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AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Honorees

2018 Honorees headshot collage with 2018 President's Dinner save the date

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 Committees, Fellows and Honors

Advocacy Update – April 2018

UDF SLU city skyline

  STATE NEWS Carbon Ballot Measure This month a Thurston County judge approved the ballot title language for I-1631, this year’s carbon initiative aimed at reaching the November ballot. Ballot titles can make or break an initiative, and the judge’s

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

Seattle Design Festival | Call for Proposals

Seattle Design Festival 2018 TRUST

2018 is the year of TRUST. From September 8 – 21, the Seattle Design Festival (SDF) will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore how we design for TRUST.  Call for Proposals Due May 7. Read more

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public

Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities | A Design Competition

Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities calls upon designers of all disciplines to apply the power of design thinking to the urgent need to welcome, support and empower urban immigrants and refugees. Read more

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public

Your Voice Matters

Please take 2 minutes to complete our short 4-question survey to let us know how we are doing and ways we can improve. We will keep your responses confidential, reporting the data only in aggregate form. Your voice will make a

Posted in Committees, For the Profession

Register Now for Our Upcoming Got Codes? Seminars

Got Codes graphic

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 | Practical FHA-ADA-Accessibility Code Compliance May 23,

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

Advocacy Update – March 2018

People working

STATE NEWS Legislative Session This year’s 60-day legislative session was characterized by significant movement on several Democratic priorities that had been stalled in recent years. As a result of the Democrats taking full control of state government in 2018, bills

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

In Honor of International Women’s Day 2018

This call to action is especially relevant to the architectural profession, where women account for approximately 25% of the profession and only 17% of firm leadership, according to data from the AIA. The AIA, as part of the global community, champions

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Missions, Visions, Values

AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Fellows

R. David Frum FAIA is the president of Salus Architecture, a firm exclusively dedicated to healthcare facility design. David spent much of his career leading healthcare projects. He is known as an expert on healthcare design, both nationally and in

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

AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Travel Scholarship Recipient

Submission image collage with Travel Scholarship logo

Because it Rains – Most mornings, we Seattleites armor ourselves in a Gortex-led battle against the elements. We track showers like infantry in an endless array of Doppler readings and forecasts. As designers, we are taught to continue the fight and

Posted in Associates, Fellows and Honors, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – February 2018

With the 2018 Legislative Session in full swing, it continues to be a busy time in advocacy for the built environment. Read on to learn more about the bills AIA Washington Council is following most closely, as well as updates on Shift Zero, Seattle’s search for a new Seattle City Light CEO, and ways to get involved locally. Read more

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

Register Now for Our Upcoming Small Firm Management Workshop Series

All the sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 8:00am – 12:45pm at MG2, in the “Town Square” on the third floor // 1101 2nd Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98101 Best Laid Plans: Business Planning for Small Firm Architects April 18,

Posted in For the Profession, SPARC

Visit AIA Seattle at the 2018 Seattle Home Show

William Page and Joseph Mucci staff the 2014 AIA Seattle booth at the 2014 Home Show

As the nation’s longest running and largest consumer home show, the Seattle Home Show offers Northwest residents a “one stop shopping” experience in home products and services. Visit the AIA Seattle booth at the 2018 Seattle Home Show to: Meet AIA

Posted in For the Public, SPARC

2018 Happy Hour Series

YAF WID Happy Hour series

The AIA Seattle Happy Hour Series is a monthly gathering presented by the Young Architects Forum and Women in Design committees to encourage connections within the Seattle design community. This year’s happy hours will explore the social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities of design. JOIN US EVERY

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students, Uncategorized, Women in Design, Young Architects Forum

Congratulations to Volunteer & Committee Award Winners!

This year we recognize the Diversity Roundtable co-chairs Meredith Everist AIA, Margaret Knight AIA, Susan Frieson AIA  (top, left to right), and Vicki Ha AIA, Phillip Tomlinson AIA, and Jason Williard AIA (bottom, left to right). Design in Public Volunteer Award: Vicki Ha AIA New

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page

Register by February 12 to Participate in the 2018 Seattle Home Show

William Page and Joseph Mucci staff the 2014 AIA Seattle booth at the 2014 Home Show

As the nation’s longest running and largest consumer home show, the Seattle Home Show offers Northwest residents a “one stop shopping” experience in home products and services. Attracted by an informative and wide reaching marketing campaign, visitors come from the

Posted in Member Firms, SPARC, Uncategorized

Nominate a Colleague for Local & National Honors

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Consider nominating one or more of your peers for a local award, the College of Fellows, or for the AIA Seattle Board of Directors. AIA Seattle enthusiastically welcomes nominations for these awards and honors through Monday, February 19. Individual Awards

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

Advocacy Update – December 2017

Interested in receiving advocacy information straight to your inbox? Take this short survey to sign up to receive our periodic Advocacy Update Enewsletter and let us know your advocacy interests. Read more

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

2017 Honor Awards Winners

AIA Seattle hosted the 67th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. Across the spectrum of project types, the jury commended the strong design culture represented by both the breadth and quality of submitted projects, and applauded the winners for their masterful use of materials and high marks on building craft. Read more

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Honor Awards

Architects asked to respond to EPA’s assault on the environment

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on Oct. 10 that his agency will withdraw the Clean Power Plan which requires states to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their individual energy consumption. Architects Advocate is asking members to take

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Being an Effective Advocate: A Guide for AIA Seattle Members

Legislators look to their constituents to bring information to their attention and to let them know how they want to be represented. Architects can play a key role in public policy debates and decisions on issues important to the built

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AIA Seattle Reaffirms its Commitment to Combating Climate Change

AIA Seattle opposes President Trump’s move to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the world’s ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. We stand with AIA President Thomas

Posted in Committee on the Environment, Missions, Visions, Values, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Join AIA Seattle’s Homelessness Task Force

AIA Seattle’s public policy advocacy efforts span all aspects of a well-designed, livable city. Our concept of a livable city includes one where everyone has a home. AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board has been exploring issues related to homelessness and

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, For the Profession, For the Public, Member Firms, Missions, Visions, Values, Public Policy Board, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students

Champions for Change: AIA Advocacy Opportunities

Opportunities to Comment ADUs/DADUs Comment on the scope of Seattle’s proposed ADU environmental impact statement, comment period extended to Nov. 16: http://www.seattle.gov/council/adu-eis Opportunities for Action Urban Design Transform downtown Seattle by volunteering your time on the Lid I-5 project Climate

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Hurricane Harvey building evaluators needed in Texas

From: Minnery, Rachel [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:19 PM Subject: Volunteer in Texas? Thank you for your generous offer to be of assistance to our friends in Texas.  The Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is mobilizing a roster

Posted in Committees, Disaster Preparedness & Response

Thank You to 2017 Departing Board Members and Committee Chairs!

It is through these passionate members that we have successfully engaged our community of architects and other design related professionals in meaningful conversations about the value of design and the professsion. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your time,

Posted in For the Profession, Steering Committee, Uncategorized, Women in Design

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

Whether your project is a small remodel or new construction — or if you are just curious about the design process — AIA architects can help. Join us for an information-packed overview of the design and construction process including budget

Posted in Committees, For the Public, SPARC, Uncategorized

2017 Honor Awards

Your viewpoint is more important than the photograph. Show us your thinking. Show us what is behind the marketing image; reveal the relationships and ideas that inform your design. Read more

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Summer 2017 Advocacy Updates – Mayoral Forum, Capital Budget & More

AIA Washington Council’s Spring Advocacy Conference prepares members for the next legislative session AIA Washington Council held its Spring Advocacy Conference in June to make preparations for the 2018 state legislative session.  Although the 2017 session remained stuck in budget

Posted in For the Profession, Public Policy Board

Built Environment Mayoral Candidate Forum

Seattle will have a new mayor next year, and the built environment of our city is under stress like never before.  How do the candidates propose to accommodate the 3,125 new Seattleites who arrive each month while addressing the homelessness

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

Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS Available for Comment

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability

Posted in Public Policy Board, SPARC, Uncategorized

Small Firm Essentials: Four Ways to Maximize Profit

This highly interactive 4-hour workshop describes essential actions necessary to becoming more profitable – controlling scope creep, improving work processes, balancing staff skill with work types, and understanding how to figure out what to charge. Practical methods for addressing each

Posted in For the Profession, SPARC

How are we doing?

AIA Seattle needs to hear what’s important from our members and non-members in order to be a better resource for the design community and a leading advocate of well-designed, livable spaces. Your feedback matters! Read more

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page, Membership Steering Committee, Uncategorized

City Council votes on HALA-related rezones for Downtown and SLU

On Monday, April 10, the full Seattle City Council will vote to expand the City’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezone program to Downtown and South Lake Union.  MHA will require developers to build affordable homes or contribute to a City

Posted in Public Policy Board

AIA Seattle Announces 2017 Honorees

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 Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Fellows and Honors, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Member Firms, Missions, Visions, Values, Sponsors

Federal, State and Local Advocacy Updates – and a new Advocacy Manager

The past month has been an active one for advocacy on the built environment, at every level, from city to state to federal. As always, AIA advocacy is led by our members’ interests, and enhanced by the expertise and engagement

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Missions, Visions, Values, Public Policy Board