Blog Archives

Advocacy Update – November 2018

NATIONAL NEWS From AIA National: ICC Voting Open The ICC has concluded its Public Comment Hearings for Group A of the 2021 ICC, and registered members may now vote on proposals that will directly impact the next edition of the

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

Register now for our upcoming Project Management Series

AIA Seattle is proud to announce a new leadership and project management program, Getting it Done: The Business of Projects. Tailored to reflect the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes architectural practice in our region, this four-part series will focus on

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Allied Professionals, Architects, Architecture for Health Committee, Associates, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on Homelessness, Committee on the Environment, Committees, For the Profession, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students, Uncategorized

2018 Honor Awards Winners

Arlington Elementary School by zMahlum Architects and Sawmill by Olson Kundig

SEATTLE, November 6, 2018—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the 68th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture on November 5 to celebrate excellence in design. The distinguished jury included Sunil Bald (New York), Will Laufs (Berlin/New York),

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – October 2018

Participants around a table work together on a collaborative sticky-note exercise

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Secures Language to Better Utilize Architects for Disaster Recovery Efforts Congress and President Trump enacted the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in October, paving the way for AIA to advance opportunities for architects to better serve communities when

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

Thank You to 2018 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 profession. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, Home Page

Advocacy Update – September 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Seattle Director Represents AIA at Global Climate Action Summit AIA Seattle Executive Director Lisa Richmond joined the AIA National delegation at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in mid-September. The Summit was convened by the

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

Advocacy Update – August 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Adds Voice in Opposition to Asbestos AIA National issued comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator this month on asbestos, opposing a proposed new federal rule that would create a pathway to consider new uses

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

Online Continuing Education: ‘The Future of Residential Design’ Forum

Filmed live at AIA Seattle’s 2018 Housing Design Forum, this online continuing education series features 10 captivating speakers and combines keynote presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue. Find out how today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employ innovative performance strategies,

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Profession, SPARC

2018 Honor Awards

As our region expands and our cities densify, we face challenges that innovative and human-centered design can address. Our community continues to prove that design has the power to affect positive change. This year, the Honor Awards celebrates and recognizes

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – July 2018

STATE NEWS I-1631 Reaches Ballot, Endorsements Sought The signature gathering effort for Washington Initiative 1631, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources and promote energy efficiency, was

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

Advocacy Update – June 2018

People working

STATE NEWS Mass Timber AIA Washington Council submitted a proposal to the State Building Code Council (SBCC) in May to permit the use of mass timber in the construction of taller buildings. Proposals are currently being reviewed by the SBCC’s

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

Call for Submissions: 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 – May 2018

STATE NEWS AIA Seattle Endorses I-1631 AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors has endorsed Washington Initiative 1631, the Protect Washington Act, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources

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

Welcome New 2018-19 Board of Directors

2018-2019 Board Nominees headshots

AIA Seattle’s Board Nominating Committee is pleased to present this slate of accomplished members to fill open seats on our Board of Directors beginning September 1, 2018. Our nominating committee – Ron Rochon FAIA (Chair), Vicki Ha AIA, Stephen Jablonsky, Amy Janof

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Architecture for Health Committee, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on the Environment, Committees, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Diversity Roundtable, Fellows and Honors, Honor Awards, Northwest Residential Press, Seattle International Architects Forum, SPARC, Uncategorized, Urban Design Forum, Women in Design, Young Architects Forum

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

Black text on white background: "Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities - A Design Ideas 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

AIA Eagle Icon

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

Posted in Public Policy Board Tagged with: , , ,

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

Posted in Public Policy Board Tagged with:

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