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Advocacy Update – October 2019

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NATIONAL NEWS ICC vote on AIA’s Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix AIA National submitted a Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix to become part of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). If approved by the International Code Council (ICC) voting

Posted in Public Policy Board

AHC Fall Seminar – Lessons Learned Call for Lightning Talks

AIA Seattle Call for Lightning Talk Presentations 2019 AHC FALL EVENT: LESSONS LEARNED Nov 22, 2019, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Seattle FORUM OVERVIEW This year’s Architecture for Health Committee Fall Event includes one day of interdisciplinary presentations, design

Posted in Architecture for Health Committee, For the Public

Advocacy Update – September 2019

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NATIONAL NEWS AIA Makes Big Move on Climate This month AIA National launched an initiative to drive climate action within the architecture profession. As part of this effort, AIA called on architects around the world to support humanity’s collective call

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Climate Partner: Shift Zero

Its aim is to form a collective voice to advocate on behalf of zero net carbon buildings; inform policy solutions; and educate policymakers at all levels of government. Shift Zero’s diverse membership of local, regional and statewide organizations unites a

Posted in Climate, Public Policy Board

Seattle Proposes Speeding Up Oil to Electric Heating Conversions

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a plan to speed up the conversion of homes that burn oil for heat to cleaner electric heating as part of the city’s 2018 Seattle Climate Strategy. The City Council with consider legislation that would

Posted in Climate, Public Policy Board

Seattle Passes Local Green New Deal Resolution

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien introduced a resolution laying out the agenda for a Green New Deal for Seattle and an ordinance creating a Green New Deal Oversight Board. The resolution endorses the Federal Green New Deal and identifies five

Posted in Climate, Uncategorized

Mayor Durkan Approves Electronic Vehicle Readiness Legislation

On May 8, Mayor Durkan signed Electric Vehicle Readiness legislation into law. The new rules went into effect on June 7. The legislation will require all new buildings with off-street parking to include electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The goals are

Posted in Climate, Transportation

Seattle’s Center City Streetcar Gets Green Light to Move Forward

After months in limbo, Seattle’s Central City Connector Streetcar line was approved by Mayor Durkan to move forward, albeit with higher cost estimates and a timeline five years later than initially planned. Some design and engineering for the project will

Posted in Transportation, Uncategorized

Seattle Enacts Mandatory Housing Affordability

The ordinance will implement MHA in Seattle’s 27 urban villages and all other commercial and multifamily residential areas. All urban villages and multifamily residential and commercial zones will see zoning changes, allowing slightly larger or taller buildings. Additional development capacity

Posted in Housing, Uncategorized

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Speaks to AIA on Housing

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda spoke as part of AIA Seattle’s City Leaders Breakfast Series on June 12. She spoke about her housing priorities on the Council, including ADUs, allowing more duplexes and triplexes and more upzoning. She also talked

Posted in Housing, Uncategorized

Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan Approved

On June 10, the Seattle City Council voted to approve the city’s plan to turn the former military site at Fort Lawton into 237 affordable homes for low-income seniors and formerly homeless individuals alongside supportive services, workforce housing and affordable

Posted in Housing, Uncategorized

Seattle Enacts ADU Legislation

Two ADUs will now be allowed on each lot, either two attached ADUs or one attached ADU and one detached ADU. The maximum DADU size will increase from 800 to 1,000 square feet and the minimum lot size for DADUs

Posted in Housing, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

2019 Northwest Washington Design Awards

AIA Northwest Washington’s Steering Committee invites you to share your most dynamic, new work! Join us as we celebrate the best architectural designs available from the AIA members in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties for the Northwest Washington

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Advocacy Update – August 2019

STATE NEWS Residential Energy Code Update Washington’s State Building Code Council (SBCC) is in the process of reviewing proposed amendments to the 2018 residential energy codes as approved by the SBCC’s Energy Code Technical Advisory Group. The proposed residential energy

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2019 Northwest Washington Section Scholarship

AIA Northwest Washington Section is proud to offer its annual scholarship fund, designed to encourage and assist local residents pursuing a degree in architecture. The scholarship is open to students from Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties currently enrolled

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

Mayor Durkan Announces Housing Seattle Now

Mayor Durkan announced her Housing Seattle Now initiative outlining various strategies and policies to address housing and homelessness. This initiative rebrands the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, which AIA Seattle previously endorsed. Durkan outlined four priorities for Housing Seattle Now:

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Resilient Infrastructure Could Save $4.2 Trillion

Posted in Adaptation & Resilience

Call for Submissions: Home of Distinction

David Coleman Architecture - July 2019 Home of Distinction

Licensed AIA members and AIA Seattle Member Firms in the Puget Sound region are invited to submit innovative residential design solutions to be highlighted in Shelter, a bi-monthly section inside Seattle magazine. Read more

Posted in For the Profession, SPARC

Advocacy Update – June 2019

Member ADUs

STATE NEWS State Legislative Session We are reposting AIA Washington Council’s final report on this year’s legislative session, which can be found here. AIA|WA encourages members to attend their state legislators’ in-district open-houses over the summer and fall. These are

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

2019 Honor Awards

LIVE EVENT ON NOVEMBER 4 AT TOWN HALL SEATTLE The Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is AIA Seattle’s annual marquee program, drawing hundreds of attendees to a lecture-style event of unique rigor and breadth. This nationally-recognized program provides an important

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Register Now for Sessions for Small Firms

This is not a series. Individual session registration will be available 6-8 weeks in advance of each half-day course, and presenters, session times and locations will vary. Session 1 | Mastering Communications with Clients and Project Teams July 17, 2019 //

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Profession, For the Public, SPARC, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – May 2019

Member ADUs

STATE NEWS State Legislative Session The Legislature adjourned minutes before midnight on April 28, marking the first time in 10 years that a legislature has ended a budget-writing session on time. The state budgets were pushed through in the final

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

AIA Seattle Announces 2019 Honorees

2019 President's Dinner Honoree Collage

Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors committee each spring. AIA Seattle is delighted to recognize these recipients for their exceptional contributions to the profession and our community. Please join us in congratulating the

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession, Home Page

2019 Volunteer and Committee Awards

2019 Volunteer and Committee Award Winners

This year we recognize Karen DeLucas AIA (top left) and Cheryl Jacobs AIA (bottom right); Trevor Dykstra AIA (bottom center); and the Committee on Homelessness, co-chairs: Anton Dekom AIA (top right) and Alexander Froehlic Assoc. AIA (bottom left). Volunteer Award

Posted in Committee on Homelessness, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page

Advocacy Update – April 2019

bill signing with AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council staff

FEDERAL NEWS AIA Pledges Support for the Invest in America Act AIA National is supporting a newly-introduced federal bill, the Invest in America Act (HR 2210), which was introduced on April 10 by Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut) and Rep. Kenny

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

AHC Call for Board Members

The Architecture for Health Committee is pleased to open the call for new members to its board for positions beginning in 2019.  The committee is seeking two replacements this year: Architect member from Washington Affiliate member from Oregon Architect Board

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AIA NWW March Newsletter

  March 2019, AIANWW News: Happy Spring… almost! Except for the recent snow and frigid temperatures, of course. Finally! We have help! Karen Bacon is officially on board as our “Coordinator”. She will be helping organize LU and news activities

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

Advocacy Update – March 2019

AIA Seattle delegates pose with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

FEDERAL NEWS AIA Grassroots An AIA Seattle contingent attended AIA’s Grassroots conference in Washington, D.C. this month and participated in Hill Day, where AIA members from across the nation head to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators. AIA Seattle

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

International Women’s Day 2019

AIA Seattle delegates pose with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

According to data from NCARB, women and men have been graduating with architectural degrees in roughly equal numbers for the last twenty years and yet, as of 2017, only 19% of licensed architects are women. Fewer than 1% of respondents

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Women in Design

Register Now for Our Upcoming Code Dependent Seminars

Join us for four upcoming sessions to learn from Code experts.  All sessions will be held at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room | 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 Session 1 | URM What? Unreinforced Masonry Buildings In

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Code, Committees, For the Profession, Home Page, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, SPARC, Sponsors, Students

AIA Seattle Announces 2019 Fellows

AIA eagle icon with text "AIA College of Fellows"

Ruth Baleiko FAIA has over 20 years of experience in creating spaces that change the way people interact. By embracing a variety of typologies within a singular project, she has expanded the way architects design learning, teaching, and working spaces.

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession, Home Page

Advocacy Update – February 2019

Margaret Knight AIA speaks at The Power of Community Engagement event at SDF2017

FEDERAL NEWS Virtual Capitol Hill Day AIA members not attending AIA National’s Grassroots conference in DC next month are invited to participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day instead. On March 6, AIA members will be able to use this

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

Celebrating Black History Month

Diversity Roundtable receives the AIA Seattle Committee Award at the 2018 Parti

February is Black History Month and this year’s theme, Black Migrations, emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. This vision is especially relevant to the architectural profession, where people of

Posted in Committees, Diversity Roundtable

2019 SIAF + DRT Social Hour

The AIA Seattle Social Hour Series is a bimonthly gathering presented by the Seattle International Architecture Forum and Diversity Roundtable committees to encourage connections amongst diverse practitioners within the Seattle design community. Please join us for an opportunity to engage in discussions

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, For the Public, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Seattle International Architects Forum, Sponsors, Students, Women in Design

Advocacy Update – January 2019

STATE NEWS 2019 Legislative Session The 2019 state legislative session began this week in Olympia and will run through April 28. AIA Washington Council is already participating in hearings on bills related to the Governor’s clean buildings climate package and

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

WID + DRT: Conversations Towards An Equitable Practice

Despite increasing diversity in students and young professionals entering the field, architecture remains a remarkably homogeneous profession. The retention statistics are alarming. We are losing potential talent and important perspectives. How can we help retain more diverse voices in our

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, For the Public, Women in Design