Seattle Design Festival

The 2020 Seattle Design Festival will be August 15–23!

Every year, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, city officials, and business leaders to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.

2020 is a big year – the Seattle Design Festival will be turning 10! Our anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in time, for our city and our world. This year’s theme, About Time, sought to ponder past, present and future at a unique moment of transition for the city, the region and the world. Instead, it presently confronts the reality of a global public health crisis and its profound impact on our daily lives. We are aware the impact this crisis has had on everyone’s daily lives, and realize that many of us are living and working day by day. The way that we collaborate has changed, and priorities are shifting.

While the traditional physical experiences – including the Block Party and Neighborhood Spotlights – have been canceled, the festival will now feature digital programming, virtual installations and exhibitions, as well as remote experiences.

The Call for Proposals is open from March – June 2020
find the details on the Design in Public website here

The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our city.  Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 2011 to celebrate and explore the role and impact of design on urban life in Seattle.

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To see images from this year and past Festivals, visit the SDF Flickr page. Share your photos with us on social media by making sure to use the hashtag, #SeattleDesignFestival!

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Get Involved

Learn more on the Design in Public website and find us at @DiPSeattle and @SeaDesignFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


I am AIA Seattle

Emily Hagen AIA


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