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 lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

You may download an application or email lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov 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
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov

Reminder: Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards

Shape new buildings in your community

Passionate about design or architecture? The Mayor is looking for qualified candidates to fill 15 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. 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 April 4, 2018, when retiring board members’ terms expire.

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:

Southwest Design Review Board:

  • Development profession representative
  • Local residential/community representative
  • Business/Landscape Design profession representative

 

Southeast Design Review Board:

  • Local residential/community representative
  • Development profession representative
  • Business/Landscape Design profession representative

 

East Design Review Board:

  • Design profession representative
  • Business/Landscape Design profession representative

 

Downtown Design Review Board:

  • Business/Landscape Design profession representative
  • Design profession representative

 

Northeast Design Review Board:

  • Design profession representative
  • Business/Landscape Design profession representative

 

Northwest Design Review Board:

  • Local residential/community representative
  • Development profession representative

 

West Design Review Board:

  • Local residential/community representative

 

To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume by December 15, 2017 to Lisa Rutzick at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

You may download an application or email lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov 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
Department of Construction and Inspections
700 – 5th Ave, Suite 1800
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
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov

Members sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for qualified candidates to fill 12 upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2017, when retiring board members’ terms expire.

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 passionate about civic engagement and shaping new development in their neighborhoods.

Applications will be accepted for the following board positions:

Southwest Design Review Board:

  • Local residential representative
  • Local business representative

 

East Design Review Board:

  • Local residential representative
  • Development profession representative
  • Community representative

 

Downtown Design Review Board:

  • Development representative

 

Northeast Design Review Board:

  • Local business representative
  • Community representative
  • Local residential representative

 

West Design Review Board:

  • Design representative
  • Development profession representative
  • Local residential representative

 

To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter and resume by December 15, 2016 to Lisa Rutzick at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

You may download an application or email lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov 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
Department of Construction and Inspections
700 – 5th Ave, Suite 1800
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, Washington 98124-4019

Applications will be accepted for positions other than those listed above and kept on file for consideration for future openings.

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, and
  • The ability to work well with others under pressure (prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus)

 

Board members must live in Seattle. Following appointment, the local residential interests representative act as an ambassador to at least one community group or association (e.g. community council) that operates within the board district. Similarly, following appointment the local business interests representative act as an ambassador to at least one business group or association (e.g. chamber of commerce) that operates within the board district. Acting as an ambassador is often facilitated if the board member lives or works within the district he or she is serving, but residency in a district is not a requirement to serve as a local business representative.

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.

Background:

Board members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and serve two-year terms.  Members serve on one of seven boards that review projects in the city’s major geographic districts. Each board is composed of five members who represent:

  • Design profession
  • Development interests
  • General community interests
  • Local business interests
  • Local residential interests

 

The Design Review Program was established in 1994 to provide an alternative to prescriptive zoning requirements and foster new development that better responds to the character of its surroundings. Boards evaluate the design of development projects based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects above a certain size threshold. For more information on the Design Review Board and the City’s Design Review Program, visit:  http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/aboutus/whoweare/designreview/program/default.htm

For other information, please contact Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager, at 206-386-9049 or via e-mail at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

 

 

Reminder: Seeking Representatives for the Construction Codes Advisory Board

Mayor Ed Murray announced that he is seeking candidates for two vacant positions on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board.  The current open positions are for an electrical engineer representative and a general public representative.

The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and DPD on the technical codes affecting buildings in Seattle. The board plays an important role in shaping the codes Seattle adopts and how these codes are interpreted. In addition to the board’s advisory role to City officials, the board hears appeals of DPD’s building code decisions. The work requires considered attention to details of highly technical codes. The City relies on the board members’ professional experience and opinions in determining which codes to adopt and to amend.

Board members will be asked to prepare for and attend meetings on the first and third Thursdays at noon in downtown Seattle. The actual frequency of meetings depends on the board’s workload; there may be some months with no or only one meeting a month.

Strong candidates will be civic-minded, critical thinkers interested in the design and construction of Seattle’s built environment. Selected individuals must have perspective, experience, and talents that will enhance the board. Successful candidates will have a willingness to devote two to six hours a month to board meetings and other board duties.

These positions are voluntary and are appointed by Mayor Murray and confirmed by the City Council. Applicants must live, work, or do business in Seattle. City employees are not eligible to be board members.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

The application period closes on Tuesday, March 17.

To apply, complete a New Member Application. The application is posted on the Construction Code Advisory Board’s webpage at www.seattle.gov/dpd/CCAB.

For a paper application or to ask a question, please contact:

Julie A. Hines, DPD Staff Liaison and Code Development Analyst
(206) 233-2766
julie.hines@seattle.gov

Seeking Architect for Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Murray is looking for a new Architect member of the Seattle Design Commission to fill an upcoming vacancy. The term will begin in March 2015.

Design Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for up to 2 two‐year terms. The 10‐member Commission is made up of architects, artists, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises city officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The Commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the Commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month. Members cannot contract with the city on any capital improvement project that the Commission reviews. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2014, to:

Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124‐4019
(206) 386-4024
michael.jenkins@seattle.gov