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  • Mission

    We unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattleā€™s challenges and ignite action.

  • Vision

    We envision a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, and thriving communities.

  • About

    The Seattle Design Festival is a platform for bold design conversations. We believe that design is for everyone and that inclusive co-design practices are essential to shaping an equitable Seattle. We are multidisciplinary, socially engaged and civic minded.

    The Seattle Design Festival was founded in 2011 as a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle to promote public dialogue and community engagement about the role and impact of design in urban life.

  • What We Do


    • Demonstrate the relevance of design thinking
      + Propose design solutions to urgent community problems
      + Create a vision for our urban future, elicited from everyone
      + Inspire action


    • Empower communities to leverage design
      + Engage youth in design thinking
      + Involve underrepresented communities in the design process
      + Improve co-design and community engagement processes
      + Model design as a career option for youth from diverse backgrounds


    • Promote a culture of collaboration
      + Encourage multidisciplinary problem-solving
      + Create lasting connections and collaborations among design disciplines
      + Celebrate design and our greater design community


  • Community Standard

    We expect our community to demonstrate respect for people and shared spaces. Read our full Community Standard here.