Edward Lalonde Principal

I’m always trying to design spatially – I start and end with the human-scaled experience of a space, rather than designing buildings as though they are objects.

Principal Edward Lalonde possesses a rare combination of playful creativity and rigorous pragmatism. For him, this translates to an architectural practice where good design emerges through experimentation and dialogue, but requires conceptual rigor in order to develop fully. “I want there to be a clear narrative with my designs, whether for projects big or small, public or private,” he explains. “I’m always trying to design spatially – I start and end with the human-scaled experience of a space, thinking it through from the inside out, rather than designing buildings as though they are objects.” At the same time, Edward is known for his ability to balance a project’s larger conceptual narrative with the client’s individual needs. It is through this dialogue with clients that Edward’s most innovative solutions have emerged.

Edward’s sharp design sense correlates to his appreciation (and some might say nostalgia) for well-made objects that stand the test of time. His affinity for rebuilding vintage BMW motorcycles, for example, has as much to do with his interest in uncovering the details of the day through design, as it does with his mechanical proclivities. At Olson Kundig, whether on residential, cultural, or large-scale commercial projects, Edward brings this balance of technical prowess and a passion for storytelling through design.

Before joining Olson Kundig in 2008, Edward worked with Steven Holl in New York, whom he credits for his rigorous yet understated work ethic and core design sensibility. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. Edward currently serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the School of Architecture at University of Washington and is also actively involved at his alma mater WSU, where he has been an invited guest critic for the School of Design and Construction. In addition, Edward contributes to several firm-wide staff development initiatives, reflecting his keen interest in mentoring the next generation of concept-driven architects.

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