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The Department of Architecture at the University of Washington celebrates significant contributions made by alumni of the program at a biannual awards event. Selected alumni are recognized by two distinct categories of achievement.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors an alumna or alumnus whose career achievements in the profession of architecture and the broader community have made a significant contribution to the built environment of the Puget Sound region and beyond. The recipients of this award are individuals who have had a distinguished career as evidenced in the excellence of their built work, the significance of their impact on the community, and the generosity of their commitment to the education of architects.

The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award recognizes the accomplishments of an alumna or alumnus of the UW Department of Architecture within ten years of their graduation. The recipients of this award show great promise for expanding the impact of the profession of architecture through creative forms of practice and civic engagement.


The ceremony on Saturday, April 6 2019 highlighted accomplishments of five awardees. This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Tom Kundig, Owner and Design Principal of Olson Kundig in Seattle; and George Suyama, Principal of Suyama Peterson Deguchi in Seattle. This year’s recipients of the GOLD Award are Jess Blanch  of Capitol Hill Housing in Seattle; Jake LaBarre  of the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle; and André Taybron of the Kipara Group in Alexandria, Virginia. While the presentations were all quite moving, those of our GOLD awardees were particularly inspiring as they demonstrate the considerable promise of our recent graduates.

Click here to see more of the 2019 Alumni Awards event.