Award Recognitions in Seattle
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, is an activist architecture educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the architecture profession and in the populations it serves. She calls upon architects to undertake design approaches to improving living conditions in low-income communities of color which, she argues, will attract more ethnic minorities into the field. Dr. Sutton has been a professional musician, fine artist, and practicing architect, and is now professor of architecture and urban design, adjunct professor of social work, and director of the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies at the University of Washington. She is a registered architect, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and was once a member of the musician’s union in New York City. Dr. Sutton holds five academic degrees—in music, architecture, philosophy, and psychology. In addition to being a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and recipient of the AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, she is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Formerly, she was a Kellogg National Fellow, a Danforth Fellow, and president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Rico Quirindongo, AIA, is driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both the urban and natural landscape and works with community organizations to have a positive influence in their neighborhoods through design. Through his 18 years of professional experience, Rico believes that existing buildings provide a rich context for our daily lives and that maintenance of this building stock is the ultimate expression of a sustainable architecture and a critical component of a new green economy. In addition to being in his fifth year of service on AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors, Rico is a mayoral appointment to the Historic Seattle Council, a board member for Pike Place Market PDA, and a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Northwest Chapter. Rico sat on the AIA+2030 national steering committee, a committee born out of AIA Seattle, that has seen to it that 24 cities nationally are providing curriculum to help design teams and owners meet the 2030 Challenge. Rico was recognized in 2011 by AIA National as a Citizen Architect on the Move. He has just completed a term as a member of the AIA National Communications Committee and was an Advisory Group member for AIA’s National Sustainability Scan.
Pictured: Rico Quirindongo, Sharon Sutton, Donald King, Henry Hardnett