I Am AIA:
David Fish AIAExpand
I became a licensed architect in 2013 and began working at Perkins + Will in 2014. I am so fortunate to be a part of three buildings in our office pursuing DPD's Living Building Pilot Program, one of which I am managing. It is my pleasure to be a part of attempting to bring such a far-reaching program into a market-rate situation and to a set of developers that are positioned to be leaders in the pursuit of sustainability. This makes me proud.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
I transferred from AIA Triangle in Raleigh primarily to continue to pursue a community of architects like I had been a part of back east.
What is the value of AIA to you?
For me AIA can serve two major functions. Both are outreach. One to the public to help encapsulate and deliver design to those that may not understand it or care. And two, interface with policy makers to advocate and lobby for mechanisms to enable better buildings.
What relationships have you created?
In reference to the two scenarios above, I was part of a founding group at AIA Triangle to host a residential architecture tour. It has grown in size and stature from ~800 visitors in 2010 to well over 5,000 last year. Regarding policy makers in Seattle, through the LB Pilot work I have developed a close working relationship with code writers at DPD and those in sustainable design incentive thinking. (Notably Jess Harris, Aly Pennuci and David Goldberg)
How do you want AIA Seattle to impact our city?
Continue the course that is set. The Seattle Design Festival is great, let’s make it better. Many tours are offered, let’s partner to make them more visible. Let’s gather and create solid ideas to shape our land use code, preservation and development language, let’s become most visible in Seattle in general.
What interested you about being on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors?
The knowledge and experience in that room must be leveraged to achieve great outcomes for the City, outer neighborhoods and the profession. I want to be a part of those giants, learn, engage and re-distribute that wealth of knowledge in time. I’ll also try to add to it!
What project are you working on now?
I have four in my hopper. 15th & Market in Ballard – spec office, 6 stories, LB Pilot project, competition for the Integrated Science Building, Parking and Central Utility Plant on the University of Kansas campus. Illumina – a 400,000 sf T.I. in San Francisco, a laboratory test and manufacturing facility. And finally my attic – I’m finishing my attic into our master bedroom suite!