Public Policy Board
Architects care about the places they live and have the knowledge and tools to make a difference through design.
Through advocacy, AIA Seattle promotes a well designed, sustainable city and creates opportunities for architects to prosper. Our advocacy agenda spans all scales of design in our city. AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board (PPB), appointed by our Board of Directors, leads our advocacy efforts. Each fall, the PPB seeks member input on advocacy priorities, then selects a handful of issues as the focus of our work for the coming year.
What we do
- Select a limited number of priority issues for direct advocacy
- Recommend positions on issues for consideration by the AIA Seattle Board; the AIA Seattle Board issues new position statements on behalf of the organization
- Seek input from other design and allied professionals
What we are working on
Ongoing advocacy priorities include:
- Housing: Seattle’s HALA & MHA processes; housing availability; homelessness
- City Design: Design Review process; urban design plans; Seattle’s comprehensive plan; mass transit
- Sustainable Design: energy codes; high performance buildings; carbon pricing; materials transparency
- Seattle Central Waterfront: support Seattle’s ongoing design and funding processes
For more information on the PPB’s priorities, please review AIA Seattle’s Advocacy page.
The Public Policy Board Steering Committee and AIA Seattle do not endorse political candidates or take positions on specific building projects.
Committee members are appointed by the Board President. If you are interested in participating in one of the current policy issue groups or would like to raise an issue for consideration by the Public Policy Board, please send an email to the Committee Chairs.
Contact the Committee Chair(s):[email protected]
Updates from Public Policy Board
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