THE CULTURE OF CRAFT, COD Conference in Seattle – June, 2011

The Art Stable Building, (2010) Olson Kundig Architects Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Over the next few months we are going to run a series of blog posts that describe the ideas and projects we discovered at the recent COD Seattle Conference – entitled The Culture of Craft.

This conference was put together by Anne Schopf, FAIA ( 2012 Chair of the Committee of Design, and Design Partner at Mahlum, Seattle) and Susan Jones FAIA,  ( the Conference Chair, founder of Atelier Jones in Seattle and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington).

Anne and Susan were our incomparably cheerful tour guides, and provided insight to the distinct nature of Seattle Architecture.   Additional speakers at this conference included David Miller, FAIA, of The Miller Hull Partnership, who talked about how the craft of architecture has evolved in this region over the last 60 years.  We saw a film entitled ‘Modern Views: A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture’,  produced by Boaz Ashkenazy, Assoc. AIA, studio/216 that gave us a glimpse of the founding fathers, and mothers, of modern architecture in this region.

We met Jim Cutler, FAIA, Cutler Anderson Architects, at one of his favorite buildings and heard about how it was designed.  Richard Haag, FASLA, Richard Haag Associates, one the nation’s eminent landscape architects, talked about his experience designing the Bloedel Reserve.  Peter Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson,  gave a wonderful hour-long talk about craft and how the Pacific Northwest has influenced his work.  The conference ended with a thoughtful overview presented by Daniel S. Friedman, FAIA, Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington.

Our next post will give you an overview of the projects we visited and then, with the help of our colleagues who also visited Seattle, we will share our impressions of what we discovered.  You can also visit the COD website and download the Conference Guide, beautifully crafted by the Mahlum office.

Jim Childress, FAIA

The Bloedel Reserve Education Center (1992) Cutler Anderson Architects Photo: Art Grice

The Ballard Public Library, (2005) Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Suyama Peterson Deguchi Office gallery Photo: Suyama Space

Hilltop Community Residence Photo: Charles Anderson

The Bloedel Reserve Guest House and Stone Garden Photo: Richard Brown


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