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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 //

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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

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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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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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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

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

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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

Advocacy Update – January 2018

Interested in receiving advocacy information straight to your inbox? Take this short survey to opt-in to receive additional policy information on specific topics from AIA Seattle. Read more

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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

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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

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Working with an Architect

Architect and client

The AIA launched TopicA to provide homeowners, building owners, and community leaders with helpful information on the value of working with an architect. Read more

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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

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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

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Join AIA Seattle’s Committee on Homelessness

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

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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

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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

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Materials Matter – Season 2

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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