On behalf of DATUM, the student-run journal of a[A]rchitecture at Iowa State, and the Department of Architecture, Matt and I had the chance to sit down with Tom Kundig, FAIA of Olson Kundig Architects.
When prepping for our session with Tom, we initially knew that our questions had to dig deeper into Tom's consistent reference of "hot-rodding" and "architecture without architects" as conceptual drivers. We were also interested in how the OKA leadership communicates their specific influences to a team of nearly 120 people. We divided our question series into three parts: Gizmos + Fabrication, Partners + OKA, and Site + Landscape. You can find our interview protocol below.
In his opening statement, Tom mentions, "the active pursuit of other interests is essential." Though this statement arrived quite early in the presentation, the session continued touch on this statement throughout the session. By discussing his time assisting artist Harold Balazs, how young architects read drawings today, and even what legacy means to Olson Kundig Architects, Tom Kundig allowed the Department of Architecture to catch a glimpse of a world we had been curious about for quite sometime.
Thank you to Cal Lewis, FAIA and the Department of Architecture for allowing Matt and I the opportunity to interview Tom. Another thank you to the Architecture Advisory Council (AAC) 2014 Lecture series and the Charles E. "Chick" Herbert Lecture endowment for making opportunities like this available to students.
Check out the lecture and panel session below.
[Panel Members from L to R: Matthew Darmour-Paul, Jill Maltby, Department of Architecture Chair Deborah Hauptmann, and professor Calvin Lewis, FAIA]
Matt and Jill's Question Arsenal:
Gizmos / Fabrication
Partners + OKA
Site / Landscape
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