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April 2018

The AIA Seattle International Architecture Forum invites you to a lecture by Javier Gómez.

Architectural Education in the 21st Century w/ SIAF

April 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The AIA Seattle International Architecture Forum invites you to a lecture by Javier Gómez. Read more

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

Small Firm Management Workshop Series – Best Laid Plans: Business Planning for Small Firm Architects

April 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

In this 3-part Small Firm Workshop series, Rena M. Klein and her colleagues at Charrette Venture Group will offer foundational knowledge, strategies, tools and resources for successful small firm management. Ideal for small firm architects and owners, these highly interactive half-day sessions will include informative presentations, case study examples, workshop activities and ample time for peer-to-peer discussion. Read more

AHC’s Spring Conference is a series of presentations pertaining to LEAN methods for both design and construction.

LEAN Healthcare Design and Construction Project Delivery w/ AHC

April 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

AHC’s Spring Conference is a series of presentations pertaining to LEAN methods for both design and construction. This day-long event begins with a session by NBBJ on healthcare design and planning using LEAN delivery methods. Read more

Alternative Project Delivery and the Role of the Architect w/ CAE

April 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Capital projects for educational facilities are increasingly being procured through alternative project delivery methods such as general contractor/construction manager, design-build, and integrated project delivery. Higher education clients indicate that the reasons for the use of these methods include qualifications-based selection of contractors, increased collaboration between designers and builders, and cost certainty. Read more

May 2018

Inspiration, Innovation, Impact: The Future of Residential Design

May 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

This year’s Housing Design Forum will focus on single-family residential design, and will be divided into three sessions: inspiration, innovation and impact. How are today’s most inspired architects and thinkers employing innovative performance strategies, exploring materials, and engaging with questions about the future of housing design? This full-day program will combine keynote presentations, case studies, research and provocative dialogue. Registration Closes Thursday, May 3, 2018 Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2018. After this time, the price increases 15% SCHEDULE Monday, May…

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

Join Urban Design Forum for an engaging discussion about plans for the city and regional bike network and how bikeshare factors into these plans!

Bike Clutter with UDF

May 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Urban Design Forum for an engaging discussion about plans for the city and regional bike network and how bikeshare factors into these plans. Read more

June 2018

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

June 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

AHC’s Summer conference is a series of presentations focusing on the impact of technology on healthcare today.

Tomorrow’s Technology Today with AHC

June 11, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

AHC’s Summer conference is a series of presentations focusing on the impact of technology on healthcare today. Read more

Got Codes? 5 over 2 (or was it 6?)

June 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

While Seattle has led the industry in the adaptations of podium building classifications, several adaptations later, some of the building codes can become confusing and difficult to navigate in design and classifications of buildings. Through this seminar, participants will gain an understanding of the history and evolving codes related to these structure types. Read more

Seattle’s 2015 Energy Code & Its Impacts on High-Rise Construction w/ COTE

June 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Seattle officially adopted the new 2015 Seattle Energy Code on Jan. 1, 2017 with additional requirements coming into effect at the beginning of 2018.  These changes leave many in the design and construction communities questioning how this code will affect high-rise office and residential projects, especially those with increased glazing.  Sellen Construction, PAE Engineers and MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions have analyzed these impacts through energy and cost modeling and have published the results in a recent white paper.  In this presentation, we will share our findings from this white paper and provide feedback on how the market is adapting to the new code Read more

July 2018

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

Small Firm Management Workshop Series – Marketing and Business Development Basics for Small Firm Architects

July 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

In this 3-part series, Rena M. Klein and her colleagues at Charrette Venture Group will offer foundational knowledge, strategies, tools and resources for successful small firm management. Ideal for small firm architects and owners, these highly interactive half-day sessions will include informative presentations, case study examples, workshop activities and ample time for peer-to-peer discussion. Read more

Environmental Works Community Design Center and SMR Architects, both leaders in designing multifamily housing, will team up to present on the opportunities and challenges of designing for special populations.

Designing for Special Populations

July 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The presentation will look at a variety of housing types such as homeless supportive housing, homeless shelters, housing for veterans, housing for people with traumatic brain injury, and more! Presenters Scott Starr, Principal | SMR Architects Scott Starr is an Architect and has been a partner at SMR Architects since 2010. He has worked with nonprofit housing providers such as DESC and Plymouth Housing on five major supportive housing projects as well as homeless shelters and service centers. Bill Singer…

Got Codes? Assembly

July 25, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This is the third session in the Got Codes? series. Designing assembly spaces and feeling hampered by the building code? Session 3 of Got Codes? will provide valuable insight into the 2015 Seattle Building Code and how city staff interpret the SBC as it applies to assembly spaces. Read more

Codes, Forestry, Carbon, and The Future of Wood Structures

Regional Priorities Part 1 – Mass Timber with COTE

July 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There is a lot of talk right now in design communities about the potential use of mass timber (such as CLT) to become a big player in an industry that is typically dominated by steel and concrete. And it’s very likely to happen. Read more

Managing the Q&A, interactive exercises, and group dynamics during project interviews.

Smart Answers to Tough Questions

July 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Managing the Q&A, interactive exercises, and group dynamics during project interviews. Selection panels are expanding the Q&A portion of project interviews and using surprise “paper airplane” exercises to better understand how A/E/C teams work together. These more conversational-focused interviews require a different type of approach than the typical clicking through slide after slide of a formal presentation. Join Scott Johnston, principal at Johnston Training Group to learn how to prepare for and answer challenging questions, manage interactive exercises, and draw out critical information from the panelists during project interviews. Read more

August 2018

Please join us for an hour-long presentation with Richard Forbes of REI as we explore how gear developments and best practices can help us both keep ourselves comfortable and protect our wilderness for future generations.

Wild Tensions: Tips and Tricks to Safely Experience the Outdoors

August 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us for an hour-long presentation with Richard Forbes of REI as we explore how gear developments and best practices can help us both keep ourselves comfortable and protect our wilderness for future generations. Read more

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

August 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

September 2018

Autonomous Seattle: The Robot Car in the Emerald City

September 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The initial rollout of autonomous vehicles (AV) is predicted to begin around 2025, gaining public acceptance by 2030 & largely replacing non-autonomous vehicles by 2040-2045.Many tout the AV as a silver bullet, allowing drastic reductions in car ownership and parking, electric vehicle fleets, “working commutes,” and so on. But an AV is more accurately described as a “disruptor” rather than a “silver bullet,” potentially increasing both sprawl and traffic, and eviscerating mass transit use.We must shape our cities, regions, and policies to guide the use of AVs in a sustainable manner to minimize—among other things—the developmental sprawl they could enable. What are policymakers doing to prepare for and shape the impacts of AVs in our region? Read more

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

September 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

October 2018

Room to Learn: PreK-12 Education <> Social Change

October 15, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

On October 15, AIA Settle presents Room to Learn: PreK-12 Education <> Social Change. This full day continuing education forum will address head-on some of the most pressing disruptors and design opportunities facing schools today. How are PreK-12 environments changing to meet the needs of students, families, educators, and communities? What do these changes in education and society mean for the design of learning environments? Read more

Small Firm Management Workshop Series – Beyond Intuition: Financial Management for Small Firm Architects

October 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

In this 3-part Small Firm Workshop series, Rena M. Klein and her colleagues at Charrette Venture Group will offer foundational knowledge, strategies, tools and resources for successful small firm management. Ideal for small firm architects and owners, these highly interactive half-day sessions will include informative presentations, case study examples, workshop activities and ample time for peer-to-peer discussion. Read more

Got Codes? Know What You Don’t Know: Residential Codes and Permit Process Hurdles

October 24, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This is the fourth session in the Got Codes? series. Read more

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs?

Ask An Architect: Navigating Your Building Project

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Read more

November 2018

Join SPARC and Paxson Fay to discuss how small-mid-size architecture firms can maximize their social media presences.

Social Media Tactics to Elevate Your Online Presence

November 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join SPARC and Paxson Fay to discuss how small-mid-size architecture firms can maximize their social media presences. Read more

February 2019

2019 Medical Design Forum: Embracing + Innovating Change

February 7 @ 10:00 am - February 8 @ 2:30 pm

This year’s Medical Design Forum includes two days of interdisciplinary presentations, design case studies, and conversations around embracing and innovating change. What are today’s key drivers of change in healthcare and healthcare environments, and how do we approach these changes? How do we measure the social and economic value of innovation, manage risk, and keep humans at the center of design? On February 7 and 8, we welcome AEC and healthcare professionals to join us at this dynamic program that…

April 2019

Code Dependent: URM What? Unreinforced Masonry Buildings In Seattle

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This is the first session in the Code Dependent series. Seattle has over an estimated 1,000 unreinforced masonry structures. This class will explain the geologic hazards facing Seattle and why URMs are susceptible to this intense damage. Read more

May 2019

Housing Transformations: Density Done Right

May 20 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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.…

July 2019

Sessions for Small Firms: Mastering Communications with Clients and Project Teams

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

This is the first of three Sessions for Small Firms offered in 2019. SESSION 1 | MASTERING COMMUNICATIONS Part 1: The Client Relationship The Architect’s client is a central figure in their business, their creative enterprise, and their livelihood. Each client is a unique entity and has their own ideas about what they want out of the process. Rather than starting from a place where we know “the way clients think,” we will create structures for discovering the unique needs…

August 2019

Living in Harmony With the Things We Create - Presented by Microsoft.

2019 Seattle Design Festival – Microsoft Design Discussion

August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 In this Panel, we will explore how, as a company, Microsoft has been working on envisioning and implementing new ways for human beings to achieve balance with both Nature and Technology. In this panel we will share our philosophy for our new campus where both humans and nature will be successful in exciting new ways. We will also share our thinking of achieving balance for Mixed Reality and how virtual space and physical space are being created together with the…

Join us for an interactive discussion on how public open space can promote balance and equity in the City of Seattle. Presented by Gensler and AIA Seattle Design+ Wellbeing Committee

2019 Seattle Design Festival – Gensler Design Discussion

August 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This discussion will explore how designers can support holistic and systemic solutions that address barriers to equity in the community. We will examine a collection of case studies from local design teams, neighborhood coalitions and city policy makers that seek to implement place-based solutions. Following the presentations we will expand the conversation through a moderated Q&A emphasizing community-based design approaches to the development of public open space. Joel Fariss (Moderator) – Design Research, Strategy & Innovation, Gensler Lara Rose –…

The Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating the powerful ways design affects our lives.

Seattle Design Festival Block Party

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

This fun outdoor event is an opportunity for the design community and the public to come together and interact through large-scale design installations, performances, and design activities all centered around the Festival’s 2019 theme, BALANCE. The installations are designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. Families are welcome and encouraged. Hours: Saturday, Aug. 24, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday, Aug. 25, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Act | React PLACE Aurora Madeline Jo BALANCE…

October 2019

2019 AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator Training

October 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Post-Disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides architects, engineers, and building officials and inspectors with the knowledge to provide evaluation of facilities, buildings, and infrastructures in the aftermath of a disastrous event. Read more

Firm Ownership Transition: Planning for Success

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

This is the second of three Sessions for Small Firms offered in 2019. FIRM OWNERSHIP TRANSITION: PLANNING FOR SUCCESS How do firms succeed in transitioning ownership and leadership? What options are available to a firm founder who is approaching retirement? How can internal transition be made attractive and affordable? How can successors truly leverage the knowledge and connections of the founder? We will explore these questions and others with case studies and interactive scenarios, including how to manage the risk…

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