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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3 weeks ago
CFAD Play Lab Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Sat, Mar 30 from 1pm - 4pm | Seattle Architecture

Drop in for CFAD Play Lab anytime today between 1:00 - 4:00 PM at the Center for Architecture & Design

This opportunity is free and perfect for ages 5-9 with aid of a chaperone.

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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Norma Merrick Sklarek

Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1980, first African American woman- Norma Merrick Sklarek.

As one of the first African American women architects in the US, Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926–2012) has been called the “Rosa Parks of architecture.”

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3 weeks ago
UW Cherry Blossom Cam

SAF tour guests are treated to a beautiful quad full of blooms today! Check out this live cam, or even better visit this weekend!

The iconic UW Quad features gothic architecture, brick pathways and green lawns and is surrounded by six buildings that house the arts, humanities and social...

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3 weeks ago
Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Mar 30 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Join our Art Deco tour tomorrow and see how Northwest imagery was incorporated into the design of these architectural gems.

Featured stops Exchange Building, the Seattle Tower and Washington ... 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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3 weeks ago
Nonconformity - The Style of Eileen Gray

"Many Art Deco and Bauhaus architects and designers found inspiration in Gray's unique style." Designer, architect, and artist Eileen Gray created and lived by her own accord.

Born August 9, 1878, Eileen Gray is considered one of the most influential designers of modern times. Overlooked for years, today she rules. Why?

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Overlooked No More: Julia Morgan, Pioneering Female Architect

Julia Morgan- from craftsman to castles. She was the first woman to earn an architect’s license in California and a prolific designer of hundreds of buildings.

Morgan, who was the first woman to earn an architect’s license in California, was a prolific designer of hundreds of buildings, namely the Hearst Castle at San Simeon.

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3 weeks ago
Marion Mahony Griffin

To end Women's History Month with a bang, we'll take the rest of the week to focus on groundbreaking women in architecture. First up- Marion Mahoney Griffin and her impact on American Prairie School.

Reyner Banham once described Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961) as “America’s first woman architect who needed no apology in a world of men.”

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3 weeks ago
Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Mar 30 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

Join our upcoming Art Deco tour on March 30th!
On this tour, we’ll go back in time to visit lush lobbies and ornate commercial buildings to learn how technology, archeology and French design ... 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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4 weeks ago
CFAD Play Lab Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Sat, Mar 23 from 1pm - 4pm | Seattle Architecture

Join us tomorrow for CFAD Play Lab at the Center for Architecture & Design

Explore the newest AIA Seattle exhibit "Because it Rains", and build your own space!

Rain is a big part of living in ... 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
Because it Rains | AIA Seattle

Don't miss this tour of the current exhibit at the Center for Architecture & Design!

Recipient of AIA Seattle’s 2018 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Laura Bartunek Assoc. AIA explored the concept of rain as a creative catalyst within design. Rain, so often approached as ... See more

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