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  • Mission

    We unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’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

    We collaborate with diverse communities, architects, designers, civic and business leaders, nonprofits, artists and activists to generate solutions to complex social, cultural and ecological challenges that affect all of us.

    • + We produce the Seattle Design Festival – our region’s largest multidisciplinary design events attracting 30,000+ attendees annually. The Seattle Design Festival turned 11 in 2021! 
    • + We curate compelling and relevant exhibitions at the Center for Architecture & Design.
    • + We run global design competitions that generate innovative solutions to pressing social issues.
    • + We inspire multidisciplinary design professionals to work alongside community groups and civic partners to apply the principles of design thinking to solve pressing social issues.