Seattle Central Waterfront

To realize what is perhaps our single greatest opportunity to create a fresh connection to Puget Sound and a vibrant place for recreation, we must maintain the current design momentum, focus and funding to ensure that the city’s vision is fully executed.

Our Priorities for Seattle Central Waterfront

  • Build a great surface-level public space on the central waterfront
  • Support the City’s ongoing design process
  • Ensure sufficient funding to implement waterfront improvements


AIA Seattle and its members have been active in every phase of the viaduct removal and waterfront design process.

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More Information

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.

State Advocacy

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National Advocacy

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Design in Public

VIA Architecture's SDF2020 Community Spotlight Installation

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - August 21-22, 2021. Read more