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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11 hours ago

Tis the season for sharing! Supporting SAF's programs with a charitable gift this season will inspire young designers to get creative in our weekend workshops or after school programs.

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5 days ago
Metropolis Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Read

Metropolis wants to help you find the perfect "design-minded gifts"

This week, the Metropolis Magazine editors are revealing our picks for the best design-minded gifts. We guarantee there's something for everyone!

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2 weeks ago
Architecture firm imagines a forested future for downtown Seattle

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

A biophilic reimagining of public space adds greenery and streams

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2 weeks ago
COTE: Shift Zero and the Collective Push for Real Climate Action in Architecture

AIA Seattle's Committee on the Environment presents a panel where local models to fight climate change will be discussed. It will take place in the Center for Architecture and Design on November ... See more

To transform buildings from climate problem to climate solution, diverse communities must align efforts around authentic change. This panel discussion will explore a local model for this alignment: ... See more

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3 weeks ago
High-rise offers dynamic integration of art and architecture | Provided by First Light

The architect James Km Cheng and the glass specialist John Hogan are the creators of First Light, a new project in Seattle which is a piece of art itself.
#Seattle #Architecture #Firstlight

Glass specialist John Hogan has collaborated with the Seattle-trained and internationally acclaimed architect James KM Cheng to create a building that is itself a work of art.

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1 month ago
How the VR headsets used for gaming are changing the architecture industry

An interesting article by Tampa Bay Times about how VR technology has introduced new avenues for design and marketing in the architecture industry.

TAMPA — Clark Brown slides a set of virtual-reality goggles over his eyes and is immediately transported to a digital world of his own creation. But Brown isn’t a video game designer in

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1 month ago
Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Nov 17 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Featured stops on our Greatest Hits Tour include the Fifth & Madison Condominium/901 Fifth Avenue Plaza and Seattle City Hall. We hope to see you at one soon!

It’s a new riff on the city as we focus on the construction, context, and culture which shaped our skyline, from golden oldies like Kirtland Cutter’s Rainier Club to popular favorites like the ... See more

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1 month ago
Holiday Youth Program: Gingerbread Workshop! Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Sat, Dec 8 from 12:30pm - 2:30pm | Seattle Architecture

The holidays are just around the corner. Now it's time to sign the kids up for SAF's Gingerbread Workshop!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Though the days get shorter and air grows colder we’ll be of good cheer. Decorate a house with those you hold near! Join SAF staff and local architects ... See more

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Find Events | Buy Tickets | Bold Type Tickets

Explore some of downtown’s public parks, plazas that are owned by private developers on the Hidden Spaces & Public Places Tour.
Coming up on November 10!

#Seattle #Tour #Architecture #Park

Bold Type Tickets is your connection to events in your town, backed by the promotional power of your local weekly newspaper.

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Find Events | Buy Tickets | Bold Type Tickets

Ballard has evolved from a gritty Scandinavian town of fishermen and mill workers to a vibrant urban village of upscale restaurants, music venues, and residential developments learn more on our ... See more

Bold Type Tickets is your connection to events in your town, backed by the promotional power of your local weekly newspaper.

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