Blog Archives

Advocacy Update – August 2019

STATE NEWS Residential Energy Code Update Washington’s State Building Code Council (SBCC) is in the process of reviewing proposed amendments to the 2018 residential energy codes as approved by the SBCC’s Energy Code Technical Advisory Group. The proposed residential energy

Posted in Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – July 2019

ADU Mayor Durkan signing

NATIONAL NEWS AIA National Issues Report on Building Codes and Climate Change AIA National’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Codes and Standards issued a report outlining AIA’s vision for the adoption and application of building codes as design tools in a

Posted in Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – June 2019

Member ADUs

STATE NEWS State Legislative Session We are reposting AIA Washington Council’s final report on this year’s legislative session, which can be found here. AIA|WA encourages members to attend their state legislators’ in-district open-houses over the summer and fall. These are

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

2019 Honor Awards

The evolution of the architecture industry is more dynamic and exciting than ever. We continue to deepen our understanding of the power of design applied to health, equity, sustainability, and of course to the creation of beauty in our built

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

2019-20 Board of Directors

AIA Seattle is a member-led organization that depends on volunteer leadership and initiative. We are deeply grateful for the enormous energy and effort our board members and other volunteer leaders devote to our organization. Brendan Connolly AIA – President-Elect Member

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page, Uncategorized

Seattle City Council ADU Legislation

AIA Seattle supports the city’s goal (originally one of the 65 HALA recommendations) to encourage more backyard cottages by removing regulatory barriers and making it easier for property owners to create accessory dwelling units (ADUs). On May 13, Seattle’s Hearing

Posted in Uncategorized

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 //

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Profession, For the Public, SPARC, Uncategorized

ADU Tour Detail

AIA Seattle ADU Tour

  Saturday, June 15 11:00 am – 4:00 pm   ADUs on the Tour     Download: Quick reference brochure of tour sites   1. Crown Hill DADU 626 NW 75th St., Seattle, WA 98117 Contemporary two-level unit with a

Posted in Uncategorized

Support More ADUs in Seattle

On May 13, Seattle’s Hearing Examiner ruled on an appeal of the final environmental impact statement related to the proposed changes, allowing the city’s ADU legislation to proceed. Councilmember Mike O’Brien is expected to introduce his ADU legislation on May

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page, Uncategorized

Announcing the 2019 Travel Scholarship Recipients

Source images for Proactive Practice

Most often, architecture begins with an invitation. Architects are selected by clients, who define the parameters and ambitions of the work. We inhabit a world largely built within this model, but what happens when architects are the ones who initiate

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

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

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Allied Professionals, Architects, Architecture for Health Committee, Associates, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on Homelessness, Committee on the Environment, Committees, For the Profession, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students, Uncategorized

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),

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities Winners Announced

Black text on white background: "Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities - A Design Ideas Competition"

The distinguished jury included Mayor Allan Ekberg (City of Tukwila), Charles Mudede (The Stranger), Cleo Barnett (Amplifier), Milenko Matanovic (Pomegranate Center and Institute for Everyday Democracy), Osama Quotah AIA (LMN Architects), Sergio Dávila (Metropolitan University, Mexico City) and Sheryl Cababa

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Uncategorized

Welcome New 2018-19 Board of Directors

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

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Architecture for Health Committee, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on the Environment, Committees, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Diversity Roundtable, Fellows and Honors, Honor Awards, Northwest Residential Press, Seattle International Architects Forum, SPARC, Uncategorized, Urban Design Forum, Women in Design, Young Architects Forum

AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Fellows

AIA eagle icon with text "AIA College of 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

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

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

Posted in Associates, Fellows and Honors, Uncategorized

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

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students, Uncategorized, Women in Design, Young Architects Forum

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

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in Uncategorized

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

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

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

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

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

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

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

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,