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Advocacy Update – September 2019

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NATIONAL NEWS AIA Makes Big Move on Climate This month AIA National launched an initiative to drive climate action within the architecture profession. As part of this effort, AIA called on architects around the world to support humanity’s collective call

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Big Moves on Climate from the 2019 State Legislature

Clearly a top priority for Democrats this session, legislation to address climate change performed very strongly.  The increase in the number of Senate seats held by Democrats after the 2018 election allowed Democrats to push these bills few with very

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Seattle Passes Local Green New Deal Resolution

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien introduced a resolution laying out the agenda for a Green New Deal for Seattle and an ordinance creating a Green New Deal Oversight Board. The resolution endorses the Federal Green New Deal and identifies five

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Seattle’s Center City Streetcar Gets Green Light to Move Forward

After months in limbo, Seattle’s Central City Connector Streetcar line was approved by Mayor Durkan to move forward, albeit with higher cost estimates and a timeline five years later than initially planned. Some design and engineering for the project will

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Seattle Enacts Mandatory Housing Affordability

The ordinance will implement MHA in Seattle’s 27 urban villages and all other commercial and multifamily residential areas. All urban villages and multifamily residential and commercial zones will see zoning changes, allowing slightly larger or taller buildings. Additional development capacity

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Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Speaks to AIA on Housing

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda spoke as part of AIA Seattle’s City Leaders Breakfast Series on June 12. She spoke about her housing priorities on the Council, including ADUs, allowing more duplexes and triplexes and more upzoning. She also talked

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Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan Approved

On June 10, the Seattle City Council voted to approve the city’s plan to turn the former military site at Fort Lawton into 237 affordable homes for low-income seniors and formerly homeless individuals alongside supportive services, workforce housing and affordable

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Seattle Enacts ADU Legislation

Two ADUs will now be allowed on each lot, either two attached ADUs or one attached ADU and one detached ADU. The maximum DADU size will increase from 800 to 1,000 square feet and the minimum lot size for DADUs

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Advocacy Update – August 2019

STATE NEWS Residential Energy Code Update Washington’s State Building Code Council (SBCC) is in the process of reviewing proposed amendments to the 2018 residential energy codes as approved by the SBCC’s Energy Code Technical Advisory Group. The proposed residential energy

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Advocacy Update – July 2019

ADU Mayor Durkan signing

NATIONAL NEWS AIA National Issues Report on Building Codes and Climate Change AIA National’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Codes and Standards issued a report outlining AIA’s vision for the adoption and application of building codes as design tools in a

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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

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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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Seattle City Council ADU Legislation

AIA Seattle supports the city’s goal (originally one of the 65 HALA recommendations) to encourage more backyard cottages by removing regulatory barriers and making it easier for property owners to create accessory dwelling units (ADUs). On May 13, Seattle’s Hearing

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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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ADU Tour Detail

AIA Seattle ADU Tour

  Saturday, June 15 11:00 am – 4:00 pm   ADUs on the Tour     Download: Quick reference brochure of tour sites   1. Crown Hill DADU 626 NW 75th St., Seattle, WA 98117 Contemporary two-level unit with a

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Support More ADUs in Seattle

On May 13, Seattle’s Hearing Examiner ruled on an appeal of the final environmental impact statement related to the proposed changes, allowing the city’s ADU legislation to proceed. Councilmember Mike O’Brien is expected to introduce his ADU legislation on May

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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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Announcing the 2019 Travel Scholarship Recipients

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Most often, architecture begins with an invitation. Architects are selected by clients, who define the parameters and ambitions of the work. We inhabit a world largely built within this model, but what happens when architects are the ones who initiate

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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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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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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

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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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Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities Winners Announced

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

The distinguished jury included Mayor Allan Ekberg (City of Tukwila), Charles Mudede (The Stranger), Cleo Barnett (Amplifier), Milenko Matanovic (Pomegranate Center and Institute for Everyday Democracy), Osama Quotah AIA (LMN Architects), Sergio Dávila (Metropolitan University, Mexico City) and Sheryl Cababa

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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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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

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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

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Advocacy Update – June 2018

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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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Message to Members | AIA Seattle Voting at Conference

SEATTLE, June 19, 2019— AIA Seattle President Sidney Scarboro AIA will head to A’18: AIA Conference on Architecture in New York this week to represent our chapter at the Annual Business Meeting. The AIA Seattle Board reviewed all resolutions before

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AIA Seattle Endorses I-1631 to Establish a Fee on Carbon Emissions

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 and promote energy efficiency.  I-1631 levies

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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

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AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Fellows

AIA eagle icon with text "AIA College of Fellows"

R. David Frum FAIA is the president of Salus Architecture, a firm exclusively dedicated to healthcare facility design. David spent much of his career leading healthcare projects. He is known as an expert on healthcare design, both nationally and in

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AIA Seattle Announces 2018 Travel Scholarship Recipient

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Because it Rains – Most mornings, we Seattleites armor ourselves in a Gortex-led battle against the elements. We track showers like infantry in an endless array of Doppler readings and forecasts. As designers, we are taught to continue the fight and

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Advocacy Update – January 2018

Interested in receiving advocacy information straight to your inbox? Take this short survey to opt-in to receive additional policy information on specific topics from AIA Seattle. Read more

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Jen Cho AIA

The great recession failed to demolish her optimism, and she worked at Mithun on a variety of projects including student housing and a private school expansion. In 2016, she joined Encore Architects, and has since focused on multifamily housing. Jen

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2018 Happy Hour Series

YAF WID Happy Hour series

The AIA Seattle Happy Hour Series is a monthly gathering presented by the Young Architects Forum and Women in Design committees to encourage connections within the Seattle design community. This year’s happy hours will explore the social, environmental, and cultural responsibilities of design. JOIN US EVERY

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