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New Commissioners Sought for the Seattle Design Commission

Mayor Jenny Durkan is recruiting to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Seattle Design Commission. The open positions are:

  • A licensed architect
  • A transportation planner
  • A landscape architect

All positions will start their two-year terms in March 2019.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises the Mayor, Council, and City officials on design excellence in City funded capital improvement projects, projects in the City right-of-way, or projects constructed with City funds. You can see the scope of our work at

Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Commissioners are eligible for a second two-year term. The 10‐member commission is comprised of architects, artists, urban designers, urban planners, landscape architects, civil engineers, a member‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Commission meetings are the first and third Thursdays of each month and occur in the day. In addition, members may serve on commission subcommittees and represent the commission on other City boards or commissions. Commissioners work between 15-20 hours a month. During the term as a commissioner, and six months following the end of the term, commissioners may not contract with the city on any capital improvement project reviewed by the commission. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

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. 

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by November 30, 2018, to:

Mayor Durkan c/o:
Michael Jenkins, Executive Director
Seattle Design Commission

City of Seattle – Office of Planning and Community Development
600 4th Avenue, 5th Floor
PO Box 94788
Seattle, WA 98124‐7088

For more information:
Michael Jenkins, (206) 386-4024,