AHC Spring Conference includes 2 days of virtual interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies, and conversations around how we can address design and construction resiliency while maintaining an ever-present focus on emotional well-being and mental health for all occupants. How can we overcome obstacles and challenges that prevent us from truly wholistic and resilient design in healthcare environments? How do we measure the environmental, economic, and psychological value of regulation, manage risk, and keep humans at the center of design.

This is the second session in the 2021 Decoded series presented by AIA Seattle’s Code Committee. 

The 2018 International Building Code came into effect in Washington February 1st, 2021. This seminar reviews important changes in code requirements that affect projects in the state permitted after the effective date of code adoption. Join us online April 28 and April 29, 2021 (12-2pm each day) for Decoded | 2018 IBC Update Redux.

YAF’s Coffee Talk | April 14

COTE’s Building Electrification and 2030 Districts | April 14

COTE’s Earth Day Sustainability Slam | April 19

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

Join us for the 2021 Seattle Design Festival! This year’s festival theme, EMERGE, seeks to inspire action, addressing the consequences of the pandemic to nurture new possibilities. This year’s festival will happen exclusively outside through our Block Party, a two-day street fair, August 21-22. Pending permitting, the 2021 Seattle Design Festival will be hosted at Lake Union Park and will feature Built Installations and Pop-Up experiences from our community partners. Call for Proposals Due May 7!

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.

Join us virtually for related upcoming events:
Unreinforced Masonry: Connecting | Preparing | Preserving | April 28

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

This month in advocacy: President Biden reversed Trump’s classical architecture mandate; the state legislature passes the halfway mark; Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan process gets ready for public engagement; AIA Seattle kicks off 15-Minute Seattle programming; opportunities to join local, state, and national boards and committees; and more! You can find the full March Advocacy Update here.

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

AIA Seattle’s 2020 ADU Tour has been moved to an online format – the ADU Showcase. This Showcase highlights ADUs designed by AIA Seattle member architects. Each ADU is uniquely designed based on local regulations, site conditions, family needs, and client preferences

We are accepting applications for attached or detached ADUs to showcase on our website. You can find more info here and access the submittal form to submit your project. Stay tuned for the online showcase!

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.

2018 WA State Energy Code – Commercial Highlights Webinar | April 8


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. Call for Proposals Due May 7! Read more