11/14/2016 | Posted at 9:50 am

AIA & ASLA Recognize GGLO for Community Design


Within a week two GGLO projects have won design awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects Washington Chapter and the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter. Both awards represent GGLO’s belief that design inspires community.

Bridges@11th was awarded a Merit Award within the ‘Residential Design Multi-Family’ category at the 2016 WASLA Professional Awards. This urban infill workforce housing development, in the heart of Seattle’s University District, fosters active community living with an emphasis on the health and well-being of its residents.

GGLO’s community design installation ‘Carved from Color + Musical Movement’ was awarded the Honorable Mention Award in the Built category during the 2016 AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. This installation is the brainchild of GGLOers to activate the Harbor Steps during our firm’s Step It Up! 30th Anniversary celebration. Through its evocative color scheme and seemingly ‘out-of-place’ domesticity, these temporary installations injected the comfort of home into our public spaces to stimulate discussion, memory associations and curiosity.

What makes these award-winning designs is their ability to inspire community interaction. Bridge’s through-block pathways and permeability with the surrounding blocks connects to community through rain gardens, open space and pedestrian rich streetscapes. Carved from Color inspired interaction at downtown’s Harbor Steps with use of lighting, nostalgic furniture sets and conversation-inspiring placement. In the end, both projects represent design as a means to inspire the fundamental desire to connect and feel a part of something.

Congratulations to our client and collaborators for their hard work and dedication to these innovative projects.