"As Architects, we give voice to our shared values in order to shape sustainable communities at the local, state, regional and national level."

AIA Southwest Washington South Downtown Subarea Plan Letter


Our goals as advocates of the architecture profession, and also as members of our community include:

  • AWARENESS: Promote and facilitate awareness of issues impacting our practices, profession and the community, increasing public awareness for the benefits of good design;
  • SUSTAINABLITY: Provide and facilitate opportunites for members and the public to contribute to improving the livability and sustainability of their communities;
  • POLICY: Participate in influencing local and state regulatory policy related to the built and natural environments, such that individual practices, the profession of architecture and communities are strengthened;
  • LEGACY: Encourage careers within the profession of architecture by assisting young adults with scholarships toward architectural higher education, engagement in mentoring opportunites and the development of future leaders to carry on the legacy of the profession.

Here is how AIA Southwest Washington is actively involved in professional COMMUNITY BUILDING:

Recommendations to City of Tacoma:
Development Standards and Proposed Design Review Program

"What Makes a Livable Community?"
Presentation to City of Tacoma Planning Commission



sounder commuter rail extention

The below document provides a brief summary of AIASWW's history with the “Sounder” commuter rail extension through the Tacoma Dome District , along with a statement of advocacy for an urban solution to the rail extension project.

Click here for AIASWW Advocacy Paper Re Sounder Rail Extension


One of our most recent ADVOCACY campaigns has been the AIA 150 program, which was launched in 2007 commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the AIA:


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