MISSION

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DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF DESIGN

Design shapes communities on many levels, whether we are conscious of its impact or not. Everything we touch, everything we see in the built environment is a product of the design process. Plazas, public spaces, even things considered natural, like parks and landscaping, are intentionally designed. SAF awakens people to these influences and increases the public’s awareness and appreciation of design in the built environment. An architecturally informed population becomes involved in exploring options and is enthusiastic about its choices. Ultimately, the shape of our communities reflects who we are and who we want to be.

Our Mission

The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community.

Core Values

EDUCATION: Through entertaining and informative programs and events, SAF educates people about their built environment. This develops greater understanding and appreciation of architecture, and enhances awareness of how design enriches our lives.

INSPIRATION: Bolstered by an enhanced awareness of their built environment and a greater comprehension of the power of design, people are inspired to become engaged in the community through participation and advocacy.

EXCELLENCE: SAF provides an opportunity for people to enhance their design knowledge, allowing them to seek and recognize excellence according to their own values and experience. SAF offers the highest quality programs and events, and serves as a community resource for information on the built environment.

COMMUNITY: Connecting the community with its architecture and design instills a lifelong commitment to and responsibility for the built environment. SAF collaborates with community organizations to increase community members’ effectiveness and forward their vision.

INTEGRITY: SAF promotes open communication of all policies, procedures and financial records and is committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

ADDRESS

Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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17 hours ago

#FlashbackFriday: Check out these cool photos of Green Lake then and now!
http://bit.ly/2xboFqm

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | August 18, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Don't miss out: tomorrow at 10am is our Greatest Hits Tour! Come see Seattle architectural icons like the Central Library and City Hall.
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2fAqKbW

It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the ... See more

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2 days ago
Seattle Design Festival

The Seattle Design Festival is seeking volunteer photographers. Check it out.

Are you a social butterfly? Help us capture the excitement @ #SDF2017 as a volunteer photographer! Volunteer photographers get free unlimited access to designated events, and pictures captured at the ... See more

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2 days ago
What is the 'Seattle style' in architecture?

What distinguishes Seattle architecture from that of other cities? Read all about it here: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/What-makes-up-Seattle-s-architectural-style-11718874.php

Though the conditions, style and growth rate may have changed Seattle, the city's version of "Northwest Style" has remained consistent. So what are the fundamentals of the Seattle style?

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3 days ago
New Program: Design Soirée with SAF!

Take a peek at our mid-August newsletter. Our newsletters are the best way to find out what's new at SAF.

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3 days ago
Architecture 101 Tour: Windows on Seattle's Style Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | August 17, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Ever noticed the glass details in downtown architecture? The Architecture 101 Tour will open your eyes to the changing societal trends behind architectural elements. Come join us Thursday at ... See more

Is God really in the details? Find out as we focus on design elements of buildings ranging from English Gothic to Brutalism and from Beaux Arts to Modernism. Construction techniques, trends in ... See more

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4 days ago
7 great midcentury-modern moments in Seattle architecture

As the architecture industry continues to move forward, here's a look back at midcentury-modern ... See more

Most people think of California as the hub of midcentury modernism, but the Pacific Northwest lent the movement an indelible style.

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6 days ago
High Ambitions Tour: Concrete, Steel, Glass, and Egos Tickets | Smith Tower | Seattle, WA | August 13, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

As the smoke clears out, the weather is looking better! Take this opportunity to check out one of our tours. Tomorrow don't miss:

The High Ambitions Tour: Learn more about building solutions like ... See more

Take a closer look at the buildings that define Seattle’s skyline from the Post-Modernism of the 1980s to 21st-Century Contemporary, learn about changing styles as well as emerging trends such as ... See more

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1 week ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Don't miss your chance to join a sophisticated soiree on Lake Union in this beautiful floating home! Thanks Lanker Design LLC and Cloudburst Brewing for hosting!

http://bit.ly/DesignSoireeLakeUnion

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | August 12, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Got family or friends in town? On Saturday, come join us on our Greatest Hits Tour! It's a great way to show them the city and its beautiful architecture.
tickets: http://bit.ly/2vhMuyF

It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the ... See more

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