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.


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ADDRESS

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

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2 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

We are offering private, small-group tours on select dates. Tour guides will wear masks and use personal audio systems. See our calendar for upcoming Friends & Family tour dates and book your private ... See more

2 weeks ago
Iterations Exhibit Gallery Viewings Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Seattle Architecture

You can make a private appointment to view the 23rd Annual Model Exhibit: Iterations.

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The Seattle Architecture Foundation 23rd Annual Model exhibit, Iterations, celebrates the germination of a design idea and how it's nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, ... See more

2 weeks ago
Madrona: Friends & Family Tour Tickets | Madrona Playfield & Shelter House | Seattle, WA | Sat, Sep 12 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Enjoy your own private tour of the Madrona Neighborhood on 9/12.

On this private tour you’ll discover Queen Anne, Colonial and Craftsman style homes designed by notable architects including ... See more

Friends & Family TourHow it works:In the next couple months we're offering a limited number of heavily-discounted, mini-tours on pre-selected dates. Friends & Family tours must be booked and ... See more

2 weeks ago
The World Memorial to the Pandemic

"As architects, we have assumed a commitment to conceive of and build a physical testimony to this singular collective juncture: a World Memorial to the Pandemic."

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Uruguayan architecture firm Gómez Platero is building the world's first large-scale memorial dedicated to victims of the Covid

2 weeks ago
Iterations Exhibit Gallery Viewings Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Seattle Architecture

Schedule a free, private gallery viewing of the 23rd Annual Architectural Model Exhibit Iterations. Visitors get the whole space to themselves!

http://ow.ly/EVG150Bfiyh

The Seattle Architecture Foundation 23rd Annual Model exhibit, Iterations, celebrates the germination of a design idea and how it's nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, ... See more

2 weeks ago
Seattle’s new waterfront is taking shape

Find out what's going on with Pier 58 from Waterfront Seattle

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With Seawall construction behind us and viaduct removal nearly complete, the City of Seattle is ready to rebuild the central waterfront. Learn more about the next phase of its transformation!

3 weeks ago
Meet the Black design collective reimagining how cities get built

Learn how BlackSpace, a collective of architects, designers, artists, and urban planners, is working to change the way Urban planning often neglects or harms communities of color by cutting them out ... See more

Urban planning often neglects or harms communities of color by cutting them out of the decision-making process. BlackSpace, a collective of architects, designers, artists, and urban planners, is ... See more

3 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Take a look at this Duwamish Crossing model from @wittman_estes.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/SAFIterations
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3 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Mortise & Tenon is on display through Dec 12 as part of the Iterations exhibit.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/SAFIterations
Exhibitor: Weber Thompson
@SeattleDesignFest
#SAFModelExhibit ... See more

3 weeks ago

Check out the display Peak Tweaks at our Iterations Exhibit! Learn how WC STUDIO embraced an iterative process during the design of this project.

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