Small Practice and Residential Committee
The Small Practice and Residential Committee (SPARC) supports professional & business development, leadership and growth for the many members of small practices and those practices engaged primarily in the execution of residential commissions. We represent this group of professionals within the AIA and the community – working to support professional development, elevate awareness of their work and to celebrate their contribution to the built environment.
The SPARC committee’s three areas of focus include the following:
- Business development including development of online features, exhibits, publications and seminars focused on residential work.
- Professional development including the semi-annual residential design forum and other continuing education opportunities relevant to small offices and to residential designers.
- Advocacy both for particular concerns of the small practice within the AIA itself and in support of AIA initiatives within the community, such as zoning and housing policy.
The SPARC committee meets at noon on the third Thursday of every month at the office of Deforest Architects. Parking is free. Bring a lunch! AIA members, allied members and sponsors are encouraged to join, as well as other professionals in the design community.
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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