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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The hidden history of the Arctic Building

Most Seattleites identify the Arctic Club as the building with the walrus tusks but many don't know that it was the first downtown building to use exterior color in terra cotta. Learn more about the ... See more

With its colorful terra cotta façade and walrus cartouches, the Arctic Club Hotel at the northeastern corner of Third Avenue and Cherry Street is hard to miss. It’s also got a colorful history ... See more

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Gingerbread Model Building Workshop Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | December 2, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Did you know gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century?

The elaborate decorated cookie houses became associated with Christmas tradition and their popularity rose when the ... See more

It’s that time of the year again! As the days get shorter and the air grows colder, we just can’t stop thinking about graham crackers, gummies, and buckets and buckets of sticky royal icing. Join ... See more

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Space Needle's Renovation Project Begins

Check out this article about the Century Project renovation of Seattle’s Space Needle by local firm Olson Kundig!

The current and third remodel will bring the structure closer to its original ... See more

Olson Kundig started the landmark's Century Project on Sept. 14, and is expected to complete the process this spring.

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Timeline Photos

The Seattle Tower, built in 1929 as The Northern Life Tower, is considered Seattle's quintessential Art Deco skyscraper.

The bricks at the top of the tower are lighter than those used near the ... See more

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Join us this Friday November 17th for our Old Stove Makeover Mixer with Old Stove Brewing Company!

Check out the unique space of one of Seattle's newest breweries and learn more about their shiny ... See more

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The KeyArena is a local landmark, its humble form, stunning structure and center for civic activity need to be salvaged.

Salvaged Witness: KeyArena Meets Nowness by Kejia Zhang & Xiaoxi Jiao is an ... See more

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Conceptual Design Roundtable

As firms increasingly turn to renderings and VR in lieu of physical models, the meaning and value of the practice of model making is more relevant than ever. This is particularly true when speaking ... See more

RESCHEDULED: Please note date & time change!

As firms increasingly turn to renderings and VR in lieu of physical models, the meaning and value of the practice of model making is more relevant than ... See more

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Come get a sneak peek of Old Stove Brewing Company's unique brewing space, which is only partially open to the public while final changes are being added.

Our Design Soiree | Old Stove Brewery ... See more

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Living, LEED, Petal, Passive, Green – the world of environmentally conscious architecture produces its fair share of jargon and professional designations.

In our Green Buildings panel November ... See more

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Meet The Designer Of The Coolest Treehouses In The World

Who says tree houses are only for kids? Check out this article about Pete Nelson of the show Treehouse Masters and learn more about how he created a real industry out of treehouse building!

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Pete Nelson, star of Treehouse Masters, talks about his amazing designs.

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