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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Don't forget our Design Soiree | Henrybuilt Production Facility & Test Kitchen is Tuesday October 24th at 5pm!

Join us for a tour of their 40,000-square-foot production facility in Georgetown and ... See more

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

When most people think of the midcentury-modern they think of California, these buildings were produced between 1940 and 1970. However Seattle has a quite of a few of these Midcentury-modern gems, ... 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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4 days ago
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The University of Washington's Guggenheim Hall was considered to be "state of the art" when it was completed in 1930. Though the historic Tudor-Gothic style building has been renovated since then ... See more

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5 days ago
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Did you know that the over 10,000 windows at The Seattle Public Library's Central Library were designed with a special glazing system to reduce heat build up while still taking advantage of natural ... See more

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6 days ago
Beerhaus | Design Soiree

Join us Saturday October 21st for our #DesignSoiree event Beerhaus at Chadhaus!

Come get a behind the scenes look at all that goes into crafting locally sourced, hand crafted custom pieces of ... See more

Thanks to @[149684778405706:274:Chadhaus] for opening their studio for a #DesignSoiree! Get a behind the scenes look at all that goes into creating locally sourced, hand crafted furniture while ... See more

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1 week ago
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Thanks for hosting us Electric Coffin.We had a blast at the Design Soirée last night. We loved your flocked totems and you make great punch!

Check out our upcoming Soirées, Beerhaus | Design ... See more

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1 week ago
Oak Harbor dad builds backyard roller coaster for son

Check out this backyard rollercoaster a local dad built for his three year old! Know a 10-14 year old who is obsessed with rollercoasters and theme parks?

Our SAF Youth Workshop tomorrow Saturday ... See more

Scott Brazelton admits he’s crazy, but most will agree, he’s put his crazy to good use building a backyard roller coaster for his 3-year-old son, Wyatt.

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1 week ago
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The Alaska Building on 2nd Ave designed by Eames and Young was not only the first steel-frame skyscraper in Seattle but also the tallest building in the city until it was surpassed by the Hoge ... See more

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1 week ago
Opening of Resurgence, the 20th Annual Model Exhibit at the Seattle Architecture Foundation - The Registry

Curious about the theme of this years Annual Model Exhibit Resurgence? This great write up in The Registry explains the meaning behind theme and other aspects of the exhibit.

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Seattle Architecture Foundation, Seattle, Berger Partnership, CollinsWoerman, Graphite Design Group, LMN Architects, Olson Kundig, Schemata Workshop, Perkins+Will, Rebecca Marsh & Sean Morgan, DLR ... See more

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Design Soiree | Henrybuilt Production Facility & Test Kitchen

Spend the evening with the award-winning kitchen and storage systems company Henrybuilt. Experience their internationally acclaimed design practice, and learn more about their production methods and ... See more

Spend the evening with the award-winning kitchen and storage systems company Henrybuilt. Experience their internationally acclaimed design practice, and learn more about their production methods and ... See more

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