Design in Public

Design in Public was founded in 2011 as a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle in order to promote a public dialogue about the role and impact of design on urban life.

Design in Public’s flagship program, the Seattle Design Festival (SDF) celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle, and to nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. Now in its 9th year, SDF is the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest, gathering 120+ partners and over 30,000 attendees to 80+ citywide events. Past Festival themes include: Beneath the Surface (SDF 2011), Design in Motion (SDF 2014), Design for Equity (SDF 2015), and POWER (SDF 2017). To learn more about past Festivals, visit our Festival Archive.

Our Mission

Design in Public unleashes the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.

Our Vision

Design in Public envisions a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, and thriving communities.

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