SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Design at Your Desk

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Seattle Architecture Foundation has created “Design at your Desk” a series of design challenges for youth of all ages and abilities. Draw a picture, make a model, and share your design with us on social media with the hashtag #SAFcreates!

Art Outside the Lines
Main Streets
Tiny House
Transportation Challenge
Playing in the Rain
Play Spaces for Everyone
About Time

If you enjoy these programs please consider making a donation to SAF so that we may continue providing public programming.

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.

Tools for Educators
Developed for grades K-6, these deep dives explore the concepts of creating communities and how people shape spaces.

Planning Communities
People and Design
Shapes in Space

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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1010 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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