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

State Advocacy

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

National Advocacy

The AIA represents the interests of architects before 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 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


Local, state, and national action on climate; AIA’s policy statement on homelessness; local transportation initiatives; your chance to “Taco-bout Justice” – September 2019

Seattle’s bold moves on climate; Durkan announces Housing Seattle Now; and the Central City Connector Streetcar gets the green light – August 2019

ADU legislation signed; AIA National’s Disruption, Evolution and Change; an architect joins the State House – July 2019

ADUs, Fort Lawton Redevelopment and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s appearance at our first City Leaders Breakfast – June 2019

State Legislature Adjourns; updates to Seattle housing legislation, and Affordable Housing Week – May 2019

AIA pledges support for Invest in America Act, the 2019 legislative session nears the finish line; and AIA Seattle focuses in on housing through a variety of events – April 2019

Updates from AIA Grassroots, Olympia, and Shift Zero; plus MHA passes, and more – March 2019

AIA hosts Virtual Capitol Hill Day, updates on the 2019 legislative session from AIA|WA, & opportunities to get involved – February 2019

2019 Legislative Session Kicks Off; AIA Seattle Joins the Housing Development Consortium – January 2019


2021 ICC Voting Open; AIA|WA Reacts to Midterm Election Results; MHA Lawsuit Concludes; and more – November 2018

Disaster Recovery Reform Act, 2018 Advocacy Summit, Seattle’s final ADU EIS, & opportunities to get involved – October 2018

Report from Global Climate Action Summit, AIA Washington Council Advocacy Summit and 2019 legislative priorities, & more – September 2018

AIA Initiative to combat school violence through design; SDCI responds to complaints against Accela portal, SDF 2018, & more – August 2018

I-1631 reaches the November ballot, discussions on B&O tax reform continue, & the 2030 Challenge Pilot Program – July 2018

Mass Timber, Early Community Outreach for Design Review, Seattle’s ADU Draft EIS, MHA, & opportunities to get involved – June 2018

I-1631 Endorsement, Seattle Climate Action Plan, & Waterfront Local Improvement District (LID) – May 2018

Climate Initiatives, Parking Reform, Advocacy Events & More – April 2018

Passing of the Capital Budget, Climate and Housing Initiatives, & more – March 2018

2018 Legislative Session, Shift Zero, & Local News + Events – February 2018

Capital Budget Passes, Parking Reform, Housing, & more – January 2018




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