Submitted by Thomas Architecture Studios

The American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington (AIA/SWW) Chapter announces Ron Thomas, President of Thomas Architecture Studios, as winner of the 2017 Charles T. Pearson Honor Award. The award is named after the late Tacoma-based architect Charles T. Pearson who was a founder of the AIA SWW Chapter and known for his exemplary service to the community. The award, which recognizes community-minded architects who serve in the spirit of Pearson, was presented to Thomas during the AIA/SWW Honor Awards ceremony on November 2, 2017 in Tacoma, WA.

Ron Thomas AIA SWW TAS Honor Awards
Ron Thomas accepting the 2017 Honor Award. Photo credit: Dane Gregory Meyer Photography

Thomas was introduced by Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby who was one of six people to nominate him for the award. Selby remarks, “I’ve had a front row seat watching Ron and his firm repurpose existing buildings as well as design inspiring new projects that have spurred a virtual renaissance of our historic main-street downtown.”

Thomas donated the prize of $500 to SideWalk, an Olympia-based organization focused on ending homelessness in Thurston County.

TAS received the additional honor of winning the Merit Award for Campus Lofts which was completed in 2016. A multifamily housing project by prominent local developer Walker John, Campus Lofts is an adaptive reuse of a former office building into “campusstyle” apartments and townhomes. Project partners include: 3rd Gen Investment Group, LLC; PCS Structural Solutions; Landau & Associates; Parametrix; Bailey General Contractors; and Doug Walker Photography.

The 2017 jurors for both honor awards were Ray Calabro, FAIA, Principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Seattle, WA), Cima Malek-Aslani, AIA, Principal at Schacht Aslani Architects (Seattle, WA) and Mark Pynn, AIA, of Mark Pynn Architecture (Sun Valley, ID).

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