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AHC Call for Board Members

The Architecture for Health Committee is pleased to open the call for new members to its board for positions beginning in 2019.  The committee is seeking two replacements this year: Architect member from Washington Affiliate member from Oregon Architect Board

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AIA NWW March Newsletter

  March 2019, AIANWW News: Happy Spring… almost! Except for the recent snow and frigid temperatures, of course. Finally! We have help! Karen Bacon is officially on board as our “Coordinator”. She will be helping organize LU and news activities

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

Advocacy Update – March 2019

AIA Seattle delegates pose with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

FEDERAL NEWS AIA Grassroots An AIA Seattle contingent attended AIA’s Grassroots conference in Washington, D.C. this month and participated in Hill Day, where AIA members from across the nation head to Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators. AIA Seattle

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

International Women’s Day 2019

AIA Seattle delegates pose with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

According to data from NCARB, women and men have been graduating with architectural degrees in roughly equal numbers for the last twenty years and yet, as of 2017, only 19% of licensed architects are women. Fewer than 1% of respondents

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Women in Design

Register Now for Our Upcoming Code Dependent Seminars

Join us for four upcoming sessions to learn from Code experts.  All sessions will be held at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room | 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 Session 1 | URM What? Unreinforced Masonry Buildings In

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Code, Committees, For the Profession, Home Page, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, SPARC, Sponsors, Students

AIA Seattle Announces 2019 Fellows

AIA eagle icon with text "AIA College of Fellows"

Ruth Baleiko FAIA has over 20 years of experience in creating spaces that change the way people interact. By embracing a variety of typologies within a singular project, she has expanded the way architects design learning, teaching, and working spaces.

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession, Home Page

Advocacy Update – February 2019

Margaret Knight AIA speaks at The Power of Community Engagement event at SDF2017

FEDERAL NEWS Virtual Capitol Hill Day AIA members not attending AIA National’s Grassroots conference in DC next month are invited to participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day instead. On March 6, AIA members will be able to use this

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

Celebrating Black History Month

Diversity Roundtable receives the AIA Seattle Committee Award at the 2018 Parti

February is Black History Month and this year’s theme, Black Migrations, emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. This vision is especially relevant to the architectural profession, where people of

Posted in Committees, Diversity Roundtable

2019 SIAF + DRT Social Hour

The AIA Seattle Social Hour Series is a bimonthly gathering presented by the Seattle International Architecture Forum and Diversity Roundtable committees to encourage connections amongst diverse practitioners within the Seattle design community. Please join us for an opportunity to engage in discussions

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, For the Public, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Seattle International Architects Forum, Sponsors, Students, Women in Design

Advocacy Update – January 2019

STATE NEWS 2019 Legislative Session The 2019 state legislative session began this week in Olympia and will run through April 28. AIA Washington Council is already participating in hearings on bills related to the Governor’s clean buildings climate package and

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

WID + DRT: Conversations Towards An Equitable Practice

Despite increasing diversity in students and young professionals entering the field, architecture remains a remarkably homogeneous profession. The retention statistics are alarming. We are losing potential talent and important perspectives. How can we help retain more diverse voices in our

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, For the Public, Women in Design

Recipients Announced for 2019 AIA Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund

The Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund has awarded three scholarships totally $4500 to local residents pursuing Architectural education. 2018-2019 Recipients: Truman Hood is from Langley, Washington and currently a senior at Washington State University working towards his Architecture BS degree

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Public, Students

goCstudio wins the 2018 Emerging Architect Award

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Seattle-based goCstudio has received the 2018 Emerging Architect Award from the Northwest and Pacific Region Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This award recognizes emerging firms that are less than ten years old and that are challenging traditional perceptions and methods of architecture. Read more

Posted in Fellows and Honors

2018 AIAS Honor Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Honor Awards! Each year the AIAS honors individuals and groups for their exemplary work in areas such as leadership, collaboration, scholarship and service. Read more

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Advocacy Update – November 2018

NATIONAL NEWS From AIA National: ICC Voting Open The ICC has concluded its Public Comment Hearings for Group A of the 2021 ICC, and registered members may now vote on proposals that will directly impact the next edition of the

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

2019 Project Management Series

AIA Seattle is proud to announce a new leadership and project management program, Getting it Done: The Business of Projects. Tailored to reflect the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes architectural practice in our region, this four-part series will focus on

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Allied Professionals, Architects, Architecture for Health Committee, Associates, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on Homelessness, Committee on the Environment, Committees, For the Profession, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Sponsors, Students, Uncategorized

2018 Honor Awards Winners

Arlington Elementary School by zMahlum Architects and Sawmill by Olson Kundig

SEATTLE, November 6, 2018—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the 68th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture on November 5 to celebrate excellence in design. The distinguished jury included Sunil Bald (New York), Will Laufs (Berlin/New York),

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

Advocacy Update – October 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS AIA Secures Language to Better Utilize Architects for Disaster Recovery Efforts Congress and President Trump enacted the Disaster Recovery Reform Act in October, paving the way for AIA to advance opportunities for architects to better serve communities when

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

Thank You to 2018 Departing Board Members and Committee Chairs!

It is through these passionate members that we have successfully engaged our community of architects and other design related professionals in meaningful conversations about the value of design and the profession. A tremendous thank you for the gift of your

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, Home Page

Advocacy Update – September 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Seattle Director Represents AIA at Global Climate Action Summit AIA Seattle Executive Director Lisa Richmond joined the AIA National delegation at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in mid-September. The Summit was convened by the

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Advocacy Update – August 2018

NATIONAL NEWS AIA Adds Voice in Opposition to Asbestos AIA National issued comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator this month on asbestos, opposing a proposed new federal rule that would create a pathway to consider new uses

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Online Continuing Education: ‘The Future of Residential Design’ Forum

Filmed live at AIA Seattle’s 2018 Housing Design Forum, this online continuing education series features 10 captivating speakers and combines keynote presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue. Find out how today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employ innovative performance strategies,

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Profession, SPARC

2018 Honor Awards

As our region expands and our cities densify, we face challenges that innovative and human-centered design can address. Our community continues to prove that design has the power to affect positive change. This year, the Honor Awards celebrates and recognizes

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – July 2018

STATE NEWS I-1631 Reaches Ballot, Endorsements Sought The signature gathering effort for Washington Initiative 1631, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources and promote energy efficiency, was

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – June 2018

People working

STATE NEWS Mass Timber AIA Washington Council submitted a proposal to the State Building Code Council (SBCC) in May to permit the use of mass timber in the construction of taller buildings. Proposals are currently being reviewed by the SBCC’s

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Call for Submissions: Home of Distinction

Licensed AIA members and AIA Seattle Member Firms in the Puget Sound region are invited to submit innovative residential design solutions to be highlighted in Shelter, a bi-monthly section inside Seattle magazine. Read more

Posted in For the Profession, SPARC

Advocacy Update – May 2018

STATE NEWS AIA Seattle Endorses I-1631 AIA Seattle’s Board of Directors has endorsed Washington Initiative 1631, the Protect Washington Act, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Public Policy Board

Welcome New 2018-19 Board of Directors

2018-2019 Board Nominees headshots

AIA Seattle’s Board Nominating Committee is pleased to present this slate of accomplished members to fill open seats on our Board of Directors beginning September 1, 2018. Our nominating committee – Ron Rochon FAIA (Chair), Vicki Ha AIA, Stephen Jablonsky, Amy Janof

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, Architecture for Health Committee, Code, Committee for Architect for Education, Committee on the Environment, Committees, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Diversity Roundtable, Fellows and Honors, Honor Awards, Northwest Residential Press, Seattle International Architects Forum, SPARC, Uncategorized, Urban Design Forum, Women in Design, Young Architects Forum

AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Honorees

2018 Honorees headshot collage with 2018 President's Dinner save the date

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 contributions to the profession and our community. Please join us in congratulating the

Posted in Committees, Fellows and Honors

Advocacy Update – April 2018

UDF SLU city skyline

  STATE NEWS Carbon Ballot Measure This month a Thurston County judge approved the ballot title language for I-1631, this year’s carbon initiative aimed at reaching the November ballot. Ballot titles can make or break an initiative, and the judge’s

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public, Public Policy Board

Seattle Design Festival | Call for Proposals

Seattle Design Festival 2018 TRUST

2018 is the year of TRUST. From September 8 – 21, the Seattle Design Festival (SDF) will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore how we design for TRUST.  Call for Proposals Due May 7. Read more

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

Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities | A Design Competition

Black text on white background: "Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities - A Design Ideas Competition"

Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities calls upon designers of all disciplines to apply the power of design thinking to the urgent need to welcome, support and empower urban immigrants and refugees. Read more

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

Your Voice Matters

Please take 2 minutes to complete our short 4-question survey to let us know how we are doing and ways we can improve. We will keep your responses confidential, reporting the data only in aggregate form. Your voice will make a

Posted in Committees, For the Profession

Register Now for Our Upcoming Got Codes? Seminars

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Join us for four upcoming sessions to learn from Code experts.  All sessions will be held at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room | 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 Session 1 | Practical FHA-ADA-Accessibility Code Compliance May 23,

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Advocacy Update – March 2018

People working

STATE NEWS Legislative Session This year’s 60-day legislative session was characterized by significant movement on several Democratic priorities that had been stalled in recent years. As a result of the Democrats taking full control of state government in 2018, bills

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In Honor of International Women’s Day 2018

This call to action is especially relevant to the architectural profession, where women account for approximately 25% of the profession and only 17% of firm leadership, according to data from the AIA. The AIA, as part of the global community, champions

Posted in Committees, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page, Missions, Visions, Values