Featuring international playgrounds, drawings, sketches, videos and playable installations, Extraordinary Playscapes examines the importance of play and the latest thinking in playground design. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, visitors will discover how designers are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.

Join us for the Opening Reception July 13 and a Family Fun Day July 15.

Further localizing the topics and speakers, the summer 2017 sessions will delve into strategies for integrating informed materials decision-making and transparency into projects; the tools and data useful for assessing and prioritizing materials; and issues of social and environmental advocacy, along with the impacts that manufacturers, firms and clients have on human and environmental health. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Through our partnership with Seattle magazine, AIA Seattle shares our members’ work with a discerning audience and provides connections to local clients who are interested in working with an architect. Projects selected through the Home of Distinction program are showcased to Seattle magazine’s 270,000 readers and 175,000+ monthly online visitors. Join us in communicating the value of working with a licensed architect by submitting to the Home of Distinction program! Apply by July 28, 2017.

Diversity Roundtable’s  2017 Solstice Event: Past, Present, Future at Capitol Hill’s 10 Degrees event space,  Wednesday June 21

Digital Urbanism with Urban Design Forum @ the Center, Wednesday June 28, 5:30pm.

And a special guest speaker Vanna Novak will discuss public speaking and presentation skills at Women in Design’s meeting @ the Center on Friday June 30, Noon.


With the opening of the new Center for Architecture & Design, we have entered a new era of public engagement, demonstrating the value of architectural thinking to our thriving community. An elevated public profile aided our advocacy efforts in 2016 and our robust peer-to-peer professional education continued in 2016, with new programming on urban housing, sustainable and healthy building materials and industry business models. Read more about the past year in our AIA Seattle 2016 Annual Report and plans ahead in our 2017 Annual Plan.

Design in Public

Seattle Design Festival 2017: POWER

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