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DRT + SAF: Creative Convergence - Solstice 2022

Come celebrate the Diversity by Design exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design highlighting the works of BIPOC designers, designers of all genders, LGBTQI + designer, designers with disabilities, immigrant designers and more.

Connect with our local community and professional allies for an in-person discussion on how we can encourage current and future generations to explore and manifest the power of diversity in their design careers centered within their communities.

This event will be hosted by AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable, Seattle Architecture Foundation, and the Seattle Design Festival. The Diversity by Design exhibit is curated by the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable Committee and is part of a broader sustained effort to shift mindsets of the architectural field. For more information on the exhibit, visit its dedicated website. You can also register to visit the exhibit at the Center for Architecture and Design!


Daniel Glenn, AIA, NCARB, AICAE | Principal at 7 Directions
Lisa Lazar, AIA | Architect at DLR Group
Sarah Smith | Executive Director at Sawhorse Revolution

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This live, in-person program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable in concert with Seattle Architecture Foundation and Seattle Design Festival. To continue to produce safe, inclusive events for the diverse needs of our members and broader community, we require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the program. Acceptable proof includes a physical copy, photo of your vaccination card or test, and/or myIR.net verification. Additionally, when not eating or drinking, please remain masked at all times.

The Center for Architecture & Design is an accessible space with zero-step entry, and offers a shared, accessible restroom onsite. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted regarding specific accommodations to fully participate in this program.

Contact Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with any questions or concerns.


Sarah Smith

Color headshot of a feminine person in a workshop, hands perched on a work bench in front of a many-paneled window.Sarah Smith is an educator, jill-of-many-trades, and is co-founder and executive director of Sawhorse Revolution, a non-profit teaching teens carpentry and design through community projects. She received a BA in English Literature from University of Puget Sound, graduated in 2008, and promptly realized the importance of hands-on skills training. In 2010, Sarah and several collaborators founded Sawhorse Revolution, both in response to the loss of shop class in the city, and to elaborate her unique vision for youth education and community transformation. Sarah received a M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2012, researching maker spaces and experiential learning, before returning to Seattle for Sawhorse. Sarah is particularly proud of Sawhorse being the first group to build tiny houses for homeless in the city, and of a recent spate of “land-back” programs that help facilitate land being returned to the communities doing critical justice work in our city.


Daniel Glenn, AIA, NCARB, AICAE

Color headshot of a smiling man with grey hair in a black collared shirt with a colorful emblem/medallion around his neck Daniel J. Glenn, AIA, NCARB, is a nationally recognized Native American architect specializing in culturally responsive architecture and sustainable design that reflect his Crow Tribal heritage.  He is the Principal of 7 Directions Architects/Planners based in Seattle.  His Washington projects include the Skokomish Community Center, an Energy Net Zero project for the Skokomish Tribe, as well as the Stillaguamish Village, a 2030 Challenge project.   He was the Design Architect for the University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center, a LEED Platinum project, and for the Little Big Horn College Campus Plan and Buildings in his family’s hometown of Crow Agency on the Crow Reservation in Montana. He is featured with six other Indigenous architects in the documentary film, From Earth to Sky, currently in film festivals and is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences.  His work was exhibited in Unceded: Voices of the Land, and exhibition of First Nations and Native American architects at the 2018 Venice Biennale, and in several books, including Our Voices: Architecture & Indigeneity Volumes 1 &2, and New Architecture on Indigenous Lands.

Lisa Lazar

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After graduating from Kent State University in 2010, Lisa settled in the Pacific Northwest. Since moving to Seattle, she has expanded her experience as an architect through a variety of projects. Her passion for the community has  propelled her into the public sector, where she excels at Educational, Justice/Civic and Community design. Her areas of focus include de-carbonization, mentorship, and promotion of diversity in the AEC industry.


June 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Price


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