Fake Code Event

This is the first session in the 2024 Code Mode Series presented by AIA Seattle’s Code Committee.

Join us for an insightful seminar on the International Building Code and Fire Code, delving into innovative solutions for scenarios not explicitly covered by the codes or situations where strict compliance is challenging. Our experts will guide you through the avenues available, such as code modifications, alternative materials and methods, and the use of engineering reports or judgements.

In the second half of the seminar, we’ll shift our focus to real-world case studies, illustrating the practical application of these alternative approaches. The program will conclude with a dynamic panel featuring representatives from authorities having jurisdiction, including Bellevue and Seattle. Gain valuable insights into how different jurisdictions navigate and implement these provisions.

Join us online on March 19 and March 20, 2024 (12-2pm each day) for Code Mode | Code Flexibility (Alternative Code Approaches). Register below and look for information regarding online event access in your confirmation email.

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 18, 5:00pm PT.

This is a 2-day program. Participants must attend the live webinars both days in order to receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion. No partial credit will be awarded. All registration and credit questions can be directed to Andrea Aguilera.


Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 12:00 – 2:00pm PT | Zoom Webinar

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 12:00 – 2:00pm PT | Zoom Webinar

Full program schedule coming soon!

*All sessions and speakers are subject to change.


Includes continuing education credit (4 LU | HSW)

$104.00 AIA Member/Corporate Allied Partner (CAP)/Allied Member
$104.00 Government
$52.00 Associate Member
$204.00 Non-Member
Free Student/Emeritus

Want to learn more about the member ticket rate and other benefits associated with membership? Learn more here.

Early Bird Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024. After this time, the price increases 15%.
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 18, 5:00pm PT.

Reduced rate options are available. Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Monday, March 4, 5:00PM PT.


ModeratorCat Heard AIA, NCARB, ICC Accessibility Inspector, MG2 | Cat is an architect with MG2 specializing in technical detailing, accessibility, and code review. She completed a research grant to study ‘Bias in the Building Codes’ in 2020 and continues to hone her research and code skills. Outside her day-to-day work, she volunteers as a licensing advisor, speaker, and committee member with NCARB and is passionate about helping candidates navigate the licensure process.”



Amedeo Gallucci, P.E, Bend Office Principal and Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes | Amedeo has nearly a decade of experience in outdoor fire management as well as fire and life safety regulations for the built environment. Amedeo is skilled in fire and life safety reviews, fire protection system design, fire resistive construction requirements, engineering judgements, hazardous material use and storage requirements, smoke control system design, process equipment analysis, egress analysis, and computational fluid dynamics. Amedeo also manages large hazardous materials inventory and management projects for clients that require additional support and documentation for their research and development laboratories and semiconductor facilities. His technical expertise in multiple disciplines provides comprehensive design solutions that mitigate costs and provide a higher standard of safety.

Andy Lianto, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes | Andy has over thirteen years of experience providing fire protection and life safety code consulting on complex engineering projects by identifying critical code issues and implementing innovative solutions. His experience also includes performance-based designs and modeling, smoke control system designs, project management and site inspections. His projects include commercial real estate, residential, aviation, transportation and industrial of both new and existing buildings.


Ardel Jala, P.E,  Building Official, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections | Ardel Jala, PE is Building Official for Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections.  She is responsible for code development, technical policy and enforcement of Seattle Construction Codes.  Ardel actively participates in the state and national code development process with the Washington Association of Building Officials Technical Code Development Committee.  She also serves on the BOMA Technical Code Committee and as an alternate to the NFPA 909 Standard Committee.  Prior to joining the city in 2011, Ardel worked as a structural engineer for 15 years designing seismic upgrades for a variety of historic building projects in Seattle.  Ardel enjoys dining out and traveling with family, being prep cook for her husband’s cooking and planning the next family adventure.

Mark Chubb, Sr. Fire Protection Engineer, Seattle Fire Department | Mark Chubb is a former AIA Seattle Code Committee co-chair and current member the AIA Seattle board of directors. He formerly chaired the board of directors of the Institution of Fire Engineers and served as the Institution’s technical director. Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Mark as worked as both a consulting engineer and code official. He participated in the development of the International Codes as a staff member for one of the legacy model code groups. He also has extensive experience working with performance-based codes in Australia and New Zealand. Mark will address code flexibility from the perspective of code officials or authorities having jurisdiction.

Nate Tilson CBO, Building Supervisor, City of Bellevue | Nate Tilson is a building plan review supervisor at the City of Bellevue. In his eight years with the City, he has worked on the development of city codes, code training for staff, code interpretation and drafting city policies. He is an active member of the Training committee for MyBuildingPermit.com. which provides training on construction codes. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and greyhound.



Walker Donuji, Market Leader / Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes | Walker has over two decades of first-hand experience ensuring fire safety compliance in transportation, civic/government, assembly, commercial real estate, residential, medical and research buildings. His current responsibilities include project management and quality review, fire protection and life safety consultation, building/fire code interpretation and development, smoke control system consulting, and performance-based design strategies



*All sessions and speakers are subject to changes.


  • Identify alternative code approach mechanisms (code modifications, engineering judgments, etc.) available within the Building and Fire Codes, including state and  local amendments.
  • Recall the tools available and assess whether an alternate approach may be appropriate.
  • Apply alternative code approach options for various project types and applications.
  • Initiate discussion of potential alternative approaches with Authorities Having Jurisdiction and engage with code consultants or engineering specialists.


May 14, 2024 12:00PM


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