Olson Kundig Architects began with architect Jim Olson, whose work in the late 1960s explored the relationship between dwellings and the landscape they inhabit in the Northwest. Olson started the firm based on some simple ideas: that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. Rick Sundberg joined the firm in 1975, and its commitment to urbanism became evident as they began designing modern buildings in and around Seattle’s national historic districts. In 1996, Tom Kundig joined Olson and Sundberg as an owner, helping the firm grow internationally. Alan Maskin and Kirsten Murray joined the owners group in 2008, continuing the evolution of the firm. The firm now numbers over 80 employees. Olson Kundig Architects’ work, including museums, commercial design, academic buildings, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship and residences, often for art collectors, is now worldwide.