Seattle Design Festival 2011

Seattle Design Show 2011

The Seattle Design Festival aims to widen and deepen the public conversation about design in Seattle. Encompassing a wide range of design disciplines, the festival explores design as an active force that solves problems, contributes to innovation, and improves our lives.

Founded and produced by AIA Seattle, the first festival is the product of a collaboration among ten non-profit partners. By combining forces to present ten days of concentrated programming about architecture and design, the partners have created a festival that calls attention to the power and value of design in both the private and public realms.

The festival runs from September 16 – 25, 2011.
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Highlights include:

  • Speakers & Panels
  • Tours
  • Exhibits and Sites
  • Films

Festival Program Partners

AIA Seattle
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

AIGA Seattle
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

For over 30 years, ARCADE magazine has been providing ongoing design discussion, exploration and inspiration. ARCADE’s design-related content covers topics from architecture to art, food to fashion. ARCADE magazine is for the design-minded. Published quarterly by a nonprofit organization, the Northwest Architectural League (dba ARCADE), ARCADE magazine provides independent dialogue about design and the built environment. Learn more at

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors through the integration of four program areas: arts, heritage, preservation and public art. Learn more at

IDSA Northwest
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

IIDA Northern Pacific
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) advances the profession of interior design through the progressive cultivation of leadership and by constantly advocating for exceptional design. 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. The local chapter, IIDA Northern Pacific, was established in 1994, and consists of Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia. Learn more at

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

SIFF Cinema and SIFF 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 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, 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

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 as a landscape architecture organization 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