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Housing: A Stage for Life

We are at a critical point for housing with the release of the draft comprehensive plan, One Seattle Plan!.

Seattle needs to build a massive amount of housing, and we must put people’s diverse values, shifting needs, and lived experiences at the forefront while doing so. After all, housing is not just a commodity, but a place where everyday life unfolds.

  • What challenges and opportunities exist in the development and design of housing?
  • How do we ensure we meet the diverse needs of communities and prioritize access, affordability, equity, and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods?
  • How do we champion adaptable density and provide more housing for more people with more flexibility?

Housing: A Stage for Life seeks to respond to the evolving housing landscape and explore how housing can center specific community needs and support people through various life stages. This year’s program will spotlight policy interventions, innovative project case studies, community perspectives, and inspiring design that foreground users while addressing actionable solutions to develop more plentiful, quality, diverse, and sustainable housing options in Seattle and beyond.

Join us for Housing: A Stage for Life on Monday, June 17, 2024 at 415 Westlake in Seattle (8 LU/HSW). All sessions and speakers subject to change. 


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

$272.00  AIA Member/Corporate Allied Partner (CAP)/Allied Member
$272.00  Government + Partners
$168.00  Associate Member
$472.00  Non-Member
$64.00  Student/Emeritus 

Early Bird Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024. After this time, the price increases 15%.
Final Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 13, 2024. 

Reduced rate options are available! Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request Form via email by the priority deadline Monday, June 3, 5:00PM PT. 

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Monday, June 17, 2024 | 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

Sessions Include: 1) Coming Down the Pike: Navigating City & State Policy Changes; 2) Living in Seattle: Community Perspectives on Housing; and 3) Case Studies in Responsive Housing Design

Featuring: Kevin Daly’s Closing Keynote Presentation, A Holistic Approach to Housing

Kevin Daly, FAIA, Principal, kevin daly Architects | Over his thirty-year career, Kevin Daly has defined a design process that upholds the practical magic of architecture – an alchemical conjunction of craft, materials, and form. Bolstered by abundant research, he has demonstrated the benefits of advanced, unconventional building technology in works that are consistently recognized in publications and awards, and range from public schools and custom residences to university buildings, workplaces, and affordable housing. For his closing keynote presentation, A Holistic Approach to Housing, Kevin will survey a range of projects from the practice designed ostensibly for focused age groups: housing for transitional aged youth, campus student housing, workforce and artist housing, and senior affordable, supportive housing. He will share how we seek to identify the opportunities and the limitations of the multivariable problem of housing design and look to identify solutions that reflect holistic architectural approaches as we collectively find the form of the future of housing in our cities.

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Click the schedule button above for a PDF of the full program schedule and speaker bios. All sessions and speakers subject to change.


  • 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.


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The password-protected attendee resources page is intended only for participants of Housing: A Stage For Life. Attendees will receive the password in subsequent email communications.


  • Examine city and state policy interventions that address housing access, affordability, equity, livability, and adaptable density, and draw connections to Seattle’s major comprehensive plan update.
  • Deploy a deepened understanding of how social, economic, environmental, and cultural factors and lived experience affect responsive housing design and development opportunities.
  • Learn from project case studies that center specific community needs and demonstrate design innovation in a variety of housing types (e.g. intergenerational, co-housing, missing middle, supportive).
  • Explore how housing can foreground users and support people through various life stages to encourage community building, equity, diversity, flexibility of use, and overall well-being.
  • 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.



Malsam Tsang Structural Engineering | Pella Windows & Doors of Western Washington

TFWB Enginers Inc | Marvin | Swenson Say Fagét | citizenM Hotels


Alemseged Bishu AIA | Tibeb.Space
Ellen Malmon AIA, Senior Architect | Schemata Workshop
Karen DeLucas AIA | Karen DeLucas Architecture
Liz Pisciotta AIA, Partner | Neiman Taber Architects
Tom Lawrence AIA | Lawrence Architecture

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

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

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Zee Mars, Development Manager at AIA Seattle


June 17
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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