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Future-Ready Building: Disruptive Technology & Data-Driven Design

How do we make buildings and cities future-ready, considering the shifting tech landscape and the need for human-centered design? Considering big data uses and emerging technologies, is the architect the creator or curator? Thought leaders and industry experts in the fields

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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

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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

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Register Now For Our Upcoming Code Evolutions Seminars

AIA Seattle’s Code Committee wants to help you learn and understand the upcoming updates to the Washington State Energy Code, International Building Code, and the Seattle Building Code. Read more

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Smarter Buildings: At the Intersection of Architecture, Design, and Technology

Smarter Buildings explores advancements in the field of building technology through case studies of the world’s smartest buildings. As this year’s recipient of AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Scholarship, architect Derik Eckhardt traveled to Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Boston, Copenhagen, Dubai, London, Portland and

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AIA Seattle Announces 2017 Fellows

The 2017 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated four AIA Seattle members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant national contributions to the profession. Read more

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

Medical Design Forum: Balancing Costs & Quality in an Evolving Landscape

This two-day forum, February 9-10, explores how tightening budgets impact healthcare providers and their capital projects and includes multi-disciplined expert panel discussions, an expo with demonstrations of emerging prefabrication and modeling technologies, and a tour of an award-winning, adaptive reuse project – Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way. Read more

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HALA: What’s Happening Now

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is a set of 65 recommendations issued by the 28 member HALA Advisory Committee to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis. Read more

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2017 Happy Hour Series

YAF + WID Happy Hour Series

Attend the AIA Seattle Happy Hour Series for the chance to grab a drink, socialize with peers, and hear from designers at the host firms. Read more

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Building Transparency: Straight Talk in the A/E/C Community

How do traditional barriers and myths stop project teams from delivering better projects and excelling in Seattle’s busy market? During this full-day forum, AIA Seattle hopes to pull back the curtain on the unique perspectives, internal pressures, and decision-making frameworks of building professionals, their clients and their partners. Read more

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By December 22: Please Vote on AIA Seattle Proposed By-Laws Amendment

We propose this by-laws amendment to create a new position on our Board of Directors to represent the Northwest Washington section of AIA Seattle. Please vote today! Read more

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Carbon Pricing Discussions in Olympia

As you know, AIA Seattle endorsed Initiative 732 on the November 2016 ballot, which would have established a carbon tax in the state. While that initiative failed with 41% of voters approving, it has spurred a state-wide conversation about carbon

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AIA Seattle Members Have Been Heard

Dear AIA Seattle Members, I wrote you on Friday to share our chapter’s renewed commitment to our core principles of equity, diversity and sustainability, in light of the significant political changes underway in our country.  Since sending that message, I

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YAF NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEETING – 2016 AIA WA Advocacy Summit

CHANGE OF DATE: YAF MEETING IS PUSHED TO NOV 17TH DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS! Join us for our monthly meetings set the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:30pm at the AIA Seattle office. AIA Seattle members, allied members, and

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, For the Profession, Member Firms, Recent Graduates

YAF OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING – ARE 5.0 Transition

  Join us for our monthly meetings set the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:30pm at the AIA Seattle office. AIA Seattle members, allied members, and sponsors are encouraged to join, as well as professionals in the design community.

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Materials Matter

Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Read more

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Thank You to Departing Board and Committee Chairs!

It is through these folks that we have successfully engaged our community of architects and other design related professionals in meaningful conversations and elevated the value and quality of design in Seattle. A tremendous thank you for all the time

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Advocacy Update: AIA Endorsement of I-732, Action on Transit, Living Buildings, and More

Why AIA Seattle Endorses Initiative 732 The AIA Seattle Board of Directors has voted to endorse Washington Initiative 732, a plan to tax carbon emissions at their source over the next 40 years. We encourage AIA Seattle members to vote

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State Repositioning Results in Lower Dues and Enhanced Advocacy

AIA members in the state of Washington will soon start seeing big changes, a result of more than a year of hard work by volunteer leaders across the state. These changes will directly benefit members in Seattle, and launch a new era for AIA in Washington State. Read more

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Honor Awards 2016

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

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Register Now For Our Upcoming Code Transition Seminars

AIA Seattle’s Code Committee wants to help you learn and understand the upcoming updates to the Washington State Energy Code, International Building Code, and the Seattle Building Code. Join us for these upcoming seminars to learn from Code experts like

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Code, Committees, For the Profession, Home Page, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors

Seattle Design Festival 2017: POWER

The 2017 Seattle Design Festival will be September 9-22. Read more

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Volunteer & Committee Awards

Mary Wyllie, Peggy Heim, David Mead & Michael Fiegenschuh

AIA Seattle recognizes our hardworking and dedicated volunteers through a set of awards, the Volunteer Award and Committee Award, to acknowledge individuals and committees who demonstrate a high level of leadership, involvement and outstanding contribution to the organization. Read more

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

Why Initiative-123 Doesn’t Add Up

AIA Seattle is Opposing Seattle Initiative 123 to Protect Seattle’s Central Waterfront Read more

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AIA Seattle 2015 Annual Report

Our biggest news in 2015 was the development of the new Center for Architecture & Design. Many dedicated donors, volunteers and staff created the Center to give architects and designers a new platform from which to share the value and relevance of design. The incredible growth of

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Action on Local Advocacy Issues

Supporting Design Review Reform Architects know that Seattle’s existing design review process needs to be improved in order to achieve better design outcomes for our city. In 2014, AIA Seattle advocated for an independent task force to review the current

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, For the Profession, Home Page, Member Firms, Recent Graduates

Living Small: Ideas for Living in the City

April 21 – June 25 // TUES-FRI 10am-6pm + SAT 1-5pm See photos here from Trevor Dykstra from our Opening Reception! Free Admission As Seattle grows, how can housing  design keep pace with the evolving ways we are living in

Posted in Architects, Associates, Committee on the Environment, Design In Public, Fellows and Honors, For the Public, Home Page, Uncategorized, Young Architects Forum

CAP Collaboration Educational Series

Learn from our Corporate Allied Partners who are knowledge experts on a variety of topics. AIA Seattle’s Corporate Allied Partners (CAPs) enliven the AIA Seattle community and value involvement with AIA members. They also provide rich, interdisciplinary AIA-credited programming through

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AIA Seattle announces 2016 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, Home Page, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Congratulations to these nine accomplished AIA Seattle members and allied professionals who have been elected to return or fill open seats on the Board of Directors for the term beginning September 1, 2016. Read more

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2016 Honors Dinner

Please join us for an evening reception on Saturday, June 4 to celebrate the 2016 AIA Seattle honorees for championing outstanding design in our city and region. Each year, AIA Seattle recognizes leadership and achievement in design and the built

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Special thanks to our 2016 Medical Design Forum sponsors!

Our 2016 Medical Design Forum sponsors helped make this program a great success! Read more

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AIA Seattle Announces 2016 Fellows

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated four AIA Seattle members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant national contributions to the profession. Read more

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AIA Seattle Announces 2016 Travel Scholarship Recipient

Derik Eckhardt, AIA, is the 2016 recipient of AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, for his proposal, “Smart Buildings – How Do Emerging Technologies Make our Buildings More Intelligent?” Read more

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Last Call to register for the 2016 Medical Design Forum: Urban Renewal + Integration

This year’s Medical Design Forum will cover a broad array of topics in healthcare design and explore their impact on communities, especially through the urban lens. Read more

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