Webinar: New Urban Agenda AIA Chapter Awards – AIA Seattle & Housing Advocacy

When:  Sep 16, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Webinar: New Urban Agenda AIA Chapter Awards – AIA Seattle & Housing Advocacy (1 LU)

AIA Seattle believes that housing is a human right. Housing all citizens with dignity is a foundational responsibility of our society, and one in which architects are natural and valuable partners. As Seattle grows and housing pressures mount, the urgency of solving our housing crisis increases. AIA Seattle has developed a multi-pronged approach to housing advocacy across multiple platforms that includes member engagement, legislative and policy work, and public outreach. This webinar will explore how AIA Seattle has worked to identify the policies where architects can make the most impact and how the chapter has built a cohesive campaign around housing policy changes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn how to identify housing issues where architects can have an impact and build a cohesive campaign around impacting housing policy.
  2. Attendees will learn how to conduct a member engagement campaign around the issue of housing.
  3. Attendees will learn how to participate in the legislative and policymaking process on housing issues.
  4. Attendees will learn about ways to engage the public on housing issues


Rick Mohler, AIA

Rick Mohler, AIA, NCARB, is a licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches graduate level design studios and professional practice. In 1991, he co-founded Adams/Mohler Architects (now Mohler + Ghillino Architects), a firm engaged in residential, commercial adaptive re-use, and commercial interior design projects that has been recognized through numerous design awards and publications. Rick’s current research focuses on housing affordability at three scales – the urban parcel, the city and the region. He is a member of the Seattle Planning Commission and Seattle’s ADU working group, co-chairs the AIA Seattle Public Policy Board and was a 2015 Affiliate Fellow of the UW Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies.

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy for AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council. In this role she manages AIA’s advocacy efforts at the state legislature and locally at the city of Seattle and other local jurisdictions. Housing is AIA Seattle’s top policy priority, including increasing affordable housing, combining density with good design, and tying housing policy to transit and climate issues. Kirsten manages numerous policy committees at AIA Seattle and AIA Washington Council, including committees specific to housing. She has worked in government affairs for 21 years and came to AIA two years ago from the private sector.