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AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We are a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2011, AIA Seattle founded Design in Public to celebrate all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle.




Public interest design is re-positioning the architectural profession to address the social, political, and environmental issues of the 21st century through community-engaged design. This shift in practice advances the notion that architecture is not only a built product... Read More
Design that Heals is a short (23 minute) documentary that follows the conception and construction of the GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center by MASS Design Group. This medical facility was built in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2011 and is an exemplary example of architecture having a much more significant impact than just the construction of a building. It proves architecture can heal, instill pride, and provide dignity. This Read More
April 29, 11:30am - 2:30pm
On April 29, Human Flow will be screened @ the Center and simultaneously across the United States and Canada. Immediately following, Ai Weiwei will participate in a livestream Q&A with audiences around the country. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei spent a full year traveling through 23 countries, following the journeys of some of the 65 million people forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and protracted wars to create his n Read More
Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Whether your project is a small remodel or new construction — or if you are just curious about the design process — AIA architects can help. Join us for an information-packed overview of the design and construction process including budget and schedule, tips for h Read More
How Emerging Processes Are Encouraging Social Change The role of the architect—and architecture itself—in society is changing. A lack of involvement in critical social issues from a profession that holds such high responsibility within the community should no longer be avoided. Innovative design practices around the world are utilizing a wide variety of strategies to garner economic and political support that make it possible to operate in both the tr Read More