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The Seattle Architecture Foundation connects people to the architecture, design, and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars, and enthusiastic community advocacy.

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February 17, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Join us for an evening talk with our exhibition researcher and curator, Mary Waelder. In this exhibit, Mary 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. The talk will be focused on her research and attendees will have time for a brief Q&A. RSVP Read More
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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. Register Read More
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Roads provide organization and access crucial for cities to thrive. However, they are typically designed with motor vehicles prioritized. This is often at the expense of the pedestrian and bicycles. How design can transform these spaces to put people first, encourage active movement, and make for healthier, more accessible neighborhoods? Envision the potential of your street in this workshop led by leaders in transportation and urban design, VIA Architect Read More
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March 11, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Join us for an evening talk with our exhibition researcher and curator, Mary Waelder. In this exhibit, Mary 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. The talk will be focused on her research and attendees will have time for a brief Q&A. RSVP Read More
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Join SAF for a behind the scenes look at Expedia's Interbay Campus. Designed by ZGF, the 40-acre campus integrates biophilic design, flexible floor plans, open workspaces, outdoor areas and much more. In this virtual program we will explore and learn about the evolution of the project's design and construction through video walk-throughs, drone footage and expert commentary. During this event Patrick Gordon of ZGF Architects will describe the planni Read More
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March 30 2021, 6:00 -7:30 PM
Always wanted to take an Architecture History course but never had the time? Join SAF 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 t Read More
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Where do buildings come from? The buildings we live, eat, work, and play in often start out in an architect’s mind as a simple form such as a cube or cylinder and evolve from there. Slowly, the architect either carves away from the volume or adds to it, molding a cube into a museum or a cylinder into a high-rise. Come and learn more about how the architectural design process begins and try your own hand at how to sculpt three-dimensional form into what Read More
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Join Seattle Architecture Foundation and the curator of AIA Seattle's When Seattle Shakes, 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 p Read More