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. Each year, the PPB seeks member input on advocacy priorities, then selects a handful of issues as the focus of our work for the coming year.
Ongoing Advocacy Priorities Include:
Latest Advocacy Updates
- 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
- Federal Advocacy on Green Infrastructure; an Update on the State Legislative session; Seattle passes energy code update; Seattle Public Schools votes on fossil fuel-free future – February 2021
- The 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
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 Manager of Policy & Advocacy Kirsten Smith.
Advocacy Updates Archive
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