Jim Friesz

Jim co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016 with architect Kristen Becker and artist Saul Becker.Jim leads Mutuus Studio's civic projects with over two decades of experience working on museums, college facilities, offices, multifamily mixed use and restaurants.  He is passionate about working with the complex organization of civic projects with people that value community.


Currently Jim is leading the design of the Grocery and Supernova Night Club in Seattle.


Like the other partners in Mutuus Studio, Jim comes from an artistic background and is a lifelong practicing musician, offering a different perspective to our creative design process.  He currently leads an all designer band (The Gray Band).


Samara Restaurant

Commercial Adaptive Reuse 

Seattle, WA.

Acid Ball

Waterfront Public Art 

Bellingham, WA

Greenwood Office Building 

Commercial Office Adaptive reuse 

Seattle, WA 

Ella's Garden Shed



The Grocery

Residential / Community Center Adaptive Reuse



Residential Addition 


Supernova Nightclub

Commercial Adaptive reuse 


Altius Institute

Medical/ Institutional Tenant Improvement 



key projects as Project Manager at Olson Sundberg, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, and Olson Kundig 200-2016

Foss Waterway Seaport  

Maritime Museum& Community Center
Tacoma, WA.

Tacoma Art Museum 
Plaza Redesign and Gallery Addition  
Tacoma, WA.

Heritage University Expansion

Toppenish, WA.

Whatcom Community College: 
Art Activities Building 

Bellingham, WA.   

Whatcom Community College: 
Syre Center

Bellingham, WA.   
Frye Art Museum 
Seattle, WA. 

Pioneer Square Alley Corridor Project 
Seattle, WA. 


Serious Pie 
Seattle, WA.

Walla Walla Bread Company 
Walla Walla, WA.

Kananaskis Ranch

Private stables & Paddock 
Calgary, Canada.

1111 E Pike 

Urban Housing and Commercial Mixed Use
Seattle, WA.

Art Stable 
Seattle, WA.


2019   Gray Award for Interior Architecture

2016   Acid Ball "Waypoint", Bellingham, WA competition winner


2016   Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission Award, Award                for Commercial Renovation: The Foss Waterway Seaport: the                Balfour Dock Building

2012  International Architecture Award, European Centre and                          Chicago Athenaeum, Art Stable

2011   AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Honor Award, Art Stable

2011   AIA National Housing Awards, Art Stable and 1111 E. Pike

2011   AIA Seattle and Seattle DJC Project of the Month, 1111 E. Pike

2011   AIA Seattle Honor Award, Art Stable

2011  NAIOP Adaptive Reuse Project of the Year, Stadium Nissan of               Seattle

2011  NAIOP Washington State Chapter, Market Adaptation of the                    Year, Art Stable

2007   American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum, House of                Light

2006  Excellence in Concrete Construction, Washington Aggregates               & Concrete Association, Multipurpose Art Facility, Whatcom                   Community College





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