Catch up on APA WA news!

Volume LIX, Issue 23

March 8, 2024

Announcing New Board Members

APA WA is seeking dedicated individuals to fill leadership roles on our Board of Directors. If you're ready to contribute your expertise and shape the future of planning in Washington State, please contact the APA WA Office at [email protected], or Chad Eiken at [email protected].  

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Building Tomorrow: A Conversation with Dow Constantine on King County's Future

By Riya Debnath

What inspired you to run for King County Executive and what are your main priorities for the county?

I was raised here – so this is my place, this is my home. I have spent a lot of time not just along the city streets, but in the forests, along the shorelines, and in the mountains, and I truly appreciate the length and breadth of King County. 

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              The Mind of an Infrastructure Planner

By Paulyna Lara 

Every time I visit a new city, I like to find the highest point of view and contemplate that complex machine below. I suppose I consider myself more of a big-picture thinker than focusing on the details. This approach aligns with systems thinking, a mindset that infrastructure planners develop over time.

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                      In Memoriam: Joe Scorcio, AICP

Joseph Anthony Scorcio, 67 of University Place, WA, and Palm Desert, CA, died on  February 14, 2024.  Joe had a fulfilling career in the public sector retiring from the City of SeaTac in 2019 where he served as the Community and Economic Development Director prior to being appointed City Manager in 2016.

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Next AICP Exam Cycle

You are off the hook for studying for the AICP exam this spring, but Fall is right around the corner! Start planning to take the exam – and let us know what we can do to help you prepare!

Here’s the schedule for the Fall Exam

Registration: October 1 –October 31, 2024

Exam: November 4–30, 2024

APA will offer chances at another Diversity Scholarship later in the year.  Check out the details on signing up to take the exam here: One Path to AICP.

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


Advertise your Intern Position for Free

It’s getting to be that time when planners start to plan ahead to hire summer intern help. Don’t forget that you can advertise those positions for free on APA-WA’s website. Follow this link for more information!


            Attending the 2024 NPC in Minneapolis?

If you are planning to attend the APA National Conference in Minneapolis, plan to attend the APA WA gathering.  We are still needing to do a lot of planning for that event (Where? When – Monday maybe? Who are our sponsors?), but hope to pull it off in time! 

If you would be interested in working on the committee putting the event together, please send an email to [email protected] with “NPC- WA PARTY PLANNING” in the subject line.


                                  Trivia Question

What notable project in Washington State has been a leader in demonstrating sustainable urban living practices, including green building, stormwater management, and community-oriented spaces, setting a precedent for eco-friendly urban development?   

A. The Seattle 2030 District – aiming for a carbon-neutral city center by 2030   
B. The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in Seattle – focusing on community sustainability  
C. The High Point redevelopment in West Seattle – known for its green infrastructure  
D. The Growing Transit Communities Strategy – focusing on density around transit 


The answer to last issue's trivia question: D. Benjamin McAdoo Jr. was a pioneering African American architect whose work had a profound impact on the architectural landscape of Seattle, Washington. Among his notable contributions is the design of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a cultural hub that promotes community engagement and the arts. McAdoo's commitment to accessible, community-centered design and his role as a mentor to future architects have cemented his legacy as an influential figure in the realm of urban planning and architecture in Washington State. 

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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