Architects care about the places they live, and have the knowledge and tools to make a difference through design.
Through advocacy, AIA Seattle promotes a well-designed, sustainable city with opportunities for all and creates opportunities for architects to impact public policy and civic issues. Our advocacy agenda spans all scales of design in our city. AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board (PPB) leads our advocacy efforts. Input and ideas from members are always welcome.
Ongoing Advocacy Priorities Include:
- Seattle Comp Plan: AIA Work Group
- AIA Seattle Housing Task Force
- AIA Seattle Committee on Homelessness
- AIA Washington Council Climate Committee (includes Seattle policy)
- Contact Melissa K. Neher for more info on joining these committees
Latest Advocacy Updates
AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board issued two letters to Mayor Harrell and Seattle Councilmembers: one seeking real transformational and transactional change in the Design Review process; the other regarding balancing trees and housing in Seattle tree protection updates. – December 2022
AIA Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan Work Group has taken a position to request rigorous study through EIS Scoping of the best options for Seattle as a unique and vibrant place to live and work, as a tightly knit network of strong neighborhoods, and a place where access to opportunity, housing, and services are enjoyed by everyone. – August 2022
AIA Seattle’s Public Policy Board issued a draft climate policy statement to help us prioritize engagement in climate solutions. A final version of the statement will be approved by the AIA Seattle board of Directors in 2023. – July 2022
The 2021 state commercial energy code opens for comments; AIA|WA navigates the state legislative session; and AIA Seattle plans major efforts on the Seattle Comp Plan Update and Design Review – January 2022
AIA Washington Council is hard at work for you, promoting legislation on green buildings and livable places, supporting a sustainable state economy, and protecting your ability to practice architecture. Learn more at aiawa.org.
The AIA represents the interests of architects before the federal government and policy-making bodies. This outreach, coupled with sustained member participation and active involvement in the political process, enables the AIA to advocate on behalf of legislative, regulatory, and related issues important to AIA members. Learn more at aia.org or review AIA National’s 2020 policy platform here.
For additional information on AIA Seattle public policy priorities and activities, or to share your views as an AIA Seattle member, contact Executive Director, Melissa K. Neher.
Advocacy Updates Archive
Seattle’s 2022 budget is finalized; local governments make headway in support of building electrification; C-PACER passes in Snohomish County; CE events to get you ready for the state legislative session – December 2022
A big fail by the state redistricting commission; C-PACER comes to King County; Mayor Durkan announces climate initiatives from Glasgow; opportunities to serve on Seattle boards; ongoing Comp Plan programming – November 2021
Energy codes continue to move away from fossil gas; single family zones renamed; King County moves out of the shadows on climate; opportunities to join the Seattle Planning Commission or sign up for advocacy training – October 2021
Neighborhood Residential’s moment arrives; small lot development standards proposed for Belltown; Seattle’s new stormwater code goes into effect; new uses for downtown storefronts are under consideration; and Climate Advocacy Week returns! – August 2021
A CA judge paves the way for new gas bans; Washington rolls out its new Clean Building Performance Standard; OPCD issues its race and social justice growth strategy report; “neighborhood residential” makes its formal debut – July 2021
Washington’s state legislative session concludes; the Attorney General weighs in on the stamping of architectural documents; Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan update is set to kick off; and AIA Seattle presents 15-Minute Seattle – May 2021
A federal push for greater housing supply; the State Legislature adjourns on April 25; King County’s new energy code update; housing development around Sound Transit’s new light rail stations; opportunities to participate in AIA Seattle’s policy programming – April 2021
President Biden reversed Trump’s classical architecture mandate; the state legislature passes the halfway mark; Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan process gets ready for public engagement; AIA Seattle kicks off 15-Minute Seattle programming; opportunities to join local, state, and national boards and committees – March 2021
State building code (again); the state legislative session kicks off; Rico Quirindongo AIA hits city hall; Seattle updates its green building incentive; your opportunity to meet the state Legislature’s only architect – January 2021
VOTE VOTE VOTE! Washington’s State Energy Strategy; AIA Seattle’s Climate Advocacy Week; King County sales tax for homeless housing; residential electrification tips; AIA Washington Council’s advocacy training – October 2020
COVID-19 updates, Architect Advocacy in action, the state legislative session concludes in Olympia; the YIMBY Act moves forward in Washington, D.C.; AIA supports a delay in Seattle’s 2018 codes implementation – March 2020
Trump Administration proposal on federal building design; the state legislative session passes the halfway mark; new solid waste guidance from SPU; Seattle’s Green New Deal; Mayor Durkan’s Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council issues recommendations – February 2020
2020 state legislative session underway in Olympia; the Seattle Planning Commission weighs in on a new growth strategy for Seattle; Mayor Durkan issues a directive for all-electric municipal buildings; Seattle’s pre-approved DADU program is open for submittals; SDCI seeks Accela feedback – January 2020
AIA works on the state’s implementation process for the new energy performance standard for commercial buildings; the Seattle City Council closes out the budget and other last minute items prior to the new council taking office in January; AIA|WA state legislative agenda set in advance of the 2020 session’s January kick-off – November 2019
2018 Legislative Session, Shift Zero, & Local News + Events – February 2018
Capital Budget Passes, Parking Reform, Housing, & more – January 2018
Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Built Environment – July 17, 2017
Comment on Seattle’s MHA Draft EIS – June 2017
What’s Happening With the Waterfront? – May 2017
HALA: What’s Happening Now – February 2017
Carbon Pricing Discussions in Olympia – January 2017