to use the project narrative, captions, and inclusion of process work as opportunities to tell a design story.

In addition to the jury’s own criteria, the AIA Seattle community has identified four considerations for the submission review process: Inspiration, Problem-Solving, Environmental Sensitivity, Social Impact. The integration of the Common App into the submission process also raises awareness of the Framework for Design Excellence.

Initial Jury Deliberations will take place virtually this year before the jury joins us in Seattle November 5-7.

  • Starting October 6, each juror individually receives and reviews all projects submitted before group deliberations.
  • On Friday, October 14, the jury will meet online, agree on criteria, and together determine a shortlist of projects in consideration for award. From this shortlist, the jury will determine which BUILT projects they would like to visit in Seattle.
    • An Honor Awards Committee member will coordinate site visits leading up to jury arrival. Site Visit Contacts must be authorized to organize a hosted site visit on Sunday, November 6. SITE VISITS ARE ANONYMOUS. The project design team shall not be present.
  • On Sunday, November 6, following site visits, the jury will participate in final deliberations and select this year’s award recipients for all categories.
  • On Monday, November 7, the jury will discuss and present their official award selections on-stage at the Live Event at Town Hall Seattle.

Awards are the final determination of the jury.


Billie Faircloth FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | KieranTimberlake | Philadelphia, PA
Billie Faircloth guides firm-wide, project-based research to achieve ambitious outcomes for people and the environment while constructing award-winning, high performing buildings. As the firm’s Research Director, she oversees a transdisciplinary group of professionals who collaborate with architects to investigate opportunities for sustainability and innovation. In addition to working directly on architectural projects, Billie leads the development of a diverse portfolio of proactive, award-winning research with an emphasis on novel software and hardware applications for architects. These tools advance the practitioner’s understanding of the built environment, such as Tally®, a life cycle assessment app that calculates embodied carbon and other environmental impacts of building materials. Billie is presently a member of the AIA COTE Advisory Group. She is the 2017 recipient of Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture Innovator Award and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and the book Plastics Now: On Architecture’s Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material.
Ghazal Khezri | LOHA | Los Angeles, CA
Since joining LOHA in 2015, Ghazal has played a substantial role as a Director and project Lead for a number of projects, most notably 3434 Wesley, Esri Campus Center and Sandi Simon Center for Dance. Prior to joining LOHA, she worked on number of  international projects as a designer with award-winning architecture firms. Her contributions span a variety of project types including affordable housing and residential projects to museums, and educational. She sees architecture as a way to strengthen communities and give character to neighborhoods, as well as a vehicle for expressing an organization’s culture while establishing new cultures. Ghazal holds Architectural Design and Architectural Engineering bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and has served as a guest Juror at Angewandte, University of Innsbruck, Tehran University and University of Southern California. She is a licensed architect in California.
Kimberly Garza ASLA, PLA, LEED AP | Atlas Lab | Sacramento, CA
Kimberly Garza is Founder and Principal of ATLAS Lab Inc, a woman- and minority-owned, mission-driven landscape architecture, community development, and public art studio based in Sacramento, California. She is a landscape architect, artist, and educator with 15 years of experience working with private and public developments across the country. Her work has been internationally recognized, published, and exhibited, including juried selection for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, International Garden Festival in Quebec, Canada and winning proposal for the Sacramento Capitol Mall design competition. She was named 40 Under 40 Urban Innovator by NextCity.org. and 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Sacramento Business Journal. Kimberly frequently serves on national design and academic juries, and lectures on placemaking and socially conscious design. She holds degrees in landscape architecture from Harvard University and UC Berkeley.
Moderator: Ken Tadashi Oshima | University of Washington | Seattle, WA
Ken Tadashi Oshima is Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he teaches trans-national architectural history, theory and design. He has also been a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and UCLA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians for lifetime achievement and served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2016-18. Dr. Oshima’s publications include Kiyonori Kikutake: Between Land and SeaInternational Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku and Arata Isozaki. He curated “GLOBAL ENDS: towards the beginning” (Gallery MA, 2011), “SANAA: Beyond Borders”” (Henry Art Gallery 2007-8) and was a co-curator of “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” (Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2017). He was an editor and contributor to Architecture + Urbanism for more than ten years, co-authoring the two-volume special issue, Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000).


Initiated in 2018, the Young Voices Selection (YVS) program aims to elevate and engage the voices of young designers through direct participation and representation in AIA Seattle’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. Three young designers, nominated by firm leaders and selected by the Honor Awards Committee, will be given the opportunity to review, deliberate, and select ONE Built project submission. This chosen project, the “Young Voices Selection,” will be recognized at the live event in November and selected by this year’s Young Voices…

  • Alyssa Mitchell Assoc. AIA, NOMA | Weber Thompson 
  • Mariel Dougoud | Perkins&Will 
  • Nikki Sugihara Assoc. AIA | Wittman Estes 


Questions about Submitting? Contact AIA Seattle Programs Manger, Zoe Guckenheimer.

Questions about attending the Live Event? Contact AIA Seattle Programs Coordinator, Andrea Aguilera.

Sponsorship Questions? Contact AIA Seattle Executive Director, Melissa K. Neher.




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