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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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Advocacy Update – October 2018

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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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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

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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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AIA Seattle is hiring!

AIA Seattle is seeking dynamic and passionate candidates for two positions: Membership & Volunteer Manager and a Program & Project Coordinator. Read more

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Register Now for Our Upcoming Got Codes? Seminars

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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

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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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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

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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

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Advocacy Update – January 2018

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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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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

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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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AIA Seattle 2016 Annual Report

When the Center opened in early 2016, we hoped to create a place of engagement, learning and influence, where members and the public would come together around the idea that “Design Matters”. In its first few months, the Center has

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2017 CAP Collaboration Educational Series

Our sponsors offer their knowledge and expertise in the field to help our members earn their continuing education credits through our CAP Collaboration Educational Series. Read more

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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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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

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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 Travel Scholarship Recipient

Garrett Nelli Assoc. AIA is the 2017 recipient of AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, for his proposal, “Public Interest: Redefining the Architect’s Role in and Responsibility to Society.” Read more

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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

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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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Congratulations to Volunteer & Committee Award Winners!

  This year we recognize  Cameron Hall AIA (top, left) and Erica Loynd AIA (top, right), as well as the Urban Housing Forum Planning Taskforce, co-chairs Carl Dominguez AIA and Garrett Reynolds AIA (bottom, left to right). Volunteer Award Winner:

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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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2016 Honor Awards Winners

AIA Seattle hosted the 2016 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. The award-winning projects, announced at a packed event at Benaroya Hall, serve as powerful demonstrations of the outstanding caliber of design that is consistently produced by Washington-based architects and designers. Read more

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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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