About AIA Seattle

AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.

A chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Seattle is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, membership service organization. Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is comprised of over 2,300 architects and allied professionals throughout the Puget Sound region. AIA Seattle membership is open to anyone with a professional or personal interest in architectural practice, and in the creation or appreciation of the built environment.

AIA Seattle is the 5th largest urban component of the American Institute of Architects, with members throughout the Puget Sound area. AIA Seattle is one of four Washington components affiliated with AIA Washington Council, and the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region.

In 2011, AIA Seattle founded Design in Public, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to celebrate all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle.

In 2015, AIA Seattle partnered with Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and AIA Washington Council to create the Center for Architecture & Design. The Center is Seattle’s premier public space for exhibits, programs, and conversations that explore design’s role in shaping cities. Find out more in our AIA Seattle 2016 Annual Report – a year of extraordinary growth and change. More info at cfadseattle.org.

For information about AIA Seattle’s activities over the past year, explore the AIA Seattle 2017 Annual Report, and learn about our organizational goals for the upcoming year in the 2018 Annual Plan.

Our Mission

We champion the central role of architects in creating and sustaining a better built environment.

Our Vision

We envision a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, and thriving communities.

Our Values

Demonstrate and promote design excellence.

Represent our collective design voice, while valuing individual contributions.

Speak up and convene courageous conversations.

Advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Elevate sustainability to protect our rich Northwest landscape.

Consider future generations.

Embrace risk when it serves our mission.

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