2012 Seattle Design Festival Partners
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle, the seventh largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 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. AIA Seattle opens doors, provides connections, keeps its members and the public informed, and demonstrates its commitment to great design as the key ingredient for livable, sustainable places. Learn more at aiaseattle.org
AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. AIGA Seattle, founded in 1986, is the nation’s eighth largest chapter. Learn more at aigaseattle.org
A Seattle-based nonprofit, ARCADE’s mission is to incite dialogue about design and the built environment; the organization’s 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. Founded in 1981, ARCADE publishes a magazine, hosts events, and provides a curated calendar of Northwest design and art happenings. Aiming to strengthen connections between various creative groups and design disciplines, all are invited to participate and add to the greater whole. Learn more at arcadenw.org
City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development
The City of Seattle DPD partners with the community to build and preserve a great city – safe and sustainable, diverse and healthy, energizing and supportive. For more information, see their Department Overview.
Formed in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design. IDSA’s mission is threefold: Lead the profession by expanding its horizons, connectivity and influence, and its service to members; inspire design quality and responsibility through professional development and education; and elevate the business of design and improve the industry’s value. Learn more at idsanw.org
IIDA Northern Pacific
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) advances the profession of interior design through the progressive cultivation of innovative leadership and by constantly advocating for exceptional design. The local chapter, IIDA Northern Pacific, was established in 1994. Learn more at iida-northernpacific.org
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. Learn more at ixdaseattle.org.
Puget Sound ASHRAE
Puget Sound ASHRAE is the local (Western Washington) Chapter of ASHRAE. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. Learn more at pugetsoundashrae.blogspot.com.
Puget Sound SIGCHI
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. Learn more at pssigchi.org
Seattle Architecture Foundation
Through entertaining and informative guided walking tours, youth programs, well-timed exhibits, and special events, the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) increases the awareness and appreciation of design in the community. By educating people about the built environment that surrounds them, SAF seeks to share not only what was and is, but also what could be when everyone gets involved in shaping their community. Learn more at seattlearchitecture.org
The Society for Environmental Graphic Design is the global community of people working at the intersection of communication design and the built environment. Environmental Graphic Design embraces many design disciplines, including graphic, architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design, all concerned with the visual aspects of wayfinding, communicating identity and information, and shaping the idea of place. Learn more at segd.org.
SIFF Cinema at the Film Center
Now in its 37th year, SIFF has evolved into a world renowned film institution, reaching over 200,000 individuals each year through the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema and Futurewave Education. Programs are presented at the new SIFF Film Center headquarters on the campus of Seattle Center and at other venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. SIFF’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. Learn more at siff.net
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 by hosting architectural lectures and other cultural events in Seattle. Since its formation in 1997, Space.city has presented talks by more than a dozen artists and architects whose ideas and contributions cover the spectrum of creative and critical thinking today. Learn more at spacecityseattle.org
University of Washington College of Built Environments
The College of Built Environments (BE) devotes its resources to the tangible improvement of built and natural environments. Four departments comprise the college: architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. Each prepares students for professional careers involving the design, planning, production, and sustainability of physical and natural environments, as well as addressing policies and programs that engage problems of urban growth and livable communities.
The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) is the professional society that represents the landscape architecture profession in Washington State. WASLA’s mission is to lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. ASLA works to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the profession of landscape architecture and its contributions to quality of life. ASLA is an active advocate for the profession at the local, state, and national levels on public policy involving the environment and sustainable design, livable communities, surface transportation, historic preservation, and storm-water management issues, among others. Learn more at wasla.org
Design in Public Board of Directors
David Kunselman AIA, President
Rico Quirindongo AIA
Rick Sundberg AIA
David K. Eckberg
Daniel S. Friedman, Ph.D., FAIA
Bill Gaylord, FAIA
Robert A. Smith Assoc. AIA