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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1 week ago
Historic photos show a brand-new Alaskan Way Viaduct

Viaduct nostalgia for this Period of Maximum Constraint

The viaduct wasn’t always old and crumbling

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We'd like to say THANK YOU to Integrus Architecture for hosting this month's Youth Workshop, Space Architecture. The next generation of architects and engineers came up with some amazing designs.

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2 weeks ago
Board & Vellum Have Designed A Backyard Reading Retreat In Seattle

Board and Vellum have created this stunning backyard reading retreat in #Seattle, every corner of the room is impressive. Take a look at it. Via Contemporist

Board & Vellum, have created a backyard reading retreat that's surrounded by outdoor seating, a firepit, a hot tub, and a new backyard shed.

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More than just glass boxes: Modernist homes vary by region | Produced by Advertising Publications

Do you think modernist houses across the country look the same? Check out this article by The Seattle Times and find out how design varies by region and why homes should look like they belong to the ... See more

Far from being homogenous glass cubes, Modernist homes vary widely, reflecting regional landscapes, climates and lifestyles.

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Let us take you on a journey into history, embark on the Diamonds & Gold walking tour and discover all of the Art Deco beauty that Seattle's Buildings have to show you.

Photo: Alice Hammond

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DONATE « Seattle Architecture Foundation

Happy New Year!
Thanks to all of our supporters who have made contributions this year. We are looking forward to connecting even more people with Seattle's architecture, design and history in 2019! ... See more

The best architectural photograph of the year has been anounced at this year's World Architectural Festival. Take a look at the winner. Via Archinect

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3 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
The World's Best Architectural Photograph of the Year announced at WAF 2018

The best architectural photograph of the year has been anounced at this year's World Architectural Festival. Take a look at the winner. Via Archinect

Polish photographer Pawel Paniczko has taken top honors winning the overall architectural photography prize at this year’s World Architecture Festival. His photograph of Long Museum West Bund, ... See more

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DONATE « Seattle Architecture Foundation

You can still make a donation to Seattle Architecture Foundation. Help us keep providing awesome tours, youth programs, and lectures to the Seattle community. No matter how much you give, every ... See more

Recharge the Battery is a movement created last year to support the improving urban experience around the Battery Street Tunnel. The Miller Hull Partnership, a Seattle Architecture firm, has ... See more

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1 month ago
Population Mountains

Have you wondered what it would be like to have a 3D view of the entire world? City by city, this map gives you a better understanding of how the population density is unevenly distributed along the ... See more

The shape of cities, using population data for every 1,000 square meters.

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