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2022 AIA Seattle Parti

Come celebrate our AIA Seattle member community!

Each year, AIA Seattle celebrates leadership and achievement in design and the built environment through its member awards program, which recognizes individual leadership and achievement in design and the built environment at the local and national levels. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Fellows & Honors Committee each spring to acknowledge excellence and strengthen ties between architects and the many professions that partner with them to make a difference through design. This program also celebrates newly-licensed architects.

AIA Seattle Parti | Monday, December 12 @ The Forum at Town Hall Seattle

  • 6 pm— Door Open and Reception  21+
    • Come before the formal program for beer, wine, music, and some light snacks. Be sure to plan to grab an early dinner, or make a late reservation for a meal after the event!
  • 7 pm— Program Begins
  • 8:30 pm— Celebration Concludes

At this time, AIA Seattle asks that all attendees wear a mask over their nose and mouth except when actively eating and drinking. We also ask that anyone experiencing symptoms of illness stay home in order to help protect our community. Thank you for your continued support!


All tickets must be purchased online in advance. 

  • $20* General Admission
  • $10* Newly Licensed Architects
    We are excited to offer a discount to celebrate anyone who achieved licensure over the past two years!



*Plus taxes and Eventbrite fees

2022 Honorees


Kjell Anderson FAIA

Kjell Anderson FAIA, LEED Fellow, practices architecture and serves as a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at LMN Architects, working with all of LMN’s clients to set and exceed sustainable design goals. He wrote the first architect-centered book on energy modeling, co-authored AIA’s first policy statement on climate change, and has spoken extensively on energy, water, materials, and embodied carbon. He founded the Seattle Hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum and serves on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the Washington State Building Code Council where he chairs the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group. A lifelong Washingtonian, he lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters and enjoys playing music and soccer.


Richard E. Mohler FAIA

As an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, Rick Mohler promotes just, policy-driven cities, shaped by principled design, addressing all scales of urban experience through teaching, action research, professional practice, and community-engaged scholarship and service. In doing so, he strengthens connections between the academy, profession, government, and community. Through his own practice, work with other firms, and independent collaborations, Rick has been recognized thirty-seven times in local, regional, national, and international design awards programs and design competitions. Over the past few years, he has received a 2019 R+D Award from Architect magazine, a 2021 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award, a 2022 Place Design Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), a 2022 AIA Small Projects Award and, in 2021, was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for achievement in education and practice. Rick is a former member of the AIA Seattle Board of Directors, former Co-Chair of the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board, and is currently Co-Chair of the Seattle Planning Commission.


Casey Riske AIA

Casey spends most of his time helping people, and he loves it. He thinks of himself as an educator/mentor, always striving to give other people the chance to succeed. As Miller Hull’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager, Casey consistently advises staff on digital collaboration, software, and where technology and the design process intersect. He has also been an ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) mentor for the past 16 years. He serves on the advisory boards at the Seattle ACE chapter and North Dakota State University, Architecture department, and teaches BIM classes at the University of Washington, seeking opportunities outside of work to make a difference in people’s lives. Casey’s interest in affordable housing and equity has propelled him to swing hammers at Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. He additionally volunteers at Facing Homelessness, The Block Project, and Seattle Architects Without Borders, and serves as a Co-House Captain for the Miller Hull fundraising team. He is truly honored to be receiving this AIA Community Service award.


Crystal Day AIA

Crystal is an architect at Miller Hull Partnership and has been a long-time champion for promoting diversity within the profession. As an architect, she carefully considers the needs of the user she designs for, infusing each project with an enhanced sense of humanity and compassion. While serving as Co-Chair of AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable, she championed the Diversity by Design exhibit, a showcase for underrepresented architects, which highlighted the experience and impact community involvement has on the architect of color, the design of the building, and the community in which the building resides.

Crystal pairs her AIA involvement with her community engagement as a vocal advocate for meaningful change. She serves on the board for Sawhorse Revolution, a Seattle non-profit whose mission is to foster confident, community-oriented youth through the power of carpentry and craft. She was able to forge a connection with Sawhorse Revolution and AIA’s Diversity Roundtable pairing youth with mentors for three design/ build programs in underserved communities including Africatown Center’s Garden Shed, and Danny Woo Community Garden Shed. Crystal has also been involved with NOMA since she was a college student, and served on NOMA NW’s board, helping to create and promote the Call-to-Action Pledge, and volunteering every year in NOMA’s Project Pipeline summer camp.

Mona Zellers AIA

Mona Johnston Zellers’ reputation as a design leader is reflected in her diverse project experience, which fuses art, fabrication, and architecture to explore how the built environment shapes our experiences as individuals and communities. Mona has served on the boards of AIA Seattle and Design in Public (former namesake of the Seattle Design Festival), and has spoken on numerous panels addressing equity, technology, and the iterative design process. Her past work has earned her numerous AIA Seattle and National Honor Awards, and in 2017 she was recognized with the AIA National Associates Award. As a Partner at Johnston Architects, Mona leads the firm’s Design Excellence program, an internal design review process structured to elevate design on projects of every type and scale. Mona leads projects in JA’s civic and residential design practices and is a frequent Guest Critic at the University of Washington College of Built Environments, where she earned her M. Arch. in 2010.


Allison Mills

Allison is Victoria, BC native. She arrived into Seattle in 2000 to manage and operate the newly opened Inform Interiors. In 2005, she became the sole owner of the Seattle location and has successfully grown the business into the 12,000-square-foot showroom you know today. Allison acts as both chief-curator and special projects lead. Her wealth of knowledge of design, art and manufacturing elevates all of her projects. Because of Allison’s keen eye, the mix of vendors and pieces on Inform’s floor are unique, and a treat for all that visit the showroom. Allison has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from University of Victoria and studied Art History in the Masters Program at Carleton University.


Amarpreet Sethi

Amarpreet is an independent consultant and Founder and Owner of Enviropassiv. Amarpreet is a trained architect and energy and building performance specialist grounded in an engineering design discipline. Amarpreet is a published author and frequent speaker and currently sits on the AIA Seattle Board of Directors. Her career has taken her from sustainable design, and energy management into energy and sustainability technical leadership, strategy and change agency through education and deployment.

Over the last 18 years, Amarpreet has worked with architects and engineers and owners to deliver energy-efficient technical solutions to meet and future-proof for net zero carbon goals. With her diverse multi-disciplinary background, Amarpreet’s goals include providing a holistic view of netzero carbon to have a positive impact on climate and human health through building simulation. Amarpreet’s skillset lies in decarbonization, netzero design, climate-responsive design, indoor environmental quality, High efficiency HVAC solutions, renewables, and storage. This breadth of expertise allows Amarpreet to give clients a clear understanding of the impact of design solutions on energy performance and human health.

Cory Hitzemann

Cory Hitzemann from Coughlin Porter Lundeen headshot

Cory has been a proud member of the Seattle building design community for over 25 years.   He has actively participated in AIA events and committees for many years as an Allied Partner and is now a member of the AIA Seattle Board of Directors, using the opportunity to give back and help AIA Seattle to continue to thrive and play an active role in the region.  In addition to providing continued leadership and education to the design field, he believes engaging younger members and the community at large are things AIA Seattle should continue to focus on as the region continues to grow and evolve.

Cory has spent his entire career with Coughlin Porter Lundeen designing structures throughout Puget Sound. He has extensive experience with education, office, residential, and civic facilities, with particular expertise with steel and mass timber. As a longtime supporter of the sustainable design movement, he also enjoys existing building renovations where a structure’s valuable embodied carbon can be preserved for decades to come.

Stacy Smedley

Stacy has over 18 years in the architecture and construction professions; her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum-certified project in Washington State and the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. Before her current role as Executive Director at Building Transparency, Stacy served as Sustainability Director at Skanska, where she led sustainable initiatives and was a subject matter expert in carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction. Today, Stacy leads efforts to provide open-access data and tools to address embodied carbon’s role in climate change.



Africatown Community Land Trust 

Africatown Community Land Trust was formed to acquire, steward and develop land assets that are necessary for the Black/African diaspora community to grow and thrive in place in the Central District as well as support other individuals and organizations in the retention and development of land.

Following the historic inclusive development agreement reached on the Liberty Bank Building, the Africatown Community Land Trust was formed in June 2016 culminating from the work of the Union Street Business Association and Africatown stakeholders to acquire and facilitate inclusive, heritage-rich development at the Midtown Center that includes. The land trust was also identified as the proper vehicle to hold the Africatown ownership interests in the Liberty Bank Building and the Firestation 6 and other properties.



The year’s Parti celebration will be held at the newly renovated landmark historic building, Town Hall SeattlePlease enter using the Forum entrance located off Seneca St.

  • Read more about Town Hall Location, Directions, Parking.
    • Town Hall Seattle also partners with LAZ at the 6th Avenue/Hilton Hotel Garage to provide discounted parking ($5.75) for Town Hall Seattle patrons. This garage is a short 3-minute walk from Town Hall (.2 miles), provides ADA-accessible parking, and the convenience of prepayment online. Learn how to reserve your spot here.
  • Town Hall’s renovations prioritized accessibility. For more information, visit Town Hall Accessibility. If you would like to discuss physical or cognitive accessibility needs for this program, please e-mail Senior Programs Manager, Annalee Shum.


December 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $20


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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