Members Sought for Pending Central Area Design Review Board

–Shape new buildings in your community

Passionate about design or architecture? The Mayor is looking for qualified candidates to fill five potential openings on the City of Seattle’s Central Area Design Review Board. In anticipation of pending legislation proposing an eighth Design Review Board for the Central Area, we are accepting applications for new board members. Design review board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. The volunteer positions will start on July 1, 2018, pending a vote by City Council on legislation to establish the new Design Review Board district. If legislation is revised or delayed, we will contact applicants regarding their application status or next steps.

Ideal candidates are professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers. We are also seeking community and business leaders interested in civic engagement and shaping new development in their neighborhoods. The City of Seattle encourages applicants from all backgrounds and those with diverse life experiences. Applications will be accepted for the following board positions:

  • Local residential/community representative (two positions)
  • Development profession representative
  • Business/landscape design profession representative
  • Design profession representative


To be considered for an appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume by April 25, 2018 to Lisa Rutzick at

You may download an application or email to receive a copy.

Emailed applications are preferred, as electronic documents facilitate file sharing among the selection committee. If emailing is not an option, applicants can send their applications via U.S. mail to:

Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager
City of Seattle
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
700 5th Ave, Suite 1900
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, Washington 98124-4019

Applicants should have:

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design, and the development process
  • The ability to evaluate projects based on the city’s design guidelines
  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively at public meetings
  • A passion for design and community development
  • The ability to work well with others under pressure (prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus)


Board members should expect to work approximately 15 hours a month attending and preparing for board meetings, which are held twice a month in the evenings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings. For more information on the Design Review Board and the City’s Design Review Program, visit SDCI’s Design Review website.

For other information, please contact:
Lisa Rutzick
Design Review Program Manager
(206) 386-9049