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

AIA Seattle advances the design profession and improves the community. We lead by developing
expertise and building connections.

Our Visions

Serving our SOCIETY

AIA Seattle is the leading credible voice for quality design and the built environment.

Serving the PROFESSION

AIA Seattle is the recognized leader for knowledge about the practice and profession of architecture.

Serving our MEMBERS

AIA Seattle delivers on-going value to members through programs and services that effectively meet, anticipate and exceed their needs.


AIA Seattle influences all levels of the Institute to promote the best interests of members and improve organization effectiveness.

Our Values


AIA Seattle elevates design as a public and professional value, recognizes and rewards design excellence, engages other disciplines and encourages a culture of design.


AIA Seattle educates our members to design more responsibly and promotes architects as a resource on questions of sustainability.


AIA Seattle empowers our members to promote public policy that advances the interests of good design and the architectural profession.


AIA Seattle promotes member engagement through the content, structure and pricing of its programs and the deliberate cultivation of new talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.


AIA Seattle supports the professional and career diversity needs of our members through promotion, education, networking, contracts, media and member service.

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