Fulton (Tony) Gale III, FAIA
Principal Designer and Chairman
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The following is a summary of the successful nomination made by the Seattle Chapter of the AIA on behalf of
Fulton “Tony” Gale to the 146 year-old AIA College of Fellows May 9, 2003.
For over thirty years Tony Gale has been a prime motivator in the development of environmentally sensitive design at the building and city scale. His reputation in this pursuit promoted him to City Architect for Seattle, Washington. Under Mr. Gale’s direction, Seattle has become arguably the Greenest City in the United States. Unique in his abilities, Mr. Gale has worked tirelessly with communities and agencies to develop not only green building criteria but also entire green agendas for the City of Seattle during the largest building boom in the City’s history.
Following an early apprenticeship under Ralph Anderson, Mr. Gale, a second-generation architect, has been practicing in Seattle as a principal owner of three architectural firms. He remains chairman and principal designer of FultonGaleArchitects, Inc. 40 of his projects have been built. 8 in Seattle, 23 in the Pacific NW and the balance in Asia, the Mid-East and other locations in the US. 15 of these projects have received 21 awards locally, regionally and nationally for multidiscipline design excellence. These projects include fish hatcheries, water/sewage treatment plans, a world class aquatic center for the Goodwill Games and major public viewing aquariums such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon. Due to the aquatic focus of his work, the majority of these projects embrace sustainable semi-closed, self-contained bio-systems.
Since his appointment as the City Architect in May of 1999, he has provided sustainable design review and assistance on the nearly one billion-dollar, ~3,000,000 SF City of Seattle design/construction program. In presenting the recommendations of the Honors Nominating Committee, chair John Nesholm FAIA noted:
“His recent years as Seattle’s City Architect have focused Tony Gale’s environmentalist ethic and his extensive experience in practice, combining commitment and credibility to his master-minding of the Emerald City’s burgeoning national prominence as a sustainable design showplace. His leadership as helped craft the City of Seattle’s design of major public projects including Koolhaas/LMN’s Seattle Public Library and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson/Bassetti Architects’ Seattle City Hall as models of environmental sensitivity.”
Currently, 15 project managers on his 19 person staff are responsible for 73 projects on 42 sites totaling $30-100 million a year of construction through 2006. 71% of the project square footage registered “silver” LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design: a US Green Building Council Standard adopted first on the globe by Seattle in February 2000) reside under Mr. Gale’s responsible charge.
During the last 5 years, Mr. Gale has represented the City on many occasions where he presented technical papers onSeattle’s New Downtown Sustainable Super Block. A few of the presentations included the Sustainable Building 2000 conference in Maastricht, Netherlands, October 2000; the American Solar Energy Association conference in Washington, D.C., April 2001; and three presentations in Singapore sponsored by the United States-Asia Environmental Partnership Office of Technology Cooperation, November 2001. In 2003 he was the Keynote speaker at the international LCA/LCM conference. Most recently, Mr. Gale resigned his position at the City effective June 2004 and is expanding his 19 year old architectural practice: