Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen is one of my favourite architecture firms. So of course I am delighted that OSKA partner, Tom Kundig has won the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award 2008 in the architecture category. Bravo, Tom. His work and that of his partners and associates in this Seattle-based firm has been applauded by Seattleites for decades. Now the wide world is discovering OSKA. And Tom even got to visit the Whitehouse recently in connection with the award.
Inside story: I once worked as an intern for Olson/Walker. (That was the old OSKA. Call it OSKA v.1.0.) Their office was in the historic Pike Place Market building, and they had a life-size fibreglass horse in the reception area. I was deeply inspired by the place, the energy, the people, the workstyle, and their work. OSKA is a trove of talent. I wonder if the horse is still with them?