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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

Celebrating Black History Month

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We are also committed to a process of transparency in what measurable actions we are taking in pursuit of racial justice. We have established an evolving list for the sake of mutual accountability in our member-led organization. Read the full evolving list

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

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

Recipient Announced for 2020 Northwest Washington Section Scholarship

AIA Northwest Washington - A Section of AIA Seattle

The Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund has awarded one scholarships totaling $4000 to a local student pursuing Architectural education. 2020-21 Recipient: My name is Matthew Robinson, I was born and raised in Bellingham Washington and I am 22 years old.

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Public, Students

2020 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 15 to celebrate excellence in Design. The jury included Karen Braitmayer (Seattle, Studio Pacifica), Linda Smeins (Bellingham, Professor Emeritus, Western Washington University), and Susan McCants (Seattle, Splice). The jury

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Public

2020 Committee & Volunteer Awards

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This year we recognize Matt Hutchins AIA; the Seattle Design Festival Core Team; and the Committee on the Environment, co-chairs: Shannon Bunsen and Gaurav Mehta. AIA Seattle Volunteer Award: Matt Hutchins AIA Matt Hutchins is a founder and principal of CAST

Posted in Committee on the Environment, Design In Public, For the Profession, For the Public, Housing, Public Policy Board

AIA Seattle Announces 2020 Honorees

AIA Seattle - 2020 President's Dinner

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 Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

Advocacy Update – August 2020

Its About Time - Housing

FEDERAL NEWS AIA National Policy Platform AIA National has released a federal policy platform in advance of this year’s presidential elections. General categories include: A future economy Climate action Healthy and equitable communities STATE NEWS Clean Energy Transformation Act The

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

2020 Honor Awards

AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture 3x2

The Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is AIA Seattle’s annual marquee program, drawing hundreds of attendees to an event of unique rigor and breadth. This nationally-recognized program provides an important opportunity for the design community to share and celebrate its

Posted in For the Profession, Honor Awards, Uncategorized

2020 Northwest Washington Design Awards

AIA Northwest Washington’s Steering Committee invites you to share your most dynamic, new work! Join us as we celebrate the best architectural designs available from the AIA members in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties for the Northwest Washington

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington

YAF + UDF Release Design Competition

The Young Architects Forum and Urban Design Forum recently released a design competition that is live now! This competition seeks ideas and proposals for incrementally reshaping our region’s automobile-centric areas towards walking and transit. The competition is open to anyone

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Advocacy Update – June 2020

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Black Lives Matter Mural

BLACK LIVES MATTER AIA Seattle joins powerful community voices raised to condemn the murder of George Floyd and the broader system of racism, violence, injustice, and inequity that it represents. In the coming weeks, you will hear more about our

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Diversity By Design Exhibition at King Street Station

Diversity Roundtable invites Architects and Architecture firms to celebrate the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) designers, designers of all genders, LGBTQI+ designers, designers with disabilities, immigrant designers, and more. Projects will be digitally exhibited at ARTS

Posted in Committees, Diversity Roundtable, Seattle International Architects Forum, Women in Design

2020 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

Advocacy Update – May 2020

As we continue to navigate work in these unprecedented times, AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council are striving to make sure you have the resources you need to take advantage of federal, state, and local programs designed to help firms

Posted in Advocacy, Public Policy Board

Call for Proposals – Member Access Events

AIA Seattle is seeking members of our community to offer one-hour, free skill-shares to our members for the purposes of networking and community-building. We’re interested in architectural and non-architectural skills! Suggested skills include: meditation, sketching, watercolor, architectural tech tutorials, drafting,

Posted in Committees, For the Profession

Seattle Project Related Resources during Covid-19

  SDCI Q&A On May 20, AIA Seattle held an online Q&A with SDCI about their project-related processes during COVID. You can watch that video here. Use password 8x+8M8uA Codes  SDCI Delays 2018 Construction Code Implementation to November On March

Posted in Code, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Advocacy Update – March 2020

ARCHITECT ADVOCACY IN ACTION Seattle Firm Prompts New Rulemaking for Common Sense Bar Design This report is written by Joe Herrin AIA, Principal at Heliotrope in Seattle. Heliotrope is fortunate to have collaborated with many of Seattle’s most successful restauranteurs.

Posted in Public Policy Board

Earthquake Safety at Home

Posted in Adaptation & Resilience

AIA Seattle Announces 2020 Fellows

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Chris Eseman FAIA has transformed convention center design, creating iconic places that engage visitors in the urban landscape, enrich civic life, invigorate neighborhoods, and connect convention delegates with the community. Chris has led more than 50 convention center projects from

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

Announcing the 2020 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship Recipient

Travel Scholarship 2020

Cohousing is not a new idea, but it is often thought of as a housing solution for young families, digital nomads, hippie communities, or for young frequent travelers. Current senior living offerings are often too expensive and lack the communal

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

Announcing the 2020 AIA National Honorees

2020 Young Architects Award JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox AIA is a licensed Architect in Oregon and Washington, where she practices as a Principal, Design Lead and Public Engagement Strategist for Mahlum. In her tenure at the firm, she has made a

Posted in Fellows and Honors, For the Profession

Advocacy Update – February 2020

Multifamily Housing

FEDERAL NEWS Support Federal Legislation to Phase Down HFCs Architects Advocate, an independent group of architects and firms formed to advocate for policies to mitigate climate change, is calling for architects to support two bipartisan bills in Congress that would

Posted in Public Policy Board

DRT + SIAF Social Hour Series 2020

SIAF+DRT 2020 Social Hour Series

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

Posted in Allied Professionals, Architects, Associates, Committees, Diversity Roundtable, For the Profession, Member Firms, Recent Graduates, Seattle International Architects Forum, Sponsors, Students

Advocacy Update – January 2020

STATE NEWS Washington’s 2020 Legislative Session is Underway The state legislative session kicked off this week and will run through mid-March. AIA Washington Council will be providing weekly updates on the bills it is tracking and any new developments. Key

Posted in Climate, Housing, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

Register Now for our Upcoming Cracking Code Seminars

Cracking Code series 2020

Join us for five upcoming sessions to learn from Code experts.  All in-person sessions will be held at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room | 600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 Session 1 | Cracking Code: 2018 Fire Code

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

Earn 7.25 HSW online “Density Done Right” Housing Forum

Filmed live on May 20 at the 2019 Housing Design Forum, Density Done Right is now available in 7 individual sessions online for up to 7.25 continuing education HSW credits.This series of case studies and lightning talks offers innovative strategies

Posted in For the Profession, Uncategorized, Urban Design Forum, Young Architects Forum

Advocacy Update – November 2019

NATIONAL NEWS ICC Vote on AIA’s Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix In coordination with Architecture 2030, AIA National submitted a Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix to become part of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The Appendix is optional

Posted in Climate, Housing, Public Policy Board, Uncategorized

AIA Seattle’s Strategic Plan

AIA Seattle's mission statement - We champion the central role of architects in creating and sustaining a better built environment.

AIA Seattle believes our world needs the visionary and integrative thinking of architects and designers, and that design solutions can positively impact our communities. That is why we champion the central role of architects in creating and sustaining a better built environment. Read more

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

2019 Honor Awards Winners

2019 Honor Award Winners - Big Mouth House and National Nordic Heritage Museum

SEATTLE, November 5, 2019—The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the 69th annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture on November 4 to celebrate excellence in design. The distinguished jury included Bryan C. Lee Jr.  (New Orleans), Lisa Matthiessen

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

2019 NWW Design Awards Winners Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest Washington Section hosted its Design Awards on October 3 in Bellingham to celebrate excellence in Design. The jury included Chrysanthe Broikos (DC, National Building Museum), John Janicki (Sedro Woolley, Janicki Industries), and Al

Posted in AIA Northwest Washington, For the Profession, For the Public