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Space Needle Tour-The Century Project

A guided tour and discussion of the Century Project for the Space Needle.

The Space Needle was completed for the 1962 World’s Fair and remains an iconic symbol of Seattle. In September of 2017, the Space Needle began its largest renovation project. This renovation aimed to reveal the tower’s internal structure, achieve LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors, honor the original conceptual design sketches and expand the views of the city. Please join Women in Design, Olson Kundig, Arup and others as we get an insiders perspective on one of Seattle’s most beloved Landmarks. The Space Needle is fully accessible and masking is encouraged but not required.

This program includes continuing education credit (submitted for 1 AIA LU). All sessions and speakers subject to change.


Blair Payson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Olson Kundig and the project architect for the Century Project for the Space Needle. Blair Payson joined Olson Kundig in 2004 and has worked on both architectural and exhibit design projects, including the Century Project for the Space Needle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, and [storefront] Olson Kundig, as well as several residential projects across the Western United States and Mexico. Blair’s current work includes a theater renovation in Los Angeles, and two new museum projects for an American sculptor. Blair regularly lectures and organizes conferences across the U.S. – most recently, he chaired the 2018 Architects Newspaper Conference in Seattle, and he co-presented a workshop for the 2019 Facades+ Conference in New York City.

Cress Wakefield, PE, LEED AP, is an Associate, project manager, and senior electrical engineer in Arup’s Seattle office. She has 20 years of experience in the design of electrical systems for a variety of projects, from commercial and higher education to research labs and museums. She is the lead electrical engineer on the Century Project for the Space Needle. A few other notable local projects include the, Pike Place MarketFront, Seattle Opera at the Center, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters.

Additional Presenters: Kristen Strobel (Olson Kundig), Ann Lin (Seneca), Sarah Wolfe (Arup), Sonya Miller (Hoffman)

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When: Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 9:00am – 10:00am

Space Needle – 400 Broad St – Seattle, WA 98109

Covid/Masking: AIA Seattle recommends masking at our programs as a demonstration of community care. Please stay home if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Accessibility: The Space Needle is an ADA-accessible facility. More information is available on their website here: https://www.spaceneedle.com/faq 


May 16, 2023
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Event Price
Class Credit
1 LU (pending)


AIA Seattle-Women in Design


Seattle Space Needle
400 Broad Street
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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