This year’s Housing Design Forum will focus on single-family residential design, and will be divided into three sessions: inspiration, innovation and impact. How are today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employing innovative performance strategies, exploring materials, and engaging with questions about the future of housing design? This full-day program will combine presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue, beginning with keynote address by Stephen Kieran (KieranTimberlake).

2018 International Women’s Day theme, Press for Progress, was a call to action to advance gender parity across all sectors of life and is especially relevant to the architectural profession, where women account for 25%, and only 17% of firm leadership. The AIA champions a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession to create a better environment for all, and believes that achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of our profession and the world’s prosperity, health, and future.

As this year’s recipient of AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Garrett Nelli Assoc. AIA traveled to LA, New Orleans, rural Alabama, Haiti, Spain, and Italy to catalog how the built environment can proliferate positive societal change. In the Public Interest showcases six innovative architectural practices redefining the role and responsibility of the architect in order to meet the needs of a broader public. Join us April 26 for AIA Seattle Movie Night: Design That Heals, a documentary that features the MASS Design Group project in the exhibit.

We are extremely fortunate to have each of these newly elevated FAIA members as leaders in AIA Seattle’s talented and dedicated design community. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the investiture ceremony during the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York, June 21-23, and at our annual President’s Dinner hosted by AIA Seattle on Saturday, June 30. Please join us in congratulating these AIA Seattle members on this exciting achievement!

As this year’s recipient, Laura will explore how designers have worked with water, rather than against it, examining the potential of rain within design. She will travel to Florida, Iceland, New Orleans, London, North Bend, Venice and New Mexico to document a series of projects that have found inspiration from some unique aspect of water. She will speak with meteorologists and cultural historians of weather, exploring rain as both an ecological and cultural phenomenon. and will catalog this journey of rain through a series of illustrations and stories.

With the 2018 legislative session at and end, AIA Washington Council celebrates several legislative successes, including the passing of the 2017-18 Capital Budget. Read on to learn more about the this year’s legislative session, Seattle climate and housing initiatives, the AIA Grassroots leadership conference, and 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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