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Whether we’re inspiring potential future architects to develop solutions to social issues or educating the general public on critical community development topics, SAF is fostering a deeper understanding of how design impacts our lives.

More than 6,000 people a year participate in SAF programs, and your gift will help us to:

INSPIRE YOUTH: SAF engages more than 500 youth each year in innovative programs for children, teens and tweens on weekends and in school settings. Model building workshops and other programs go beyond simply creating structures and drawings. SAF provides a historical perspective on architecture and design topics and challenges youth to envision their ideal built environment through use of current technologies and renewable systems and materials.

EDUCATE THE PUBLIC: Through entertaining walking tours that take locals and visitors through Seattle’s downtown core and through our great neighborhoods, SAF covers ground like no other organization in Seattle. In addition, our Design in Depth Series invites the public to engage in panel discussions around topics that pertain to the built environment.

ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY: For the past 16 years, Seattle’s architecture and design community comes together to exhibit a diverse selection of physical and digital architectural models at our annual model exhibit. In addition to making these models accessible to the general public, SAF offers free programming and social events to engage a variety of audiences in developing a deeper understanding the role that architecture and design plays in shaping our communities.

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16 Women Breaking New Ground in Architecture

Check out the work of 16 women architects who are leading the charge in moving the architecture field forward.

Highlighting a group of international women, from early to late career, who are pushing the architecture field forward.

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The late and the great "queen of curves," Zaha Hadid. https://www.wallpaper.com/tags/zaha-hadid

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Marion Mahony Griffin

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