Olson Kundig Architects began its creative existence 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 the notion that buildings serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people. In 1996, Tom Kundig joined as an owner, with Alan Maskin and Kirsten Murray joining the owners group in 2008. The firm now numbers over 85 employees. Olson Kundig Architects’ work encompasses museums, commercial and mixed-use design, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship and residences, often for art collectors. Founded in 2000, the firm's interiors studio provides a full range of services including material selection, custom furniture design and purchasing, continuing the long tradition of continuity between architecture and interiors. Among the firm’s accolades are the 2009 National AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects), national and regional design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Jim Olson’s 2007 Seattle Medal of Honor and Tom Kundig’s National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt and his Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.