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.


The Seattle Architecture Foundation App, a tool for self-guided tours, is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

Start exploring today!

ADDRESS

Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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3 days ago
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In our October Family Program kids will get to design and build their own spooky, haunted houses.

Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/2Mi4VtP

5 days ago
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Thank you to Lid I-5 for your help in our Youth Workshop this past Saturday. We had so many great ideas from our participants, such as this park lid!

6 days ago
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You can schedule your very own, free, private viewing of the 23rd Annual Architectural Model Exhibit: Iterations between now and closing day.
Check out the available dates and ... See more

6 days ago
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We are offering private, small-group tours on select dates. Tour guides will wear masks and use personal audio systems. See our calendar for upcoming Friends & Family tour dates and book your private ... See more

1 week ago
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Youth Architecture Workshops are now open for enrollment!
Hosted virtually by local architectural offices, participants learn as they plan, build, and present solutions to imaginative and ... See more

1 week ago
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Virtually explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a downtown hill.
Learn how and why Seattleites undertook this ambitious project in a presentation by ... See more

1 week ago
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Call for Volunteers!

SAF's Design in Depth Committee is looking for volunteers to create public programs for the upcoming exhibit, When Seattle Shakes. Attend our kickoff meeting on September 15th ... See more

1 week ago
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We have 2 private Cap. Hill Tours available.
Book one or both to learn about the interwoven history of Harvard Belmont & Federal Ave, close neighborhoods that are dramatically different in a few ... See more

1 week ago
A Wooden Cabin Constructed Locally in the Mountains of Japan Using a 3D Wood Cutter

Sort of like modern, designer, life-size Lincoln Logs. http://ow.ly/EpfJ50Bg9VH

unless otherwise noted, all photos by Takumi Ota Nestled deep in the Gokayama mountains of Japan is Marebito no ie, a wooden cabin constructed near Toga village. The region is renowned for a unique ... See more

2 weeks ago
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With over 200 detailed building descriptions, the Seattle Architecture Foundation App is a great way to start exploring Seattle's built environment.

Free and available for download in the Apple App ... See more

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