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2022 Fellowship Announcement

Kjell Anderson FAIA

Kjell Anderson FAIA, LEED Fellow, practices architecture and serves as a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at LMN Architects, working with all of LMN’s clients to set and exceed sustainable design goals. He wrote the first architect-centered book

Posted in Fellows and Honors

International Women’s Day 2022

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In principle and in practice, AIA Seattle values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of architecture. Over 60% of AIA Seattle leaders are women, including Board, Committee Chairs, and Staff, and our chapter continues to exceed the national average

Posted in Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, For the Public, Women in Design

Advocacy Update – February 2022

NATIONAL NEWS National Building Performance Standard Effort At the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in January, President Biden announced a new partnership with state and local governments to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment. Known as the

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

Black History Month – 2022

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At AIA Seattle we share this vision and celebrate the contributions of Black architects and designers to our profession. We are committed to a process of transparency in what measurable actions we are taking in pursuit of racial justice. We have

Posted in Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, For the Public, Missions, Visions, Values

Advocacy Update – January 2022

STATE NEWS State Building Code Council Releases 2021 Commercial Energy Code The 2021 commercial energy code amendments have been released by the State Building Code Council; you can view the proposed rule here. Public comments can be emailed to sbcc@des.wa.gov

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Register Now for our Upcoming Road to Code Seminars

Join us for five upcoming sessions to learn from Code experts.  Session 1 | Road to Code | Code Requirements for Doors and Hardware February 17, 2022 | ONLINE | 12:00PM – 2:00PM // Class Credit: 2 LU/HSW Session 2 | Road

Posted in Code, For the Profession, For the Public, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – December 2021

STATE NEWS Washington’s Redistricting Process Ends Washington’s redistricting saga has ended, with the state Supreme Court declining to develop its own district maps and allowing the maps approved after the deadline by the state’s redistricting commission to take effect. You

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

Recipient Announced for 2021 Northwest Washington Section Scholarship

2021-22 Recipient: My name is Ciera Gordon. After graduating from Burlington-Edison High School, I studied architecture and mechanical engineering with a minor in energy studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am currently in the final year of the

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – November 2021

STATE NEWS Washington Redistricting Washington’s redistricting commission, charged with determining new state and Congressional legislative districts after the 2020 census, failed to meet its Nov. 15 deadline to agree on new district maps. The failure of the panel, made up

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

2021 Honor Award Winners

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SEATTLE, November 9, 2021 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle hosted the 71st annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design on November 9, 2021. The distinguished jury included Katherine Darnstadt AIA, NOMA, LEED AP (Latent

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Honor Awards

AIA Seattle DRT + Sawhorse Revolution Collaboration

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AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable (DRT) committee attracts, retains, and empowers individuals of underrepresented backgrounds in the profession of architecture through scholarship, community service, and activism. Sawhorse Revolution is a non-profit that teams professional carpenters and architects with high-school-aged youth to

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2021 NWW Design Awards Winners Announced

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest Washington Section hosted its virtual Design Awards on October 7 to celebrate excellence in Design. The jury included Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA  (New York, Parsons School of Design), Rik Allen (Skagit County, Artist), and Tiffani Candler (Greater

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Public

Advocacy Update – October 2021

STATE NEWS Washington’s Tax System Overhaul Committee Would Like Your Feedback Are you fed up with Washington’s tax system? This is your opportunity to let legislators know what you’d like to see instead. The state’s Tax Structure Work Group, led

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

AHC Call for Board Members 2021

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The Architecture for Health Committee is pleased to open the call for new members to its board. The committee is seeking two replacements this year: Architect member from Washington Affiliate member from Oregon  Architect Board Member Thane Eddington and Affiliate Board

Posted in Architecture for Health Committee

AHC: Call for For Fall 2021 Conference Lightning Talks

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OVERVIEW This year’s AIA AHC Fall Event includes two days of virtual interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies, and conversations continuing the theme of resiliency in design and construction, while maintaining our focus on emotional well-being and mental health for all

Posted in Architecture for Health Committee

Advocacy Update – September 2021

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STATE NEWS Washington’s Tax System Overhaul Under Discussion Washington has a multi-year Tax Structure Work Group led by a bipartisan group of legislators and charged with researching, evaluating, and conducting public outreach around developing a new state taxation system that

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

Housing Advocacy: Neighborhood Residential

Legislation to rename Seattle’s single family zoning category from “Single Family” to “Neighborhood Residential” will be voted on at a Sept. 24th Land Use & Neighborhoods City Council Committee meeting. This legislation does not make actual changes to the existing

Posted in Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy Board

Welcome to Melissa K. Neher – Our New Executive Director!

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Melissa is from upstate NY, and from a small town start has lived all over the world, including London, Japan, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Melissa and her family made Seattle home in 2009, embracing the natural beauty, outdoor

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public

Career Ladder Webinar

Asian American Designers Union (AADU) is a committee that was established under AIA Seattle earlier this year. Conceived as a support system that connects, empowers, and advocates for Asian American designers here in the Seattle area, AADU assists in promoting

Posted in Asian American Design Union, Uncategorized

Day of Dialogue: Design for Early Learning

Over four segments, this year’s Day of Dialogue will provide a forum for leading-edge thinking around the design of spaces for early learning, with a focus on the impact these spaces have on the child, educator, family and community. Where

Posted in Committee for Architect for Education

AHC Honor of Distinction – Call for Nominations

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Early in 2020, the AHC Board introduced an initiative to dedicate time and resources to recognize members of our AHC community who have gone above and beyond in their careers to contribute, mentor and lead. This AIA AHC Honor of

Posted in Architecture for Health Committee

Advocacy Update – August 2021

LOCAL NEWS 2020 MHA Report Released Seattle’s Office of Housing released its first annual report on the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability and Incentive Zoning program, including long-anticipated data on housing projects’ use of payment versus performance under the program. While

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

AIA Seattle Announces 2021 Honorees

Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors committee each spring. AIA Seattle is delighted to recognize these recipients for their exceptional achievements and to showcase the diversity of professionals who make our region’s design

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

2021 Honor Awards

AIA Seattle’s Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is a nationally-recognized program that explores and honors projects designed by architects throughout the state of Washington. This annual program provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2021 Northwest Washington Design Awards

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AIA Northwest Washington’s Steering Committee invites you to share your most dynamic, new work! We invite you to submit to AIA Northwest Washington’s 2021 Design Awards. The intent of the Design Awards is to encourage excellence in architectural design and

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

Advocacy Update – July 2021

NATIONAL NEWS California Gas Ban Lawsuit Dismissed A federal court in San Francisco dismissed a preemption challenge to the ban on gas hookups in new construction in Berkeley, California. California has more than 40 cities that have implemented gas bans

Posted in Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy Board

Letter from Executive Director, Lisa Richmond: Farewell

Lisa Richmond Hon AIA

Dear AIA Seattle Colleagues, As most of you know, next Wednesday, June 30 is my last day with AIA Seattle, and these final days are bittersweet. I have enjoyed every moment of my time within this community. You have inspired me daily with your

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public

Join Us For 15-Minute Seattle: Creating Livable Places for All

Want to learn more about the 15-minute city concept? Visit the 15-Minute City Resources Page! UPCOMING PROGRAMS Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City  Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen’s 15-Minute Cities for People Monday, June 7 | 10:30 – 11:30am PT | Opening

Posted in Advocacy, For the Profession, For the Public, Housing, Urban Design Forum

2021 Northwest Washington Section Scholarship

AIA Northwest Washington - A Section of AIA Seattle

AIA Northwest Washington Section is proud to offer its annual scholarship fund, designed to encourage and assist local residents pursuing a degree in architecture. The scholarship is open to students (inclusive of those with immediately family) from Whatcom, Skagit, Island,

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

Letter from Executive Director, Lisa Richmond: Transition

Lisa Richmond Hon AIA

Dear AIA Seattle Community, I am writing to share some bittersweet news. After 14 wonderful years with AIA Seattle, I will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of June. After so many fulfilling years in this role,

Posted in Committees, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public

AHC: Call for Spring 2021 Conference Lightning Talks

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Call for Lighting Talk Presentations AHC Spring Conference: Resiliency Through Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health April 22 & 23, 2021 – Virtual OVERVIEW This year’s AIA AHC Spring Event includes two days of virtual interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies, and

Posted in Architects, Architecture for Health Committee, Committees, For the Profession

THE STATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – A LOOK AT TODAY & TOMORROW

White background, with red-to-blue gradient image of small group, duo, and independent education images with VR and computers. Text: The State of Higher Education; A look at Today and Tomorrow; A panel discussion of what is working, what's not, and what to try next. Wednesday, January 20th, 12-1pm PST

While the pandemic shone a spotlight on the vulnerabilities that have plagued higher education, it also represents an opportunity to improve the system holistically. As an extension of DLR Group’s ongoing research into The Evolution of CampusSM, Jackie Eckhardt moderates

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AIA Seattle Announces 2021 Fellows & National Awards

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Brian Court FAIA has brought sustainable design to the forefront of the public realm with his performance-driven design process that works in harmony with natural forces, shaping our environment and establishing a low-impact, regenerative future. Since joining Miller Hull in

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

Benefits of Resilient Design in New Construction

A new generation of buildings featuring resilient design will perform better in earthquakes with less damage, faster recovery, and reduced repair and business interruption costs. Read more

Posted in Adaptation & Resilience

2020 Advocacy Actions

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Local We endorsed the Seattle Planning Commission’s Growth Strategy White Paper, Evolving Seattle’s Growth Strategy. We provided feedback to SDCI on the Seattle Services Portal. We organized architect focus groups for Seattle Public Utilities’ update on solid waste planning and

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

2020 Honor Awards Winners

SEATTLE, November 16, 2020—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the 70th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture on November 16 to celebrate excellence in design. The distinguished jury included Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP (LMSA), Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Honor Awards