SPARC’s Ask An Architect | May 22

Look to our events calendar to find the latest updates on all Committee events and meetings.

Join Laddership to connect with small groups for peer mentorship! Submit an application to join either as a Mentor or an Emerging Professional.

AIA Seattle, in close collaboration with NOMA Northwest and Planning in Color, is proud to announce its first culture change leadership cohort. We invite a dedicated cohort of 40 firm leaders who have committed to, or are considering, the NOMA NW Call-to-Action Pledge. This peer-to-peer learning cohort, facilitated by Dr. Anu Taranath, will support firms’ ability to live up to the goals of the pledge and equip leaders to catalyze change outward in their own firms.

Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City will examine the concept of complete neighborhoods as an urban design framework and explore how Seattle can support full-service neighborhoods by providing a mix of housing options for homeowners, renters, and people of different ages and walks of life. Kicking off with the Opening Keynote, 15-Minute Cities for People by Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen, Partner, Director of Gehl in Copenhagen.

When Seattle Shakes explores how to align the goals of historic preservation and resilient design by understanding the most effective ways of protecting a city’s historic building stock against earthquakes.

Check out Chris Talbot’s write up in the Seattle Times about the exhibit!

This month in advocacy: a federal push for greater housing supply; the State Legislature adjourns on April 25; King County’s new energy code update; housing development around Sound Transit’s new light rail stations; opportunities to participate in AIA Seattle’s policy programming; and more! You can find the full April Advocacy Update here.

Plus, check out some of the ways we advocated for architects in 2020 here.

AIA Northwest Washington (NWW) serves our members in North Puget Sound, supporting and promoting the design profession through educational programs and other activities. Check here for their latest updates.

WA State Residential Energy Code Compliance in 2021 | June 9

NWW’s annual scholarship Applications Due June 30.

and NWW/AGC Golf Tournament | August 27



Lisa Richmond, is moving on from AIA Seattle, and we are seeking our next Executive Director to advance and help grow our impact in the region. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for managing operations and directing strategic initiatives for our professional organization – providing leadership for the organization and staff, directing strategic planning, influencing policies, supporting programs and initiatives, and enhancing outreach – to satisfy the expectations of members and maintain the viability and influence of the organization.

As AIA Seattle reflects on our pursuit of racial justice, we are committing to a process of transparency in what measurable actions we are taking. As a member-led organization, we are establishing this evolving list for the sake of mutual accountability — so you may see what we are doing, and tell us where we should be moving in the future.

We know there is hard work to be done to achieve Racial Justice. We’ve compiled an evolving list of Racial Justice Resources. we’ve found helpful in this work.

AIA Seattle believes our world needs the visionary and integrative thinking of architects and designers, and that design solutions can positively impact our communities. Guided by our values of excellence, advocacy, integrity, equity, stewardship, and collaboration, we prepare our profession to lead, and deploy design to make a difference, so that we are all able to do our best work in a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, thriving communities. Read about the planning process, member feedback and our mission, vision, values in our strategic plan.

Design in Public

VIA Architecture's SDF2020 Community Spotlight Installation

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - August 21-22, 2021. Read more


  • According to designers, developers, and landlords, it’s an emerging trend that could shake up the way workplaces lo… PM May 14th
  • The 2018 Washington State Energy Code (2018 WSEC) went into effect on February 1 - in an effort to reduce net annua… PM May 14th
  • Just Transition starts next week & is jammed pack full of amazing guests, including our Session 3 & Keynote speaker… PM May 13th
  • Designed pro bono by Basel-based architect Manuel Herz, this S-shaped hospital adds 150 hospital beds and baby cots… PM May 12th