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Innovations in Architecture

The emergence of new technologies consistently expands and redefines the design process, accelerating how great design is assessed, revised and relayed with clients worldwide. While these innovations hold many benefits, how do design professionals mitigate the possible drawbacks in order to stay competitive and push the field forward in positive ways? Featuring speakers from various design professions, The 2016 Design In Depth Series will provide an inside look at the technology being used today and its role within advancing great design in Seattle.





All lectures are from 6:30 – 8 pm. Advance Tickets: $15 General in Advance | $10 Members | $5 Students | $20 At the Door

Best Laid Plans | Urban Planning

Photo: City of Seattle / JCFO
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Across time, Seattle has undergone many large-scale, city-redefining projects that have dramatically altered the look and feel of its natural and urban landscape. For every successfully completed project, however, there are countless more that never come to fruition. Join us for a look back at several grand, unrealized projects and a consideration of what our city may have looked like if they came to be.

Bob Donegan, Ivar’s
Chris Patano, Patano Studio Architecture
Elizabeth Umbanhowar

Moderated by Mark Hinshaw, Walker Macy

Learn more about our speakers here.


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Design That Moves You | Urban Transit

Photo: Ed White
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Multi-modal options for transportation help create cities that are vibrant, safe, healthy and accessible. How do designers and planners work within their communities to design sustainable transportation networks that help move people from point A to point B? Hear transportation leaders discuss the processes and technologies that help shape our urban mobility.

Andrew Glass Hastings, Seattle Mayor’s Office
Alan Hart, VIA Architecture
Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club
Karen Kitsis, Sound Transit
Paul Roybal, King County Metro

Moderated by Lisa Quinn, Feet First

Learn more about our speakers here.


AIA Seattle

Ankrom Moisan Architects

Tools of the Trade | Design Technology

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

While the pencil and paper remain irreplaceable tools of the trade, advancements in technology continuously shape and reshape design industries. Which technologies have had the biggest impacts on the industry and how have they expanded the design process and building typologies? Join us for a discussion about the latest technologies and materials being used to shape our built environment today.

Brad Carmichael, JRS Engineering
Scott Crawford, LMN
Jeremy Reding, DLR Group

Moderated by Dan Anthony, NBBJ

Learn more about our speakers here.


GLY Construction

The New Regionalism | Northwest Design

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

In a region where design focuses on environmentalism and sustainability, how will our definition of regionalism evolve amid an influx of new ideas associated with Seattle’s growth? Which regional design concepts will remain the same and which design rules will evolve? Join us as we explore what it means to design within the context of changing rules, demographics, and definitions of home & life in the Pacific Northwest.

Jaime Gillin, GRAY Magazine
Mary Johnston, Johnston Architects
Bradley Khouri, B9Architects
Ron Rochon, Miller Hull Partnership

Moderated by Michelle Lanker, Lanker Design

Learn more about our speakers here.


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MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Prime Electric

Recycled Sites | Adaptive Reuse

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings allows structures to take on new life, with many successful examples becoming more sustainable, better utilized versions of their former selves. How do designers and developers work with tenants and communities to reimagine and preserve these buildings? Join us for a look at adaptive reuse projects in Seattle and their role within our ever-changing built environment.

Matt Aalfs, Weinstein A+U
Kji Kelly, Historic Seattle
Michael Sullivan, Artifacts, Inc.
Dan Say, Swenson Say Faget

Learn more about our speakers here.

Rooted in Seattle | Global Design

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle is home to businesses reaching around the globe. Does one size fit all? Join us as representatives from Seattle’s global players and designers discuss how they use design to further their missions and brands in multi-national locales, and how the design of their Northwest headquarters communicates to the world.

Jonathan Chang, MG2
Sarah Holstedt, CallisonRTKL
Mark Mappala, Teague

Moderated by Bill Sleeth, Starbucks

Learn more about our speakers here.


b9 Architects

Hoffman Construction



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The weekend will be here before you know it! Add our Hidden Spaces tour to your list - so much fun discovering hidden downtown treasures - info:

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Hidden Spaces/Public Places Tour: Private Property + Public Amenity = Additional Development...

Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces. Many of these spaces are owned by private developers but are in fact places where you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and private art collections away from the hustle and bustle of city streets.This tour beg