Upcoming Exhibit

25th Annual Model Exhibit | JUNCTION

Junctions are most commonly a place to come together, marking a convergent place where two becomes one. When each party comes together to contribute to a greater whole, these unions can generate synergy. By building new connections between previously disparate objects, ideas, people, and disciplines, junctions present opportunities to celebrate how harmony can emerge from collaboration. 

At the same time, a junction can be understood from the converse direction. They are also places defined by shifting paths, like a stream splitting or one road meeting another, where the one can become two. “JUNCTION”, SAF’s 25th Architectural Model Exhibit, illuminates and invites us to reflect on the dual craving for spaces that celebrate individual pathways as well as those that promote collaboration. What connections will our society choose to build as we navigate an uncertain future? How can intelligent design create spaces – physical, virtual, or imagined – that honor identity while promoting cohesion?

Current Exhibit

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Hosted by AIA, Diversity by Design: Equity in Architecture showcases seven Northwest Regional projects submitted to Diversity Roundtable’s open call to celebrate the work of underrepresented designers. Despite people of color making up a majority of early career unlicensed designers, only a small percentage of licensed architects are people of color. Additionally, people of color are consistently unrepresented in leadership roles.

Diversity by Design offers an opportunity for underrepresented architects to showcase their work, specifically highlighting the experience and impact community involvement has on the architect of color, the design of the building, and the community in which the building resides.

The projects and project teams featured in Diversity by Design reflect the inclusive spirit that has energized Diversity Roundtable since its origins in 1986. The AIA Diversity Roundtable (DRT) is a group that elevates, inspires and empowers individuals of underrepresented backgrounds in the profession of architecture through scholarship, community service, and activism.

This exhibit will be showcased both in an online exhibit and at the Center for Architecture & Design (by appointment only).


Related exhibit events:

Creative Convergence - Solstice 2022 • June 20, 2022

Character Matters June 21, 2022

Exhibit Programming

The Seattle Architecture Foundation produces programs and experiences that amplify exhibits on display at the Center for Architecture and Design. Panel discussions, lectures, and workshops are some examples of the programming available.

To learn more, please check out our public programs.

Past Exhibits

24th Annual Model Exhibit: Breathe

2021 - Breathe

2021 is a year of aspiration. Emerging from COVID lockdown, we are ready to take a deep breath and consider our future. Aspiration means ambition and the act of breathing in. SAF’s 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit theme “Breathe” is meant to inspire submissions that reflect on this dual meaning: faced with the passing of an immediate crisis, how will we pause and rethink our world? When we do exhale, what new forms will we breathe into life?

Experience the exhibit online


2020- Iterations

Iterations celebrates the germination of a design idea and how it's nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, modeling and material studies. These studies serve a myriad of functions, whether they depict the architectural elements employed, represent the building in its site, or serve to test a custom detail or connection. Iterations examines the dynamics of the design process, demonstrates the path to a final concept, and illustrates the influence a completed project has on the continuing evolution of the built environment.

Experience the exhibit online