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Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City

Join us June 7-8 to examine the concept of complete neighborhoods as an urban design framework and explore how Seattle can support full-service neighborhoods by providing a mix of housing options for homeowners, renters, and people of different ages and walks of life.

How can we help transition housing policy and urban design to be 1) more equitable for all residents by incorporating people-centered development that responds to community needs and desires; and 2) focused on holistic sustainability by designing compact, complete neighborhoods that deemphasize car use and enhance environmental sustainability, resident health, and economic vibrancy? From missing middle to infill housing, new housing designs and careful planning around existing communities can provide the density to support amenities such as restaurants, services, work opportunities, transit, and green spaces – all within a 15 minute walk from home. This course will address the 15-minute city concept from both a design (small scale and larger urban planning) and a policy perspective. 

Join us online, June 7-8, 2021 for Housing Innovation in the 15-Minute City, the kick-off event of AIA Seattle’s new series, 15-Minute Seattle: Creating Livable Places for All. Purchase a pass for access to both days of Housing Innovation programming (3 AIA LU HSW). Can’t attend both days? Keynote ONLY registration is available for Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen’s presentation on June 7, 10:30-11:30am PT (1 AIA LU HSW).

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Includes continuing education credit (3 AIA LU HSW). All sessions and speakers subject to change. 

$30 AIA Member
$30 Government + Partners
$15 Associate Member
$45 Non-Member
FREE Student

Registration Deadline: Friday,  June 4, 5:00pm PT. All sessions and speakers subject to change.

This is a 2-day program. Participants must attend both days in order to receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion. All registration and credit questions can be directed to Zoe Guckenheimer

Reduced rate options are available (priority given to AIA members). Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request Form via email by Friday, May 28, 5:00pm PT. 



Monday, June 7 | 10:30 – 11:30am PT | Opening Keynote

Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen, Partner, Director, Gehl | Kristian Skovbakke Villadsen is Partner and Director at Gehl. Kristian works every single day to identify the potentials that can solve our cities’ challenges on the road to a more humane and sustainable future – towards cities that invite for sustainable behavior. Kristian lives in one – and actively promotes 15-minute cities. Kristian led the strategy for Shanghai’s riverfront development, and has also co-authored the first Chinese “street design guideline” in Shanghai. He is at the forefront of a number of masterplans urban development ant urban revitalization projects across Northern Europe and acts as a trusted advisor to a number of developers and cities. Kristian is in an ongoing dialogue with cities, car manufacturers, micro-mobility providers and public transport providers reflecting on and strategizing the future of mobility. In addition, he sits on an Advisory Board for IBA Stuttgart 2027 and he teaches urban development. In 2018, Kristian received the Shanghai Magnolia Award for his “outstanding contributions to Shanghai’s economic construction, social development and foreign exchanges.”

Can’t attend both days? Keynote ONLY registration is available, price varies $0-15. CLICK HERE for more information or simply register below.



Tuesday, June 8 | 10:30am – 12:30pm PT | Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Matt Hutchins AIA CPHD | Principal, CAST Architecture
  • A-P Hurd | President, SkipStone
  • Jaebadiah S. Gardner | Founder & CEO, GardnerGlobal, Inc
  • Michael Eliason | Mass Timber Specialist & Land Use Activist
  • Shane Phillips | UCLA Housing Initiative Manager, Author

Reviewing housing policy from a macro and micro perspective, this panel will discuss not just inspirational architecture but also bold policies that can allow the right mix of housing to germinate, providing greater accessibility and affordability. Topics will include: recommendations for action today, including opportunities that Seattle should consider as part of its Comprehensive Plan update; recommendations for financing nuts and bolts, like a public bank, lease to own, and down payment help; how to mix job density and housing density to reduce vehicle miles traveled; pairing growth with tenant rights and work to prevent displacement of existing residents; and more.

All sessions and speakers subject to change.


Check out the other events connected to 15-Minute Seattle: Creating Livable Places for All by visiting the series event page. Stay tuned for more series programming coming your way!


  • Introduce the 15-minute neighborhood urban planning concept as a framework for building equitable, sustainable, and healthy communities.
  • Learn about people-centered urban design and identify the ways in which housing and urban planning policy decisions can incorporate the needs of existing communities to address the risk of displacement.
  • Learn about policy opportunities that can encourage more compact neighborhoods, including innovative residential styles and designs, and how those opportunities could play out in Seattle.
  • Through case studies and discussion, analyze current design and development projects that address infill and missing middle housing needs in Seattle and elsewhere – and how these types of projects can be better facilitated by policymakers as well as designers and developers.    
  • Learn how architects and developers in Seattle are using meaningful community engagement to incorporate Black, Indigenous, and people of color perspectives and community desires into project planning and execution.  


DCI Enginners | Longboard Products | Malsam Tsang Structural Engineering
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) | Thomas Fragnoli Construction
AP Design Professionals | Cairncross & Hempelmann | Lockhart Suver, LLC | TFWB Engineers, Inc.Windows, Doors & More


Matt Hutchins AIA CPHD | CAST Architecture
Dylan Glosecki AIA | VIA Architecture
Lisa Awazu Wellman | IA Interior Architects
Patrick Walch Taylor Assoc. AIA | Neiman Taber Architects
Liz Pisciotta | Neiman Taber Architects
Adam Bettcher AIA | BEAT Experimental Atelier of Technology
Poppi Handy AIA | third place design co-operative
Sheri Newbold AIA | live-work-play
Chrystine Kim | NEST Northwest
Stevie Koepp Assoc. AIA | third place design co-operative

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Kirsten Smith, Manager of Policy and Advocacy at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kristen Lound, Associate Director of Growth & Operations at AIA Seattle


June 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am
June 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938