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Housing Now! Design / Access / Delivery

There is an urgent need to develop plentiful, diverse, and sustainable housing options for current and future residents of Seattle.

The Puget Sound Regional Council estimates the Seattle metro area needs 800,000 new homes by the year 2050, and the City of Seattle is preparing for the next Comprehensive Plan Update in 2024. What role will architects play in addressing this? How can we ensure the integration of new design solutions and policy interventions prioritize access, affordability, equity, and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods?

Housing Now! serves as a resonant theme as we address the pressing need for housing at all levels and explore the work being done at this very moment to get there. We will further imbue this theme through the topics of land use, financing, and delivery, leveraging this full-day forum to highlight practical solutions, innovative models, and inspiring case studies, and collectively shape the future of Seattle and beyond.

Join us Thursday, June 15, 2023 for AIA Seattle’s 2023 Housing Design Forum: Housing Now! Design / Access / Delivery at 415 Westlake (8 LU/HSW). All sessions and speakers subject to change. 

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Includes continuing education credit (8 LU/ HSW) + light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. 

$268  $308 AIA Member
$268  $308 Government + Partners
$164  $188 Associate Member
$468  $538 Non-Member
$60    $69 Student

Registration has closed

Early Bird Deadline: Monday, May 29, 2023. After this time, the price increases 15%.
Final Registration Deadline: Monday, June 12, 2023. 

Reduced rate options are available! Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request Form via email by the priority deadline Monday, May 29, 5:00PM PT. 


Thursday, June 15, 2023 | 415 Westlake | 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

  • 8:30am Registration, coffee, tea + light breakfast
  • 9:00am Program starts
  • ~4:45pm Forum content concludes + happy hour begins (21+)
  • 6:00pm Program ends

Session Topics Include: Innovative Land Use, Innovative Financing, Innovative Case Studies

Speakers Include: Rick Mohler FAIA | University of Washington, Rep. Jessica Bateman | Washington State House of Representatives, Madeline Kovacs | Adre, Nick Welch | OPCD, City of Seattle, David Neiman AIA | Neiman Taber Architects, Tamara Knox | Frolic, Leah Martin | Allied8 Architects, Michelle Morlan | Lotus Development Partners, Uche Okezie | HomeSight, Donald I. King FAIA | Nehemiah Initiative Seattle, Gladys Ly-Au Young AIA | SKL Architects, Ben Maritz | Great Expectations, Cady Chintis | WC STUDIO Architects, Susan Jones FAIA | atelierjones LLC, Grace H. Kim FAIA | Schemata Workshop, Dave Otte AIA | Holst Architecture

Featuring: Julie Eizenberg’s Closing Keynote Presentation, Neighborhood Now! 

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, LFRAIA, Founding Principal, Koning Eizenberg Architecture | Julie Eizenberg FAIA, LFRAIA and founding partner of Koning Eizenberg Architecture has given visibility to the design value and potential of community projects and people-oriented practice. For her closing keynote lecture, Neighborhood Now!, during AIA Seattle’s 2023 Housing Design Forum, Julie will discuss opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods through analysis of housing typologies and case studies of housing and community buildings. Work discussed will include new completed work like the Arroyo affordable family housing, and the Park, as well as a competition entry for affordable housing in Chicago. Featured community resources will include adaptive reuse projects like the Museumlab which brought an abandoned historic library back to life.

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  • Venue: The forum will be held at 415 Westlake (415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109). 415 Westlake is fully ADA compliant.
  • Transportation: We encourage attendees to take advantage of public transit options and plan your trip. Please note that parking at the venue is not available but there are over 300 spaces available at the 320 Westlake pay lot.
  • Covid Parameters: AIA Seattle strongly encourages masking to demonstrate community care.
  • Virtual Access: Unable to join us in-person but invested in the content? We’re partnering with aecKnowledge to produce an on-demand video course and expand the impact of this forum. Stay tuned for more information post-program!

If you would like to discuss physical or cognitive accessibility needs for this program, please make a note in your registration form or e-mail Senior Programs Coordinator, Andrea Aguilera.


  • Examine land use policy opportunities that address housing access, affordability, racial equity, livability, and climate, and draw connections to inform Seattle’s major comprehensive plan update.
  • Investigate innovative financing mechanisms (e.g. co-op, limited equity, community land trust, hybrid) that support the development of plentiful, diverse, and sustainable housing options.
  • Explore case studies that demonstrate innovation in design and delivery for various housing types (e.g. co-housing, urban infill, missing middle, large-scale) while navigating contextual constraints.
  • Learn how to be an advocate and explore critical opportunities to influence housing policy through a systemic and collaborative approach.
  • Analyze the vital ways that housing policy and design support evolving neighborhoods that connect residents to opportunities, provide for basic needs, and foster thriving communities.


Greenhome Solutions |  IMAGINiT TechnologiesMalsam Tsang Structural Engineering  |  Marvin
Pella Windows & Doors of Western Washington  |  AssuredPartners Design Professionals
Code Unlimited  |  Holmes  |  Lockhart Suver  |  Salter  |  Swenson Say Fagét | Walsh Construction
citizenM Seattle South Lake Union  |  Elsom Cellars


Kailin Gregga, AIA, Partner | Best Practice Architecture
Bradley Khouri, AIA, Principal | b9 architects
Tom Lawrence, AIA | Lawrence Architecture
Rick Mohler, FAIA, NCARB, Professor and Chair | Department of Architecture, UW
Liz Pisciotta, AIA, Partner | Neiman Taber Architects
Michael C. Walsh | Schemata Workshop

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Andrea Aguilera, Senior Programs Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Melissa K. Neher, Executive Director at AIA Seattle


June 15, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


415 Westlake
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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