Tom Kundig, Untitled


Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a collaborative design practice whose work includes cultural and museum projects, exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use design (including wineries and sports facilities), private and multi-family residential, hospitality projects, places of worship, interior design, product design and landscape design. With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, the firm and its staff of over 200 work with clients around the world. More information at

In this video, architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, shares some of the sources of inspiration that have informed and influenced his work, including industrial machinery and forms, his experience as a mountain climber and hot rod culture, as well as artists Harold Balasz and David Gulassa, gizmologist Phil Turner, professors Astra Zarina, Steven Holl and Omer Mithun, and many more.

Artwork Info
Date March 2021
Dimensions 37 seconds
Medium Video
Artist Info
Born Merced, California
Works Seattle, Washington

Reflecting on this Year

The heart of architecture is collaboration: our collective experiences, connections, passions, sensitivities, curiosities and influences shape every project. Architecture is an inherently collaborative industry. Every project is the result of contributions from a large and diverse group of people – spanning client, architect, contractor, engineers, specialty consultants, craftspeople, suppliers and more – each informed by their unique experiences, personal connections, sensitivities, agendas and threads of curiosity. Across the design industry, we recognize the importance of that close collaboration in our work and the challenge of maintaining it digitally – and we’re all looking forward to gathering together again.


Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, is an owner and principal of global design firm Olson Kundig. Kundig has received some of the world’s highest design honors, including a National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and election to the National Academy of Design as an Academician in Architecture. Known for his contextual approach to design, Kundig emphasizes the primacy of the site. His buildings are a direct response to place, often serving as a backdrop to the built, cultural, or natural landscapes that surround them. Tom’s current projects include homes across North America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand; adaptive reuse projects for a host of different functions; and hospitality projects in the United States, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and more.