Community is more important than ever. We are actively looking for new and engaging ways to co-create, share knowledge, and support one another. AIA Seattle staff are working hard to adapt on the fly, and patience is appreciated while we learn new systems and ways of working, explore tools to create virtual community, and adapt our programming to the times. While there are inevitably big challenges ahead of all of us, our city is resilient, our community is strong, and our organization will weather the storm.

As a member-based organization, AIA Seattle is rapidly shifting its response to this public health crisis with remote learning and engagement opportunities, and aggregating regional and national resources for our members. We have compiled a list of membership-, business- and management-related resources to connect you with what you need – read full post here. Programming updates will continue to be made on our events calendar, and homepage.

Join us at these other upcoming committee events:

UDF + COTE’s Sci-Fact Future – PNW (Postponed) | March 25

SPARC’s Ask An Architect (Online) | March 28

and DWB’s Federal Center South Tour | April 16

Join us for Cracking Code: Commercial Energy Update presented as a LIVE WEBINAR! The Washington State and Seattle commercial energy codes going into effect this year contain significant changes geared towards meeting ambitious carbon reduction targets. Where the code provides design options, we will explore the pros and cons of each selection, and the practical solutions for cost, constructability, and business development.  This is the second session in the 2020 Cracking Code series presented by AIA Seattle’s Codes Committee.


2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Design Festival. This year’s festival theme, About Time, ponders our past, present, and future, and seeks opportunities to act — and to celebrate — at this unique moment in time. More information and our Call for Proposals can be found here on the Design in Public website. Call for Proposals Due May 15.  Watch our March 24 Design Jam for Frequently Asked Questions and join our next one April 25. And mark your calendars – Seattle Design Festival will be August 15 – 23, 2020.  

“Proactive Practice,” the next exhibit @ the Center for Architecture & Design, opens March 5. However, due to current events, the reception has been postponed – stay tuned here as we know more.

Proactive Practice examines how architects self-initiate projects to nurture vibrant and adaptive communities.


AIA Seattle’s 2nd Annual ADU Tour will be June 6, 2020 and is currently accepting applications for attached or detached ADUs to present on the tour.  Projects must be designed by an AIA member and be located within the Seattle city limits. More information and application can be found here. The application deadline is April 17, 2020.

This month in state and local advocacy: Covid-19 updates, Architect Advocacy in action, the state legislative session concludes in Olympia; the YIMBY Act moves forward in Washington, D.C.; AIA supports a delay in Seattle’s 2018 codes implementation; AIA’s 2nd Annual ADU Tour is accepting projects, and more! Read the full March 2020 Advocacy Update here.

AIA Northwest Washington (NWW) serves our members in North Puget Sound, supporting and promoting the design profession through educational programs and other activities. Check here for their latest updates.

The 2018 International Building Code Overview Seminar and 2018 International Residential Code Overview Seminar have been POSTPONED. Future dates and more info coming soon!

AIA Seattle believes our world needs the visionary and integrative thinking of architects and designers, and that design solutions can positively impact our communities. Guided by our values of excellence, advocacy, integrity, equity and stewardship, we prepare our profession to lead, and deploy design to make a difference, so that we are all able to do our best work in a culture of design the fosters equitable, resilient, thriving communities. Read about the planning process, member feedback and our mission, vision, values in our new strategic plan.

Design in Public

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - August 15-23, 2020. Read more


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