Alan & Kirsten explore our relationship to architectural hardware.

Join us for a discussion about the firm’s experimental work space, called [storefront] Olson Kundig. We will meet in their latest installation called “Hardware Store”.

Here’s where it gets good… they are planning to experiment with an approach where people around the world can send in cell phone pix of architectural hardware. They plan to print all images and include them as part of the installation.

About the speaker

ALAN MASKIN Alan Maskin’s talent and passion for art and design drives his work at Olson Kundig Architects. His strong interest in the ways that architecture can be represented led him to develop and articulate a firm philosophy on visual information and the ways we convey architecture to clients, in design competitions and in publications. In addition to overseeing the visual representations of the firm’s portfolio, Maskin’s work at the firm includes the design of museums, exhibits, residences, and stage and set designs. Maskin joined Olson Kundig Architects in 1992, becoming an associate in 1995, and an owner in 2008. Alan was lead designer for the award-winning Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He has designed exhibits at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Syracuse University, University of Washington, and the Swedish Medical Center. Alan collaborated with Rick Sundberg on the award-winning Frye Art Museum renovation; working in partnership on the initial site and building concept, serving as co-project manager, developing the gallery designs and detailing, and leading the interior design. Maskin’s work has won many awards – he was named a 2006 Fellow of the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning in Italy – a research residency in the northern hilltown Civita di Bagnoregio. Noah’s Ark at the Skirball has received a Seattle AIA Merit Award, a TEA Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Creation of Compelling Places, and an Excellence in Exhibition award from the American Association of Museums. The Frye Art Museum has won two Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects (Northwest Region and Seattle) and an AIA Sustainability Award (Portland Chapter). His project work has been published in a variety of magazines and media including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Met Home, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News and Voice of America. Maskin and principal Kirsten Murray were instrumental in creating Olson Kundig Architects’ intern program, expanding it to a pool of international students and adding a speaker series and presentations. In fall 2006 Maskin served as a design critic in the Department of Architecture at Syracuse University. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo.

KIRSTEN MURRAY Kirsten R. Murray’s passion for Seattle’s urban fabric manifests itself in a wide range of projects for Olson Kundig Architects. Murray joined the firm in 1989, and became an owner in 2008. She is a generalist architect with particular interest and experience in community, arts, workplace and residential projects. She is currently working on several urban infill projects in Seattle, including Art Stable, the 1900 First Avenue Hotel and Apartments and the Casey Family Programs Headquarters. Like her frequent collaborator Tom Kundig, Murray is deeply engaged with issues of context – how a building relates and responds to its surroundings. Her projects emerge from the design aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest, in which the built and natural have a strong dialogue, and where the sense of craft and materiality is evident in the architecture. Murray brings this sense to many of the firm’s urban projects, exploring how environmental factors can interact with concepts of urban design to create flexible environments that promote healthy living and community. Murray’s project work has been published in a variety of magazines and books including the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architectural Record, and Architecture. Projects she has led have received awards from the American Institute of Architects, including Tye River Cabin and Outpost, both of which have won awards from the national AIA. Projects for which she served as project architect are included in the monograph, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects: Architecture, Art and Craft (The Monacelli Press, 2003) and The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge (Collins, 2008), and Archinature (Beta Plus, 2010). Murray was instrumental in creating Olson Kundig Architects’ widely-recognized international intern program. She speaks about issues of design and professional practice at Universities and professional conferences around the country, and regularly serves on AIA design juries. Murray has served as a visiting lecturer and design critic at the University of Washington, Montana State University, Tulane and Syracuse University. She has a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

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