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A&R: Conversations Toward Resilience - Public Realm

AIA Seattle Adaptation and Resilience Committee is hosting a series of panel discussions during 2022 to highlight current regional resilience efforts in architecture & planning through difference project types – Public Realm, Infrastructure, Building.

This first session in the series on Resilience and Adaptation will be a conversation on building social resilience, featuring the Capitol Hill Public Realm Planning project.

In 2019, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict embarked on holistic, equitable public life planning for Capitol Hill. Public life refers to the aspects of human activity which occur in public – the connections and interactions between people in public spaces as well as between people and public spaces. The quality of public life is determined by both the quality of those interactions and the quality of public space that supports them.

In assessing quality, the project takes a decolonized approach of criteria-setting and data collection that involves collaboration and co-creation, oral testimony and storytelling, and reality-testing with community members who experience the most impact from decision making.​

Deb Guenther and May So from Mithun, and Erin Fried from Community Roots Housing will present the project. Presentations will leave time for attendee Q&A with a focus on improving awareness and participation by the design & construction community in targeting resilience in our region.


Click here to view a full recording of the Webinar.

This live, virtual program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Adaptation & Resilience Committee with full closed captioning. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted regarding specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact Connor Descheemaker, Member Engagement Manager, with any questions or concerns about this program.


  • Learn AIA definition of resilience and adaptation and discuss featured community project through that lens.
  • Exposure to current examples of community scale resilience planning.
  • Recognize resilience goals of featured community project and apply to future projects.
  • Identify project stakeholders role and responsibility in resilience planning and design.


Debra Guenther FASLA, Partner, Mithun
May So MRAIC, Associate Principal, Mithun
Erin Fried, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Deputy Director, Community Roots Housing


Katie Stege AIA, Senior Associate, Mithun
Mike Mariano AIA, Partner, Schemata


March 30, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938