2016 SAF Model Exhibit

Photo: Trevor Dykstra

Call For Entries for the 24th Annual Model Exhibit: Breathe

Deadline to submit: Friday, April 30, 2021
Find detailed instructions on how to submit here

2021 is a year of aspiration. Emerging from COVID lockdown, we are ready to take a deep breath and consider our future. Aspiration means ambition and the act of breathing in. SAF’s 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit theme “Breathe” is meant to inspire submissions that reflect on this dual meaning: faced with the passing of an immediate crisis, how will we pause and rethink our world? When we do exhale, what new forms will we breathe into life?

Will we reassess the current regime of hermetically sealed buildings or build in ways that flow with, rather than against, nature? Will we emerge onto streets previously clogged with traffic to create places for gathering and community? Or, will we veer towards ever-tighter control with technologically-driven filtration systems and capsule-living, like astronauts on our own planet?

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic present an opportunity to re-evaluate our relationship to the air, that atmosphere that wraps the Earth and sustains us. For the 24th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit, SAF encourages submissions dealing with pandemic or climate-related adaptations. Submissions should consist of recent work. Physical models are highly encouraged, but SAF will also present the exhibit as an online exhibition (previous year’s website) and can host static graphic and video content in the gallery.

Photo: Evan Chakroff
Exhibitor: Thomas Cheney


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AHT Insurance

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When Seattle Shakes: Preservation & Resilience

Presented by AIA Seattle
Online February 4 – July 17, 2021
Virtual Exhibit Website

Seattle’s historic structures, among them many unreinforced masonry buildings, are at risk not only from the numerous seismic faults in the Pacific Northwest, but also from economic factors. Many at-risk buildings continue to have vibrant life in Seattle communities, but have found it challenging to retrofit for earthquake safety.

It will take technology, expertise, policy, and social impetus for Seattle to preserve its multi-faceted urban fabric while championing public safety. How do we integrate new technology and old structures in one architectural vision? How can we remove obstacles to building owners and support awareness of seismic safety?

When Seattle Shakes 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.

This exhibit was developed with both professionals and the public in mind. The website includes a wide range of resources. From disaster preparedness trainings for architects to a how-to guide for creating your own disaster preparedness safety kit. We hope that the exhibit information impacts our audience and gives them the tools to be more prepared in the face of a natural disaster.



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Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184


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