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Live work play | Suburban vs Urban | Masterplans

Tuesday January 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

As the city of Seattle grows and the urban landscape becomes denser, many residents are moving to surrounding suburbs. Although there are many lifestyle differences between these urban and suburban locations, their common desire to create communities where one can live, work and play is apparent in their built environments. From business campuses, city masterplans, housing developments to parks and mass transit; all reflect a philosophy of urban design that evolves based on physical and cultural proximity to major urban centers. Join us as we explore the broader contrasts and similarities between Seattle’s urban city and the surrounding suburb.
A city’s master plan is the urban planning blue print for the future of a city. This talk will take a look at how Seattle’s ‘master plan’ has transformed over many years and how its surrounding neighbors are shaping their own master plan.

Lyle Bicknell, City of Seattle
Miranda Redinger, City of Shoreline
Alan Hart, Via Architecture

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Hoffman Construction
b9 architects

Making Change in Your Neighborhood | A program of the 2016 Seattle Design Festival

Photo: Wendy Simons
Tuesday, Sep 20 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Ever wonder how design decisions get made and how you can play a role in creating change in your community? Learn what it takes to build a park, playground or create a new shared space in your neighborhood! Join us for this interactive panel discussion that will offer practical tips and share case studies for planning and executing a design project in your neighborhood.

Lesley Bain, Framework
Eric Higbee, Pomegranate Center
Karen Selander, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Lisa Rutzick, City of Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections
Rachael Brister, Capitol Hill Champion Steering Committee, President of Cal Anderson Park Association

Best Laid Plans | Urban Planning

Photo: City of Seattle / JCFO
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Across time, Seattle has undergone many large-scale, city-redefining projects that have dramatically altered the look and feel of its natural and urban landscape. For every successfully completed project, however, there are countless more that never come to fruition. Join us for a look back at several grand, unrealized projects and a consideration of what our city may have looked like if they came to be.

Bob Donegan, Ivar’s
Chris Patano, Patano Studio Architecture
Elizabeth Umbanhowar

Moderated by Mark Hinshaw, Walker Macy

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Design That Moves You | Urban Transit

Photo: Ed White
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Multi-modal options for transportation help create cities that are vibrant, safe, healthy and accessible. How do designers and planners work within their communities to design sustainable transportation networks that help move people from point A to point B? Hear transportation leaders discuss the processes and technologies that help shape our urban mobility.

Andrew Glass Hastings, Seattle Mayor’s Office
Alan Hart, VIA Architecture
Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club
Karen Kitsis, Sound Transit
Paul Roybal, King County Metro

Moderated by Lisa Quinn, Feet First

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AIA Seattle

Ankrom Moisan Architects

Tools of the Trade | Design Technology

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

While the pencil and paper remain irreplaceable tools of the trade, advancements in technology continuously shape and reshape design industries. Which technologies have had the biggest impacts on the industry and how have they expanded the design process and building typologies? Join us for a discussion about the latest technologies and materials being used to shape our built environment today.

Brad Carmichael, JRS Engineering
Scott Crawford, LMN
Jeremy Reding, DLR Group

Moderated by Dan Anthony, NBBJ

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GLY Construction

The New Regionalism | Northwest Design

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

In a region where design focuses on environmentalism and sustainability, how will our definition of regionalism evolve amid an influx of new ideas associated with Seattle’s growth? Which regional design concepts will remain the same and which design rules will evolve? Join us as we explore what it means to design within the context of changing rules, demographics, and definitions of home & life in the Pacific Northwest.

Jaime Gillin, GRAY Magazine
Mary Johnston, Johnston Architects
Bradley Khouri, B9Architects
Ron Rochon, Miller Hull Partnership

Moderated by Michelle Lanker, Lanker Design

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MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Prime Electric

Recycled Sites | Adaptive Reuse

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings allows structures to take on new life, with many successful examples becoming more sustainable, better utilized versions of their former selves. How do designers and developers work with tenants and communities to reimagine and preserve these buildings? Join us for a look at adaptive reuse projects in Seattle and their role within our ever-changing built environment.

Matt Aalfs, Weinstein A+U
Kji Kelly, Historic Seattle
Michael Sullivan, Artifacts, Inc.
Dan Say, Swenson Say Faget

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Rooted in Seattle | Global Design

Photo: Nic Lehoux
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle is home to businesses reaching around the globe. Does one size fit all? Join us as representatives from Seattle’s global players and designers discuss how they use design to further their missions and brands in multi-national locales, and how the design of their Northwest headquarters communicates to the world.

Jonathan Chang, MG2
Sarah Holstedt, CallisonRTKL
Mark Mappala, Teague

Moderated by Bill Sleeth, Starbucks

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b9 Architects

Hoffman Construction

Building A Narrative

Presented on February 12, Town Hall
In literature, the backdrop of a story can oftentimes emerge to be as developed as a main character, revealing emotive qualities of a place that help transport the reader. Many writers living in Seattle feel compelled to reference their surroundings either as a source of inspiration or the setting for a story. In this lecture, speakers discuss how Seattle’s built and natural environment influences writers, their stories, and vice versa.

Capitol Hill

Presented on April 8, Broadway Performance Hall
Capitol Hill prides itself on proximity to downtown while boasting a mix of uses almost absent from the neighboring business district. New mixed-use projects compete with the architectural soul of the neighborhood, rooted in structures of the old ‘autorow’ and historic housing stock. Can this welcome density and diversity be integrated into the neighborhood without losing its architectural character?


Presented on May 13, 415 Westlake
Hear about the past, present and future of this evolving neighborhood. Find out if this neighborhood transformation is turning out as planned, and how developers, residents and community partners envision the next phase will alter the future of this emerging community.


Presented at Town Hall on November 13, 2012
Pocket parks pop up all over cities because they regenerate surrounding communities. Come hear the stories of small urban parks and the design process behind them with Nancy Rottle, professor of landscape architecture, University of Washington; Charles Anderson, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award nominee and Olympic Sculpture Park landscape designer; as well as Keith McPeters from the internationally-recognized Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, whose work includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus and Seattle Civic Center Master Plan.


Presented at Town Hall on January 8, 2013
This is fast becoming the era of smaller, more compact residences. Whether a small house or a houseboat, these spaces present a unique set of design challenges. Our panel explores the design, the related property development considerations, and what it takes to live in one of these modest spaces.


Presented at Town Hall on September 11, 2012
Access an audio file of the conversation here.

What does quality of life mean? Having neighbors who know and help one another? Maybe even sharing meals and working together to live lighter? That’s the concept of co-housing, a way of life designed to encourage social interaction and investment in the greater good, as well as serve as a model for sustainable urban communities. Co-housing is an alternative to the single-family suburban home from the perspectives of the architect, the developer, and the resident of co-housing communities. The panel includes Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop; Jen Witsoe, resident of Winslow CoHousing; Michele Domash, Puget Ridge Cohousing; and Eli Spevek of Orange Splot in Portland.


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