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SAF conducts high-quality, guided architectural walking tours of downtown Seattle and selected neighborhoods. The tour season begins in April and runs through December. Tour guide training takes place once a year, usually in the spring. If you are looking to get involved in other ways, we can always use help with research and script development. From time to time, we also need docents for special events.


SAF offers educational programming for kids ages 5-16 with an intention to give students hands-on opportunities to shape their own community as well as learn about architecture and design. Volunteers can assist with weekend workshops for teens and families, school-based programming, or lead tours for youth and families.


SAF’s annual model exhibit is organized around a special theme and hosts physical models, digital models, and/or renderings. The exhibit is free to the public and seeks to increase public understanding and appreciation for the process of design. Volunteers play a role in planning and producing all elements of the exhibit.


SAF is always looking for volunteers with special skills to work on short term projects including photography, data entry and other administrative tasks. We also run a number of special programs each year including multiple fundraising events known collectively as Design Soiree. For these events we are looking for people who are interested in supporting the hosts with planning assistance and day of logistics.


This program increases public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design through a variety of lectures, panels, forums and one-time presentations designed to stimulate conversation and engage the community. Volunteers are responsible for developing and implementing all presentations. This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 PM.


The purpose of this committee is to make every effort to give SAF volunteers the best possible experience for their volunteer service. Committee members are responsible for developing programming to support volunteer recruitment, training and retention. These efforts may include both educational and social networking opportunities open to all SAF volunteers.


Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184


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3 days ago
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In our October Family Program kids will get to design and build their own spooky, haunted houses.

Learn more and register: http://bit.ly/2Mi4VtP

5 days ago
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Thank you to Lid I-5 for your help in our Youth Workshop this past Saturday. We had so many great ideas from our participants, such as this park lid!

6 days ago
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You can schedule your very own, free, private viewing of the 23rd Annual Architectural Model Exhibit: Iterations between now and closing day.
Check out the available dates and ... See more

6 days ago
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We are offering private, small-group tours on select dates. Tour guides will wear masks and use personal audio systems. See our calendar for upcoming Friends & Family tour dates and book your private ... See more

1 week ago
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Youth Architecture Workshops are now open for enrollment!
Hosted virtually by local architectural offices, participants learn as they plan, build, and present solutions to imaginative and ... See more

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Virtually explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a downtown hill.
Learn how and why Seattleites undertook this ambitious project in a presentation by ... See more

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Call for Volunteers!

SAF's Design in Depth Committee is looking for volunteers to create public programs for the upcoming exhibit, When Seattle Shakes. Attend our kickoff meeting on September 15th ... See more

1 week ago
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We have 2 private Cap. Hill Tours available.
Book one or both to learn about the interwoven history of Harvard Belmont & Federal Ave, close neighborhoods that are dramatically different in a few ... See more

1 week ago
A Wooden Cabin Constructed Locally in the Mountains of Japan Using a 3D Wood Cutter

Sort of like modern, designer, life-size Lincoln Logs. http://ow.ly/EpfJ50Bg9VH

unless otherwise noted, all photos by Takumi Ota Nestled deep in the Gokayama mountains of Japan is Marebito no ie, a wooden cabin constructed near Toga village. The region is renowned for a unique ... See more

2 weeks ago
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With over 200 detailed building descriptions, the Seattle Architecture Foundation App is a great way to start exploring Seattle's built environment.

Free and available for download in the Apple App ... See more

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