“It’s grown incrementally,” says principal Kirsten Murray. “It’s sort of like gaining weight. You gain a pound a year and you go, ‘Oh, wait?’ ”
Principal Jim Olson. “I’ve always liked working by myself and bouncing it off somebody and going back and working by myself again,” he says.
Principal Tom Kundig. “I had long been an admirer of Jim’s spirit and jumped at the opportunity” to work with him.
Principal Alan Maskin. “When I was hired, I was torn between pursuing a career in architecture or art,” he says.
Principal Kirsten Murray. “Growth was never our plan. We’re a little surprised by how big we are," she says.
“Every Thursday since the inception of the firm over four decades ago, we turn off computers and put down pencils, and the entire office gathers in a conference room to discuss an ongoing project," Maskin says.
The firm came together “in real time” to design a project for a Seattle ideas competition, Murray says.