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 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Tonight @ 5:30, and up through the week the ‘Embrace the Rain’ pop-up-exhibit will be on display. Here’s a work by participating Designer Story Architecture:

“Rain garden, flooded. Excited ... See more

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1 month ago
I.M. Pei passes away at 102

World renowned architect I.M. Pei passed away today at the age of 102 leaving behind a legacy of more than 70 structures, including museums, corporate towers, hotels and libraries.

Pioneering architect I.M. Pei has passed away at 102, after a storied career designing modern buildings all over the world, as well as a Pritzker Prize.

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1 month ago

Plenty of tickets still available for our Greatest Hit Tours this weekend! A downtown tour that offers insights into Seattle's older, and more recent Urban Identity.

Tickets: ... See more

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1 month ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Jim Graham shared the history of the original structure, which began construction in the 1930’s, and was remodeled beginning in 2002 to include an added upward volume, ending in a rooftop deck with ... See more

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1 month ago
CFAD Play Lab Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Sat, May 18 from 1pm - 4pm | Seattle Architecture

CFAD Play Lab is coming up on May 18th at the Center for Architecture & Design

Explore the newest AIA Seattle exhibit: Because it Rains and build your own rain space! What would it look like if you ... See more

Explore the newest AIA exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design: Because it Rains, and build your own space! Rain is a big part of living in the Pacific Northwest. When it rains we ... See more

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1 month ago
Sights of Seattle Tickets | Various Locations | Seattle, WA | May 4-5, 2019 (see events for details) | Seattle Architecture

Walk ups welcome on our 11 am and 1 pm Greatest Hits tour, which are FREE today and tomorrow at 1 pm as part of our Sights of Seattle event. Also room on tomorrow's 11 am High Ambitions tour!

 FREE TOURS ALL WEEKENDGet to know your city through the lens of architecture on this weekend of free walking tours. Whether you’re new to Seattle or have lived here all of your life, we invite ... See more

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1 month ago
20 iconic Seattle buildings

Sign up for a Seattle Architecture Foundation Tour to get the full scoop on some of these iconic Seattle buildings!

https://seattlearchitecture.org/tours/

From the Suzzallo Library to Hat ‘n’ Boots, these buildings all have something to say about Seattle.

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1 month ago
Announcing Gallery 4Culture's 40th Season | 4Culture

Gallery 4Culture turns 40! Check out the upcoming artists that will be featured in the 2019-2020 season.

Published by 4Culture on April 03, 2019Announcing Gallery 4Culture’s 40th SeasonGallery 4Culture has been exhibiting innovative and underrepresented artists and art forms in solo and small-group ... See more

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1 month ago
Back Story: What's Really Inside the Downtown Seattle Banana Republic Store

Seattle's history is hidden in the buildings all around us. How many of us have walked past this hidden theater with no knowledge it was there?

A downtown retailer holds a secret from the golden age of cinema

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2 months ago
Elizabeth Ayer was a pioneer in 20th-century architecture

Elizabeth Ayer was a pioneer in 20th-century architecture and
Washington State’s first registered female architect.

"When asked why she chose to study architecture, she snarked, 'I had no ability ... See more

Washington State’s first registered female architect left her legacy all over the Puget Sound

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