SAF Educates

Attention educators! Are you ready to ignite your students' curiosity and creativity through the world or architecture? The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects programs to communities by partnering with public and private schools, PTAs, and student groups. Explore Seattle’s architectural heritage and inspire your students with the stories behind the city’s iconic structures. With the ability to bring workshops to your classroom, or to bring your class to us, we offer flexible options to meet your needs. Join us in shaping the architects and innovators of tomorrow—sign up for a workshop or walking tour with the Seattle Architecture Foundation today!

Previous schools we have worked with include Bellevue International School, The Northwest School, Highline Big Picture School, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, TAF Saghalie, Denny International Middle School, McClure Middle School, Open Window School, Thornton Creek Elementary, Washington Middle School, and others.

Now booking for 2024-2025 school year

Offerings

SAF offers tours and workshops matched to a range of grade levels and curriculum standards. To learn more about how SAF can serve your school and students, contact our Program Manager Gwen Lennox, gwen@seattlearchitecture.org.

Workshops

High School (Grades 9–12)

Workshop Description Standards
Introduction to Architecture and Design Thinking Introduce students to the basics of architecture and design. Students will explore how architects engage the design process and utilize these strategies to draft their ideal classrooms. NGSS (Engineering Design)
Architectural Aesthetics: Creating Cities with Personal Flair Dive into the world of architecture and its impact on city design. In this workshop, students will explore their personal style and learn how to apply it to create urban spaces that reflect both function and beauty. CCSS (Visual Arts)
Building Seattle: Exploring History Through Architecture Students will uncover the stories behind Seattle's iconic structures. As students learn about how the changing styles of Seattle's buildings reflect the broader culture, they will explore and design what's next for the city. CCSS (Social Studies)

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Workshop Description Standards
Skyscrapers Explore the history of skyscrapers and what it takes to create these "cities in the sky." Students will learn how architects design for the unique challenges of building tall, and apply these lessons to create their own skyscraper models. NGSS (Engineering Design); Washington State (Visual Arts)
Scaled Seattle In this workshop students will be given the opportunity to apply learning related to ratios and scaling. Students will get hands on as they recreate scaled models of some of Seattle's most iconic buildings. CCSS (Mathematics)
Building Seattle: Exploring History Through Architecture Students will uncover the stories behind Seattle's iconic structures. As students learn about how the changing styles of Seattle's buildings reflect the broader culture, they will explore and design what's next for the city. CCSS (Social Studies)

Elementary (Grades K–5)

Workshop Description Standards
Exploring and Modeling Unique Structures Step into a world of architectural wonders in our workshop series, where students are immersed in the unique features of a chosen building type, exploring examples from around the world. Students will learn the essence of each structure and craft their own, blending creativity with practical construction skills. Building types to choose from include: Tree houses, bridges, parks, piers and lighthouses. Washington State (Visual Arts)

Walking Tours (Grades 6–12)

Walking Tour Description Standards
Skid Row to Skyscrapers Explore the history of Seattle from settlement to the present as we take a look at some of the finest buildings in Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. This will begin and end at the Center for Architecture and Design and last around 90 minutes. Tours must be scheduled in advance and are only available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Tour pricing starts at $180 for 15 students; $12/additional student up to a max of 20 students. Chaperones are required at a rate of 1:10 and join the tour at no additional cost. CCSS (Social Studies)

SAF is also connecting with architecture and design firms in the greater Puget Sound area to design programs beyond what is listed here. If you're interested in partnering with a firm as part of your program with SAF, please note this when submitting a request form.

Current Pricing Stucture

All workshops can be modified in length depending on the needs of your classroom. Pricing will depend on the length of the workshop and number of students. Rates start at $250 for a 90-minute workshop.

Tools for Educators

Developed for grades PreK-5, these multi-session lesson plans explore the concepts of creating communities and how people shape spaces. Click on the lesson plans below to access the downloadable PDFs.