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Members Sought for Seattle’s Design Review Boards

Shape new buildings in your community

Design Review Board Passionate about design or architecture? Mayor Bruce Harrell is looking for qualified candidates to fill 22 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, 2023, 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: Central Area Board Design profession representative Downtown Board Business or landscape design profession representative Development profession representative Local residential representative East Board Local residential representative Design profession representative Development profession representative Local community representative Northeast Board Local residential representative Local community representative Northwest Board Business or landscape design profession representative Design profession representative Local residential representative Southeast Board Local residential representative Design profession representative Southwest Board Business or landscape design profession representative Design profession representative Local residential representative West Board Business or landscape design profession representative Local residential representative Design profession representative Development profession representative To be considered for appointment, please send an application, cover letter, and resume by December 31, 2022 to Erika Ikstrums at erika.ikstrums@seattle.gov. You may download an application or email erika.ikstrums@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: Erika Ikstrums, Design Review Program City of Seattle Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections 700 – 5th Ave, Suite 2000 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, and 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. All board meetings have transitioned to an online platform. For more information on the Design Review Board and the City’s Design Review Program, visit the Design Review webpage. For other information, please contact: Shelley Bolser, Design Review Program Manager (206) 733-9067 shelley.bolser@seattle.gov