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The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design recognized by AIA Seattle, receiving two awards for design excellence

11-17-2020 | Press Releases


SEATTLE, Nov. 17, 2020 – Yesterday, The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, an internationally recognized architecture and planning firm, received an Award of Merit and the Energy in Design Award for  The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter during the 70th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture.

The fifth recipient of the Energy in Design Award, The Kendeda Building is a Living Building Challenge project at Georgia Tech designed to foster environmental education, research, and a public forum for community outreach. The jury appreciated that the project’s mantra, “More wood, less carbon,” was exposed, expressed and celebrated through incredible design, and observed that a project that performs and gives back to the earth can also be a beacon of beauty and design excellence.

“The Kendeda Building is inherently groundbreaking because it accomplishes a lot of firsts for Living Building projects,” said Miller Hull Design Partner Brian Court. “It is the first Living Building project in the Southeastern United States and the largest higher education project pursuing certification, which proves that Living Buildings can be accomplished anywhere and at any scale. This is such a fantastic project and Miller Hull is incredibly proud to receive this recognition from our local community.”

Presented to only one project per year, the Energy in Design Award commends projects that have made quantifiably significant strides in energy reduction while also maintaining the highest qualitative design caliber.

From 103 submittals, the jury chose 20 award winners from three categories – Built, Conceptual, and Research & Innovation. The jury included Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, S9ARCHITECTURE; and Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO. Co-Chairs for the 2020 AIA Seattle Honor Awards were Kevin Snook, AIA, ZGF Architects; and Ming-Lee Yuan, Olson Kundig.

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About The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP is an internationally recognized architecture, planning, urban and interior design firm that designs dynamic and ecologically responsible buildings, working to create a regenerative and inclusive future through the built environment. The firm has a studio in Seattle and San Diego with work extending across typologies for public and private clients where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather and Serve. Widely recognized for innovative, timeless designs and a partnership-driven practice, Miller Hull has received over 375 awards for design excellence, including the American Institute of Architects Firm Award and Architect 50’s Top Firm for Sustainability. For more information, visit

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