SAF Educates

Let us come to you! The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) connects programs to communities by partnering with public and private schools, PTAs, and student groups. We provide engaging K-8 STEAM-based programs that inspire young people to deepen their understanding of design and its impact. Through our educational programs, SAF engages youth to explore architecture as a visual record of our collective history, a force that shapes our daily lives, and a blueprint for our future.

SAF works with school and community programs to arrange off-site architecture workshops, tours, and field trips that are matched to a range of grade levels and educational goals. To learn more about how SAF can serve your school and students, contact our Program Manager Gwen Lennox,

Schools we have provided programming to include: Denny International Middle School, Mercer Middle School, McClure Middle School, Open Window School, Thornton Creek Elementary, and Washington Middle School.

Field Trips with SAF

SAF invites your students to the Center for Architecture and Design to take part in interactive tours and workshops that connect architecture to the region’s history and challenge students to apply design principles to build a more equitable city.


Eye Spy Seattle (suggested for grades K-5): Join us on our Eye Spy Seattle architectural walking tour for a chance to see architectural highlights – old and new – in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Activities keep kids engaged along the way while our guides lead you on a tour with stops including the 5th Avenue Theater and the Central Seattle Public Library.

Skid Row to Skyscrapers (suggested for grades 6-8): Follow the history of Seattle and its buildings as we visit Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. Students will learn about multiple styles of architecture and get a crash course on the history of Washington’s largest city, chronicling Seattle’s rise from a small logging town to one of the tech capitals of the world. Featured stops include Occidental Square and the Federal Building.


Designed for any age, our hands-on workshops engage students in tackling social, environmental, and engineering challenges. Model-making workshops geared towards grades 3-8 have covered topics such as Floating Communities and Houseboats, Green Building, Homelessness, and Skyscrapers.

Tools for Educators:

Developed for grades PreK-5, these multi-session lesson plans explore the concepts of creating communities and how people shape spaces.

If you would like to find out more about SAF’s work with schools or groups, please email our Program Manager Gwen Lennox,