so they can cover variables like region, soil,
temperature, and structural design,” says
Morse. “Clients ultimately value Alaskan architect acumen and experience as a result.”
Jeff Koonce is a founding member of KPB Archi-
tects. The KPB website says Koonce has “played a
key role in Alaska’s urban and rural architecture
scene over the past thirty-three years.”
“The architecture industry in Alaska is as di-
verse as our state,” says Koonce. As the economy
rises and falls in relation to oil and gas prices
and resource development opportunities, the
architectural community responds accordingly.
A room at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium patient housing, which received an IIDA Healthcare Award.
© Kevin G. Smith
“The architecture industry
in Alaska is as diverse as our
state… Although our economy
has slowed throughout the
past few years, building
permits are holding steady.
This is a great economic
indicator for our profession in
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