"What I enjoy most about my work is discovery. You start with what you know and learn to be comfortable with change and uncertainty; the most creative solutions arise when you aim for quality and simplicity."
Known for his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to client service, Dan Wilson began his architectural career at a small practice that specialized in higher education and institutional projects. From the start, he was immersed in all aspects of design, project management and construction administration, often for projects with numerous constraints. “I learned so much from that experience,” he notes. “It taught me to be strategic; I learned to respond to design challenges by thinking abundantly.” He brought this well-tested skillset to Olson Kundig in 2000, where he discovered an affinity for designing and managing a range of project types, from private residences for high-expectation clients to commercial and developer work and collaborations with artists.
Art, architecture and craft—key components of Dan’s youth and education—are evident in his work today. A graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Dan began by drawing, designing and building structures by hand around age ten. Over time, he continued to feed these interests as he added others, namely applied science and math, and a rigorous pursuit of athletics. “Physical activity taught me to approach design with flexibility and spontaneity; it’s where I learned to develop and trust my intuition,” he says.
Today, Dan applies this artistic rigor to the design of projects around the world, from the high-rise headquarters of Shinsegae International to several bespoke homes in Taiwan and Korea. His work includes high-end residences and multi-family developments as well as the design workplace, commercial and cultural projects for clients such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “What I enjoy most about my work is discovery,” he says. “You start with what you know and learn to be comfortable with change and uncertainty; the most creative solutions arise when you aim for quality.”
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