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
The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

How an architectural historian with a vision and a Lecia might be Notre Dame's saving grace for reconstruction.

And the young, brilliant professor who made them before he died

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5 days ago
CFAD Play Lab Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Sat, Apr 20 from 1pm - 4pm | Seattle Architecture

Drop in for CFAD Play Lab at the Center for Architecture & Design on April 20th!

Explore the current AIA Seattle exhibit: Because it Rains and build your own rain space! When it rains, we ... See more

Explore the newest AIA exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design: Because it Rains, and build your own space! Rain is a big part of living in the Pacific Northwest. When it rains we  ... See more

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1 week ago

Call for entries for our Pop-up Exhibit:
Embrace the Rain: Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure

Calling all landscape architects! We invite you to display your work though SAF’s first pop-up ... See more

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From Ballard to Mt. Baker, We've got you covered! Learn about the past, present and future of these historical neighborhoods through the lens of architecture! Info: http://bit.ly/MtBaker2019 and ... See more

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What a great day to become a member! You'll save money and provide valuable support to keep our tours, talks and programs for kids going strong! Join here: http://bit.ly/1FhLWb5

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2 weeks ago
Because it Rains: How Rain Shapes Seattle Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Tue, Apr 16 from 6pm - 7:30pm | Seattle Architecture

Upcoming Free Talk on April 16

The words “Rain” and “Seattle” are nearly synonymous with each other. For those that live in this city, each individual has experienced the beauty, chaos, and ... See more

The words “Rain” and “Seattle” are nearly synonymous with each other. For those that live in this city, each individual has experienced the beauty, chaos, and monotony that is Seattle’s ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Beer & Boulders at Momentum Tickets | Momenum Indoor Climbing SODO | Seattle, WA | Fri, May 3 from 4pm - 7pm | Seattle Architecture

Our fist Design Soiree of the season is just around the corner on May 3rd. Design Soiree's are fundraising events that help support SAF.

At this event you’ll get a behind the scenes look at the ... See more

Learn how to boulder and what goes into building a climbing gym at Momentum. Momentum is a new indoor climbing gym in SODO that provides climbing instruction, cardio and yoga classes based in the ... See more

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2 weeks ago
It’s Alive!: Biomimetic & Living Buildings Tickets | Perkins + Will | Seattle, WA | Sat, Apr 6 from 11am - 3pm | Seattle Architecture

Upcoming Youth Program: It’s Alive!: Biomimetic & Living Buildings
April 6

Solar panels and rainwater harvesting are great, sure, but they are just the beginning of what architects today are doing ... See more

Solar panels and rainwater harvesting are great, sure, but they are just the beginning of what architects today are doing to create greener buildings. Students will learn about how designers are ... See more

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2 weeks ago
16 Women Breaking New Ground in Architecture

Check out the work of 16 women architects who are leading the charge in moving the architecture field forward.

Highlighting a group of international women, from early to late career, who are pushing the architecture field forward.

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3 weeks ago

The late and the great "queen of curves," Zaha Hadid. https://www.wallpaper.com/tags/zaha-hadid

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