2019 Advocacy Summit: AIA Washington

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2019 Advocacy Summit

The 2019 Advocacy Summit is your chance to help shape architects’ agenda for the 2020 legislative session. The Summit will kick off with a deep dive on homelessness policy, design strategies, and the legislative response.  Following this session, attendees can engage with one or more policy committees as they discuss their ongoing policy agenda and specific legislation that AIA|WA will want to address.  The discussions will cover how architects can be involved as well as any needs for research or meetings with individual legislators prior to the session.  At the end of the afternoon, committee groups will convene for a larger group discussion on priorities, followed by a reception. Attendees are welcome to attend only one or both sessions.

Thursday, Oct. 24
12:30 – 1:00 pm   Registration
1:00 – 5:00 pm     Summit
5:00 – 6:00 pm     Reception

Center for Architecture + Design
1010 Western Ave. | Seattle

All travel expenses will be reimbursed by AIA Washington Council. There is no cost to attend the Advocacy Summit

Session 1: Built Environment Responses to Homelessness
1:00-2:30 pm
1.5 CE credits offered


  • Tim Parham, Director of Real Estate, Plymouth Housing, to discuss permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless adults in Seattle
  • Bill Singer, Director of Architecture, Environmental Works, to discuss farmworker/seasonal housing in Central Washington
  • Barron Peper, architect, to discuss the BLOCK Project: building healthy community and homes to end homelessness
  • Violet Lavatai, Director, Tenants Union, to discuss root causes and problems facing people experiencing homelessness
  • State Representative Nicole Macri, invited, to discuss policy accomplishments and new priorities in the state legislature
  • Moderator: Geoff Anderson, Principal, Schemata Workshop; Chair, AIA|WA Livability + Affordability Policy Committee

Session 2: Advocacy Planning
2:45-5:00 pm
2.0 CE credits offered

2:45 pm:   Overview of the 2020 State Legislative session – Kirsten Smith, manager of policy + advocacy, AIA|WA

3:oo  pm:   Committee discussions, planning, prioritization, and identification of research or outreach needs. Attendees can choose which policy committee meeting they would like to participate in when they register, or attend more than one
4:00 pm:   Report back to the group and wrap-up
5:00 pm:  Post-event reception on-site

About the American Institute of Architects – Seattle

AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.

A chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Seattle is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, membership service organization. Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is comprised of over 2,500 architects and allied professionals throughout the Puget Sound region. AIA Seattle membership is open to anyone with a professional or personal interest in architectural practice, and in the creation or appreciation of the built environment.

AIA Seattle is the 5th largest urban component of the American Institute of Architects, with members throughout the Puget Sound area. AIA Seattle is one of four Washington components affiliated with AIA Washington Council, and the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region.

In 2011, AIA Seattle founded Design in Public, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to celebrate all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle.

In 2015, AIA Seattle partnered with Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and AIA Washington Council to create the Center for Architecture & Design. The Center is Seattle’s premier public space for exhibits, programs, and conversations that explore design’s role in shaping cities. More info at cfadseattle.org.

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Event Detail

October 24, 2019 12:30 pm
October 24, 2019 6:00 pm
1010 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98104


AIA Seattle
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