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Summer Camp at the Northwest School

In partnership with the Northwest School, SAF will be offering two workshops during their 2017 Summer Camp programs: Designing Seattle & Intro to Architectural Modeling. Both classes will be offered consecutively during each summer camp session.

Designing Seattle
This class will take a look at the transformations happening in Seattle communities like Capitol Hill and South Lake Union. We will visit neighborhoods, talk with architects, and design models for new buildings and spaces such as parks, houses, stores, libraries, and streets. Taking inspiration from our camp’s international community, we’ll also look at urban centers around the world.

Intro to Architectural Modeling
In this class, we will use architectural modeling to design neighborhood parks, streets, and buildings. We will construct a study model out of card stock and cardboard, learning techniques to communicate the big ideas about your design. We will then build a more detailed presentation model to scale using balsa wood.

The Northwest School offers three two-week camp sessions from July 10-August 18, for youth ages 10-16. Visit the Northwest School website for more information.

Questions? Email our Program Director, Kathryn Higgins or call 206-667-9184.


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City Stories is a new youth program designed and presented by the Seattle Architecture Foundation and Feet First. Through City Stories youth have the opportunity to share their visions for the future of their neighborhoods.

City Stories ran at Mercer Middle School in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. City Stories was offered for the first time in Summer 2015 as a pilot program in partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. The program was delivered to 7th and 8th graders as part of a summer learning program at Washington Middle School in the Central District. Through the 5-week program, youth took part in neighborhood walks, hands-on model building and engaged in digital storytelling activities. Youth also made videos to communicate their opinions about the Central District; how it should change in the next 20 years and what they want to stay the same. To watch student videos and a video introduction to the program, visit Feet First’s Youtube Channel here.

To volunteer or learn more about supporting this program contact our Program Director, Kathryn Higgins.

City Stories has been developed and made possible by a collaborative partnership with Feet First and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts



One way we connect SAF youth programs to communities is by partnering with schools, summer programs and student groups. SAF volunteers and staff have developed and lead after-school and summer programs that include hands-on activities such as model building as well as group discussion and games about architecture, design and community issues. Schools we currently provide programming to include: Mercer Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, Madison Middle School, Washington Middle School and The Northwest School.

If you would like to find out more about SAF’s work with schools or how to register your student in an SAF after-school or summer program please contact our Program Director, Kathryn Higgins.


SAF works with school groups to arrange weekday architecture workshops that are matched to a range of grade levels and educational goals. Workshop topics include: Building “Green”, Designing Places to Play, Accessible Transportation, Building Communities and more.

Join us on our Eye Spy Seattle Architectural Walking Tour for a chance to see architectural highlights – old and new – at the heart of Downtown Seattle. Activities keep kids engaged along the way while our guides lead you on a tour geared toward participants of all ages. Stops include the 5th Avenue Theater and the Central Seattle Public Library. For more information about these tours and workshops email our Program Director, Kathryn Higgins.


Places & Spaces, SAF’s architectural curriculum for teachers, is a great tool for educators seeking a flexible resource to introduce their students to architecture’s connection to classroom topics and their everyday lives. Lessons include suggestions for a variety of fun hands-on activities and experiments. Each lesson has a theme which incorporates two different subject areas and meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS) for those areas. You can download the full curriculum below.

An Introduction to Places & Spaces
Lesson Format Guide

UNIT 1 Nature & Design: How Environment Influences our Buildings

UNIT 2 Planning Communities: Places & Spaces

UNIT 3 Our Heritage: Creating Community through Historic Preservation

UNIT 4 People & Design: Building for People

UNIT 5 Shapes, Forms & Planes of Space

For more information, contact our Program Director, Kathryn Higgins.


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