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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

Why Seattle Shakes with David B. Williams

February 11, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Webinar hosted via Zoom


Unlike many regions in the country, the Seattle area is constantly reminded of its geologic past, present, and future. Whether it is our landslides, our glacier-carved topography, or our three major earthquake zones, this area’s geologic history is young, dynamic, and accessible. In this virtual talk, naturalist David B. Williams will provide an introduction to the city’s geology and how it affects the built environment.

This program is inspired by an exhibit, When Seattle Shakes, co-produced by AIA Seattle and the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Designed and curated by Mary Waelder, the exhibit explores how to align the goals of historic preservation and resilient design by understanding the most effective ways of protecting a city’s historic building stock against earthquakes. Online exhibit starting February 4, 2021, at www.whenseattleshakes.com.

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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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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, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
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


DID | Proactive Practice: Growth for Communities, Not as Commodities (Past Event)

June 16, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Webinar hosted via Zoom


What if we could build a new Seattle neighborhood from scratch? Students at the University of Washington College of Built Environments addressed this question in their group Studio as they imagined innovative concepts for the future of the Interbay neighborhood north of the Magnolia Bridge. Come join the Seattle Architecture Foundation for a discussion with Rick Mohler, UW Associate Professor, and the students who participated in the studio to discuss their vision of what a new Seattle neighborhood might look like.

This discussion is inspired by an exhibit produced though AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, Proactive Practice. Designed and curated by Jaclyn Hensy and Tristan Walker, their research analyzes the various methods architects can utilize to understand potentialities in a project and asks how can architects and planners practice design as caretakers of our communities and reclaim an active role in the production of space? On exhibit now through July 25th at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Participants:
David Blum, AICP, Affiliate Instructor of Urban Design and Planning, UW College of Built Environments
Alicia Kellogg, UW Master of Landscape Architecture candidate, 2021
Eddie Kim, UW Master of Architecture candidate, 2020
Grace Kim, AIA, Founding Principal of Schemata Workshop
Maura Witzel, UW Master of Architecture candidate, 2020

Moderator
Rick Mohler, AIA, NCARB, Associate Professor of Architecture, UW College of Built Environments

Photo credit: Maura Witzel, Ashley Shook, Jason Yan, and Kasia Cassidy

DID | Balancing Act: Data, Technology, and the Re-Imagined City (Past Event)

February 18
Reception 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Program 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture & Design


How do we focus emerging technologies to create livable, equitable and sustainable cities? How are designers, technologists, and urban planners re-imagining cities of the future to be more personalized, automated and data-driven? Come join the Seattle Architecture Foundation for a discussion around the future of cities and Seattle’s position at the forefront of balancing technology, data, and social values in the public realm.

This discussion is part of AIA Seattle’s exhibition, Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies. Designed and curated by Boston-based design firm CBT for AIA Boston, the exhibition explores how technology influences our urban experience and the possibilities to focus emerging technologies towards the human experience can develop best urban practices.

Panelists:
Lyle Bicknell, City of Seattle Office of Planning and Development
Joel Fariss, Gensler
Anastasia Krasnoslobodtseva, Microsoft Center of Innovation

Moderator: Sheryl Cababa, VP of Strategy at Substantial

Video: Chris Schanz

DID | Symbiosis: Re-imagining the City’s Future (Past Event)

September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Reception 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Program 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Center for Architecture & Design


Symbiosis presents the work of many architects, each of whom express the notion of a symbiotic relationship through the long-standing tradition of model making. The exhibition examines architecture’s reciprocal relationship with community, and investigates a city’s discourse with nature.

Join us for this illuminating discussion. We’ve invited three architects featured in Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 22nd Annual Model Exhibit: Symbiosis to discuss their models and humans’ symbiotic relationship with technology, sustainability, and how it will that shape our future.

Panelists:
Sarah Haase, Schemata Workshop
Matthias Olt, DLR Group
Mona Zellars, Johnson Architects

Moderator:
Noelle Galicia, Weber Thompson

Video: Chris Schanz

DID | Urban Transformations: The Power of Public Art (Past Event)

July 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
At the Center for Architecture and Design


Seattle is the fastest growing American city of the decade. This is reflected by our continuously evolving skyline, as old buildings are demolished and new ones erected. As our built environment rapidly changes it is crucial that we maintain the identity of our city. Embedding public art within a city has transformative effects that shape, empower and culturally enrich urban spaces.

The exhibit, “Discover and Disrupt,” produced by Electric Coffin for AIA examines what it would look like if cities were shaped with whimsy and humanity, and if art was able to thrive beyond commercial spaces. Public Art is critical to the cultural vitality of a city, and yet the actors that shape our cities are under the constant strain to minimize budgets and maximize efficiency. The goal of this conversation is to identify obstacles and highlight opportunities of how we can strategically and organically integrate art into Seattle’s evolving urban fabric.

Moderator:
Jesslyn Howard, Board and Vellum

Panelists:
Greg Bell, Chief Curator at Vulcan, Inc.
Duffy De Armas, Founder and Co-Owner at Electric Coffin
Matthew McMurray, Founder and Director at Treason Gallery
Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Director at Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

This program is held in conjunction with the AIA Seattle Exhibit Discover & Disrupt, which runs through August 31 at the Center for Architecture and Design.

Photo: Trevor Dykstra
Video:Chris Schanz

DID | Because it Rains: How Rain Shapes Seattle (Past Event)

April 16, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Reception at 5:30
At the Center for Architecture and Design


The words “Rain” and “Seattle” are nearly synonymous with each other. For those that live in this city, each individual has experienced the beauty, chaos, and monotony that is Seattle’s rain. The characteristics of rain, whether it be smell, sound, touch, or the emotional feelings triggered, have shaped the built environment and ethos of Seattle.

The AIA Exhibit “Because it Rains” examines the individuality of rain events across the United States and internationally to discover design responses to varying characteristics of rain. The goal of this panel is share stories and experiences of how Rain and its unique characteristics have shaped the built environment in Seattle today, and looking toward the future, how the today’s built environment can respond differently.

Panelists:
Peregrine Church, Founder Rainworks
Mónica Guzmán, Co-Founder & Director, The Evergrey
John Sundstrom, Chef-Owner, Lark, Slab Sandwiches + Pie, Southpaw
Jordan Zlotoff, Project Manager, Landscape Architect, Berger Partnership

Moderator:
Laura Bartunek Assoc. AIA & Curator, Because it Rains



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