Seattle Dept. of Transportation Director Sam Zimbabwe will join us for a discussion of his first year in Seattle, a look at his priorities for 2020, and his thoughts on AIA Seattle priorities including reducing SOV trips through the city, improving bike and pedestrian access, and equitably increasing transit options. Bring your questions! More info and RSVP here.

Filmed live on May 20 at the 2019 Housing Design Forum, Density Done Right is now available in 7 individual sessions online for up to 7.25 continuing education HSW credits. This series of case studies and lightning talks offers innovative strategies for achieving higher housing density, creating more housing options that support vibrant communities, and promoting equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods. Learn from architects, planners and developers on the forefront of density done right.
Are you a recent grad or newly-licensed architect looking to gain a truly global knowledge base? Each year, AIA Seattle facilitates a unique opportunity to expand the experience and leadership growth of young professionals through international travel and research. Through a $5,000 grant, the Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship supports one young professional annually in pursuing cross-cultural dialogue in the field to expand their architectural practice, spreading ideas to and from the Puget Sound.

The 2020 Medical Design Forum presents two days of interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies and engaging conversations about how to address the magnitude of the climate crisis while meeting regulatory requirements to ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients. We invite AEC and healthcare professionals to join us in exploring actionable solutions for better care — for people and the planet. Learn more and register here.

Big Mouth House & National Nordic Museum (pictured) took the top Awards of Honors. Check out the full list of winners.  Thanks to all that submitted your built, conceptual and research & innovation projects – and for continuing the conversation of design in our community!

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.

And congratulations to all the 2019 NWW Design Awards winners! 

Whether we like it or not, technology is deeply rooted in our everyday lives. As emerging technologies continue to evolve, and our cities morph and adapt, the relationship between technology and our urban environments grows more complex. Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies explores the notion of balance by posing a series of questions about how we can focus emerging technologies towards the human experience and develop best urban practices to make our cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable.

This month in state and local advocacy: AIA works on the state’s implementation process for the new energy performance standard for commercial buildings; the Seattle City Council closes out the budget and other last minute items prior to the new council taking office in January; AIA Washington Council’s state legislative agenda is set in advance of the 2020 session’s January kick-off; and more! Read the full November Advocacy Update here.

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 14-23, 2020. Read more


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