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

Spots still available for our Sketch Picnic at the Quad | Design Soiree, a lesson in sketching and architectural history paired with a picnic!

'Al Hambra' by Jim Goodspeed

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2 months ago
Photos from Seattle Architecture Foundation's post

Following the horrors of World War I, architects began fusing modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs to create the style known as Art Deco.

Learn More on our Art Deco ... See more

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2 months ago

Though school may be out of session for the summer, Jim Goodspeed will be offering some sketching instruction at the University of Washington campus for Sketch Picnic at the Quad | Design Soiree. Bag ... See more

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2 months ago

No urban walk is complete without a closer look at the small details that architects, designers and clients utilize to personalize their work. Design Details Tour | Lions, Griffins & Walruses, Oh My! ... See more

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2 months ago

If you can't make it to today's Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers tour, there's always next week on June 1st!

Tickets: http://bit.ly/30wA8QM
Event: http://bit.ly/GHEvent

Photo: Dylan ... See more

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2 months ago
Amazing Bionic Research Pavilion Explores the Sand Dollar's Skeleton Morphology

On International Turtle day we salute architects that draw inspiration from those amazing shelled reptiles.

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2 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago
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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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