SPD Partner Ric Peterson lectures at WSU: “Space, Boldly Going Where…”
As part of the Spring 2015 Callison Distinguished Lecture Series, SPD Partner and WSU Alumn Ric Peterson gave a lecture entitled "Space, Boldly Going Where..." on Monday, February 23 at Washington State University.
During his lecture, Ric reviewed selected projects by the firm, as well as discussed four principles he follows when designing.
“To us SPACE is not just the final frontier, it's the first and most important element in our design process.”
WSU Spring 2015 Callison Distinguished Lecture Series
Suyama Space’s Newest Installation by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor Featured in The Seattle Times
"The artist’s “heart in throat, head in hands; tongue in knots, heart on sleeve” was crafted specifically for the Belltown gallery [...] The show includes nine animallike works composed of found materials including bedding from thrift stores and cardboard from boxes behind stores. Higgins O’Connnor uses the materials to explore aspects of frustration, joy and tragedy through their storytelling abilities. 'I believe that materials have a language, like a poetic language that can be interpreted so these materials have a history, a resonance,' Higgins O’Connor said. 'They’ve been touched and handled and had other lives before their life with me.'"
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The Kemper’s Mount Vernon Retreat Featured in The Wall Street Journal: “Little Getaway Homes”
"For homeowners who can have almost anything, virtually nothing may be the greatest luxury in a vacation home [...] Kraig and Kathy Kemper spent eight years camping on their 33.6-acre property overlooking Washington’s Padilla Bay before building a “tent” of glass and hand-planed Port Orford cedar in 1995. Just under 1,000 square feet, the translucent little house seems to float in the landscape of forest and meadow. 'We wanted to keep it simple—to hear, see, smell, feel the outdoors,' said Mr. Kemper"
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George Suyama and Jay Deguchi Discuss “In-Between” at the University of Washington
On January 14, 2015, George Suyama and Jay Deguchi discussed "In-Between" at the University of Washington's Gould Hall (click the link below to watch). They spoke about Suyama Peterson Deguchi's exhibit, In-Between, the very first installation at the George Suyama Gallery at the newly opened Gould Pavilion. Prof. Ken Tadashi Oshima of the UW Department of Architecture hosted this conversation, part of the Winter 2015 lecture series of the Department of Architecture, which is commemorating its 100th year.
In-Between encourages us to think about decisions architects must make while designing buildings. A quote from this conversation by Jay Deguchi: "(Architecture) is not all about producing pretty images, but making something that is appropriate to the client, to the place."
The Gallery opening and exhibit series honor the legacies of George Suyama FAIA and five other esteemed UW College of Built Environments alumni who are namesakes for spaces within Gould Pavilion. The exhibit runs through February 22.
In-Between: Conversation with George Suyama and Jay Deguchi (video)
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Gray Magazine Profiles The River House
In the latest issue of Gray Magazine (February/March 2015), Suyama Peterson Deguchi's River House is profiled in a ten page spread entitled 'Seasonal Palette'
"An all-star cast of Seattle-based design pros create a minimalist riverside home warmed with ever-changed views of light and landscape [...] The home's design allows it to feel intimate or expansive depending on the occasion. The glass acts almost as a veil, separating the spaces while connecting interior and exterior. It emphasizes the blurred boundaries."
Suyama, SPD in The Vancouver Sun: “Let the site speak to you”
"Getting out of the way and letting the natural landscape speak for itself is something West Coast architects like George Suyama of Seattle’s Suyama Peterson Deguchi specialize in. Suyama and his team take a unique approach when designing a home — once the obvious factors like the site; where the wind is coming from and the sun hits and the neighbours are — have been established.
'We start thinking about our project as a place and not an object,” he says. 'Places are conceptually as simple as a rock outcropping which protects you from the wind, where you can put a campfire and a bedroll. It’s that simple and if we think about those principals and apply those to how we were creating interior spaces, we’re not trying to do an egocentric elevation or an object, we’re trying to actually do the opposite of that; let the site and whatever the program is speak to you.”
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Luxe Profiles SPD Partner and Sculptor Chris Haddad
Chris Haddad speaks to his desire to achieve a timeless, understated quality and abstraction in both his architecture and his art in Luxe magazine's Winter 2015 issue. With muses that include Alberto Giacometti, Constantin Brancusi, Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Chris also cites inspiration in his daughter's uninhibited nature, and enjoys the work of upstate New York artist Ian McMahon--who recently had an installation at Suyama Space--as an artist to keep an eye on. Chris's sculptures are featured in galleries and private collections nationwide and can found locally in Seattle at Suyama Peterson Deguchi's retail shop, 3 x 10. Congratulations, Chris!
"Every architect should make something with their own hands - it's essential for an architect to understand how to put together a great building. And when you travel, make time to experience as much good architecture as you can, and use all of your senses when experiencing a place." - Chris Haddad
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SPD’s Oakley Store Named Top 10 Must-See NYC Stores by Chain Store Age
"From its tectonic-plated exterior to its floating digital ceiling, Oakley dazzles with its combination of technological innovation and personalization."
--Chain Store Age, January 2015.
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In-Between Opens at the George Suyama Gallery
Congratulations to George Suyama FAIA, Ric Peterson FAIA, and Jay Deguchi AIA on the opening of the very first exhibit at the new George Suyama Gallery at the UW's College of Built Environments. The exhibit, entitled In-Between, presents models, artifacts and ideas to engage viewers to think about the decisions architects must make while designing buildings. Runs through Feb. 22 at the UW's Gould Pavilion. UW alums George (B.Arch '67) and Jay (B.A. Arch, '84) delivered a lecture, moderated by UW CoBE professor Ken Oshima, on January 14 to kick off the exhibit's opening. Cheers! (Pictured left-to-right: Jay, Ken and George)
In-Between exhibit now on display at UW’s newly opened Gould Pavilion