Ten projects won 2016 Design Awards from the Northwest and Pacific Region chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in November, while several companies and individuals were recognized for outstanding work.

Seattle firm Olson Kundig won the Honor Award for its Shinsegae International building in Seoul, Korea, while David E. Miller, a founding partner of The Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle, won the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement.

Bora Architects in Portland took home the Firm of the Year award. Bora’s notable projects include Cosmopolitan Condominiums, Microsoft Building 83 and the Airbnb Customer Experience Hub.

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Cosmopolitan Condominiums is the tallest residential building in Portland. Sitting between two public parks, it offers views of the Cascade Mountains, Willamette River and downtown Portland.

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The custom textured wood screens in Microsoft Building 83, located in Redmond, Washington, were inspired by big data imagery showcasing Microsoft products. According to Bora, “unique design elements like the entry portal and art pieces were incorporated to create an environment that stimulates the senses and activates the creative mind.”

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At the Airbnb Customer Experience Hub in Portland, an existing brick wall divides the office into two sides. One side features ambient lighting brightened by soft colors and light wood, “encouraging collaboration.” The other side has darker tones and richer textures, creating a quieter atmosphere for “heads down” activity. Interspersed throughout are meeting rooms inspired by Airbnb listings.

For more on the award winners, visit the AIA website.

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