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AIA Seattle Hosts Successful Candidate Forum

 

 

From October 21, 2010 Angle

AIA Seattle hosted a candidate forum for the city’s Eastside state legislative candidates October 12. At the event, three State House candidates (seeking the 41st and 48th District seats, respectively) and one running for the 48th Senate District seat discussed issues facing the region’s cities that affect the profession. Specifically, candidates offered their views on design and urban planning, with a focus on Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, and Mercer Island.

The economy also was a hot topic at the forum. The Evergreen State has lost over 7,000 architecture and engineering jobs in the last two years alone. The forum gave candidates the opportunity to address how they believe they could help the profession recover.

“The candidates were very complimentary and appreciated being able to respond to a different set of questions,” Susan Busch, AIA, lead organizer for the forum, said.

“Their responses were not the typical canned sound bites that we would hear in an advertisement or that they would give to a larger/wider audience. We would definitely do it again, taking what we learned from this event to the next one. We had a great moderator and a great location at one of the larger firms in the area,” said Busch.

Candidate forums help AIA members understand how elected officials can work together to help the architectural profession while benefitting their communities as a whole. During these difficult economic times, it is especially important that our members are civically engaged, and AIA National congratulates AIA Seattle for hosting such a successful event.

Candidate forums help AIA members understand how elected officials can work together to help the architecture profession while benefitting their communities as a whole. During these difficult economic times, it is especially important that our members are civically engaged, and AIA National congratulates AIA Seattle for achieving such a successful forum.

For more information, contact Adam Melis, director, Advocacy Outreach, or Hannah Wesolowski, manager, Political Programs.

   
 

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