Mid-Year Message 2024

To Our Valued 10-County Community,

Each year, we breathe a collective sigh that YES, summer has returned! AIA Seattle is packing these longer days with activity, including the Annual Chapter Meeting on June 10th, which was an opportunity for our community to learn about upcoming engagement opportunities, membership benefits, and planning for updates to our current strategic plan. A key priority will be locating AIA Seattle to a new home, since, as we shared September 2023, the Center for Architecture & Design partner organizations have decided not to renew the lease on 1010 Western when it expires after 10 years of occupancy in October 2025. AIA Seattle will be seeking a space to occupy aligned with our mission, vision, and values.

If you were unable to join the Annual Chapter meeting, you can view the recording HERE and bring forward any questions HERE!

VOTE for Board of Directors and Nominate Steering Committee Leadership Today!

You can inform the direction of your membership organization today by voting for Board of Directors candidates who will be tasked with strategic leadership to update the current strategic plan and to find a new home for AIA Seattle. Vote and you will automatically be entered for a chance to receive a $200 Peter Miller Books gift card! Per AIA bylaws, AIA and AIA Associate members have voting rights for this election.

Beyond the Board, AIA Seattle steering committees are actively seeking self and peer nominations for dedicated members with diverse perspectives. Review information and make nominations for steering committees seeking new members HERE. Nominate yourself or a capable colleague who is an AIA member, Allied Member, Firm Network Member, or one of our Corporate Allied Partners.

Firms Invited to Boost Visibility on AIA Seattle’s Updated ‘Find an Architect’ Page

Is your Firm Network membership current? Firm Network members share folios with the public on the ‘Find an Architect’ page of the AIA Seattle website, which receives 140,000+ visitors per year. Firm Network members have shared they appreciate the improved filters and user experience of this public facing resource. If you want to check the status of your Firm Network membership or need instructions on how to upload your folio, reach out to Development Manager Zee Mars.

Upcoming Leadership Learning Opportunity!

AIA Seattle invites leaders to participate in the Culture Change in Practice Leadership Cohort, a four-part in-person workshop learning opportunity. Participants will grow their capacity and responsiveness to lead justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and engage in sustained action. Sessions will explore power and privilege, conflict transformations, integrating and investing in equity work, and initiatives and impact. Past participant testimonials provide additional context for how you and your organization can benefit from this learning. Save with Early Bird registration by July 24th for the sessions, which launch on August 7th. Registration is limited!

What if…YOU engage in Seattle Design Festival in the Weeks Ahead?

Seattle Design Festival unleashes the design thinker in everyone, and is the largest publicly created Festival which is FREE and accessible to attend! This year, our community responded to the theme, What if…, with an inspiring variety of built installations, pop ups, and mainstage events. Review the full calendar of Festival Events and hold the date for a Design MixerBlock Party, or Closing Party!

Sponsors help keep the Festival FREE and provide needed funds for community organizations and nonprofits to participate in the Festival.

It’s not too late to sponsor the Seattle Design Festival and boost your visibility while supporting an accessible Festival! Reach out to Development Manager Zee Mars to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you for your engagement!

Warm Regards,

Melissa K. Neher

Executive Director, AIA Seattle + Seattle Design Festival