Education Programs

AIA Seattle offers over 50 continuing education opportunities annually.

Learn more about Continuing Education requirements for licensed architects, as well as maintaining your transcript, and online education options.

This page details AIA Seattle’s major half-day and full-day continuing education programs. Additionally, member committees present programs and host events on a variety of topics throughout the year.


Density Done Right (2019 Housing Design Forum)
Earn up to 7.25 LU (HSW) Save when you purchase the 7-part series

Filmed live on May 20 at the 2019 Housing Design Forum, Density Done Right is now available in 7 individual sessions online through aecKnowledge for up to 7.25 continuing education HSW credits. This series of case studies and lightning talks offers innovative strategies for achieving higher housing density, creating more housing options that support vibrant communities, and promoting equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods. Learn from architects, planners and developers on the forefront of density done right.

Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design
Earn up to 5.75 LU (HSW) Save 20% when you purchase the 5-part series.

Filmed live at AIA Seattle’s 2018 Housing Design Forum, Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design is available online through aecKnowledge. This series features 10 captivating speakers and combines keynote presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue. Find out how today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employ innovative performance strategies, explore materials, and engage with questions about the future of housing design. Featuring keynote speaker Stephen Kieran, FAIA, LEED Fellow (KieranTimberlake).


Download our 2019 Program Calendar 
More details provided 6-8 weeks before event dates

REGISTER NOW! | 2019 Codes Series: Code Dependent | April 25, July 24, October 23, December 4 | 4 LU/HSW per session
This year’s series will include four half-day sessions that explore a variety of codes-related topics. Each year, codes experts determine the most relevant topics to focus on, including recent local code updates, existing building requirements, accessibility, and compliance issues and implications.

REGISTER NOW! | 2019 Sessions for Small Firms | July 17, October 23, and Dec date TBD | 4 LU per session 
A variety of half-day program offerings tailored to the needs and interests of small firm practitioners. Facilitated by industry experts consulting on a variety of topics from communications strategies to firm ownership transitions.

POSTPONED TO SPRING 2020 | Thought Leadership Summit – Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization (Previously titled Scaling Up Sustainability)
Our annual thought-leadership summit brings together interdisciplinary leaders and design professionals to explore a relevant, provocative topic. What are the new frontiers of sustainability? For many years, our focus as a professional association has been on reducing or eliminating operating carbon from new buildings. But the significant scale and urgent time frame of our climate crisis demands responses that are broad and immediate. This year’s thought leadership summit will explore high-impact design strategies that make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon.

ALREADY PASSED | October 7, 2019 Design for Learning Forum: Higher Education
Architects and allied professionals are active participants in the shifting landscape of higher education. As the nature of buildings change, the design and project delivery processes are also evolving. How do key drivers of change impact the present and future of design for learning? Related to this, what are the current conversations around policy, funding mechanisms, sustainable design strategies, student life, and campus planning? Featuring keynote presentation by Michael Cotton, Senior Architect LEED AP at Snøhetta (New York).

ALREADY PASSED | May 20, 2019 Housing Design Forum – Housing Transformations: Density Done Right | 7 LU/HSW
Design professionals in the urban built environment often advocate for “good density.” But what exactly does that look like, and how specifically can the planning, design, and construction of housing options support vibrant communities? How can the integration of new housing center equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods? Join us for a full day program exploring housing transformations that advance density done right.

ALREADY PASSED | February 7-8, 2019 Medical Design Forum: Embracing + Innovating Change | 10 LU/HSW
What are today’s key drivers of change in healthcare and healthcare environments, and how do we approach these changes? How do we measure the social and economic value of innovation, manage risk, and keep humans at the center of design? We welcome AEC and healthcare professionals to join us at this dynamic program that concludes with a virtual tour of St. Charles Bend’s new patient tower under construction.

ALREADY PASSED | January – April, 2019 Project Management Series: Getting It Done – The Business of Projects | 26 LU (6.5 are HSW)
Tailored to reflect the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes architectural practice in our region, this four-part series will focus on project management and delivery from conception to completion, emphasizing the fundamentals of collaboration, communication, and client care every step of the way. In addition to convening national and local experts to present, this series will prioritize opportunities for peer to peer knowledge sharing and professional network building during and between each course.


Our major continuing education programs in 2018 included:


Program questions? Contact Professional Programs Manager Cassie Blair

Sponsorship questions? Contact Managing Director Kimber Leblicq

Explore additional learning opportunities on our Calendar.