Welcome 2015!

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015!

AWB News, Events, and Project Updates

First and foremost, a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers and donors! We could not exist without your dedication and generous support. We look forward to another year of successes with your continued involvement!





After four years serving as president of the board, Carter Woollen has stepped down to focus on supporting AWB projects through his current work on the community center in Uganda. Adam Stoeckle and Erin Feeney will now share leadership of the board as Co-presidents. We have an exciting year ahead focused on developing local collaboration opportunities, enhancing board membership, and looking for ways to increase the resources dedicated towards project teams.
Our big news is that we will be launching a fundraising campaign to hire an Executive Director in 2016. More to come!

A message from Architecture for Humanity – Seattle

Architecture for Humanity – Seattle is saddened by the news of the closing of our parent organization and their San Francisco headquarters. As you may know, in addition to the Architecture for Humanity headquarters, there are over 55 local chapters around the world which operate independently from HQ outside of fiscal sponsorship and consists solely of volunteers. Although headquarters has ceased operations, we are thrilled to hear that many of our fellow Architecture for Humanity local chapter organizations will continue to operate. We would like to reassure our volunteers, partners and friends, that Architecture for Humanity – Seattle will continue its operations with the support and guidance of Architects Without Borders – Seattle.

2014 by the numbers…thanks to you!

icons-projectsAWB Projects:
We have 9 active projects, with an additional 12 requests in the vetting process
icons-supportAWB Gifts + Support:
More than $34,000 raised to support projects in 2014 (that’s a 40% increase from 2013)!

icons-volunteerAWB Volunteers:
Our amazing volunteers generously gave 4,500+ hours of their time in the past year!


Danny Woo Community Garden, Seattle, WA
AWB Seattle partnered with InterIm Community Development Agency over the winter and spring of 2014 to design a replacement for a failing retaining wall in the Danny Woo Community Garden. Construction of the wall took place during the summer of 2014 with help from an AmeriCorps volunteer team and funding from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The major remaining items to address include constructing a guardrail in certain areas of the wall, locating a permanent outfall for the wall drains, and finishing grading and planting adjacent to the walls. Additionally, AWB Seattle team member Ian Horton and board liason Brian Gerich will continue to work with InterIm CDA to integrate community art into the project! Thank you for helping make this project possible!


Ruth picWelcome our new Administrative Director!
In December Ruth Tollefson joined AWB-Seattle as our new Administrative Director. Ruth’s background in volunteer coordination and fundraising will bring lots of energy and new ideas to the organization. She also works as the Development Director for Peace Community Center, a youth development organization in Tacoma. Ruth says: “I’m constantly impressed and inspired by the volunteers that bring so much joy to AWB and its projects here locally and around the world! I’m honored to serve in this capacity to help steward AWB into its next era of positively impacting people and communities in need!” Please introduce yourself to Ruth at one of our upcoming events, we are excited to have her join us!



Ginger_01Thank you Ginger!
We want to thank our former Executive Director, Ginger Daniel, for all of her dedication and effort on behalf of everyone at AWB-Seattle. Ginger has relocated to San Francisco, but she will always have a home back in Seattle with AWB. We wish Ginger all the best and we are confident she will be successful in her future endeavors.





KaterinaThank you, Katerina!
Our Volunteer Project Management and Vetting Committee Chair, Katerina Prochaska, will be moving into an advisory role for the Projects Committee in March. Katerina has given an extraordinary amount of effort, thoughtfulness, and expertise to facilitate AWB projects by helping to create the Project Managers Toolkit and participating in strategic planning to transform how the Project Committee works. Katerina has served as Chair over the past two and a half years. Thank you for your hard work, Katerina!



Carve for a Cause
Thanks to everyone that participated to create beautiful, scary, funny, Halloween-y and Starchitecture pumpkins! See our Flickr photos from the event here.


Upcoming Events

Events Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 10 6-7:30PM in the lobby at 1601 5th Avenue. Please attend if you would like to help out with our Spring Fundraiser or Happiest Hour series. Email Veronica at events@awb-seattle.org with questions.

Projects Committee Meeting: Wednesday March 4 6-7:30PM in the lobby at 1601 5th Avenue. Please attend if you are interested in getting involved in one of our projects. Email Katerina at projects@awb-seattle.org with questions.

Spring Benefit Dinner: Una Noche Peruana, Tuesday, March 31st. Register now!

Design Activism Happiest Hour #2: late April-early May (date TBD)


Our New Home

After more than seven years of having our office generously hosted by Mithun, we have relocated our home base to Coffman Engineers. This means that most of our projects and events meetings will be held in the lobby of 1601 5th Avenue, but please see our calendar for the most up-to-date meeting information. Thank you, Coffman!

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