Education Programs

AIA Seattle annually offers over 50 continuing education opportunities.

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

Our major education programs for 2018 include:

Medical Design Forum: Design Strategies for Responsive Care

February 8 and 9, 2018

2 Full Days | 13 LU (HSW)

This year’s Medical Design Forum includes two full days of in-depth presentations, conversations and case studies focused on design strategies for responsive care. How can design professionals partner with healthcare providers and caregivers to support a more resilient healthcare system? This two-day forum will explore approaches to integrated care for behavioral health, provider initiatives for community wellness, and various research, tools and strategies currently informing healthcare design. Sessions will combine the expertise of architects, engineers, owners, providers and caregivers. More information here.

Small Firm Management Workshop Series

April 18 | July 18 | October 17

Specifically designed for small firm owners and architects, this 3-part interactive series will explore in-depth foundational knowledge for successful firm management. Sessions include:

  • Best Laid Plans: Business Planning for Small Firm Architects
  • Marketing and Business Development Basics for Small Firm Architects
  • Beyond Intuition: Financial Management for Small Firm Architects

More information coming soon!

Housing Design Forum – Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design

May 7, 2018

Full Day | 8 LU (HSW)

The annual Housing Design Forum explores design trends, regulations, practice innovations and demographic changes that impact professionals involved in housing in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s full day forum will focus on three distinct sessions: inspiration, innovation and impacts in single-family housing design, and will combine a keynote address with case study presentations and provocative dialogue. How are today’s most inspired designers employing innovative performance strategies and materials, responding to site and social context, and engaging with questions about the future of housing? More information available spring 2018. 

Code Series

May 23 | June 13 | July 25 | October 24

Each year, code experts work with the AIA Seattle Code Committee to determine the most relevant topics to focus on in a series of short or half-day programs. This year’s series will include 4 sessions, and will plan to cover topics including accessibility, assembly occupancies, the nuts and bolts of residential codes, and more. More information available spring 2018. View the 2017 Code Series topics here.

Design for Learning Forum: K-12 Environments

October 15, 2018

Full Day | 8 LU (HSW)

This year kicks off our first annual Design for Learning Forum, providing a deep dive into the innovations, science and sociology, opportunities and trends impacting the design of educational environments. This year’s full-day forum will explore K-12 learning environments, both formal (schools) and informal (museums, aquariums, science/technology centers, parks and playgrounds).  More information available fall 2018.

Right to the City Summit

December 10, 2018

Full Day | 8 LU (HSW)

This thought-leadership summit will bring together interdisciplinary leaders and design professionals to explore what it means to have the ‘right to the city.’ Who has access to our city? How is Seattle and the surrounding region impacted by, and working on, issues of displacement, affordability, inclusion, sanctuary and safety for new and long-time residents? What is the design community’s role in ensuring that our urban population—residents and workers alike—is diverse, housed, healthy, safe and civically engaged? More information available fall 2018.

*All program information / dates are subject to change. Please check back for updated information.




Program Questions? Contact Professional Programs Manager Cassie Blair

Registration or credit questions? Contact Volunteer Hospitality Lead Missy Garvin

Explore additional learning opportunities on our Calendar.