AIA Seattle recently held a post-op of this year’s honor awards. A panel of winners and AIA Seattle organizers discussed what the awards mean to the architectural community vs. what they mean to everybody else, and how that has changed over the years. A constant, said many participants, is controversy.
But what about the criticisms of Seattle architectural ethics made by the judges?
Do Seattle designers create homes of great beauty but balk at projects of civic significance? Are they “exquisite grammarians” who don’t take a position, as judge and Seattle native Joshua Prince-Ramus said at the awards ceremony in November?
Does it take an out-of-town jury to see the truth, or were they missing the big picture?