March 5, 2015

Jim Olson: Home Base

Update: August 2016

Last spring, the College of Built Environments displayed the work of Jim Olson in the Olson Gallery of Gould Pavilion. The exhibit opened with a conversation between Jim Olson and Alan Maskin, moderated by Ken Oshima.  Below, a March 2015 blog post about the exhibit; you can view this and many other department lectures on our Vimeo channel.

The Department of Architecture’s Autumn 2016 Lecture Series will be announced soon – stay tuned!

Our Centennial continues!  Last night (March 4, 2015) the Department welcomed back esteemed alumni Alan Maskin and Jim Olson and to kickoff our newest exhibit in Gould Pavilion: Home Base.

Home Base presents an intimate portrait of architect Jim Olson (UW ’63) and his architectural legacy, from his first project in 1959 to his ongoing work for clients across the globe. At the age of eighteen, Olson began work on a bunkhouse for his family in Longbranch, Washington. Since then, Olson has continued to expand the small structure into both a private retreat and a touch point for his work worldwide. Home Base documents the design and redesign of this project over 56 years through a never-before-seen collection of photos, architectural models, sketches and selected ephemera – and the subsequent evolution of his coinciding – and still thriving – architectural career. It focuses on Jim at four junctures in his career – at age 18, 41, 61, and 74 – with each iteration marking a point of evolution in his artistic journey.

Gould Hall was packed with students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends to hear Jim’s presentation and view slides of his work.  A half-scale mockup of the Longbranch cabin towered fills half the court and provided a stunning backdrop for the event.  Here are some images captured from the evening – we will share more soon of the subsequent gallery opening and celebration.  Thank you to all who attended!