AIA Seattle President Sidney Scarboro AIA is off to New York City this week to represent our chapter at the A’18: AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 Annual Business Meeting. Read more about the resolutions before the membership this year, and AIA Seattle’s positions here.

For the schedule of presentations by AIA Seattle Members, click here.

Join us July 25 for Session 3 of Got Codes?: Assembly! This half-day program will provide valuable insight into the 2015 Seattle Building Code (SBC) and how city staff interpret the SBC as it applies to assembly spaces. Expert speakers will review relevant topics such as occupant load factors; security vs free egress; and structural impacts of assembly live loads in existing buildings. Finally, the session will highlight code provisions designers most often struggle with meeting in assembly spaces and offer potential code-based solutions.

Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors committee each spring. AIA Seattle is delighted to recognize these recipients for their exceptional contributions to the profession and our community.

Please join us in congratulating the 2018 Honorees! We will celebrate their achievements at the 2018 President’s Dinner on Saturday June 30, 2018 at Palace Ballroom in Seattle. Register by June 22.

Showcase your work to 270,000 readers, 175,000 website visitors, and 50,000 social media followers through Seattle magazine’s print and online articles, as well as AIA Seattle’s website and social media platforms. Check out the latest Home of Distinction online or in the May 2018 issue.

Join us in communicating the value of working with a licensed architect by submitting to the Home of Distinction program by Friday, July 27.

Selection panels are expanding the Q&A portion of project interviews and using surprise “paper airplane” exercises to better understand how A/E/C teams work together. These more conversational-focused interviews require a different type of approach. Join Scott Johnston, principal at Johnston Training Group at Smart Answers to Tough Questions to learn how to prepare for and answer challenging questions, manage interactive exercises, and draw out critical information from the panelists during project interviews.

Also join other committees at their upcoming events:

UDF’s Happy Hour and Discourse | June 27

Seattle’s 2015 Energy Code & Its Impact on High Rise Construction with COTE | June 28

Fellows and Honors Committee’s 2018 President’s Dinner | June 30

YAF & WiD’s Happy Hour | July 12

and SPARC’s Ask An Architect | July 14


While immigrants and refugees face many challenges in their new urban lives such as language, access to services, employment, housing and cultural barriers; they also bring new energy to our cities and economy. Their success is our success. Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities calls upon designers of all disciplines to apply the power of design thinking to the urgent need to welcome, support and empower urban immigrants and refugees. Find the full Competition Resources Brief and more information here on the Design in Public website.

Have fun golfing as we raise scholarship money to help students in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction pave the way to a great career. The tournament will be held at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington WA | August 24. Included in your registration is lunch, a bucket of range balls, 18 holes of golf, a delicious dinner and awards program, and some great raffle prizes – don’t miss out!

In this issue of our monthly Advocacy Update: AIA Seattle endorses Washington Initiative 1631, Mayor Jenny Durkan releases a Climate Action Plan for Seattle, and Seattle City Council passes a resolution to create a Waterfront Local Improvement District (LID), PLUS ways you can get involved in local policy issues, including several upcoming events.

Design in Public

Installation Power of Consequence by Signal Architecture + Research & Equinox Studios COG at the 2017 Seattle Design Festival Block Party

Seattle Design Festival 2017: POWER

The 2017 Seattle Design Festival was September 9-22. Read more


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