Funding & Donors
Wright's civic and charitable involvement were numerous and included the Seattle Foundation, the University of Washington, PONCHO, Seattle Opera Association, and the Seattle Arts Commission. The Seattle Times has said that "Howard was a man of very solid values and unquestionable integrity and had a vision and astuteness as a businessman. He was a wonderful human being and had a great enthusiasm."
The community service projects constructed by the HSW Neighborhood Design/Build Studio at UW continue Wright's rich legacy in Seattle.
This design/build studio is made possible by Howard S. Wright (1927-96), who endowed the Howard S. Wright chair in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Wright graduated from the University of Washington in 1951 with a BA in Business Administration. After working in the family construction business, he founded Wright Runstad & Co. with Jon Runstad. He built the Space Needle, the Seattle Art Museum, the Monorail, and many other Puget Sound area landmarks.