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Seattle Housing Policy Update

Seattle needs more housing, and fast. What is on the city's short- and long-term housing agenda as we enter this pivotal period in our city? Join us for a review of current initiatives and a discussion of what's missing and how AIA Seattle can help drive the agenda.

Join AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board for a review of current and proposed policies related to housing in Seattle. Confused by the annual Comp Plan vs. the Major Comp Plan? Wondering why there are duplexes and triplexes in the city but you can’t design one? Curious about how you can plug in to these debates? We’ll walk through the players and the proposals and get you ready for the critical debates ahead.

We’ll cover these topics and more:

  • Neighborhood Residential
  • Missing middle housing
  • Annual Comp Plan amendments
  • Major Comp Plan update
  • Flexibility & ‘plexibility
  • Mandatory Housing Affordability
  • Combating displacement
  • Design Review
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Racial justice
  • Affordable housing
  • What about sustainability?
  • Tree canopy

Tuesday, October 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Online



Andrew “Ace” Houston AIA

Ace is the founder and head of design of House Cosmopolitan, an architecture and design practice focused on creating places where people belong. He is also a housing activist and organizer with groups such as Share the Cities Action Fund as well as a former candidate for Mayor of Seattle.




Matt Hutchins AIA headshotMatt Hutchins AIA

As a founder of CAST architecture, Matt has spent more than twenty years working to increase the vitality of cities and protect the environment. Through his design and policy work, Matt is an advocate for better density, abundant housing options, vibrant urban spaces, open space, and sustainable building. 

Matt is a Seattle Planning Commissioner and former Design Review Board Member. For AIA Seattle he has served on the Board of Directors, the Housing Task Force, the Residential Design Forum and the Public Policy Board, and he was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2020. He co-founded the grassroots group MOAR (More Options for Accessory Residences) to support zoning reform for accessory dwellings in Seattle. In 2019, he was named one of 35 Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine. 

He received a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. He is a Certified Passive House Designer.


October 26, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


WA United States


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938