Launched in Seattle, AIA+2030 Takes Partnership to National Level

AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030 Announce New Collaboration

Seattle, WA (July 2, 2012) – As part of the ongoing commitment to the 2030 Challenge, AIA Seattle (a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects) and the national non-profit Architecture 2030 are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to sustain and strengthen the impact of the AIA+2030 Professional Series™ on a national level.

The AIA+2030 Professional Series™ is a comprehensive, ground-breaking curriculum that includes ten, 4-hour sessions in the design and technology applications needed to produce highly-resilient, super-efficient buildings that meet the 2030 Challenge energy and emission reduction targets. The program gives design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation efficient buildings—providing firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace, just as consumer and client demand for energy savings is swelling to record proportions.

Beginning in July 2012, to better serve the national AIA+2030 Professional Series™, Architecture 2030, will assume the management and support for the series. AIA Seattle will continue to have its own locally-produced program.

“Architecture 2030 has been a tremendous partner to our AIA components through the creation and dissemination of the AIA+2030 Professional Series”, said Lisa Richmond, Executive Director of AIA Seattle. “This change offers a great opportunity to expand the leadership of AIA+2030 to better represent all our components.”

The AIA+2030 Professional Series™ was launched by AIA Seattle locally in 2008 in partnership with BetterBricks, the City of Seattle and Architecture 2030, where it soon became one of the chapter’s most popular programs and attracted the attention of other AIA chapters across the country. Under AIA Seattle’s leadership, the program has grown on a national scale with 22 AIA chapters and organizations from around the country now offering their own AIA+2030 programs, reaching 29% of total AIA membership.

“Working together, the AIA chapters have helped build a comprehensive national program that both distinguishes members as leaders and positions them to take advantage of the new energy future” said Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030. “These management changes will enable an even more effective partnership and collaboration.”

According to AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030, the sharing of national and local responsibilities through the new partnership agreement will ensure the best possible delivery of training services to design professionals throughout the nation. Both organizations agree that the time is right for an expanded educational outreach promoting the next generation of tools in the creation of energy-efficient design.

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About Architecture 2030
Architecture 2030, a nonprofit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the climate change crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s goal is straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate altering greenhouse gas emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed. In 2006, Architecture 2030 developed and issued the widely adopted 2030 Challenge. Subsequent 2030 Challenges for Planning and Products have been issued and are now being implemented. Visit, or follow Architecture 2030 Twitter and Facebook.

About AIA Seattle
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. AIA Seattle opens doors, provides connections, keeps its membership and the public informed, and demonstrates commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places. More information about AIA Seattle can be found here:  


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