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Associated with the firms network

Nelsen, Ibsen A., Architect; Olson / Sundberg, Architects; Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (OSKA)

Professional History


Project Architect, Ibsen A. Nelsen Architect, Seattle, WA.

Project Architect, Olson / Sundberg Architects, Seattle, WA, 10/1985-1994.

Partner, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen (OSKA), Architects, Seattle, WA, 1994-02/2009.

Principal, Scott Allen Architect, Seattle, WA, and Bainbridge Island, WA, 03/2009- . In 2022, Scott Allen Architects had a mailing address of 11574 Meadowmeer Circle NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Allen characterized his design process: "Scott’s approach balances rigorous process with strong design intuition. He begins by developing an understanding of his client’s design ideas, their specific needs and the unique qualities of the work’s location to establish a strong conceptual framework. The strength of these ‘bones’ allows the design to evolve naturally as the more detailed aspects of the project are developed. This collaborative process helps Scott create architecture that truly responds to all the factors that influence it – from the big idea to the subtlest nuance." (See Scott Allen, "About Scott Allen Architecture," accessed 01/25/2022.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter.

Allen discussed the design of the Tacoma Art Museum by the firm of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen at the conference, "The A02 Urban Adventure: Remaking a City," AIA Northwest & Pacific Regional Conference, hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 08/07/2002-08/11/2002. (See Daily Journal of, "Design Detailings: AIA Southwest conference Aug. 7-11," published 07/31/2002, accessed 09/20/2017.)

Professional Awards

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Citation Award, Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1990.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Project of the Month, Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1991.

Recipient, Masonry Institute of Washington, Honor Award, Washington State History Museum, 1997.

Recipient, Masonry Institute of Washington, Citation Award, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, 2001.

Recipient, AIA, Seattle Chapter, Merit Award, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, 2001

Recipient, Northwest Design Awards, Cliff Dwelling, Gig Harbor WA, 2006.

Recipient, Northwest Design Awards, Northwest Family Retreat, 2006.

Recipient, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles magazine, “Seattle 100: The people, places & things that define Seattle Design,” Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Seattle, WA, 2006

Recipient, Northern Pacific International Interior Design Awards, Shek-O Residence, Hong Kong, 2009.

Recipient, AIA National Firm Award, OSKA, 2009.



B.A. Environmental Design, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1978-1980.

M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1980-1982.



Scott Allen was born in Eastern WA State, and attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received his undergraduate education.

He moved to Philadelphia, PA, to earn a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Allen returned to practice in the Seattle area, where he has worked since the mid-1980s.

He resided on Bainbridge Island in 2022.

Allen lived in New York, NY, in the early 1980s, working on the renovation of townhouse.

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