All posts by Kirsten Smith


AIA Washington Council congratulates Washington members elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows in 2019, Ruth Baleiko and John Harrison.

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Ruth is a partner at The Miller Hull Partnership, where she has worked since 1999. As a senior design lead in the office, Ruth has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including Fisher Pavilion, Olympic College Poulsbo Campus, Vancouver Community Library, Odegaard Undergraduate Library at the University of Washington and Renton Library. By embracing…

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AIA Washington Council Endorses I-1631

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AIA Washington Council has endorsed Washington Initiative 1631, the Protect Washington Act, which would establish a carbon fee to reduce incentives for fossil fuel use, generate funds to invest in renewable resources and promote energy efficiency. AIA Washington Council believes we have a moral responsibility to protect future generations by…

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Next City’s Vanguard Conference

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Next City’s Vanguard Conference is an experiential urban leadership gathering of the best and brightest young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media.  The Vanguard Conference welcomes entrepreneurs, community developers, activists, artists, designers, urban planners and sustainability experts…

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Olympia Update – Week 7

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This year’s legislative session is expected to conclude on March 8th as scheduled, as many legislators are eager to resume campaigning for the 2018 elections and all are disinclined to extend their work into extra innings after doing so for the past few years. In addition, this is the first…

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Olympia Update: Week 6

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February 14th marked a significant calendar cutoff day in Olympia. Bills that did not receive enough love to pass out of their house of origin by the end of that day are considered dead for the rest of the session. (Note: this excludes legislation that has a significant fiscal impact,…

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Olympia Update: Weeks 4 & 5

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We are now over half-way through this year’s legislative session in Olympia. Deadlines have come and gone, including the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin policy committee and the last day for non-tax bills to pass out of their house of origin fiscal committee….

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Olympia Update: Week 3

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We have now completed week three of a 60-day legislative session and are fast approaching the first cutoff on February 2. Bills that are to continue through the process must be passed out of committee and read on the House or Senate floor by the end of the day on Friday. With…

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