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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2 months ago

The Seattle Architecture Foundation's Symbiosis / 22nd Annual Architectural Model Exhibition is just around the corner! We hope you'll consider joining us for the Symbiosis Opening Reception and meet ... See more

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2 months ago
Downtown Seattle is full of private-public spaces

What's better than a Listicle? Taking a sunny walking tour of some of downtown Seattle's best Hidden Spaces/Public Places! Still time to join us for tomorrow's tour!

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/30VR4j2

Try these spots—including free views at Columbia Center—for secret little coffee breaks.

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2 months ago
Landmarks Capital | 4Culture

The good people of 4Culture are offering grants to stewards of Landmark, Historic buildings. A fantastic and worthy feat!

Supporting rehabilitation projects and designated landmarks.

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2 months ago
Smith Tower, more than a century old, goes LEED Platinum

One of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks just got a thoroughly modern green-building certification—even though it’s 105 years old.

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3 months ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Thanks to Collaborative Companies for hosting an excellent #DesignSoiree last week! Such a treat to hear from Gulassa & Co alumni and gain more of an appreciation of the Art of Craft & ... See more

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3 months ago
Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour – Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Learn about the history of Schmitz Reserve Park

Meet in the parking lot at 5551 SW Admiral Way.

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3 months ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

The Madrona neighborhood has seen many transitions from beach-side playground to "streetcar suburb". Learn more on our Madrona tour on 8/3.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2M4QNry
Photos: Evan Chakroff

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3 months ago

Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces on our Hidden Spaces Tour on July 12.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lLbU2h

Photo: Alice Hammond

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3 months ago
Future Seattle 2020 - Tallest Building Projects and Proposals in Seattle

Following up on last weekend's content, here's a video showing a rendered snapshot of future Seattle. Note, the alternative design for 701 4th Ave by local firm LMN Architects at the end!

Seattle is undergoing a large residential tower boom, with dozens of skyscrapers being erected over these next several years. Make sure to click on the bell ...

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3 months ago

There's an Upcoming Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style this Friday. A great chance to train your eye for detail.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/DGoldTix
photo by: Alice Hammond

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