Any successful attempt to promote design and quality of life initiatives in the built environment must include transportation as an integral part of the whole. Regional transportation solutions that address equity, sustainability and quality of life issues while providing a range of transportation options are at the heart of AIA Seattle’s transportation agenda.

Our Priorities for Transportation

  • Reduce single occupancy vehicle trips throughout our region.
  • Target the negative environmental impacts of our region’s transportation systems; emphasize lower-emission transportation options.
  • Promote equitable access to transportation options for our region’s diverse peoples and communities, including all ages and abilities.
  • Maintain currency with the growing spectrum of new mobility devices and systems. Assure that emerging technologies solve transportation problems equitably and without creating new ones.
  • Promote community wellness and safety through appropriate design solutions for new and existing transportation facilities.
  • Foster connections between communities by building linkages across the city and the region.
  • Contribute as planners and designers to compact, walkable, transit-oriented communities that will curb sprawl and worsening environmental conditions.
  • Support the flow of goods and services throughout our region.

AIA Projects

Safe Healthy Streets & Micromobility
AIA sent a letter to Mayor Durkan, SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe, and City Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee Chair Alex Pedersen calling for a much larger network of Safe Healthy Streets that allows for the expanded mobility necessary for social distancing and provides connections between neighborhoods that reduce the use of cars.   May 2020

Seattle Streetcar
AIA Seattle sent a letter to Mayor Durkan supporting Seattle’s downtown Central City Connector Streetcar line and asking her to formally approve the construction of this key connection to Seattle’s streetcar system. (A City Council ordinance was approved on Aug. 12.)  Oct. 2018

AIA Publications

AIA Seattle Transportation Policy Statement


Seattle’s Center City Streetcar Gets Green Light to Move Forward   August 2019
Mayor Approves Electronic Vehicle Readiness Legislation    June 2019

External Resources

More Information

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.

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

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival

Seattle Design Festival connects designers, community members and civic leaders to explore the ways design improves our city and our lives - 2024 Call for Proposals launched April 3 and are due May 29! Read more