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) leads our advocacy efforts. Each year, the PPB seeks member input on advocacy priorities, then selects a handful of issues as the focus of our work for the coming year.
Ongoing Advocacy Priorities Include:
Seattle City Council Looks to Reform Rules for ADUs
The Seattle City Council is considering significant changes to its regulation of accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, and will hold a public hearing on the legislation by Councilmember Mike O’Brien on June 11. More info is here, including details on how to comment in person or by email. Please consider reaching out to your councilmembers express your support!
Latest Advocacy Updates
- State Legislature Adjourns; updates to Seattle housing legislation, and Affordable Housing Week – May 2019
- AIA pledges support for Invest in America Act, the 2019 legislative session nears the finish line; and AIA Seattle focuses in on housing through a variety of events – April 2019
- Updates from AIA Grassroots, Olympia, and Shift Zero; plus MHA passes, and more – March 2019
- AIA hosts Virtual Capitol Hill Day, updates on the 2019 legislative session from AIA|WA, & opportunities to get involved – February 2019
- 2019 Legislative Session Kicks Off; AIA Seattle Joins the Housing Development Consortium – January 2019
AIA Washington Council is hard at work for you, promoting legislation on green buildings and livable places, supporting a sustainable state economy, and protecting your ability to practice architecture. Learn more at aiawa.org.
The AIA represents the interests of architects before federal government and policy-making bodies. This outreach, coupled with sustained member participation and active involvement in the political process, enables the AIA to advocate on behalf of legislative, regulatory, and related issues important to AIA members. Learn more at aia.org.
For additional information on AIA Seattle public policy priorities and activities, or to share your views as an AIA Seattle member, contact Manager of Policy & Advocacy Kirsten Smith.
Advocacy Updates Archive
2018 Legislative Session, Shift Zero, & Local News + Events – February 2018
Capital Budget Passes, Parking Reform, Housing, & more – January 2018
Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Built Environment – July 17, 2017
Comment on Seattle’s MHA Draft EIS – June 2017
What’s Happening With the Waterfront? – May 2017
HALA: What’s Happening Now – February 2017
Carbon Pricing Discussions in Olympia – January 2017