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Mithun Selected for ARCHITECT Magazine’s list of Top 50 in Design

09.26.2013 Mithun, Awards,

The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Magazine selected Mithun as one of 50 top firms in the design category as part of their annual survey. The ARCHITECT 50 survey polled firms from across the country based on self-reported information and ranked them in a combination of three categories: business, sustainability and design.


Daniel Solomon Honored with 2013 Silver SPUR Award

09.26.2013 Mithun, Awards,

SPUR has selected Mithun partner, Daniel Solomon, FAIA for a 2013 Silver SPUR Award. Daniel was selected by a SPUR committee for his lifetime civic achievement, contribution to the community of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and his role as a teacher and author. Congratulations, Dan! Excerpt from the SPUR press release follows:

“Daniel Solomon, FAIA is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice with teaching and writing. His commitment to the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his renowned project work; he is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a passionate spokesman for the cause of the city. Solomon’s work as a partner in the Mithun | Solomon San Francisco office — including the LEED Platinum David Brower Center in Berkeley and the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Hunters View neighborhood — exemplify his commitment to the evolution of community design. He is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, and has published many articles and three books.”

For more information about the 2013 Silver SPUR Awards, visit

Montana State University Completes Gallatin Hall

08.28.2013 Mithun, Project Updates,

Montana State University’s (MSU) newest residence hall was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and the surrounding mountain landscape. Gallatin Hall encourages sustainable behavior through the building’s design and operation, including natural heating and cooling, daylighting strategies and the use of energy efficient appliances in each room. Mithun’s design also showcase’s MSU’s unique place in the region as a university focused on “Mountains and Minds” by incorporating design details that support outdoor activities and celebrate the surrounding mountain views. The building is on track for LEED Gold and AIA 2030 Challenge compliance.

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Design in Public Blog: Big Data Meets Healthy Design

08.26.2013 Mithun, Thought Bursts,

An article by Erin Christensen Ishizaki, Associate Principal at Mithun, was recently featured in Design in Public’s blog as part of the Seattle Design Festival. Each September, Design in Public and AIA Seattle host this event to explore how design improves the quality of our lives. As part of this year’s theme of “design in health,” Christensen Ishizaki explains how data and community feedback can help influence the approach to healthy community design:

“Our health is dramatically affected by our surroundings. We intrinsically know this, and now we have big data to understand the complex systems of our environment in a whole new way. Designers are using this data to find specific solutions and improve our quality of life.” Continue reading

For more information about the Seattle Design Festival, visit

NW Asian Weekly: Green Architecture in Seattle’s Chinatown International District

08.20.2013 Mithun, Project Updates,

In an article published by Northwest Asian Weekly, Casey Huang, Associate Principal at Mithun, discussed the sustainable design features of the recently completed Goodwill Job Training and Education Center and the soon-to-be-built Hirabayashi Place. As the number of green buildings continues to increase in the Chinatown International District of Seattle, the public has begun to ask: “what makes them green?” This article provides an overview of the LEED rating system and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), and explains how Mithun’s designs meet these standards.

To read the full article in Northwest Asian Weekly, visit

Unbuilt San Francisco Exhibit: Ambition and Imagination

08.20.2013 Mithun,

Projects from Mithun’s San Francisco Office, Mithun | Solomon, will be featured in Unbuilt San Francisco – an exhibition that highlights designs and visions for the city that were never built. The show is put on by the Environmental Design Archives, AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library. More information can be found at

Exhibition Dates and Hour:

September 14 – November 8, 2013

Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm


University of California, Berkeley
Wurster Hall Gallery
Room 110

Harley Marine Corporate Headquarters Grand Opening

08.08.2013 Mithun, Project Updates,

The grand opening ceremony for the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center is scheduled for August 27. Mithun designed the 47,980 square foot office on a designated Superfund site on the east channel of the Duwamish Waterway on Harbor Island in Seattle. The project goal was to balance marine industrial function with operational efficiency and to create one of the healthiest, sustainable working waterfronts. The building was designed into two wings linked by bridges at each level around a working atrium in the center of the building. The atrium is open to all levels and topped with a large skylight and operable vents. In addition, an innovative horizontal smoke curtain was installed to allow the atrium to have maximum openness and to avoid having a costly smoke evacuation system. The result is a true working atrium – the first like it on the West Coast.

The project is seeking LEED Gold certification, and was part of a pilot program by Seattle, King County and Washington State to incentivize industrial investment by offering flexibility for construction of new industrial buildings and rehabbing existing ones.

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