November 15, 2018

The AIAS FORUM Planning Team is excited to announce this year’s event tracks for AIAS FORUM | PNW! Here’s what type of programming you can expect to see at FORUM:

December 29

History & Environment

Cultural heritage of the built environment is deeply influenced by its contextual location and the historical significance of a place. As the world has been facing a changing climate which has multiple layered implications, our global population has been working towards the policies and efforts to allow growth for better solutions. Within the scope of Seattle, many initiatives, think tanks, as well as public and private businesses, have been spurred through this desire for change, joining this conversation is advantageous as designers and stewards to our community.





December 30


Technology is one of the most advanced and fast-paced discoveries to date, rapidly changing how we interact with the world around us. Constantly changing with new evidence-based research, and creation of materials and innovative design, we are swept up in a challenging time to keep up with the pace of everyday life. As designers, thinkers, and creators, we have the capacity to understand more of what is possible through these efforts.





December 31


Seattle was named as the fastest-growing major U.S. city of the decade, an 18.7% increase to be exact- this inhabits a multitude of changes, on both spectrums of the good, the bad and the ugly. These changes range from the impact of our carbon footprint, shifting of building types and programs, the growth of large corporations utilizing urban growth and housing changes that come with challenges. These all are not only growing pains but opportunities, to see a space in which our urban environment can be deeply impacted, providing equity through this lens is extremely powerful, from how we as designers provide business to the way large businesses can change a cities functions and even identity.




January 1

World of Design

Visions of the future from the imagination of World’s Fairs and science fiction fantasies are now a part of daily life. Design is not only within the diurnal conversations that we have but it is a continued influencer of how we live our lives, whether we recognize it or not. From the watch you put on every day to the chair you sit at in studio—these objects have determined how we exist. Decisions in design can shift an entire decade, bring anticipation to a whole population such as awaiting Apple Keynotes or the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and brighten an entire space with one beautiful Moller chair. Design is everywhere, every day and in every way. Ideas from a Jules Verne novel are now within full grasp, it’s your world, we are just living in a place where only your imagination is the limitation.




For more information about sessions, download the program here.