Programs for the 2013 Seattle Design Festival were brought to you by 37 interdisciplinary co-host organizations. Working together we bridge disciplinary divides, learn to approach problems from new angles, and address urban needs more holistically. Together, under the banner of the Seattle Design Festival, we can more powerfully communicate the role design plays in healthy cities. Festival partners have effectively used participation in the Festival to increase their event attendance, expanded their audiences and amplify their message.



Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. We open doors, provide connections, keep our members and the public informed, and demonstrate our commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places.

Hosted Events: home tour, walking tour




AIGA, the professional association for design, is a global community of design advocates & practitioners. Our mission is to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.
Hosted Events: Design Block activity, Lecture




Allied Arts is best known as the organization that worked to save the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, as well as to establish the Seattle Arts Commission. Since 1954, the organization has collaborated with an array of civic leaders and organizations to help maintain and improve Seattle’s quality of urban life. As Allied Arts approaches its 60th Anniversary in 2014, it is proud to be known for its history of creating great urban architecture and civic spaces. The organization works closely with professional architects, engineers, business organizations, environmental groups and community leaders.
Hosted Events: Walking Tours




A nonprofit organization, ARCADE’s mission is to incite dialogue about design and the built environment; their goal is to inspire designers, creative professionals and design enthusiasts to reconsider how design impacts the world around us and, in turn, instigate positive change. ARCADE fulfills its mission through its magazine; community events, lectures and web presence, which includes an evolving website, online calendar of Northwest design events and growing social media community.
Hosted Events: Lecture



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Architects Without Borders-Seattle provides ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need.
Hosted Events: Panel DiscussionLecture




Architecture for Humanity is a global network of architects, designers, and other building professionals working to brings design, construction and development services to communities in need. Our Seattle Chapter is focused on volunteering our time and design knowledge within our local community.
Hosted Events: Panel Discussion, Lecture




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Callison is an international architecture firm based in Seattle, Washington. Callison was founded by Tony Callison in 1975 and now has 800 employees around the world. The firm plans and designs retail, hospitality, mixed-use, workplace, corporate and healthcare projects worldwide. It was also ranked in 2008 as the number one retail design firm in the world by Building Design magazine.
Hosted Events: Exhibition




Cornish College of the Arts is the premier accredited arts and design college in the Northwest. We believe that designers are people who use their talents to shape our world for the better—creating spaces and experiences that promote innovation and environmental and economic sustenance while contributing to the health, well-being and dignity of all people. Cornish Design stresses student-centered education. We support the growth of the individual, and encourage each student’s particular range of talents.
Hosted Events: Lectures: Jeff Brice, Tiffany Laine DeMott, Ellen Forney, Natalia Ilyin, Julie Myers and Panel, Design Block Activity



Since 2001, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable through advocacy, education and collaboration. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their natural and built environments. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop, and play–a world that cares about health, community, and the environment. Feet First Walk & Talk events are a great way to learn more about your community and work for a better future.
Hosted Events: Walk2More Tour, Stadium District walking tour




Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the community group created to support Waterfront Seattle, a project that will transform 22 acres along the 2-mile stretch of Seattle’s waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown. Friends exists to collaborate, inspire, motivate, educate, and raise money to build this historic project and ensure its long-term success as a vibrant destination for all.
Hosted Events: Salon




GGLO exists to forge innovative solutions that elevate the quality and spirit of life. We help create and revitalize communities—building-by-building and block-by-block. Community is about connection, and so is our approach to design. We thoroughly integrate urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and interior designers. Our approach enables us to design spaces that are more functional, more beautiful, and more sustainable.
Hosted Events: Panel discussion, Art installation




Historic Seattle, founded in 1974, is the only city-wide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of Seattle’s architectural legacy. Historic Seattle accomplishes its mission by acquiring historic properties for rehabilitation and new uses, delivering education programs to members and the public, and advocating for preservation with citizens and policy makers throughout King County.
Hosted Events: Lecture series



IDSA Northwest

IDSA NW (Industrial Designers Society of America – Northwest Chapter) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design. Representing professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields.
Hosted Events: Design Block activity




The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association representing more than 11,000 interior designers, industry partners and students of interior design from nine regions around the globe. There are more than 30 IIDA Chapters world-wide dedicated to enhancing the public’s quality of life through excellence in interior design. IIDA hosts 8 specialty forums to study and promote design innovations and sharpen our members’ technical skills and knowledge In addition to cultivating general awareness of the benefits of interior design for the built environment.
Hosted Events: Lecture (CEU), Exhibition, Lecture



Interim Community Development Association

InterIm CDA is a nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. InterIm CDA provides multilingual, culturally competent housing-related and community building services to Asian, Pacific Islander and immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle.
Hosted Events: Walking Tour




IxDA Seattle is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association, a network of more than 20,000 members and over 80 local groups around the world dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design through professional support, programming and local engagement.
Hosted Events: Health Challenge, Design Block activity, Workshops, Lecture


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 Located in Seattle and founded in 1979, LMN provides design services in architecture, urban design, and interiors for a wide range of public and private clients.  LMN is a leader in developing the practices, knowledge, and tools required to create public projects that support smart, sustainable, and successful cities.
Hosted Events: Hands-on Activity


Mithun’s architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners are working to inspire a sustainable world through leadership, innovation and integrated design. A national leader in sustainable design and urbanism since 1949, Mithun looks for and finds connections and ways to balance the human and natural worlds. The firm’s work is an innovative blend of design, technology and nature to create places that excel in beauty, spirit and performance.
Hosted Events: Lecture




MOHAI believes that the preservation and exploration of Seattle’s past is essential to making effective decisions for its future. From humble beginnings in 1911, MOHAI has grown into the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington with a collection of over 4 million objects, documents, and photographs from the Puget Sound region’s past. MOHAI uses these artifacts along with cutting edge, hands-on interactive experiences to make history come alive through the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city. In addition to museum exhibits, MOHAI hosts a variety of award-winning youth and adult public programs and consistently collaborates with community partners on local events and activities. Ultimately MOHAI hopes to connect individuals with our region’s rich history and inspire them to continue to make our home a strong, vibrant, and sustainable place to live.
Hosted Events: Guided tour




Pecha Kucha Seattle was founded in 2006. Since it’s inception, we’ve hosted over 45 events city-wide, collaborating with institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, Olsen Kundig Architects, Recovery Cafe, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle Center to name a few. We’ve hosted over 400 presenters and have reached thousands of people over the years as we celebrate the amazing people that make our region so wonderful. Each evening has been structured around a theme: Love, Story, Art vs. Science, Giving, Going Rogue, Indian Country, Craigslist, What Was Old is now New, & Improv (to name a few). But the meta-focus is always the same: providing a place for creative cross-pollination that is generative, personal and truly engaging.
Hosted Events: Pecha Kucha night




Founded in 1969 and based in Chicago, IL, USA, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the IALD supports the goals and intentions of the main chapter while contributing our unique insights about the environment, energy, health and the community that distinguishes the Northwest experience.
Hosted Events: Lighting Design in Public: Nord Alley Transformation




Puget Sound Bike Share is a partnership of public and private organizations working to bring bike sharing to King County in spring 2014. Our vision is to provide King County residents and visitors access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative with economic, social, and environmental benefits to the region.
Hosted Events: Design Block activity




Puget Sound SIGCHI is the local chapter of SIGCHI, the international multidisciplinary society for professionals who research, plan and design human-technology interaction. We advance the practice of building enjoyable, useful, and easy user interaction. Members bring perspectives from psychology, sociology, anthropology, industrial design, and ergonomics, and work in fields as diverse as user interface design, experience design, technical communications, human factors, computer science, psychology, engineering, graphics and industrial design, entertainment, and telecommunications.
Hosted Events: Health Challenge, Design Block activity, Workshops, Lecture




The Seattle Chinatown ID Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown/International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. SCIDpda’s IDEA Space resource center provides technical assistance to property owners and local businesses in their efforts to build a stronger neighborhood.
Hosted Events: Walking Tour




Seattle Architecture Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. We provide entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy. Through our programs and civic engagement, SAF will empower you to make a difference in your community. Join us. Shape Seattle!
Hosted Events: Architectural Tours;  Teen Walking Tour, Youth-model exhibit; Model Exhibit, Lecture/Workshop




From its early 20th-century roots as the Seattle Fine Arts Society to its growth into an internationally renowned museum with three distinct venues, explore how the Seattle Art Museum evolved into a vital Seattle institution. SAM is a member of the Washington Art Consortium, an educational cooperative of seven art museums in Washington State with common goals to promote the understanding and appreciation of art.
Hosted Events: Park(ing) Day, Panel Discussion



Seattle Chapter of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design

SEGD exists to Educate, Connect, and Inspire the global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place.
Hosted Events: Lecture


Seattle Department of Planning and Development

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development partners with the community to build and preserve a great city – safe and sustainable, diverse and healthy, energizing and supportive. In our work with our customers and colleagues:

  • We help development be safe, sustainable, and of quality design
  • Our regulations and processes are understandable, and appropriate to the achievement of the City’s goals 
  • We are responsive, fair, and results-oriented 
  • We work with integrity, follow through on commitments, and bring a positive, problem-solving perspective to our work 
  • Our work is guided by the principles of Race and Social Justice 
  • We work as one department and as one City 

Hosted Events: Panel Discussion, Exhibition


Seattle Design Jam

The Design Jam is dedicated to exploring big ideas for urban life by hosting interventions in a space provided by the Seattle Design Festival. Physical installations, interactive displays, games, furniture, or performance devices are welcome. The 2013 Design Jam will take place on Sept. 20-23 during the 3rd Annual Seattle Design Festival
Hosted Events: Design competition


Seattle Fire Department

The mission of the Seattle Fire Department is to save lives and protect property through emergency medical service, fire and rescue response and fire prevention. We respond immediately when any member of our community needs help with professional, effective and compassionate service. 
Hosted Events: Design Block activity


Senior Services is the most comprehensive non-profit agency serving older adults and their loved ones in Washington State. Established in 1967, we promote positive aging for thousands of seniors and their families each year through our integrated system of quality programs and senior centers. More than 2,800 volunteers, together with 250 employees, make our work possible and efficient.Hosted Events: Panel Discussion



SIFF presents the Seattle International Film Festival, year-round programs at SIFF Cinema (The Uptown and the SIFF Film Center), and FutureWave education programs. We are dedicated to fostering an informed, aware, and vibrant community of film lovers.
Hosted Events: Multiple Design Films




Space.City is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to spirited public discussion of art, architecture, urbanism and cultural issues in the spatial arts in Seattle.
Hosted Events: Symposium



The Urban Form Lab (UFL), within the University of Washington (UW) College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is directed by Anne Vernez Moudon, Dr. es Sc., a leading researcher and educator in quantifying the properties of the built environment as related to health and transportation behaviors. UFL research aims to affect policy and to support approaches to the design and planning of more livable environments. The UFL specializes in geospatial analyses of the built environment using multiple micro-scale data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Projects address such topics as land monitoring, neighborhood and street design, active transportation, non-motorized transportation safety, physical activity, and access to food environments.
Hosted Events: Lecture



Washington Association of Landscape Architects

Celebrating its Centennial Year in 1999, ASLA currently represents more than 18,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States with headquarters in Washington, DC. Private, public, and academic practitioners have a professional home at ASLA as do international practitioners and members of related professions. The Washington Chapter (WASLA) was established in 1973 and today includes nearly 400 members around the state. Landscape architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land. The scope of the profession includes site planning, garden design, environmental restoration, town or urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning, and historic preservation. Practitioners share a commitment of achieving a balance between preservation, use and management of the country’s resources.
Hosted Events: Walking tours



Our purpose is to be the connector in Washington state that brings together health service providers, public and private leaders and people in need through practical and powerful opportunities that result in individual and community well-being. The Washington Health Foundation (WHF) has been one of the most active, innovative, and influential not-for-profit health leadership organizations in the country over the past 20 years. Using its unique blend of direct service programs, messaging, health policy, and philanthropy, WHF has aggressively pursued its mission of improving health for the people of Washington.
Hosted Events: Design block activity, Lecture/activity


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Waterfront Seattle

Waterfront Seattle is a partnership between the City of Seattle and the entire community to create an inviting new public waterfront that is a place for everyone – a Waterfront for All that the entire region can enjoy for generations.”
Hosted Events:Design Block activity



Watson is a Pacific Northwest furniture manufacturer. We design and build agile workplace solutions for some of the largest and most dynamic companies in the world, and have done so for more than fifty years. We make each product in our manufacturing facility near Seattle using methods rivaling the best. Our designs are user-driven and delivered with a modern environmental sensibility.
Hosted Events: Lunch and learn





The YMCA of Greater Seattle is the Northwest’s leading nonprofit organization strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The mission of the Y is to build a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.
Hosted Events: Walking metrobus