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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How Antoni Gaudí Came to Define Barcelona's Architecture | Architectural Digest

Check out this article by Architectural Digest if you want to see some truly incredible #architecture, as well as a history lesson about one of the most influential architects behind Barcelona's ... See more

While the architect struggled early in his career, the Spanish-born innovator persevered and his vision now exemplifies a vibrant city's aesthetic

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Washington Trust for Historic Preservation — Stimson-Green Mansion

Take a tour of the Stimson-Green Mansion, an exceptional example of early twentieth century English Tudor Revival style architecture, located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Washington Trust ... See more

First Hill Landmark The Stimson-Green Mansion, an exceptional example of early twentieth century English Tudor Revival style architecture, is located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Thanks to ... See more

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AIA Seattle

Join COTE October 25 for a presentation on Green Infrastructure in Seattle: Designing for Clean Stormwater in the Rain City. https://www.aiaseattle.org/event/cote-green-infrastructure-in-seattle/

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Gateway to the City: Light Rail Stations Tickets | VIA Architecture Inc. | Seattle, WA | Sat, Nov 3 from 11am - 3pm | Seattle Architecture

Do you know a 10-16 year old who loves to build? Want to challenge them beyond Minecraft? We have room in our November 3rd Light Rail Station Workshop, in which kids build models, tour upcoming light ... See more

Light rail stations might seem simple at first glance, but these important transit centers are complex projects with a multitude of design challenges, including accessibility features, the simple ... See more

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Sips for SAF! Tickets | Lagunitas | Seattle, WA | Tue, Oct 16 from 5pm - 7:30pm | Seattle Architecture

Round up some friends and join us in Sipping for SAF at Lagunitas Seattle TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary! This event is free to RSVP, food is provided, and the beer pour proceeds are going to be generously ... See more

Calling all beer enthusiasts, here is your chance to drink for a cause. You’re invited to join us at Lagunitas Tap Room & Beer Sanctuary in Ballard for a night of fun. Lagunitas is generously ... See more

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Landmark exhibit explores the rise of hip-hop architecture

The Architect's Newspaper has provided a great overview of the new exhibit at New York City's Center for Architecture, which "unveils the work of 21 architects, professors, and students who have ... See more

Now on view in New York through January 12, "Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture" unveils the work of 21 architects, professors, and students who have imagined architecture as a ... See more

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Designing for Community: Transparency Panel Discussion Tickets | Center for Architecture & Design | Seattle, WA | Tue, Nov 6 from 5pm - 7pm | Seattle Architecture

We’ve invited three architects featured in the #Seattle #Architecture #Foundation’s 21st Annual Model Exhibit: Transparency to discuss their process in designing architecture with a #community ... See more

What does transparency look like when designing architecture for the greater community? In the popular imagination, cities are associated with their biggest buildings and largest monuments. But in ... See more

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Gateway to the City: Light Rail Stations Tickets | VIA Architecture Inc. | Seattle, WA | Sat, Nov 3 from 11am - 3pm | Seattle Architecture

See if you can out-design #Seattle's stations! Our next #Youth #Design #Workshop is on November 3rd, and it features the Link Light Rail stations - all about design, accessibility, and challenges of ... See more

Light rail stations might seem simple at first glance, but these important transit centers are complex projects with a multitude of design challenges, including accessibility features, the simple ... See more

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15 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Lobbies in the World | Architectural Digest

Thanks to Architectural Digest for this article on some truly gorgeous hotel lobbies!

From San Francisco to Switzerland to Thailand, these are the most breathtaking places around the world to check in

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Greatest Hits Tour: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers Tickets | Fairmont Olympic Hotel Lobby | Seattle, WA | Sat, Oct 6 from 10am - 12pm | Seattle Architecture

We have another Greatest Hits #Tour coming up on Saturday, October 6th! Join us as we explore some of #Seattle's most popular spots and learn about the #architecture behind our unique skyline. ... 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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