Influencer: Jim Olson

In People by Suzanne Koch

Meet the amazing architect behind the brand new JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa and many other beautiful projects around the world.

Name: Jim Olson

Twitter: @olsonkundig

Facebook: Olson Kundig Itinerant Projects

Instagram: @olsonkundig

Age: 75

Title: Founding Principal Architect of Olson Kundig

Married/Single: Married to wife Katherine for over 40 years

Kids: 3 Granddaughters

City you live in: Seattle

I was born…in St Louis, Missouri while my mother and father were passing through just before World War II. I grew up in Washington State near Seattle

My favorite thing about Los Cabos is…the natural setting where the mountains and the desert meet the ocean. Also, the warm and delightful people of Los Cabos

I’m listening to…the sounds of the waves crashing at the ocean, bird songs in the woods and the sounds of nature

My family…my wife, my three granddaughters and my dog

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…old and new friends

One thing I cannot live without…grapefruit in the morning and Perrier in the afternoon

When I was younger, I wanted to be…an architect or an artist

I’m inspired by…nature and art

The one person who motivates me is…myself

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…to create a sustainable environment for future generations and peace among all people

The perfect day would be…just as it is

My first job was…mowing lawns as a child, surveying for a logging company in the mountains as a teenager and an apprentice architect as a college student

My favorite escape…walking along the sea shore with my wife and my dog

My life…is just the way I like it

I’m currently working on…building in many countries; Mexico, India, Taiwan, Canada, Korea, China, and England and of course my home country the US

Always…do what’s in your heart, it’s the right thing

Never…think you are better than someone else. Never be arrogant

Favorite Quote…”if you can make your hobby into your career you will always be happy” – by my Dad

Biggest Dream…is always to do my next project better than my last.

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