The City of Seattle is looking for applicants to serve on the city’s Design Review Boards. The members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific guidelines, according to an announcement. New members will start April 4, 2021.

According to the city’s announcement, ideal candidates should be “professionals in the design and development fields who have proven skills and established careers.” The city is 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; Downtown Board; East Board; Northeast Board; Northwest Board; Southwest Board; and West Board.

For the West Design Review Board, which reviews development  designs in Magnolia and Queen Anne, the city is seeking applicants for a design profession representative, a development profession representative and a local residential/community representative.

To be considered, people should send an application, cover letter and resume to Lisa Rutzick,, by Dec. 31. To download an application, go to, or email Rutzick.

Emailed applications are preferred, but they can be mailed to:

Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager, City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, 700 Fifth Ave., Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

According to the announcement, 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).

If selected, people should expect to work approximately 15 hours a month preparing for and attending meetings, which take place twice a month in the evenings. Board members should plan to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings.

For more information, go to