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 often considered natural, like parks and landscaping, are intentionally designed.

Our Mission

The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design, and history of Seattle. We believe the more you engage with design, the more you feel connected to your changing city. As a volunteer driven organization, we provide programs which will empower you to make a difference in your community. Below are the standards we bring to our work.

Core Values

EDUCATION: Through our educational programs and events, SAF engages youth and adults with the built environment. We explore architecture as a visual record of our collective history, a force that shapes our daily lives, and a blueprint for our future.

EMPOWERMENT: Connecting the community with its architecture and design instills a lifelong commitment to and responsibility for the built environment. SAF believes an architecturally informed population is better equipped to advocate for design choices that best serve their community.

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: The architecture of our communities reflects who we are and who we want to be. Through collaboration with community organizations and our volunteer‐driven programs, SAF facilitates connections and open dialogues between the many diverse voices of our city.

EQUITY: SAF is committed to racial and social justice, by providing equitable access to our programs, fostering a diverse volunteer corps, offering resources for civic engagement, and creating programs that represent diverse viewpoints within the city of Seattle.

VOLUNTEERISM: In collaboration with SAF staff, much of our programming is developed and presented by volunteers. It provides opportunities for mentorship through SAF staff, professional development, leadership, and deeper engagement with Seattle’s architectural community. Link to volunteer page

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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2 days ago
2018 Seattle Modern Home Tour

Don't miss the 2018 Seattle Modern Home Tour. When you check out with the code SAF2018 you'll get a $5 discount and proceeds will help support SAF!

With more than 60 events celebrated, The Modern Architecture + Design Society's Modern Home Tours are the longest running and most prestigious home tour series in North America, having visited over ... See more

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3 days ago
ByDesign 2018 Design Festival - Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum’s annual design fest #ByDesign runs Apr. 12–15, with #architecture docs, #fashion shows, panels + art marts! This year's fest focuses on increasing representation for ... See more

ByDesign 2018 features guest artists, documentaries, short films, and presentations that illuminate the roots, currents and future of design in motion.

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5 days ago
Street Critic | Kerry Hall, a palace on the Hill

Street Critic John Feit, discusses a favorite Capitol HIll building; Kerry Hall, a 1921 Spanish Colonial Revival style building, as well as some of his favorite American architects.

One of my favorite Capitol Hill buildings is Kerry Hall, home of Cornish College for the Arts’s Dance and Music departments, on the corner of Harvard Ave E and E Roy. The sole extant building…

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6 days ago
DID Hello Seattle! Work & Education

Join us April 17th for our Education and Innovation Panel

Standardized school and office layouts can end up feeling factory-like, designed solely to increase productivity, but this utilitarian ... See more

Learn how creative new design approaches can empower people, improve collaboration, and build community in schools and the workplace. The average person spends nearly a third of their lifetime at ... See more

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1 week ago
Hidden Spaces & Public Places Tour

Spots are filling up fast - join us to discover hidden spots & public right in downtown Seattle.

Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces. Many of these spaces are owned by private developers but are in fact places where you can enjoy beautiful ... See more

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1 week ago
Design Details Tour: Lions, Griffins & Walruses, Oh My!

Engineering makes a building stand up, but intricate adornments and elaborate embellishments makes one stand out. Take a walk through Seattle's design history by taking a close look at the details ... See more

Engineering makes a building stand up, but intricate adornments and elaborate embellishments makes one stand out. Take a walk through Seattle's design history by taking a close look at the details ... See more

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1 week ago
Youth Design Workshop: Portable & Wearable Architecture

We have a Youth Design Workshop coming up! Next Saturday kids ages 10-14, will work with SAF staff and volunteer architects to find solutions to imaginative and thought-provoking Design challenges. ... See more

What if you could carry your home on your back like a turtle?

In this session of our Youth Design Series - kids will explore the many instances in which portable architecture becomes a necessity, ... See more

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1 week ago
Building Blocks -

Just sharing this neat event

Building Blocks Exhibit Celebration & Book Launch
April 25, 2018 | 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
@ Gould Hall Gallery, @University of Washington

Building Blocks charts the ... See more

Building Blocks: Storefront Studio on Mainstreet charts the grassroots evolution of a community outreach studio offered by the University of Washington College Built Environments. Since 2003, ... See more

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1 week ago
Arboretum Loop Trail Grand Opening

Celebrate the Arboretum’s historic new 2-mile bike-and-pedestrian loop with an afternoon of public festivities. Enjoy a “vine-cutting” ceremony, live music, on-site artists, food trucks, free ... See more

Celebrate the Arboretum’s historic new 2-mile bike-and-pedestrian loop with an afternoon of public festivities. Enjoy a “vine-cutting” ceremony, live music, on-site artists, food trucks, free ... See more

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1 week ago
2018 Seattle Modern Home Tour

Don't miss this year's Seattle Modern Home Tour. Each year we partner with the Modern Architecture + Design Society to showcase some of Seattle's Finest Modern Homes and this year we have a great ... See more

The Seattle Modern Home Tour is your once-a-year chance to have a look inside that amazing house you drive by every day! Meet the architects, talk to the owners and get up-close-and-personal with ... See more

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