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.

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ADDRESS

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

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We are offering private, small-group tours for groups of 5 or less. Tour guides will wear masks and use personal audio systems. Make a tour request and book your private tour today!

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Help spread the word! @4Culture has funds available for culture workers.
Grants of up to $2,000 available for: housing, utilities, groceries, and childcare for contributors to cultural and creative ... See more

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Help spread the word! @4Culture has funds available for culture workers.
Grants of up to $2,000 available for: housing, utilities, groceries, and childcare for contributors to cultural and creative ... See more

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In our November Family Program kids will get to design and build their most perfect (home) classroom.

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Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/NovFamilyProgram

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Do you know someone between the ages of 10-15 who is an architect in the making, a doodling designer, or planning to be a planner? Sign them up for SAF and Coyote Central fall weekend programs! ... See more

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Iterations celebrates the germination of a design and how it’s nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, model and material studies. Exhibition runs until December 12th, ... See more

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The Structural Engineers Foundation of WA's Annual Fall Forum is on November 12, 2020.

This free forum will explore the history of WA bridges with Maureen Elenga, a local historian, and John ... See more

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Peak Tweak is on display until December 12th as part of the Iterations exhibit!
Learn more: http://bit.ly/GalleryVisitTickets
Exhibitor: @wcstudiojohn
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With a series of white gabled facades poking up from above a vegetation-wrapped base, the visually arresting building is meant to be reminiscent of a small, remote village perched on a lush ... See more

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Join architectural historian and author, Maureen Elenga for a virtual tour of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood and explore how Seattle architects applied the familiar to emerging architectural trends ... See more

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