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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1 week ago
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We can't wait to be back in full swing with our in person programs and other fun events!

What have you been doing to stay busy these last couple months?

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Seattle is a beautiful place and has reflected and influenced numerous architectural styles over time.

Next time you're walking around the city, pay close attention to the buildings around and ... See more

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This is a picture from 1909 of the Diller Hotel. The building is still standing and located at the SE corner of First Avenue and University Street, but is now several retail stores and functions as a ... See more

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In need of a laugh? Fun Fridays with Pickle are back! Your favorite gherkin will get you smirkin.

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Look at this article by Zosha Millman about the 'Seattle style' in architecture.

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AIA Seattle

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Curbed asked architects who have been working at the intersection of cities and race to suggest required reading for anyone interested in defining the future of anti-racist cities. Here are their ... See more

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At SAF, we want to give a shout out to our current sponsors and say thank you.

Along with great marketing exposure that aligns with your business interests, sponsoring the Seattle Architecture ... See more

2 weeks ago
The Curtis-inspired Native Chief Sculptures Watching Over Seattle

Learn about the terra cotta Indian chief sculptures that adorn the Cobb building.
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High above the intersection of 4th Avenue and University Street in Seattle are eight pairs of watchful eyes, peering down on a city they have overseen for more than 100 years. Most people don't know ... See more

2 weeks ago
America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress

"For nearly every injustice in the world, there is an architecture that has been planned and designed to perpetuate it."

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Architects and planners have an obligation to protect health, safety and welfare through the spaces we design. As the George Floyd protests reveal, we’ve failed.

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Join local author and naturalist David B. Williams on this virtual walk through Seattle’s central business district to see a menagerie of beasts fabled, fantastic, and fierce, including lions, ... See more

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