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2021-2022 Board of Directors

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, 2020. Voting closes on July 15, 2021. All AIA and Associate AIA members are

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page

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

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

White text on purple background: Architecture for Health Committee

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

AIA Seattle Announces 2021 Fellows & National Awards

2021 AIA Seattle Fellows and National Awardees collage

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

Celebrating Black History Month graphic

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

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

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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 Committee & Volunteer Awards

image collage of the AIA Seattle Volunteer Award winners. Names in description

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

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

2020-21 Board of Directors

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, 2020. Voting opened July 13 and closes on August 3, 2020. All AIA and

Posted in For the Profession, Home Page

Racial Justice Resources Page

This compilation will continue to get updated and we invite you to contribute to our collective dialogue, learning, and action. Please contact Zoe Guckenheimer, AIA Seattle’s Programs Manager, if you would like to add to this list. Direct Action: Black

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public

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

COVID-19 Resources Page

As a member-based organization, AIA Seattle is rapidly shifting its response to this public health crisis with remote learning and engagement opportunities, and aggregating regional and national resources for our members. We are here for you during this difficult time,

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An update to AIA Seattle members about COVID-19

Dear AIA Seattle Members, AIA Seattle as an association exists to do together, as an architecture community, what individual members and firms cannot do as easily or as well on their own. Our mission depends on bringing people together. In these

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public

A message to AIA Seattle members about COVID-19 coronavirus

As news of the coronavirus in Washington state leads to increasing action by both public health officials and private businesses, I wanted to share with you the steps AIA Seattle is taking to protect the health of our members and staff while continuing to offer the best member service we can. Thank you for your partnership and flexibility as we all navigate this health challenge together. Read more

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AIA Seattle Announces 2020 Fellows

AIA eagle icon with text "AIA College of Fellows"

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

Call for Submissions: Home of Distinction

November 2020 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 – June 2019

Member ADUs

STATE NEWS State Legislative Session We are reposting AIA Washington Council’s final report on this year’s legislative session, which can be found here. AIA|WA encourages members to attend their state legislators’ in-district open-houses over the summer and fall. These are

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2019 Honor Awards

LIVE EVENT ON NOVEMBER 4 AT TOWN HALL SEATTLE The Honor Awards for Washington Architecture is AIA Seattle’s annual marquee program, drawing hundreds of attendees to a lecture-style event of unique rigor and breadth. This nationally-recognized program provides an important

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2019-20 Board of Directors

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. Brendan Connolly AIA – President-Elect Member

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Register Now for Sessions for Small Firms

This is not a series. Individual session registration will be available 6-8 weeks in advance of each half-day course, and presenters, session times and locations will vary. Session 1 | Mastering Communications with Clients and Project Teams July 17, 2019 //

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Advocacy Update – May 2019

Member ADUs

STATE NEWS State Legislative Session The Legislature adjourned minutes before midnight on April 28, marking the first time in 10 years that a legislature has ended a budget-writing session on time. The state budgets were pushed through in the final

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AIA Seattle Announces 2019 Honorees

2019 President's Dinner Honoree Collage

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, Home Page

2019 Volunteer and Committee Awards

2019 Volunteer and Committee Award Winners

This year we recognize Karen DeLucas AIA (top left) and Cheryl Jacobs AIA (bottom right); Trevor Dykstra AIA (bottom center); and the Committee on Homelessness, co-chairs: Anton Dekom AIA (top right) and Alexander Froehlic Assoc. AIA (bottom left). Volunteer Award

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Advocacy Update – April 2019

bill signing with AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council staff

FEDERAL NEWS AIA Pledges Support for the Invest in America Act AIA National is supporting a newly-introduced federal bill, the Invest in America Act (HR 2210), which was introduced on April 10 by Rep. John Larson (D-Connecticut) and Rep. Kenny

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Submit your project for AIA Seattle’s ADU Tour!

AIA Seattle ADU Tour

The purpose of the tour is to showcase innovative designs and offer examples to the public of what DADUs/AADUs can look like in Seattle. If you have a built project that you would like to submit for consideration and that

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