Advocacy Update – September 2023
This Month in Advocacy: SBCC Advances Energy Code Amendments; Exciting Opportunities with AIA Washington Council; and the delayed release of Seattle's Comprehensive Draft Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.
SBCC Advances Energy Code Amendments with Revised Effective Date
Exciting Opportunities with AIA Washington Council
1. State/Territory Associates (STAR) Representative to the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC)
The AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) represents associates from various paths in the field of architecture and plays a crucial role in addressing both local and national issues. AIA|WA is seeking candidates for the position of STAR Representative to NAC. As a STAR Representative, you will serve as the voice of Washington State’s associate members and contribute to shaping new policies. This 2-year commitment offers a unique opportunity to connect with peers from across the country, advocate for the profession, and build lasting friendships.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
Eligibility: AIA Associate members in good standing within Washington State
Commitment: Regular meetings, conferences, and board responsibilities
Application Process: Submit a one-page letter, resume, and two letters of reference
2. Board Associates Program
Are you interested in gaining valuable non-profit management and board governance experience? AIA Washington Council’s Board Associates Program is designed for AIA members within the state of Washington. This program offers a 15 to 27-month term as a non-voting board member, providing a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, collaborate with industry professionals, and contribute to the architecture community.
Eligibility: AIA or Associate AIA members working in the AEC industry with 1-10 years of experience
Commitment: Active participation in board meetings, policy committees, and collaborative projects
Benefits: Mentorship, networking opportunities, and career growth activities
Both of these opportunities offer a chance to make a significant impact on the architecture profession and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion. Whether you’re interested in representing your peers at a national level or gaining hands-on experience in board governance, AIA | WA has a place for you!
Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities! If you are interested in applying for either of these roles, learn more here or contact Tammie Sueirro.
Join us in shaping the future of architecture in Washington State and beyond!
Release of Seattle’s Draft Comp Plan Expected Late Fall
Originally slated to be shared in June, the release of the Draft Comprehensive Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now expected sometime in late fall.
The delay is driven by OPCD’s commitment to creating a Plan that accurately reflects the aspirations and concerns of the community. By allowing for more time, they aim to carefully integrate the feedback received, address evolving state regulations, and give full consideration to the significance of issues addressed in the Plan.
As the release date approaches, members are encouraged to stay engaged in the Comp Plan Work Group and continue offering their perspectives to shape the future of their neighborhoods and environment.