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Male, Switzerland/US, born 1954

Associated with the firms network

Olson / Sundberg, Architects; Olson Kundig Architects; Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (OSKA)

Professional History


Architect, Olson Sundberg, Seattle, WA, 1986-1996.

Partner, Olson Sundberg, Seattle, WA, 1996-2000.

Partner, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (OSKA), Seattle, WA, 2000-2008.

Partner, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA, 2009- .


Instructor, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, c. 2006.

Studio Critic, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA.

Studio Critic, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Studio Critic, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Studio Critic, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

By 2008, Kundig also had served as a studio critic in Japan.

Professional Activities

Kundig participated in panel discussion, "The New Wave of Structural Engineering in Architecture," at the New Henry Art Gallery, 10/14/2004, along with David Miller, FAIA, Jay Taylor, PE, and Edward Weinstein, FAIA; lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), 10/28/2005.

Professional Awards

The firm's web site also stated: "He [Kundig] has been published in over 250 publications worldwide. Cover stories have appeared in the New York Times Home Magazine, Italy's La Republica, CASA and Acciaio Arte Architettura, and Spain's Diseno Interior. His work has been featured in many books on architecture, including Dung Ngo's World House Now, Casamonti and Pavan's Cantine 1990-2005, Jean-Louis Cohen and Martin Moeller Jr.'s Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete, and the forthcoming edition of The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture." (See Olson Sundberg Kundig, "Tom Kundig," accessed 08/20/2008.)

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 2004, sponsored by Edward Weinstein, FAIA.

Kundig was voted one of eight "North American Emerging Architects," Architectural League of New York, New York, NY, 2004.

Recipient, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, c. 2005.

Finalist, Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt Design Award for Architecture, New York, NY, 2005, (along with Diller + Scofidio and Antoine Predock).

Named one of "21 Visionaries for the 21st Century" by the Seattle Times, Pacific Northwest Magazine.

Recipient, Academy Award in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, 2007.

Recipient, "National Design Award in Architecture Design," Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY, 2008;

By 2008, according to the Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen web site, "Kundig has been awarded a total of twenty-seven AIA awards, and over fifty awards total." (See Olson Sundberg Kundig, "Tom Kundig,"accessed 08/20/2008.) The following year, this was amended to read: "To date, Kundig has been awarded a total of thirty-three AIA awards, and over fifty awards total." (See Olson,"Tom Kundig," accessed 11/15/2010.)

The firm, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (OSKA), Architects, was given the AIA's prestigious National Architecture Firm Award in 2009.



B.Arts, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1977.

M.Arch., with Honors, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1981.



His father, Moritz (Morris) Kundig, was an architect.


He wed Heidi Gahler on 09/22/1984 in Spokane County, WA. They divorced on 02/29/1988 in King County, WA.

He married Jeanne L. Ahrendt on 08/18/1989 in King County, WA. In 2008, she worked as a real estate agent for Lake and Company Real Estate.

Biographical Notes

Member, Board of Directors, On the Boards, Seattle, WA, c. 2006.

Before his marriage, Kundig enjoyed mountain climbing.

PCAD id: 1623

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