Education Programs

AIA Seattle offers over 50 continuing education opportunities annually.

Learn more about Continuing Education requirements for licensed architects, as well as maintaining your transcript, and online education options.

This page details AIA Seattle’s major half-day and full-day continuing education programs. Additionally, member committees present programs and host events on a variety of topics throughout the year.


Download our 2020 Program Calendar 
More details provided 6-8 weeks before event dates

REGISTRATION OPEN | Community Engagement Forum – Establishing Meaningful Relationships with Communities You Serve | October 19-21 | 8 LU/HSW
This multi-day forum will convene design professionals, citizen advocates, community partners, and government representatives in a discussion about the benefits of community engagement; how to ensure that engagement is real and impactful, and how to make these processes a part of our standard practice.

REGISTRATION OPEN | 2020 Cracking Code Series | February 20, April 29, July 23, September 23-24, November 3-4 | 4 LU/HSW per session
This year’s series will include five sessions that explore a variety of codes-related topics. Each year, codes experts determine the most relevant topics to focus on, including recent local code updates, existing building requirements, accessibility, and compliance issues and implications.

Already Passed | Housing Design Week – Finding Balance Across the Spectrum of Residential Design | June 8-15 | 7.5 LU
Virtual Housing Design Week featured continuing education webinars, discussions, film screenings, art, and engagement focused on small scale residential design inspiration and practice innovation.

Already Passed | Thought Leadership Summit – Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization | April 21 | 7 LU/HSW
Our annual thought-leadership summit brought together interdisciplinary leaders and design professionals to explore a relevant, provocative topic. For many years, our focus as a professional association has been on reducing or eliminating operating carbon from new buildings. But the significant scale and urgent time frame of our climate crisis demand interventions that are broad and immediate, and that recognize decarbonization is directly correlated to health, safety, and equity in our communities. This year’s summit explored high-impact actions in policy and practice that will make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon over the next five years. You can view and share all the recorded webinars below: 

Already Passed | 2020 Project Management Series: Getting It Done: The Art of Project Management | March – June | 24 LU
This revised 4-part project management series is tailored to reflect the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that distinguishes architectural practice in our region. Each moderated course will convene local experts—architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and other industry voices—to present content and participate on interactive panel discussions.

Already Passed | 2020 Medical Design Forum | February 6-7 | 10+ LU/HSW 
Join AEC and healthcare professionals at this year’s Medical Design Forum + Project Tour to find out what’s driving innovation in community healthcare, rural communities, and urban organizations, and what to expect next. PLUS, stay tuned for info on related Architecture for Health Committee’s May and November day-long programs, each with 6 HSW.


Virtual Collaborative Spaces with Sheryl Cababa

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, AIA Seattle hosted a live webinar on how to best keep your team creative and collaborative in a time of exclusively-virtual work, using some common web-sharing tools. These offerings can translate to community engagement, team design ideation, or any other form of collaborative design. The presenter, Sheryl Cababa, is VP of Strategy at Substantial, a Seattle-based digital design and development studio.

Digital Firm Management Solutions with Carlos Obando

Offered with the support of Allied members Mercer Island Telecom, founder Carlos Obando presents solutions for intra-office management, IT support, and client communication. He covers technical options, including Google Suite products, Zoom, and RingCentral, as well as how to use the respective software, their individual capabilities, and how to integrate into architecture practice.

COTE Earth Day Sustainability Slam

COTE’s annual series of short presentations focused on sustainable design.

Density Done Right (2019 Housing Design Forum)
Earn up to 7.25 LU (HSW) Save when you purchase the 7-part series

Filmed live on May 20 at the 2019 Housing Design Forum, Density Done Right is now available in 7 individual sessions online through aecKnowledge for up to 7.25 continuing education HSW credits. This series of case studies and lightning talks offers innovative strategies for achieving higher housing density, creating more housing options that support vibrant communities, and promoting equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods. Learn from architects, planners and developers on the forefront of density done right.

Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design
Earn up to 5.75 LU (HSW) Save 20% when you purchase the 5-part series.

Filmed live at AIA Seattle’s 2018 Housing Design Forum, Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design is available online through aecKnowledge. This series features 10 captivating speakers and combines keynote presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue. Find out how today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employ innovative performance strategies, explore materials, and engage with questions about the future of housing design. Featuring keynote speaker Stephen Kieran, FAIA, LEED Fellow (KieranTimberlake).


Our major continuing education programs in 2019 included:


Program questions? Contact Programs & Impact Associate Director Cassie Blair

Sponsorship questions? Contact Sponsorship Manager Kimber Leblicq

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