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January 21, 2004

Design Detailings: 'Diversity by Design' seminar Thursday

The Association for Women in Architecture, MulvannyG2 Architecture and the AIA Diversity Roundtable continue their series of seminars with "Diversity by Design," 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Karen Braitmayer, a principal at Studio Pacifica; Janey Gregory, a senior designer at MulvannyG2; and Sharon Sutton, a professor with Center for Environment, Education and Design Studies at the University of Washington, will discuss diversity in architecture. The goal of the series is to discuss the advances women are making in architecture.

Cost is $25. The event will be held at MulvannyG2, 1100 112th Ave. N.E., Suite 500, Bellevue. For information, call (425) 463-2000, or RSVP at advance@mulvannyg2.com.

Military engineers host design awards Friday

The American Military Engineers will host the Design Excellence Awards 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave. Pat Cashman will be the master of ceremonies.

Cost is $65, and includes dinner. For information, call (206) 438-2307.

Olson, Kundig discuss architecture's role in art

Photo courtesy Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects designed the new Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery.

Seattle-based architects Jim Olson and Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects recently participated in Art Basel Conversations, a panel discussion in Miami Beach. The panel, titled "Art Loves Architecture -- Architecture for Art: Collecting, Conserving and Exhibiting," focused on the importance of the relationship between architecture and art.

The premise was architecture's role in the experience of art, whether it be in public or private exhibition spaces, or working directly with artists in the visualization and installation of their work.

Panelists focused on four topics: how to live, work and show in one space; the fact that art can no longer be limited to a private space; time-based art and temporary exhibitions; and branding through architecture. Panelists included Barbara Bloemink, curatorial director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; and Glenn Lowry, director of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen recently designed Seattle Art Museum's Rental/Sales Gallery, at 1220 Third Ave. The space was increased by 400 square feet to 2,600 square feet, and has 16-foot high ceilings. The current exhibit is "Pratt Fine Arts Center: 2-D Instructors Juried Exhibition," and includes painting, printmaking, drawing and other 2-D media. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Lecture tonight on Tacoma light rail art

"Art Along Tacoma Link Light Rail" will be the topic of a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

Sponsored by AIA Southwest Washington, the evening features award-winning artist Fernanda D'Agostino of Portland, and architect David Clinkston of Otak, Inc.

As lead artist for Tacoma Link, D'Agostino was responsible for determining where and what kind of art was appropriate; selecting and mentoring other artists; working with the community, designers, contractors; and creating artwork for the Theater District Station, Convention Center Station and Union Station.

Clinkston acted as project manager for all five stations, serving as client liaison for the architectural firms, consultants and artists. His role included coordinating the design elements of individual stations.

Following the lecture, participants will hop on board the Tacoma Link for a first-hand view of selected works. More information is available www.aiasww.org/docs/Events.asp, or (253) 627-4006.

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