• A rich monograph in both content and execution, celebrating the architectural achievements of one of North America’s great living architects.
• Showcases the complete range of Olson’s most recent projects, including houses, commercial buildings and exhibition and product designs, many of which are conceived as parts of a whole.
• Offers valuable insights into Olson’s major influences, with texts written specially by the architect and thematic inserts on art, nature, light, space and global architecture.
• Includes a wide selection of Olson’s original sketches and watercolour plans, as well as an illustrated chronology of all his works to date.
Over the course of a career spanning more than fifty years, Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig, has made his name designing a broad range of buildings that sensitively respond to their environment. Initially drawing from his close connection to the nature and culture of the Pacific Northwest, he has attracted an international reputation for designing houses for art collectors around the world. Considered together, his buildings reveal an exceptional interplay between art, light, nature, craft and architecture, which can be experienced in a range of projects that span the globe, from Mexico to South-East Asia.
This complete overview of many decades of carefully considered buildings begins with an extended essay by Aaron Betsky, who considers the intimate relationship between Olson’s natural surroundings and love of art and his design process over the course of his career. This is followed by a selection of twenty-eight of Olson’s recent projects, interspersed with private sketches and his reflections on architecture and the creative process. The final reference section includes an extensive illustrated chronology of the architect’s entire corpus.
Jim Olson is the founding partner of Olson Kundig and has received numerous honours for his work as an architect, from the Seattle AIA Medal of Honor to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. Since the 1990s, Olson Kundig has been continuously included in Architectural Digest’s AD100 list of the world’s top architects and designers.
Aaron Betsky is dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a former practitioner, critic, curator and museum director. He has been deeply engaged with the world of architecture for almost fifty years.