Tom Kundig

Studio Sitges, Spain, designed by architect Tom Kundig. Photo: Nikolas Koenig

The object we use every day were designed by someone, from forks to phones. The thought behind material object design is the subject of the next Dallas Architecture Forum Design Symposium.

Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig, FAIA

Taking place on Oct. 30 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the afternoon will be focused on how outstanding design utilizes materials, from common to rare, as integral elements of the design process. Attendees will also learn how leading architects and artists incorporate functionality into their designs, ranging in scale from small sculptures to residences.

Leading the discussion and providing the keynote address will be architect Tom Kundig, FAIA, one of the leading residential architects in the world (read our piece about his last visit to Dallas). He’s a principal and owner of Olson-Kundig Architects, a Seattle-based firm, which aims to create buildings that serve as a bridge between nature, culture, and people.

Joining Kundig will be highly acclaimed Dallas sculptor Brad Oldham, who has earned recognition worldwide with his site-specific artworks. Oldham has been described as a sculptor, place maker, and fearless fabricator. In both his large-scale sculptures and smaller pieces created for individuals, Oldham’s meticulous craftsmanship, passion, focus on materials, creativity, and consistent quality of work are evident.

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Tom Kundig

Tom Kundig

Award-winning. Distinguished. Highest honors. Luminary.

These are just a few of the ways people describe residential architect Tom Kundig, FAIA. The owner and principal of Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects, Kundig is known for his distinct style that uses linear and cubic forms that both enhance and embrace the landscape. Kundig will speak at the Dallas City Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, with a brief reception beginning at 6:15.



He’s no stranger to the limelight, as Kundig has received a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His designs include a World Heritage site in Dachstein, Austria, that has been lauded time and again across titles such as The New York Times, The Telegraph, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and in Diane Keaton’s recently released book House.

Jump for photos of his work and more on this amazing architect!

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