Board of Directors Nominations 2023
AIA Seattle is a member-led organization that depends on volunteer leadership and initiative. We are deeply grateful for the enormous energy and effort our board members and other volunteer leaders devote to our organization.
AIA Seattle’s Board Nominating Committee is pleased to present this slate of accomplished members to fill open seats on our Board of Directors or current board members moving to officer positions or different positions beginning September 1, 2023. All AIA and Associate AIA members are eligible to vote. Votes are yes or no for each nominee, and write-in votes are allowed. Voting by at least 10% of the membership is required to validate an election, so please use the vote button below to make sure your voice is heard.
Matt Hutchins AIA, CPHD – (President-Elect) 2023 – 2024
Matt is a founding Principal of CAST Architecture with a focus on creative infill housing as the nexus of low-carbon living, urban vitality, and social policy. Matt serves as a Director of Public Policy on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors and as the Strategic Councilor for AIA Washington Council. He has co-chaired AIA Seattle’s Housing Task Force and organized many public programs on urban design, housing, and accessory dwelling units. He was named AIA Seattle’s Volunteer of the Year in2020. Matt is a Seattle Planning Commissioner and Co-Chair of the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee. In 2017, he co-founded MOAR (More Options for Accessory Residences), a grassroots organization that helped pass Seattle’s landmark ADU reform. Seattle Magazine named Matt one of the 35 Most Influential People in 2019.
Mitch Smith AIA – (Director, Development) 2023 – 2026
An influential, organizational strategist, Mitch Smith knows how to push boundaries and help people achieve new heights of success. As one of the first 20 employees to join MG2, Mitch quickly rose from Project Manager to CEO and Chairman of the Board by expanding the firm’s approach to the practice of architecture. Mitch helps people build meaningful connections between their capabilities and an organization’s goals. This ability, along with his unfaltering candor, cultivates a winning culture founded on the right people, strategies, and client commitment. When he isn’t shaping the voice of MG2, you can find Mitch on his motorcycle, exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and traveling with his family.
Laura Ovsak RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc – (Director, Pro-Practice) 2023 – 2026
Laura is an Architect and a Project Manager at GLY Construction with 11 years of combined experience in Design and Construction Management. Her multilingual and cultural backgrounds have helped ground her beliefs in connecting people and the importance of staying true to your values. An East Coast transplant, Laura aims to bridge the gap between what it means to be a maker of space and a builder.
Kara Weaver, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C – (Affiliate Director, Pro-Practice) 2023 – 2026
Kara has over ten years of experience designing and documenting public projects ranging from conceptual and interpretive master plans to precise detailing and tight grading over structure. She shines on projects that pose complex challenges, requires intensive coordination between disciplines, and provide opportunities for innovative and elegant problem-solving. Her design approach is grounded in her academic studies in anthropology, archeology, and textiles; a background that focuses her exploration of the layers of meaning inherent in every place and their expression in the design of the physical world.
Dylan Glosecki AIA, LEED AP B+C – (Director, Public Policy) 2023 – 2026
Dylan is an architect and urban designer focused on molding the built environment into inspirational, pedestrian-centered spaces in sync with nature’s systems. He has 17 years of experience designing urban multifamily housing of all scales, from 50-story high-rises to 3-story apartments, along with transit and urban design work in Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Dylan practices urban design and architecture at VIAPerkins Eastman and co-chairs the AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum, where he studies urban policy as a means to drive sustainable regional growth patterns. Dylan served as vice chair of the Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital Master Plan Citizens Advisory Committee and has participated on various AIA Seattle committees over the past 8 years, including the Housing Taskforce, Public Policy Board, and the Comp Plan Workgroup.
His recent passion project has been mapping Seattle’s neighborhood centers that exist outside of the city’s Urban Villages and Centers as a means of establishing a baseline understanding of Seattle’s obscure network of smaller-scale neighborhoods for use in advocacy efforts during the current Seattle Comprehensive Plan update. He has a BA in Architecture from Clemson and an M.Arch degree from the University of Washington and is LEED AP BD+C certified.