Olson Kundig is founded on some deceptively simple ideas: buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people; and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. It’s this approach that has made the firm one of the world’s most sought-after and lauded architectural practices, working with clients ranging from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to some of the world’s top art collectors. The firm began with Jim Olson in the 1960s and has since grown to include fellow owners Tom Kundig, Alan Maskin and Kirsten Murray, as well as 115 employees. Olson Kundig’s core work are the beautiful and surprising private residences they design for clients around the globe, often centered around a world-class art collection or a stunning natural location in a far-flung locale. Their work also includes museums, commercial design, academic buildings, exhibition design, interior design, and places of worship. The office combines the capacity of a large firm with the intensity of a small practice. Olson Kundig’s commitment to vigorous, critical design review sessions has infused its designers with a shared sense of commitment to every project.