2009 Awards

Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel

Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel is a tremendous and relevant experiment in the urban realm, a celebration of water in green infrastructure. It is an alternative biofiltration project that celebrates the daylighting and cleansing of a portion of Thornton Creek. It is at the same time a dynamic and beautiful urban public space that has helped anchor and catalyze adjacent development, capturing the interest of the community and changing the attitude towards green infrastructure.

Project Management

  • Miranda Maupin, Seattle Public Utilities


  • Melanie Davies, SvR Design

Fremont Peak Park

Fremont Peak Park is more than an urban oasis with a panoramic view. It exemplifies what is possible when community initiative meets good design. It shows us that small, intimate spaces can have a tremendous neighborhood impact. It reminds us that the dedicated work of tenacious individuals can pay dividends. The park seamlessly integrates art and landscape while its design successfully tells a story, provides space for both quiet reflection and community gatherings, and captures the spirit of Fremont.

Project Management

  • Andy Sheffer, Seattle Parks and Recreation


  • Marieke Lacasse, GGLO


  • Laura Haddad

Woodland Park Zoo Penguin Exhibit

The Woodland Park Zoo Penguin Exhibit is a fantastic example of integrative design. Adherence to a comprehensive, well-defined scope and a vigorous process have lead to a design that goes well beyond showcasing the penguins, their environment, and survival.The project achieves a new benchmark of impressive sustainability and multicultural educational objectives, and includes the capacity for on-going monitoring and adjustment.The exhibit's low-key attitude and careful attention to design strengthens a significant entrance to the zoo.

Project Management

  • Monica Lake, Woodland Park Zoo


  • Becca Hanson, Studio Hanson Roberts

Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan

The Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan provides a bold and fully integrated concept to open the campus from its center to its perimeters. The master plan architecturally will unify old and new spaces, and unite the physical and programmatic elements that make Seattle Center one of the nation's best gathering places. Besides calling for strengthenrf connections, a bold vision for the Center House, and new direction for Memorial Stadium, the plan opens up ten acres of new open space, the vital connective tissue of the Seattle Center.

Project Management

  • Jill Crary, Seattle Center


  • Dennis Forsyth, SRG Partnership
  • Lesley Bain, Weinstein A|U

Sound Transit Central Link

The Sound Transit Central Link project superbly balances complex technical objectives with community planning and urban design objectives. Its strength built upon a long term vision and skillful leadership who maintained commitment to the vision throughout implementation. The result is a robust system of elements and art works that provide variety, localized differences, and a sense of place along the route and at the stations. The project has positively and profoundly affected the perception of rail transit in the Seattle area, generating excitement and support for system expansion.Project Management

  • Debora Ashland, Sound Transit
  • Ron Endlich, Sound Transit

Seattle Design Commission

Address: 600 4th Avenue, 5th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 684-0435

The Seattle Design Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on the design of capital improvements and other projects and policies that shape Seattle's public realm.