The core of AIA Washington Council’s advocacy work is done by its policy committees.  Within the committee structure, issues are brought to the Council’s attention, debated and referred to the Board for executive action. If you’d like to be involved in advocating for the architecture profession, this is where you get started.

AIA Washington Council members may join one of more committees at any time. Committee members may participate via conference call. If you have questions about the committees or are interested in participating, please contact the committee chair or AIA Washington Council staff.

Climate Committee

The Carbon Policy Committee reviews Washington state climate change-related bills, carbon pricing policies and energy efficient building incentives.

Chair:  Elizabeth de Regt AIA

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.

Chair:   Rosa Folla AIA

Livability and 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.

Chair: Geoff Anderson AIA

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.

Chair:  Brian Carter AIA

       Practice Committee 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.

Subcommittee Chair:  George Shaw FAIA

Practice Committee Subcommittee: Condominium Liability Reform

The Condominium Liability Reform Subcommittee works on legislative pathways to decrease the high risk of liability inherent with condominium projects in  Washington that often prevents architects and other professionals from working on these projects.

Chair:  Jeffrey Hamlett AIA

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.

Chair:  Lois Wardell AIA