Jim Friesz co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016. 


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 Altius Institute based in the World trade Center 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) for the upcoming Interior Design Show in Vancouver, Canada in the Fall.

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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

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

2007 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum, House of Light

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


All completed while at Olson Kundig 

Foss Waterway Seaport  
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 

Bang Residence
Shoreline, WA

Downtown Condo
Seattle, WA

Mullins Residence
Seattle, WA 

Red House
Denver, WA 

Kananaskis Ranch
Calgary, Canada 

1111 E Pike 
Seattle, WA

Art Stable 
Seattle, WA

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