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2019-2020 Youth Design Workshops

Select Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Designed for youth ages 10-16, these workshops take a step up, with students tackling social, environmental, and engineering challenges. With more time to work and an emphasis on conceptual issues and concepts, these workshops are perfect for older students. Hosted at local architectural offices and supported by SAF staff and volunteer architects, participants learn as they plan, build, and present solutions to imaginative and thought-provoking Design challenges.

We offer need-based scholarships for all SAF Youth Programs. For details about scholarships email Program Director Kim Owens at kim@seattlearchitecture.org or call 206-667-9184.

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Classroom Photos by Lan Nguyen

Shifting Your Perspective: Human-centered Design

January 18, 2020
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: MG2
1101 2nd Ave #100
Seattle, WA 98101

It’s easy to get caught up designing beautiful things and forget who we’re designing for: humans. Learn how to solve everyday design problems for everyday people – with all the opportunities and challenges that come with them. Students will utilize human-centered design principles to research, ideate and prototype design solutions using real data from real people.

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Skyscrapers: Go Big or Go Home

February 1, 2020
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: SRG Partnership
110 Union St #300,
Seattle, WA 98101

Skyscrapers are the crown for any city. From Smith Tower to Columbia Tower, Seattle has its own collection of skyscrapers that give it a distinct skyline. What does it take to build tall? The sky is the limit when you are part of a great team! Building big takes big ideas, and you’ll work with new friends on small teams to dream up and build the tallest skyscraper SAF has ever seen.

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Scaled Architecture in Everyday Objects

March 7, 2020
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Schemata Workshop
1720 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109

Adaptive reuse gives a new life and function to existing buildings. Make scaled figures of yourself and inhabit dynamic architectural models created from everyday objects and found materials. We’ll explore how we augment these found spaces to make them more inhabitable.

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Put a Lid on It: Link the International District and Pioneer Square

April 4, 2020
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Perkins&Will
1301 Fifth Avenue Suite 2300
Seattle, WA 98101

The City of Seattle and WSDOT are considering putting a lid over I-5 in Seattle. Not only would this generate much needed land in downtown it could help with major environmental issues such as noise and air pollution. What would you do with 15 acers, or 8 city blocks, in downtown Seattle?

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(Past Event) Take it to the Limit

October 19, 2019
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Integrus Architecture
117 S Main St.
Seattle, WA 98104

How do Architects and Engineers know how to create safe cutting edge structures? They test them! In this workshop we will focus on creating untraditional buildings and testing their structural integrity against natural forces like Wind, Rain, Gravity, and Earthquakes! How will your building fare?

(Past Event) The School of the Future

November 2, 2019
11:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Bassetti Architects
71 Columbia St, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104

What does a school of the future look like…? Will rising sea levels allow us to create floating learning spaces that focus on marine life education? We know the changing climate is going to affect how we interact with the built environment, but what does that look like and how will it change how we learn? Come explore the future of educational design!

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Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184

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Take a trip back in time to the Roaring 20s. Following the horrors of World War I, architects began fusing modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs to create the style known ... See more

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Do Architects have obsessive personalities? I tend to think so, and only partially based on my own behavior. I should throw out the caveat that I don’t think you should have to explain why you ... See more

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Check out Wittman Estes, one of the exhibitors at our Symbiosis / 22nd Annual Architectural Model Exhibition featured in this Dezeen article!

American firms Wittman Estes and NODE have created an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, that is wrapped in charred wood and runs entirely on solar power.

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Landscape architecture is getting a major international prize

"...surprisingly there hasn’t been a major international award recognizing the field of landscape architecture—until now."

The new prize, which comes with a $100,000 award, hopes to raise awareness of the the importance of landscape architecture today.

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Rainier Square skyscraper, set to be second-tallest in Seattle, reaches its full height

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Capitol Hill Design Crawl - Design in Public

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At the Powerhouse

Make art with Fremont Arts Council at the Luminata Lantern Workshops! They will have all the materials you need and workshop hosts will be on hand to guide you through the process. August 22 - 25

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