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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1 day ago
The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel

How does architecture affect how we feel? Read to find out as BBC elaborates on this interesting topic.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170605-the-psychology-behind-your-citys-design

As more of us flock to urban living, city designers are re-thinking buildings’ influence on our moods in an era of “neuro-architecture”.

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2 days ago

Want to learn more about the buildings that shape Seattle's skyline? Come explore downtown on our Greatest Hits Tour tomorrow at 10am and Sunday at 1pm!
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2tNU6VD

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3 days ago
Find Events | Buy Tickets | Bold Type Tickets

Don't miss tomorrow's University of Washington tour. The UW tour is a great way to get familiar with a variety of architectural styles in a short amount of time. The campus features buildings from ... See more

Bold Type Tickets is your connection to events in your town, backed by the promotional power of your local weekly newspaper.

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4 days ago
Washington Main Street

Washington Main Street is accepting applications!

Washington Main Street is now accepting applications for new Main Street Communities and Affiliates!

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5 days ago
Find Events | Buy Tickets | Seattle Architecture

Our tours this week include Architecture 101, Art Deco, and a University of Washington tour. The UW campus has an eclectic mix of buildings with different architectural styles including Brutalist and ... See more

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5 days ago
The International Examiner – Architecture exhibit tells the story of CID street revitalization

Thanks to the International Examiner for this exhibit recap of our Main Streets Exhibit! Stop by the Center to see the current exhibit: Extraordinary Playscapes - It will get you in the mood for ... See more

The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) exhibit “Main Streets in a Changing America” showcased how five communities across the country have successfully revitalized their main streets. One of ... See more

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1 week ago
Art + Architecture Tour: Let the Streets Be Your Museum! Tickets | Rainier Tower | Seattle, WA | July 15, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Did you know that Seattle's 1% for the Arts Program specifies that "1% of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of ... See more

Experience the best of public and privately funded art. From hatch covers to fountains to sculpture, Seattle’s collection is a diverse civic resource that makes art an integral part of our daily ... See more

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Seattle Design Festival - Block Party

Don't miss the #SDF2017 Block Party!

The Seattle Design Festival Block Party is a two-day street fair celebrating the powerful ways design affects our lives. This fun outdoor event, hosted in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square, serves as ... See more

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Urban Sketching with the Northwest School

It was so inspiring to have Urban Sketchers Seattle spend time with our summer program participants at The Northwest School! What a great day and so much fun! Thank you!

7/12/17 Plymouth Pillars Park Sometimes I think about how much more sketching I might have done before age 52 (when I finally did sta...

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Blow Up

Blow up! is an inflatable art show showcasing a bunch of installations that inflate on July 13th. Make a night of it and check out the opening of Extraordinary Playscapes at the Center for ... See more

Smart. Authoritative. Entertaining. With a bold design, eye-catching photography, and an editorial voice that’s at once witty and in-the-know, Seattle Metropolitan is our city’s monthly ... See more

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