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 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.


Seattle Central Waterfront
City Design
Sustainable Design


City Council Votes on HALA-related rezones for downtown and SLU, April 2017
Federal, State and Local Advocacy Updates – and a New Advocacy Manager
, March 2017
HALA: What’s Happening Now
, February 2017
Carbon Pricing Discussions in Olympia
January 2017
Endorsement of I-732, Action on Transit, Living Buildings and more September 2016
Opposing Initiative 122 and other advocacy issues  May 2016

To receive updates on AIA Seattle Public Policy Board priorities and activities, or to share your view as an AIA Seattle member, contact Executive Director Lisa Richmond.

State Advocacy

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

National Advocacy

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

Design in Public

Seattle Design Festival 2017: POWER

The 2017 Seattle Design Festival will be September 9-22. Read more



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