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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4 days ago
Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Feb 23 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Take a trip back to the 20s and delight yourself with Seattle's most impressive and well preserved Art Deco buildings. Join us on our next tour where you’ll discover diamonds and gold! Get your ... See more

Take a trip back in time to the Roaring 20s. Following the horrors of World War I, architects began fusing modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs to create the style known ... See more

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6 days ago
A Conversation Behind Sanctuary: Design for Belonging Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Tue, Feb 19 from 6pm - 7:30pm | Seattle Architecture

Join us this coming Tuesday for a conversation with the winners and judges of "Sanctuary: Design for Belonging", the current exhibit at CfAD presented by AIA Seattle. Hear about the inspirations and ... See more

Join us for a discussion alongside the competition winners and judges of the current exhibit, Sanctuary: Design for Belonging. The design competition focuses on creating safe spaces and resources ... See more

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1 week ago
2019 Annual Open House and Bill Strong Awards Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Wed, Feb 13 from 6pm - 8pm | Seattle Architecture

For those who enjoy working alongside with kids and families, we are looking for volunteers for our Youth and Family Programs. Join us in our biggest celebration of the year and learn more about our ... See more

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2 weeks ago
We don’t build ‘em like we used to—but that’s not a bad thing

Architecture styles have evolved throughout the years due to a lot of factors such as current needs, material conditions, functionality and design trends. "We don’t build houses like we used to ... See more

McMansion Hell’s Kate Wagner argues her point

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2 weeks ago
A Night with Project Feast: Transformative Tales and Tastes Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Wed, Feb 20 from 6pm - 7:30pm | Seattle Architecture

Join us for a free event brought to you by SAF in collaboration with Project Feast. Hear stories and learn recipes from immigrants and refugees that have transformed their lives through opportunities ... See more

Come join us for a culinary event with Project Feast, a nonprofit social enterprise providing training and pathways to jobs in the food industry for refugees and immigrants. At Project Feast, food ... See more

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2 weeks ago

Thank you Site Workshop for the amazing Youth Workshop this past Saturday. The landscape designs created during the workshop were inspiring!

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2019 Annual Open House and Bill Strong Awards Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Wed, Feb 13 from 6pm - 8pm | Seattle Architecture

If you are creative, delighted by new things and full of imagination, youth programs could be your new thing! Don't miss out on our upcoming Annual Open House and learn how to get involved in ... See more

Join us for SAF’s biggest event to showcase all that SAF does and celebrate and thank our volunteers who help make SAF a great community resource! From 6 - 8pm, meet and reconnect with other SAF ... See more

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3 weeks ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Thank you to everyone who made it to the Spheres for our donor appreciation event last night! It’s because of your generosity that we are able to connect so many people to the architecture, design, ... See more

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1 month ago
These 8 Prefabs in Seattle Make Us Want to Move to the Emerald City

In this article by Dwell you will find 8 outstanding prefab houses in #Seattle. Which one is your favorite?

There's a reason why prefabs are becoming ever so popular in the booming northwestern corner of Seattle, Washington.

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1 month 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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