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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

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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

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Submit your project for AIA Seattle’s ADU Tour!

AIA Seattle ADU Tour

The purpose of the tour is to showcase innovative designs and offer examples to the public of what DADUs/AADUs can look like in Seattle. If you have a built project that you would like to submit for consideration and that

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Recipients Announced for 2019 AIA Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund

The Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund has awarded three scholarships totally $4500 to local residents pursuing Architectural education. 2018-2019 Recipients: Truman Hood is from Langley, Washington and currently a senior at Washington State University working towards his Architecture BS degree

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2018 AIAS Honor Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Honor Awards! Each year the AIAS honors individuals and groups for their exemplary work in areas such as leadership, collaboration, scholarship and service. Read more

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Karen L. Braitmayer FAIA receives 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

Karen Braitmayer FAIA

Nationally recognized for her leadership and advocacy for civil rights for people with disabilities, Karen L. Braitmayer FAIA has smashed physical and social barriers for herself and for others. By promoting equity and inclusion through her consulting work and education efforts, Braitmayer

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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

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2019 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

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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),

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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

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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

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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

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AIA Seattle 2017 Annual Report

2017 was a year of growth for AIA Seattle, and for the city we call home. Our activities flourished as our members played an active role in conversations that are shaping our region. Advocacy was a major focus for the

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Message to Members | AIA Seattle Voting at Conference

SEATTLE, June 19, 2019— AIA Seattle President Sidney Scarboro AIA will head to A’18: AIA Conference on Architecture in New York this week to represent our chapter at the Annual Business Meeting. The AIA Seattle Board reviewed all resolutions before

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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