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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23 hours ago
Photos: Bitter Lake’s Playland brought amusement to Seattle from 1930 to ’60s

Most of us remember Luna Park and the Fun Forest, but long before the Seattle Center housed these amusement parks Bitter Lake had its own short lived amusement park.

Our October youth design ... See more

The amusement park on the shores of Bitter Lake lasted for three decades.

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2 days ago

Join us on our Design Details Tour: Lions, Griffins, & Walruses, Oh My! this Saturday September 23rd at 10am and develop an appreciation of the intricate details and embellishments of some of ... See more

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4 days ago
Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | September 17, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

Sunday's 1 pm Greatest Hits Tour is part of the Seattle Design Festival and you can join for free with the #Power pass. No code needed, just sign up online by 10 pm tonight -- but soon, as there are ... See more

This tour is a program of the 2017 Seattle Design Festival.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 ... See more

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5 days ago

Thanks to all the folks that made it to the Opening Reception for our Annual Architectural Model Exhibit last night. We hope you all had a fabulous time!

Be sure to come by and take a closer look in ... See more

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1 week ago
Seattle Design Festival

All day today and tomorrow, enjoy design and the many ways it improves our lives! #SDF2017

Thanks so much for the great sketch of the Mighty House installation Gabi Campanario, aka Seattle Sketcher!! Come see this great collaborative project between Miller/Hull Partnership 118 Designs and ... See more

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Nearly 10,000 windows to wash at Seattle Central Library

Did you know that washing the nearly 10,000 windows at the Seattle Central Library is a three-week project?

Check out the Seattle Central Library and other incredible structures on our Greatest Hits ... See more

Window washers are in the final wash drop of a three-week project to clean almost 10,000 windows of the Seattle Public Library Central Facility in downtown Seattle.

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5 Awesome Seattle Design Fest Events for Families

So much happening this weekend! We are super excited for the Seattle Design Festival to kick off! Design fun for the whole family! Thanks ParentMap for highlighting our youth workshop and model ... See more

Interactive activities get kids in touch with design

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There’s more to Seattle architecture than meets the eye

Thanks to the The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine for putting a spotlight on Seattle's architectural beauty! SAF is so pleased to be included in this in-depth piece and remind people to take time ... See more

Our city’s most beautiful buildings speak to who, and where, we are.

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20th Annual Model Exhibit Opening Reception 2017 Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | September 13, 2017 | Seattle Architecture

The 20th Annual Architectural Exhibit starts next week!
With more that 20 exhibitors Resurgence challenges designers to explore the ways in which their work intersects with the growth of grassroots ... See more

Celebrate the opening night reception for the 20th Annual Model Exhibit, Resurgence and get a sneak peek before it opens to the public. Mingle with industry leadership and meet the designers and ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Find Events | Buy Tickets | Seattle Architecture

We have some great tours coming up this week.

Our Design Details tour on 9/8 focuses on the little flourishes that make a building special. The Queen Anne tour on 9/9 explores Queen Anne, Seattle's ... See more

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