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Winter Party Recap
Coming Soon!
A Letter from Your President

AIA WA Needs You
Our Community
Our Region

!Kicking off the Holiday Season
AIA Spokane welcomed a record attendance of 95 members and guests at its December 5th
Winter Party at Barrister Winery

The traditional turkey and ham dinner was catered by Beacon Hill Events and the wonderful wines and beers were sponsored by Coffman Engineers, LSB Consulting Engineers, DCI Engineers, MSI Engineers and Kilgore Architectural Products.

The evening included the 2018 AIA Spokane Board Installation, officiated by John Eckert, AIA,  and a raffle to benefit the Inland Northwest Architectural Foundation.  Thank you Gerry Winkler for your donations and for organizing the raffle and Thank You to all who donated raffle items:  ALSC Architects, Bernardo|Wills Architects, Integrus Architecture, MMEC Architecture and Interiors,  Katerra and Mike Kilgore.  

Special guests included Evelyn Creager and 13 students from SCC and WSU.  Thank you Becky Blankenship for the creation and coordination of the audio/visual part of the evening, Kathy Russell and Gale Stanley for help with set-up and raffle sales.  A good time was had by all!

Coming Soon!

Jan 9
AIA Happy Hour
Iron Goat

Jan 18
Capitol Connections
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A Message from the President:

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I have been honored to be your AIA Spokane President this year.  Looking back, there have been some solid wins in 2017.  We solidified our committees, and added a great new one: the equity in architecture committee.  We continue to add new events and programs, including a fall design forum that is quickly becoming a key event for us as a chapter; next year will see even more programs.  We upped our game in outreach, hosting the university design competition, a community movie night, and continued primary/secondary education involvement and programs.  And we had a great golf tournament, as always.
We are excited to have Stephanie Aden on board as our Executive Director, and look forward to the energy and focus Dave Buescher will bring next year as our 2018 President.  AIA Spokane has a bright new future.
Cody Dompier, AIA
2017 AIA Spokane President

Platinum Sponsors

Masonry Industry Promotion Group

Gold Sponsor

Kilgore Architectural Products
Silver Sponsors
Abadan Reprographics
GLR Engineers

Thomas Consulting
LSB Engineers
Standard Digital Print

Bronze Sponsors

Belsby Engineering
Bouten Construction Co.
L&S Engineering Associates, Inc
Meridian Constrcution, Inc
MSI Engineers, Inc
Oldcastle Precast
Pella Windows & Doors – Commercial Division
Spokane Regional Plan Center
Spokane Wall Systems
Structural Forte, Inc
Trindera Engineering, Inc

AIA Washington  Council Needs You!
(no travel required)

Interested in how state policy impacts your work as an architect?  Join one of AIA Washington Council’s policy committees, which form the core of the Council’s policy work.  Washington Council particularly needs participation from architects outside of the Puget Sound area to make sure its policy decisions are accurately reflecting the views of its membership statewide.  Duties include monthly (or less) meetings which you may attend via teleconference and additional time spent reviewing legislation or discussing Council positions during the legislative session each year.  
Current policy committees include:
Climate Policy Committee
The Carbon Policy Committee reviews Washington state climate change-related bills, carbon pricing policies and energy efficient building incentives.
Codes Committee
The Codes Committee addresses building, energy and other codes that impact architects’ work. In particular, the committee monitors the actions of the State Building Codes Council (SBBC) and advocates on behalf of the SBBC before the legislature.
Livability & Affordability Committee
The Livability & Affordability Committee advocates for the benefits of robust regional planning, tracking issues relating to affordable housing, planning, transportation, protection of the Growth Management Act and other related issues.
Practice Committee
The Practice Committee reviews issues affecting the practice of architecture such as contracts, Quality Based Selection and changes to our state Practice Act.  Many of the issues addressed by this committee may require administrative rather than legislative action.  Members of the committee work with the State Board of Architects to craft legislative fixes to our Practice Act to address recent NCARB and other desired changes.
Subcommittee: Alternative Project Delivery
The Alternative Project Delivery Subcommittee reviews all forms of project delivery, including design-bid-build and alternative project delivery.  Public Private Partnerships (“P3”) and Design/Build are additional issues currently under review.
Taxes, Education & Capital Budget Committee
The Taxes/Education/Capital Budget Committee addresses all forms of taxation; funding of the capital budget; and legislative issues dealing with education facilities and funding for K-12 schools and higher education.
For more information contact:

In Our Community 

Design Review Board Position 

The City of Spokane is seeing to fill the Urban Designer position on the Design Review Board (DRB). It is a goal of the Design Review Board to work in partnership with designers and developers to help implement the City’s adopted plans and design guidelines as well as to identify and help resolve any design issues that may be of concern to the broader community. Applications for the position will be accepted until the position is filled. You must be a resident of Spokane to qualify.  More information about the position can be found here.

AIA Spokane has a Facebook page! We would like to share news of AIA members, Allied Member news, and news about architecture and design in our community. Have you just finished a big project? Do you have an upcoming event you’d like to invite the design community? Send one photo, a link and some information. Send submissions by messaging us on Facebook. And if you haven’t visited our page yet, give it a “Like” to follow all the latest news!

In Our Region, State and Elsewhere

Tax Reform


American Institute of Architects encouraged by fixes to tax reform legislation.

AIA thanks members for grass roots mobilization.

WASHINGTON, D.C., - December 18, 2017 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it was encouraged by changes made to the tax reform legislation contained in the House-Senate Conference Agreement announced late Friday night. Read More

Capital Budget 

AIA Washington Council continues to press lawmakers to pass the biennial Capital Budget, which will free up funds for public and non-profit projects across the state. Although the budget itself has wide agreement, Democrats and Republicans continue to struggle over the rural water rights issue known by its State Supreme Court name: Hirst. Republicans have been unified in their refusal to pass the budget until a resolution to Hirst is found. Negotiators continue to work through the issues and have reportedly come close to agreement. Although Governor Inslee could call a special session in December once an agreement is reached, we are now more likely to see a resolution in January after the 2018 session begins. (More Info)

2018 Priorities

AIA Washington Council's top priority for the 2018 session will be to get the Capital Budget passed. Other issues we expect to work on include:
  • Increasing funding for the State Building Code Council so it can operate at full capacity.
  • Working with the State Building Code Council to pass an amendment to the State Building Code that will permit the use of mass timber construction for buildings up to 20 stories.
  • Addressing P3 (Public Private Partnerships) legislation related to vertical construction.
  • Supporting efforts to put a price on carbon emissions (carbon tax), whether through legislative action or a new ballot measure.
  • Promoting policies that address the affordability and livability of our communities - including affordable housing and mass transit.
Zero Net Carbon Building Alliance

AIA Washington Council and AIA Seattle are founding members of the Zero Net Carbon Building Alliance, a group of non-profit organizations working towards the goal of building zero net carbon buildings (and retrofits) at scale in Washington. The group has identified policy priorities - including toolkits, pilot programs and incentives - and is working to achieve both short- and long-term successes at the local and state levels.

EVENT: Capitol Connections |  January 18

Join your fellow architects from across the state in Olympia as part of AIA Washington Council's Capitol Connections. Learn about public policy issues facing the profession during the 2018 legislative session and join your colleagues to lobby your state representatives.(Register)

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AIA Spokane Office Hours will be limited during the Holidays (Dec 16 - Jan 3.)  Enjoy the rest of 2016 with your family, friends and colleagues!