SEATTLE-The locally-based Miller/Hull has been awarded the American Institute of Architects top honor for 2003.

The AIA Architecture Firm Award is given annually to recognize a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. The award will be presented at the American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture Gala, March 8, 2003, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Previous recipients include, Cesar Pelli & Associates, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck and the 2002 winner, Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates.

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Miller /Hull’s designs have been identified as representing the next generation of regional modernism, also known as the “Northwest Style.” This widely adopted style is characterized by a woodsy or natural theme, sharp lines and classic boxy shapes. It is applied to homes and commercial spaces through use of exposed timber, large windows and other materials inspired by the rugged landscape and evergreen colors of the region.

In nominating the firm, board member Bruce Blackmer, AIA,said: “Their exquisitely designed buildings respond to the unique environment within which they are located like few others. Their innovative approach has created a body of work of substance and authenticity without falling into stylistic trappings.”

Blackmer also noted that Miller/Hull has been committed to excellence in design and environmental responsibility since its inception. It has set precedence for architecture influenced by local climate, materials and culture and have demonstrated the applicability of these ideas for any region.

Founded in 1977, Miller/Hull is led today by four partners, three principals and 38 associates. Miller/Hull’s client base is noticeably diverse. Clients include national and local government agencies, academic institutions, private developers, corporations and residential owners. The design philosophy of the firm centers around two essential architectural ideas. Miller/Hull looks to use a building’s structure and program to create a significant place within a site, and at the same time to be sensitive to climate and respond to environmental demands with the form of the building.

The Pacific Northwest is filled with the designs of Miller/Hull Partnership. Its work can be seen in suburban communities (Roddy/Bale Residence, Bellevue, Wash.), urban environments (1310 East Union, Seattle), waterfront developments (Seattle Community College- Marine Tech. Facility, Seattle), civic centers (City Hall, Bainbridge, Wash.) and rural sites (Campbell Orchard House and Novontry Cabin).

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