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Housing Transformations: Density Done Right

Design professionals in the urban built environment often advocate for “good density.” But what exactly does that look like, and how specifically can the planning, design, and construction of housing options support vibrant communities? How can the integration of new housing center equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods? Join us for a full day program exploring housing transformations that advance density done right.

For registration to the concluding keynote and happy hour ONLY, visit the keynote event page.

Registration Closes Thursday, May 16, 2019
Early Bird Deadline: May 8, 2019. After this time, the price increases 15%


Monday, May 20, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:30pm  with networking happy hour to follow 4:30 – 6:00pm 
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium | 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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Join us for a full day of learning from other cities, local design case studies, and community-sourced lightning talk presentations, featuring:

    • Concluding Keynote presentation “Social Occupation” by Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA, Founding Principal of LOHA
    • Opening presentation “Minneapolis 2040: Race, Place, and Equity” by Paul Mogush, Manager of Community Planning + Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning at the City of Minneapolis
    • Local design case studies featuring a range of project scales, including:
      • Granny Pad and Big Mouth House: New Ideas Around Density and Multi-Generational Living (Best Practice)
      • The Roost: Microhousing, Community, and Cultural Space ( Neiman Taber Architects)
      • Pax Futura: A High-performance Community (Cascade Built + NK Architects)
      • Othello Square: A Culturally Relevant Master Plan (HomeSight Weber Thompson)
    • A series of lightning talk presentations curated from responses to a call for proposals

Keynote Speaker: Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA | Founding Principal, LOHA

Since founding his firm in 1994, Lorcan O’Herlihy has utilized architecture as a catalyst of change to shape and enrich the complex, urban landscape of our contemporary cities. The work of his firm, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), is guided by a conscious understanding that architecture operates within a layered context of political, developmental, environmental, and social structures. With studios in Los Angeles and Detroit, LOHA has built over 90 projects across three continents. O’Herlihy and LOHA have produced work that has been published in over 20 countries and received over 100 awards throughout the years including the AIA Los Angeles firm of the year, and the AIACC Distinguished Practice Award. In 2018, his firm was recognized as the #1 Design firm in the country by Architect Magazine’s Architect 50, an annual ranking of the top architecture firms in the country. The diverse work of the firm is recognized internationally, and ranges from art galleries, bus shelters, and large-scale neighborhood plans, to mixed-use developments, affordable housing projects, and university residential complexes. Each project by LOHA reinforces O’Herlihy’s belief that artistry and provocative design are key to building a vibrant, social space to elevate the human condition via the built environment.

For registration to the concluding keynote and happy hour ONLY, visit the keynote event page.

Immediately following the forum, all speakers and attendees are invited to a networking happy hour at Coughlin Porter Lundeen 4:30 – 6:00pm. 

All speakers subject to change. More program and speaker information coming soon!


  • Summarize planning strategies and changes to zoning requirements that address affordability, racial equity, and climate in cities (Portland and Minneapolis).
  • Evaluate the impact of sustainable design strategies and Passive House construction on building performance through project case studies.
  • Analyze planning and management models in local housing projects that successfully integrate design and development.
  • Deploy a deepened understanding of existing social, ecological and infrastructural patterns affecting housing requirements and design opportunities.


Includes 7 LU | HSW, light breakfast and lunch. 

$252.00 AIA Member
$252.00 Government/Housing Development Consortium
$152.00 Associate
$50.00 Student
$450.00 Non-Member

Early Bird Deadline: May 8, 2019. After this time, the prices above increase 15%

Reduced rate options are available, please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form  via email by Thursday, May 16.


SPARC (Small Practice & Residential Committee) Home Tour #11 on April 9, 12:00-1:00pm | The Roost Artist Live-Work Lofts by Neiman Taber Architects. More info and how to RSVP on the event page here.

Housing Development Consortium Affordable Housing Week 2019 is May 13-17. Event details here.


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Housing Design Forum Sponsors 2019


Eric Anderson | Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Anton Dekom | Miller Hull Partnership
Karen DeLucas | Karen DeLucas Architecture
Matt Hutchins | CAST Architecture
Susan Ingham | Kasa Architecture
Tom Lawrence | Lawrence Architecture
Lauren Powers | ARC Architects
Nicole Winn | Weber Thompson

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Brigette Ruhland, Program and Project Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Cassie Blair, Professional Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq


May 20, 2019
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Price
$50 - $450
Class Credit
7 LU , HSW


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


Seattle Art Mueseum
1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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