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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Shipping Container Architecture Around the World | Architectural Digest

What are your favorite shipping container buildings around Seattle?

Cargo containers get a second life on land in these high-design structures

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Stroll through serene quadrangles, lush gardens and awe-inspiring interiors at the UW Campus on our Purple & Gold Tour on September 29th.

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Mt. Baker Tour: More Than a View Tickets | Mt. Baker Community Club | Seattle, WA | Sat, Sep 22 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

We have a Mt. Baker #tour coming up this Saturday! Join us as we explore and learn more about the #architecture of this vibrant and unique #Seattle neighborhood.

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Accessible from Seattle’s downtown core, Mt. Baker is a neighborhood that provides dramatic backdrops for many outdoor activities, serene lake and mountain views and an array of domestic ... See more

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Sep 22 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

We've got another Greatest Hits #tour coming up! Consider spending your Saturday morning with us, touring the unique #Seattle #architecture that makes the Emerald City so interesting. Featured stops ... See more

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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Learn how the emergence of the automobile and shifting tastes towards wider boulevards saved old-town Ballard Avenue — a snapshot of small-town commercial architecture from the 1890s through the ... See more

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Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture

Constructing complex spaces like hospitals can be a challenge, especially when it concerns the interaction between design and utility. Here's a great ArchDaily article showcasing notable hospital ... See more

Hospitals and projects related to healthcare must follow specific guidelines based on the rules and regulations of their country. These standards...

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sun, Sep 16 from 1pm - 3pm | Seattle Architecture

Enjoy a FREE Greatest Hits Tour on us! The weather isn't supposed to be too great this weekend but that shouldn't stop true Seattleites from getting outside.
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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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Come check out Transparency, the 21st Annual Model Exhibit at CfAD. A big thank you to Schemata Workshop, inc for exhibiting their work on the Central Area Design Guidelines Community Engagement ... See more

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sun, Sep 16 from 1pm - 3pm | Seattle Architecture

Join us on September 16th for another Greatest Hits #tour, where we'll take you through some of the iconic buildings that shape #Seattle's skyline, such as the Central Library and City Hall, and ... See more

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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Learn about the adaptive re-use of historic buildings, and the increase in high-rise condominiums downtown on our High Ambitions Tour: Concrete, Steel, Glass, and Egos.
September 9, 1:00 – 3:00 ... See more

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