SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

SAF Educates

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The Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) provides engaging STEAM based programs that inspire 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 programs include in-school sessions and workshops, group tours and workshops, and summer programs. To learn how SAF meets Common Core and 21st Century Skills download our program guide.

If you would like to find out more about SAF’s work with schools or groups, or how to register your student in an SAF after-school or summer program, please contact our Program Director.

SAF GOES TO SCHOOL

Let us come to you! One way we connect SAF youth programs to communities is by partnering with public and private schools, PTAs, and student groups. SAF Design Instructors develop and lead after-school and summer programs that include hands-on activities such as model building as well as group discussion and games about architecture, design, and community issues. These occur as after school programs or as one time workshops during class time. Workshops cover topics such as green building, housing density, and skyscraper design and engineering. Schools we have provide programming to include: Denny Middle School, Mercer Middle School, McClure Middle School, Open Window School, Thornton Creek Elementary, and Washington Middle School.

Field Trips with SAF

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SAF works with private organizations and school groups to arrange architecture workshops and tours that are matched to a range of grade levels and educational goals. Workshops cover topics such as homelessness, green building, and skyscrapers.

SAF provides two different tours developed specifically for youth ages K-8. Join us on our Eye Spy Seattle architectural walking tour for a chance to see architectural highlights in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Activities keep kids engaged along the way while our guides lead you on a tour geared toward participants in elementary school. From Skid Row to Skyscrapers: A History of Seattle Through its Buildings follows the history of Seattle and its buildings in Pioneer Square and the West Edge. 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 small logging town to one of the tech capitols of the world.

For older youth, SAF offers an array of tours that cover a variety of topics and neighborhoods, such as the skyscrapers of Seattle and the history of Ballard.

Summer Programs

SAF partners with local organizations to offer summer programming for youth. Our classes focus on the architectural process, guiding students from initial conception to final model. Programs can range from one week to four depending on the host.

SAF offers several course options. For example, Designing Seattle takes an in-depth look at the transformations happening in Seattle. Students will then design and build their own structure in response to one of the challenges facing the community. Introduction to Architectural Modeling is a deep dive into architectural modeling. Students create study models out of cardstock and cardboard before moving on to balsa wood and other professional materials. Partners include the Northwest School and Coyote Central.

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

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7 months ago

Heighten your awareness of architectural styles on our High Ambitions tour which focuses on skyscrapers.

Tickets & Dates: http://bit.ly/2dl1EbX

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The Seattle Architecture Foundation's Symbiosis / 22nd Annual Architectural Model Exhibition is just around the corner! We hope you'll consider joining us for the Symbiosis Opening Reception and meet ... See more

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7 months ago
Downtown Seattle is full of private-public spaces

What's better than a Listicle? Taking a sunny walking tour of some of downtown Seattle's best Hidden Spaces/Public Places! Still time to join us for tomorrow's tour!

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/30VR4j2

Try these spots—including free views at Columbia Center—for secret little coffee breaks.

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7 months ago
Landmarks Capital | 4Culture

The good people of 4Culture are offering grants to stewards of Landmark, Historic buildings. A fantastic and worthy feat!

Supporting rehabilitation projects and designated landmarks.

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7 months ago
Smith Tower, more than a century old, goes LEED Platinum

One of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks just got a thoroughly modern green-building certification—even though it’s 105 years old.

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Thanks to Collaborative Companies for hosting an excellent #DesignSoiree last week! Such a treat to hear from Gulassa & Co alumni and gain more of an appreciation of the Art of Craft & ... See more

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7 months ago
Schmitz Preserve Park Walking Tour – Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

Learn about the history of Schmitz Reserve Park

Meet in the parking lot at 5551 SW Admiral Way.

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The Madrona neighborhood has seen many transitions from beach-side playground to "streetcar suburb". Learn more on our Madrona tour on 8/3.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2M4QNry
Photos: Evan Chakroff

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8 months ago

Explore some of downtown’s hidden treasures, like public parks, plazas and open spaces on our Hidden Spaces Tour on July 12.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lLbU2h

Photo: Alice Hammond

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8 months ago
Future Seattle 2020 - Tallest Building Projects and Proposals in Seattle

Following up on last weekend's content, here's a video showing a rendered snapshot of future Seattle. Note, the alternative design for 701 4th Ave by local firm LMN Architects at the end!

Seattle is undergoing a large residential tower boom, with dozens of skyscrapers being erected over these next several years. Make sure to click on the bell ...

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