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Volume LIII , Issue 21

January 12, 2024

Lecture by Seattle’s Planning and Community
Director about the “Future of the City”  

January 24, 2024 

You are invited to a lecture titled “Future of the City: Using Planning to Create a New Vision for Seattleon Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 pm (with a reception to follow), which will be given by Rico Quirindongo, AIA, Director of the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development. This is an in-person event organized by the UW Urban Design and Planning Department’s Professionals Council, which will take place in Architecture Hall (Room 147), University of Washington, 3943 W Stevens Way NE, Seattle.

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Apply for a One-Month Fellowship in Italy

The Civita Institute’s 2024 fellowship application period is now open, with applications due by February 2, 2024. Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend and housing for one month in one of the Institute’s residential apartments, located in the historic Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio.

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About Your APA Membership

                                              Did you know…?

In addition to the standard APA membership, there are several different membership categories that you should be aware of as you move through your career as a planner. Some of these member categories may enable you to pay a reduced fee and, depending on your circumstances, you may also have fewer AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) requirements.   

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Survey on Community Engagement Practices

What community engagement practices are most common? How do practitioners decide which ones to use? What barriers or opportunities are there for doing more “community building” within “community engagement” work? Help uncover the answers!

AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship – Applications Open Now! 

Just a reminder – AICP offers a scholarship for planners interested in taking the exam.  The window for applying for AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship is now open. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is February 29, 2024

This scholarship is intended to help the planning procession become more diverse.  “Diversity” encompasses, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, financial status, political beliefs, and veteran status. See the AICP webpage for more information. 

Don’t forget that, under the One Path to AICP, all APA members can register to take the AICP exam.

Contact the Chapter Professional Development committee if you have questions. Send an email to [email protected] with “PDO APA-WA” in the subject line.


                                 Trivia Question

What innovative urban planning strategy was first implemented in Seattle, Washington, and has since been adopted by numerous cities worldwide?  

A. The creation of the first Urban Village 
B. The introduction of the Bicycle Sharing System 
C. The development of the first High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes 
D. The establishment of the first Public Parklet program 


The answer to last issue's trivia question: D. The establishment of the first Public Parklet program Seattle was one of the first cities to introduce the concept of public parklets – transforming small sections of streets into public spaces with seating, greenery, and art. This concept, initiated in Seattle, has been adopted by many cities globally, representing an innovative approach to urban space utilization and community engagement in urban planning. These parklets offer social gathering spots, enhance the pedestrian experience, and contribute to the beautification of urban areas.  

Save the Date for the APA WA 2024 Annual Conference 


Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? 

Contact the APA WA Communications Committee! Email Riya Debnath and Ben Braudrick at [email protected].

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