PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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Public Programs 2020

The Seattle Architecture Foundation produces a number of public programs each year including talks, workshops and special tours that connect the public to the built environment. Some of our programs are tied to a series, like Design in Depth and some are stand-alone events. SAF program content is often coordinated with exhibits on display at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Design in Depth
The Design in Depth series was created to stimulate design conversations and engage the community. This program is volunteer driven and volunteers are responsible for developing and implementing all presentations. For examples of past events please see our Design in Depth Archives. If you are interested in joining the Design in Depth Committee please contact our Program Director, Kim Owens.

*Program pricing and locations vary

Another Opening, Another Show: Seattle Theater History

February 17, 2021 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Webinar hosted via Zoom


Our theaters offer a very colorful architectural history made even more interesting through the recollections of the architects, the people who worked in and performed in these theaters, and the public who attended shows there.

Lawrence Kreisman, who curated the 1981 MOHAI theater exhibition, has us look at the remnants of an early theater industry that was remarkable. For its youth and size, Seattle had a broad ranging reputation in entertainment. In 1909, it was reputed to be second only to New York in the number and variety of live offerings. It was the home and training ground for theater entrepreneurs who ultimately established enormous national and international empires—-John Cort, Alexander Pantages, and Sullivan and Considine. Others, including John Hanna, James Clemmer, Russell and Drew, John Hamrick, Jensen and von Herberg, and John Danz, built substantial local or regional organizations. Seattle’s premier theater architects, B. Marcus Priteca, E. W. Houghton, and R.C. Reamer, also built reputations that extended far beyond the city.

Only a small number of Seattle’s early 20th century stage houses, vaudeville, and motion picture palaces are still intact. This makes those that survive all the more important in keeping alive the social importance that theater had to this community.

Lawrence Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, was Program Director of Historic Seattle for 20 years (1997-2017). He co-founded and was director of the Seattle Architecture Foundation tour program from 1990-2003. He has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Northwest’s architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibitions, lectures, articles, and 11 books.

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History of Western Architecture in 90 minutes!

March 30, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Webinar hosted via Zoom


Always wanted to take an Architecture History course but never had the time? Join us for this overview that starts with Greek architecture and takes us through today. Throughout this presentation examples of historic styles will be applied to Seattle buildings, including the downtown core and residential neighborhoods.

This presentation is geared towards architecture enthusiasts, aspiring architects as well as individuals with no architectural training. It is also the perfect talk for architects who want a refresher course.

Presented by Jim Goodspeed, an architect who gained an appreciation for architecture history while traveling, studying & working in Europe. He currently leads tours as a volunteer for SAF and plays a role in the training of our incoming tour guides.

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Unreinforced Masonry: Connecting | Preparing | Preserving

April 28, 6:00-7:30pm
Webinar hosted via Zoom


Join Seattle Architecture Foundation and AIA Seattle When Seattle Shakes Curator and Researcher, Mary Waelder, for a conversation that touches on the personal, cultural, and structural consequences of living in a seismic zone. How does living in an earthquake zone impact you? Are you prepared for the next big one? Learn what local preservationists, architects, and engineers are doing to protect our city’s heritage and communities. Connect the past to the present, prepare for the future, preserve our heritage.

Moderator:
Mary Waelder | Architect at SHKS Architects and When Seattle Shakes Curator

Panelists:
Lisa Nitze | Co-Founder of ASAP!, V.P. Marketing, Investments, Community Partnerships at Nitze-Stagen
Kate Weiland | Associate Principal at BuildingWork, AIA
Eugenia Woo | Historic Seattle, Director of Preservation Services

Photo Credit: Earthquake damage to Cadillac Hotel 2nd Ave S in Pioneer Square, 2001 Creative Commons, Seattle Municipal Archives

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Seattle’s Secrets With David Williams

First Thursdays March – May
Webinars hosted via Zoom


The Seattle Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce a three-part lecture series in partnership with David B. Williams. Join us every first Thursday from March through May for this exploration of Seattle history. We’ll learn about the secret histories of Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks, Seattle’s legendary seven hills, and its protean shoreline, and how past Seattleites have had a lasting impact on our built environment.

Secrets of the Ship Canal and Locks with David B. Williams
Mar 4, from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Secrets of Seattle’s 7 Hills with David B. Williams
Apr 1 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

The Protean Shoreline virtual tour with David B. Williams
May 6 from 6:00 – 7:00pm

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DID | Iterations: The Dynamics of the Design Process (Past Event)

November 12, 2020
Webinar hosted via Zoom


Iterations celebrates the germination of a design idea and how it’s nurtured over time through the exploration of writing, drawing, modeling, and material studies. These studies serve a myriad of functions, whether they depict the architectural elements employed, represent the building in its site, or serve to test a custom detail or connection.

Join us for this illuminating discussion. We’ve invited three architects featured in Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 23rd Annual Model Exhibit: Iterations to discuss their models and ideate on how current events will shape future iterations of Seattle.

Panelists:
Jack Chaffin, Johnston Architects
Scott Crawford, LMN Architects
Julia Nagele, Hewitt

Moderator:
Evan Chakroff, Graphite Design


Thank you to our Design in Depth series sponsors

Diamond:
LMN

Platinum:









Gold:
Hargis Engineers Inc.
MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

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