Photo: Trevor Dykstra

2020-2021 Saturday Family Events

Workshops are FREE with advanced registration.
Ticketing will open on the 1st of the month prior to the event
All family workshops are from 10:00 to noon, virtual, and hands on (no computer software).

Designed with younger children in mind (ages 5-9 with chaperone), our family workshops encourage children and their caregivers to explore architecture through hands on activities each month. Workshops start off with an exploration of exciting examples of architecture from around the world and activities that highlight the design process. Then, the kids are off – designing and building their own structures in a whirlwind two hour workshop that culminates in a group presentation.

Required materials for all “Hands On” workshops include:
access to Zoom (via a computer, tablet, or iphone)
a surface to work on
markers, crayons, colored pencils

Workshop Materials Kits are available for purchase to add to your child’s experience during the program. They are not required, however. Purchased kits will be available for pick on specific dates prior to the program you registered for.

For a more detailed description about kit contents or helpful home objects for modeling click here.

Please sign up for the SAF newsletter for news about events for the family.

Photos by Lan Nguyen

Haunted Houses

October 10, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Houses are places to live and so much more. Ghosts and monsters need homes too! Get in the Halloween mood with SAF and design your creepiest, crawliest haunted houses, accursed apartments, creepy condos, sinister skyscrapers, disturbing duplexes, weird warehouses, or eerie eateries.


Design you perfect room… for class!

November 14, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Via Zoom

In a time when the look of your classroom is changing, let’s re-imagine your school space. Ask yourself: what would make my classroom “perfect?” Does class happen in my living room? Outside? In a cool building? How can my school fit me better?


Community Centers

January 9, 2021
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Community centers are public locations where members of a community can gather for group activities. If you got all of your favorite people together in one space, what kind of space would you need?


CFAD Playlab

CFAD Playlab has been cancelled until further notice due to COVID 19

CFAD Playlab is a free drop-in Saturday program for youth and families at the Center for Architecture and Design from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Held the last two Saturdays of the month, children and their chaperones are invited to explore different architecture and design focused activities and test their skills thinking critically about the built environment. Design challenges tie into the current exhibit and rotate once a quarter. The program is designed for all ages.

For more info please email us:


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


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

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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!

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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.
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Youth Architecture Workshops are now open for enrollment!
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Virtually explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a downtown hill.
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Call for Volunteers!

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We have 2 private Cap. Hill Tours available.
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A Wooden Cabin Constructed Locally in the Mountains of Japan Using a 3D Wood Cutter

Sort of like modern, designer, life-size Lincoln Logs.

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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.

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