AIA NWW March Newsletter

Code update seminar + new Section Coordinator!


March 2019, AIANWW News:

Happy Spring… almost! Except for the recent snow and frigid temperatures, of course.

Finally! We have help! Karen Bacon is officially on board as our “Coordinator”. She will be helping organize LU and news activities for us in the coming years. Her contact information is:

Karen Bacon
Section Coordinator, AIA Seattle, Northwest Washington Section

First on the plate is getting some of the planned LU events going this year. Our goal is to have LU HSW events that are at least a half-day to a full-day, to make it worth our time, given our far flung locations.

And it will be… we’re finally getting some activities going this year after the transition into AIA Seattle. Below are some issues of interest so far:

First, in Seattle:
Join us at the 2019 Housing Design Forum on Monday, May 20

Design professionals in the urban built environment often advocate for “good density.” But what exactly does that look like, and how specifically can the planning, design, and construction of housing options support vibrant communities? How can the integration of new housing center equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods? Join us at Housing Transformations: Density Done Right, a full-day program featuring:

Lorcan O’Herlihy, Founding Principal of LOHA | Concluding Keynote Presentation, “Social Occupation”
Heather Worthington, Director of Long Range Planning, CPED, City of Minneapolis | Opening Presentation on the development of Minneapolis 2040, The City’s Comprehensive Plan

Living Futures Conference: April 30-May 3

If you care about the planet, sustainable & regenerative design, you have a rare opportunity to attend the National Living Future Conference April 30-May 3, this year… in Seattle!

It includes many AIA HSW approved sessions. This is the big one. Almost 200 big time guest speakers. (3 from Whatcom County!) Click here for details and registration

Next, closer to home, here are activities planned for our neck of the woods:

2018 Washington State Code Update, 2015 Interpretations & 2018 preview:
This has been submitted for HSW credit!
This will feature Samir Mokashi, from Code Unlimited, ( ), an AIA Corporate Allied Partner. He will discuss new interpretations and clarifications from the 2015 IBC and a preview of new revisions for 2018 (To be implemented 7/1/20). Session will review core requirements such as: occupancy classifications, construction type, means of egress, and special uses. He will also go over some common misses and misinterpretations that they see as code consultants. The session will close with the 2018 IBC changes and Washington Energy Code updates. Overall this class is designed for the intermediate level user but has flexibility to answer questions to go deeper or explain the intent and application based on audience interest.

Also, Coffman Engineers will present:
Fire Protection & Life Safety 101: This presentation discusses the role of the fire protection engineer/code consultant in a various project delivery methods. The presentation also discusses common code challenges and interpretations.

When: April 19, 2019, 9AM-3PM, Includes lunch
Where: Best Western Skagit Valley Inn & Convention Center, Mount Vernon, WA
Cost: $20 – $250
Full details and registration here.

Save the date! Wood Product Tour Field Trip: Friday, May 24
Save the date. We will observe framed and engineered lumber production, a presentation about Cedar products and a tour of a prototype CLT building. The tour will be limited to max. 20 AIA members.

  1. Sierra Pacific Industries (Sawmill and farming lumber)
  2. Pacific Wood Tech (Engineered wood members)
  3. Lunch with Real Cedar association at Calico Cupboard, Mt. Vernon
  4. Vernon school District Jefferson Elementary School CLT prototype.

Upcoming Events TBC:

2019 AIANWW DESIGN AWARDS: October 2019
Exact date has not been determined yet, but start getting your projects photographed. Stay tuned!

AIANWW Member Publicity:
We had a request from the editor of the North Sound Life magazines for images of your projects. Several members (& others) sent in some projects and were recently highlighted in latest issue. The editor always wants more, for future issues!

Please send photo credit. Please send only courtesy photos that you own the rights to. Projects will be considered for the magazine’s cover.
We’ll need multiple photos of each room or closet. Photos should be high-resolution (300 dpi). (No phone photos, please.)
Please send a Dropbox link to: and
Thank you for considering being part of one of our most-read issues!
Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Editor-in-chief, North Sound life publications

AIA NWW Steering Committee:
We want you!

It is time to have fresh, and younger, perspectives on the Steering Committee, and a new Committee chairperson. The AIA provides invaluable networking and educational opportunities. We also have budgeted to pay for new members to attend the national AIA Convention! Did you read that clearly? Yes.

If you have never been to one before… we assure you it is awesome! Absolutely worth it, and inspiring. If you even have the slightest interest, please contact anyone on the current steering Committee of your interest. This will help your career and business.

If there any other issues you wish for the Northwest Section to include for 2019… send a quick email reply. Ideas for the Charrette, new LU ideas, events… anything.

Thanks for reading.

Current AIA Northwest Washington Steering Committee members are:

Dave Christensen AIA – chair
Lois Wardell AIA
Mike Smith FAIA
Doug Landsem AIA
Jason Williard AIA
Neil McCarthy AIA, AIBC