Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards

Shape new buildings in your community

Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Tim Burgess 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, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. Meetings and materials will be discussed and presented in English. 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 five upcoming openings on the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2016, 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 with an interest in shaping new development in their neighborhoods and a passion for keeping Seattle a vibrant city.

Applications will be accepted for the following board positions:

Northwest Design Review Board:

·         Community representative

Southeast Design Review Board:

·         Development profession representative

Northeast Design Review Board:

·         Local business representative

Downtown Review Board:

·         Design profession representative

·         Community representative

 

You may download an application or email lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov to receive a copy.To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter and resume by December 14, 2015 to Lisa Rutzick at lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov.

Email 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
Department of Planning and Development
City of Seattle
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 the city. Following appointment, the local residential interests’ representative must 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 must 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 12-15 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
(206) 386-9049
lisa.rutzick@seattle.gov

Seeking a Construction Codes Advisory Board Representative

Mayor Ed Murray is seeking candidates for a vacant position on Seattle’s Construction Codes Advisory Board. The current open position is for a representative of apartment building owners or operators.

The board is a 13-member body that works together to research, analyze, and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the Department of Planning and Development 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 without any meetings 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. The individual selected 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.

This position is voluntary and is 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 is Friday, May 1, 2015 to Monday, June 15, 2015.

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.

To get a paper application or ask question, please contact:

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