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POWER: September - December 2017

In a time of intense cultural and social change in Seattle and across the country, architects and designers are challenged to explore the ways in which their work intersects with the growth of grassroots and community movements, the changing conceptions of what cities can be and do, and renewed interest in formerly neglected places, spaces, and ideas. As we step back and reflect on our values, as individuals and as a community, we must reassert our commitm Read More
    • Resurgence: The 20th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit

      September 14 - November 18
      For two decades the Seattle Architecture Foundation has hosted the Architectural Model Exhibit, an opportunity for local architects and designers to connect and share their work with the Seattle community. In a time of intense cultural and social change, Resurgence chall Read More
    • 2017 Seattle Design Festival

      September 9 - 22, 2017
      Every September, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, and city officials to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. Every year the Festival grows, and it is now the largest design-rel Read More
    • Women & The City: A Networking Event for Women Shaping Seattle

      October 3, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
      Join AIA Seattle Women in Design, WASLA, and the APA Women & Planning Division for an event about the women shaping our city! Enjoy an opportunity for casual networking with women working hard to shape our community. Special guests for the evening include mayoral cand Read More
    • Building Bridges

      September 21, 6 - 8pm
      Today, we stand at the precipice of large-scale social change in our country. Convoluted and vulgar, our political climate has been wrought with ignorance and hatred, and in the middle of it all are refugees who were forced to relocate and have experienced continuous trauma. Read More
    • Collaborative Power: Transforming Our Future Public Realm

      September 20, 6 - 9pm
      As our city and region grow our public spaces and infrastructure are increasingly tasked to provide expanded benefits and be places people love. This challenge demands collaborative tools and compelling vision. Panelists will discuss lessons learned and how they apply to our Read More
    • Seattle Design Festival Design Discussion: EmPOWERing Communities

      September 19, 6 - 9pm
      This discussion and interactive workshop will look at how designers bring human-centered design thinking to foster empathy and provide solutions to people experiencing homelessness, architecture for refugees and poverty alleviation. Panelists with expertise or experience in Read More
    • Enter the Fray: How Architects & Designers Can Be Powerful Advocates

      September 18, 5:30 - 7pm
      Architects and designers are uniquely positioned to advocate for vital urban spaces and design elements that contribute to healthy, livable communities. They are also well-suited to work towards community consensus on controversial issues: they are good listeners, they work Read More
    • Class Action: Design your Own School

      September 16, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
      Too often the voices of students are excluded in the design process, despite their status as the leading experts of what it’s actually like to spend all day in school! In this workshop, which is part of the Seattle Design Festival, students will work with local architects Read More
    • Resilient Power: Adapting to Risk in a Changing Seattle

      September 14, 5:30 - 7pm
      As a member of the global 100 Resilient Cities grant funded by the Rockefeller Center, Seattle is committed to becoming more resilient to the social, economic and physical challenges of our century. Individuals, business, communities & systems within a city designed with Read More
    • Urbanist & Urban Design Forum Walking Tour – Central Area Restructuring

      August 26, 10am - Noon
      Join The Urbanist and AIA Seattle’s Urban Design Forum for a visit to the changing structural landscape of Seattle’s historically African-American community, the Central Area. We’ll be guided by Donald King, FAIA, Principal Architect at Mimar Studio, who is deeply fa Read More
  • Extraordinary Playscapes: July - September 2017

    Summer in the Pacific Northwest – time to play!  The Center for Architecture & Design celebrated summer by considering how designers create places for both kids and adults to play through the exhibit, Extraordinary Playscapes. Today, outdoor play faces tough competition—from electronics, over-scheduling, declining recess time, and lack of access to safe play spaces. Additionally, safety and liability concerns overshadow the conversation around pl Read More
    • Extraordinary Playscapes

      July 13 - September 2, 2017
      Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. Read More
    • CFAD Playlab

      Most Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
      The CfAD Playlab is a free drop-in Saturday program for youth and families at the Center for Architecture and Design. Each week children and families are invited to explore different architecture and design focused activities and test their skills thinking critically about t Read More
  • Community by Design: Main Streets: April - June 2017

    Community members all across our country are actively engaged in preserving the places they love. Historical spaces are part of our history and culture and create a unique sense of place that is important to our city’s identity. Through our Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America exhibit, we invited the public to be inspired by communities that have been successful in preserving the places they love. Presented by the Seattle Architect Read More
    • Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America

      Runs through June 10
      Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America showcases the success stories of the Main Street America program and other revitalization models that positively impacted communities across the country. The Main Street America program empowers community members to be Read More
    • Neighborhoods Matter | Greenwood

      June 20, 6:30PM - 8:00PM Reception Starts at 5:30PM
      Design in Depth is a series of dynamic architecture + design talks delivered in two-part sequences. Join us for these engaging panel discussions that delve deeper into architecture and design. What draws you to a neighborhood and what keeps you there? Lively downtown main Read More
    • Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle

      June 1, 4:00-6:00 PM
      The Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts, building vibrant downtowns that reflect and serve local communities. As our urban spaces change ever more quickly, we find it easy to talk about the changes we do or do Read More
    • Urban Main Streets w/ UDF

      May 31, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
      The AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum will host a panel discussion about Seattle’s revitalizing “main streets” from the eyes of small business. Read More
    • Neighborhoods Matter | Columbia City

      Tuesday May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM
      This program is part of Design in Depth, a series of engaging panel discussions that delve deeper into architecture and design on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Center for Architecture and Design. What draws you to a neighborhood and what kee Read More
    • Panel Discussion: Community Revitalization Efforts in Washington

      May 11, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
      Join local leaders in a panel discussion to learn more about the Main Streets of America Program and the local case studies featured in the Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America exhibit. Learn how communities with different assets can be successful in their Read More
  • Smarter Buildings: March - April 2017

    Our region is uniquely poised to lead this conversation about the intersection of technological advancement and the built environment. As a tech hub, we boast some of the world’s leading innovators in realms like big data, systems thinking, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. As a thriving and progressive design community we have demonstrated a deep commitment to better, more sustainable buildings and a willingness to explore and invent Read More
  • Open to All: January - February, 2017

    Design has a powerful influence on how we access and experience everyday environments. This is particularly true for the 20% of us living with a temporary or permanent disability. Designers in the Pacific Northwest have made tremendous strides in creative problem-solving around accessibility, from rethinking home design to inventing enabling technologies. Human-centered design is a tool for unlocking human potential. Inclusive design expands our opportunit Read More
    • Open to All: Designing for the Full Range of Human Experience

      January 12 - February 18, 2017
      A woman pulls a rolling suitcase up a curb ramp in a city sidewalk.  A box-laden customer opens a shop's power door with the touch of a hip. Young people around their cell phones, texting. Our environment is full of innovations - curb cuts, power doors, texting -- t Read More
    • Access for All: Public Amenities, Rest Stops and Bathrooms

      January 21, 11:00-3:00 PM
      This youth workshop designed for ages 12-17 will focus on the design of public spaces such as parks, streets and roads, and how designers and architects can improve the accessibility in these spaces. Students will learn about ADA/Wheelchair accessibility standards, the imple Read More
    • OpenSidewalks: How Open to All?

      February 2, 11:45AM - 1PM
      Equitable access to sidewalks is crucial for a barrier-free city, where people with different devices and abilities can independently access streets and services using customized, relevant, and up-to-date routing information. Read More
    • Accessible Design Integration talk with Marthalee Galeota

      February 9, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
      The Northwest Universal Design Council and community partners invite you to attend a special presentation by Marthalee Galeota, access and disability program manager for the Starbucks Coffee Company, in conjunction with the “Open to All: Designing for the Full Range of Hum Read More
    • Greatest Hits Tour (ASL)

      February 18, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
      In conjunction with the Open to All Exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design we are offering our Greatest Hits tour in sign language, free of cost on February 18. Please join us as one of our guides accompanied by an ASL interpreter shows off some of Seattle's archi Read More
  • Design Change: September – October, 2016

    Design Change proposes that design can maximize the public benefits of change, while empowering those communities most impacted by change. In Seattle, a place experiencing tremendous change, this year's Seattle Design Festival programs and exhibits, at the Center and throughout the city, investigated and celebrated the role of design in an evolving place. Read More
    • 2016 Seattle Design Festival: Design Change

      Every September, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, and city officials to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. Since 2011, the Seattle Design Festival has been presented by Desig Read More
    • 19th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit | A program of the 2016 Seattle Design Festival

      September 1 – October 23
      (un)Restricted, SAF’s 19th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit, will highlight the ways local designers use creativity to navigate environmental, material, social, and economic challenges. (un)Restricted is part of the 2016 Seattle Design Festival, an annual celebration Read More
    • Why Downtown Seattle Needs an Urban Design Plan

      September 13, 5:30 - 7pm
      The City of Seattle is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. What’s missing? A clear direction for physical development in our downtown. A policy framework is insufficient to achieve the urban outcomes we all desire; we also need specific, physical recommenda Read More
    • Making Change in Your Neighborhood

      September 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
      Join us for this interactive panel discussion that will offer practical tips and share case studies for planning and executing a design project in your neighborhood.
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    • Go Outside! Designing Public Spaces

      Presented by the Seattle Architecture Foundation Oct 8, 10:00-12:00 PM
      In this workshop for youth ages 6-11, students will look at the innovative designs of parks and other public spaces all over the world, and design their own park. Will it feature a giant swirling slide? Will it be designed as one big maze? The sky is the limit. More Informat Read More
    • October 19, 5:30-7:30pm
      Join the Committee on Architects for Education for their first event and hear from Jeanne Narum about her national research on learning environments of the 21st century! With a team of academic agents of change, Jeanne Narum produced an Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) g Read More
  • BOOM or Bust: Navigating Change: July - August, 2016

    Seattle has a boom and bust history, with industry and commerce often serving as key drivers in our city’s development. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century the Alaskan Yukon Gold Rush and logging industry stimulated major growth. Today, the rise of bio-tech, technology and e-commerce are greatly impacting Seattle and its neighborhoods. Exhibits and programs during this theme reflect on how we’ve navigated change over time and consider the Read More
    • BOOM: Changing Seattle

      July 7 – August 27
      BOOM: Changing Seattle is a tribute to places lost, preserved and desired during moments of rapid development and growth in Seattle.  This multidisciplinary exhibition incorporates archival and recent photos, documents, and contemporary art to position history and memory as Read More
    • August 22 - August 26
      For youth entering grades 5th – 8th, this hands-on summer camp experience will introduce participants to the ways architecture and design impact everything in our environment! Students will tour the Center, as well as buildings old and new at the Waterfront. Read More
    • Why I-123 Doesn’t Add Up

      Initiative 123, on the Seattle ballot in August 2016, would create a new mile-long elevated public park on Alaskan Way. AIA Seattle vigorously opposes I-123. Read More
    • Residents Podium for Seattle Legacy Spaces

      August 11, 6:30 - 8:30pm
      Hosted By Ghosts of Seattle Past With Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold held @ the Center Seattle residents, artists, and community organizers will testify about the places they want preserved. Meanwhile city officials, landlords, real estate developers, poli Read More
  • Urban Housing and Density: April - June 2016

    Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, expected to welcome many thousands of new neighbors over the next 20 years.  With them come jobs, ideas, energy - but also the need for a place to live. The City of Seattle has committed to 50,000 new housing units in Seattle in the next 10 years. People move here because they are attracted by our livable neighborhoods, our strong communities, and our remarkable natural environment.  Howe Read More
    • April 21 – June 25
      As Seattle grows, how can housing  design keep pace with the evolving ways we are living in cities? Is small housing a viable option? Can smaller spaces make for better  living? This exhibit, by AIA Seattle 2015 Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship Recipient Garrett Read More
    • Saturday, April 9
      At Saturday Family Events, children (ages 6-11) and their family members explore architecture through hands-on activities that highlight a new design topic every month! In honor of Earth Day, join us to create a metropolis out of recycled materials! Participants will take in Read More
    • Monday, April 25
      AIA Seattle's Urban Housing Forum will examine how housing design and policy can serve as catalysts for livability and quality of place in an increasingly dense city. Read More
    • The City of Seattle is building a modern streetcar system that will provide new urban mobility options, support economic growth and strengthen connections among the places where people live, work and socialize. Read More
    • Tuesday, May 17
      Through new advancements in technology and software, local designers can become increasingly engaged in global exchanges of ideas. How do these advances affect how local design professionals further their missions and brands in multi-national locales? Read More
    • Tuesday, May 24
      As our community struggles with breakneck growth and questions of social equity, is it possible to create housing that’s affordable, beautiful, and green? What would it take? Join Forterra for a conversation among architects, leaders in affordable housing and sustainability. Read More
    • June 11, 10 - 12pm
      Long known as the center of Seattle’s counterculture, this urban neighborhood is in the midst of a building boom, and some fear Pike/Pine’s unique character is under threat. From its beginnings as a quiet residential district to its time as Seattle’s first 'Auto Row' a Read More
    • Tuesday, June 21
      For every successfully completed project in Seattle, there are countless more that never come to fruition. Join us for a look back at several grand, unrealized projects and a consideration of what our city may have looked like if they came to be. Read More
  • Active Design: February - April 2016

    Design influences health and well-being through the places we live and work, the way we move around the city, the food we eat, and the connections we make with others in our community. Exhibits and programs on Active Design explore the connection between environmental design and our physical, mental, and social well-being, and consider design’s potential to positively impact healthy lives, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. Read More
    • FitNation

      Presented by AIA Seattle thru April 9
      Architecture and design are valuable tools for addressing some of today’s most critical public health challenges. Experience FitNation at the Center to explore design approaches and simple improvements that contribute to healthier lifestyles. Read More
    • February 11 + 12
      Co-presented with the Architecture for Health Panel, this year’s Medical Design Forum covers a broad array of topics in healthcare design and explore their impact on communities, especially through the urban lens. Through panel discussions and presentations, leading expert Read More
    • Monday, March 21
      Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood is a dense urban community. Rising land values and development pressures have made acquiring traditional space for a new park difficult, so the First Hill Improvement Association is exploring a concept sweeping the country: repurposing l Read More