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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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AIA Seattle Endorses I-1631 to Establish a Fee on Carbon Emissions

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 and promote energy efficiency.  I-1631 levies

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2018-19 Board of Directors Elections Now Open

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

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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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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

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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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Jen Cho AIA

The great recession failed to demolish her optimism, and she worked at Mithun on a variety of projects including student housing and a private school expansion. In 2016, she joined Encore Architects, and has since focused on multifamily housing. Jen

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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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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

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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Lid I-5 Opportunity

The Lid I-5 Team recently announced two major milestones in its campaign to reconnect communities divided by Interstate 5 and create new opportunities for construction of affordable housing and other public assets: The Washington State Convention Center agreed to fully

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Final Design Review Changes Approved by the Seattle City Council

On Oct. 2 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved final changes to the city’s Design Review program. Thank you to those of you who offered your comments on the Design Review process to the City and to AIA Seattle during

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Contacting Your State Legislators

Find your district and elected representatives on the Washington State Legislature website.  For additional resources, see the Washington State Elected Officials page, here. Calling You can call your legislator at any time, day or night, and leave a message. While all legislators maintain both

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Get Involved with State Government

While any Washington resident is welcome to contact statewide elected officials such as the Governor, Lt. Governor, or Attorney General, typically the best way to impact state government policy is by contacting your personal state senator or representatives. Compared to

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State Government: AIA Washington Council

AIA Washington Council: Lobbies on legislative and regulatory matters; Maintains relations with the Governor’s Office, legislators and legislative staff; Builds coalitions with state agencies, organizations, consumer groups, and other public bodies; Tracks legislation that impacts architects and the practice of

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Washington State Elected Officials

  Governor Jay Inslee Democrat Website Office of the Governor P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002 Phone: 360-902-4111 Fax: 360-753-4110 Email form   Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib Democrat Website Office of the Lieutenant Governor P.O. Box 40400 Olympia, WA 98504-0400

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Advocacy Update: AIA Seattle Homelessness Task Force, Capital Budget, & Advocacy Opportunities

Join AIA Seattle’s Homelessness Task Force AIA Seattle is calling on members to join our Homelessness Task Force. Interested members will be invited to help shape AIA Seattle’s response to this issue. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis

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Washington State Congressional Delegation

Senator Patty Murray Democrat Website Committees: Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Appropriations; Budget; Veterans’ Affairs Serves on the Senate Democratic leadership team Washington, D.C. Office 154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238 Toll

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Federal Government: AIA National

AIA National maintains a dedicated advocacy team in the DC office to track and draft bills, coordinate with other organizations and mobilize member advocacy. AIA staff advocate for policies that shape smart decisions and encourage innovation; legislation that secures the

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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

Thank You to 2017 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 professsion. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your time,

Posted in For the Profession, Steering Committee, Uncategorized, Women in Design

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

Posted in Committees, For the Public, SPARC, Uncategorized

2017 Honor Awards

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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Summer Intern Happy Hour & Portfolio Review

AIA Seattle is excited to introduce the Summer Intern Happy Hour & Portfolio Review. Each summer, hundreds of students relocate to Seattle to gain experience at top architectural firms. We want to offer this next generation of talent a forum

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Mandatory Housing Affordability Draft EIS Available for Comment

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that studies three alternatives for zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability

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2017-2018 Board of Directors

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, 2017. Our nominating committee – Mary Johnston FAIA (Past President), Christine Scharrer AIA, Charlie

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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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Nominate a Colleague for Local Awards, College of Fellows, or Board of Directors by February 15

Your nominations are critical to our chapter’s ability to recognize and encourage design leadership across the breadth of our profession. Submit by February 15. Read more

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Open to All: Designing for the full range of human experience – ends February 18

Open to All: Designing for the Full Range of Human Experience, opening @ the Center in January, 2017, shows how designers make places, objects and experiences to better match the diversity of individual interactions with them. 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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YAF CONSTRUCTION TOUR – Kinects Tower // 01/25

Join the Young Architects Forum for a construction tour of the Kinects Tower, a 357-unit residential tower in the Denny Triangle by Andersen Construction and Bumgardner Architects. The 40-story apartment project at 1823 Minor Ave. gets progressively larger on each

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  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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Thanks Project Inkblot

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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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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

This Saturday: Grand Opening of the Center for Architecture & Design!

Stop by to check out Seattle’s new design hub and explore the current exhibit, FitNation. Read more

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