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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

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 NWW Design Awards Winners Announced

Collage image of six award winners, described in text below

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

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

It’s About Time We House Everyone

Seattle needs more homes, of all shapes and sizes, for more of our neighbors. AIA Seattle is working to shape policies that rethink the city’s majority single-family zoned areas, which have often restricted access for communities of color, renters, low-income

Posted in Design In Public, For the Public

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 Program & Event Coordinator, if you would like to add to this list. Direct

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public

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,

Posted in For the Profession, For the Public

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’s 2020 ADU Tour is Moving to an Online ADU Showcase

ONLINE SHOWCASE OVERVIEW AIA Seattle’s 2020 public tour of built DADUs and AADUs in Seattle has been cancelled. However, we are moving our tour online with a showcase of AIA member ADUs via an online tour covering a larger geographic

Posted in For the Public, 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

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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

AHC Fall Seminar – Lessons Learned Call for Lightning Talks

White text on purple background: Architecture for Health Committee

**CALL IS NOW CLOSED. 2019 AHC Fall session registration available here.** AIA Seattle Call for Lightning Talk Presentations 2019 AHC FALL EVENT: LESSONS LEARNED Nov 22, 2019, Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Seattle FORUM OVERVIEW This year’s Architecture for

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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

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

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 //

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

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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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

Posted in Committee on Homelessness, For the Profession, For the Public, Home Page

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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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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Karen L. Braitmayer FAIA receives 2019 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

Karen Braitmayer FAIA

Nationally recognized for her leadership and advocacy for civil rights for people with disabilities, Karen L. Braitmayer FAIA has smashed physical and social barriers for herself and for others. By promoting equity and inclusion through her consulting work and education efforts, Braitmayer

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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

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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),

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Advocacy Update – October 2018

Participants around a table work together on a collaborative sticky-note exercise

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

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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

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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