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Created in 2003, Architecture and the City has grown into one of the nation’s largest architecture festivals, showcasing San Francisco’s diverse architectural talent and presenting a forum to promote new ideas for innovative design and development in the city. Whether festival participants are looking to become involved with the local architecture and design community or simply want to learn more about the city in which they live, Architecture and the City offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience San Francisco. Click below to learn more about past festivals.

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Lectures convene leading minds on issues in architecture, design and urban planning.

Special Events

Festival Exhibition

Home Tours

The 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours will showcase 10 distinctive residences open to participants over two days.


The popular festival film series is held each Wednesday at the San Francisco Public Library.

Walking Tours

Rediscover our city’s unique neighborhoods with tours that explore a mix of layered history and contemporary design.

Presented in collaboration with over 100 partners throughout the city, the festival provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for the public to engage with the local architecture community and built environment. If you are interested in Architecture and the City partner, sponsor or advertisement opportunities, please email January Ruck.

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Festival Partners

The Abbot’s Cellar
AIASF Small Firms Committee
AIASF Latinos in Architecture (LiA) Committee
Architecture for Humanity
BCV Architects
Boor Bridges Architecture
Brand + Allen Architects
Bruce Damonte
California Historical Society
Chinese Historical Society of America
Chris Downey, AIA
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Craftsman and Wolves
Dandelion Chocolate
David Duncan Livingston
David Meckel, FAIA
Envelope A+D
Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley
Eric Heiman
Estudio Teddy Cruz
Farina Pizza
Future Cities Lab
GLS Landscape | Architecture
Golden Gate Restaurant Association
IIDA San Francisco
IwamotoScott Architecture
Jefferson Mack Metal
John King
Jonathan Segal, FAIA
Kuth Ranieri Architects
Lila B. Design
Lundberg Design
Malcolm Davis Architecture
Marin County Civic Center
Mark Cavagnero Associates
Museum of Craft and Design
Obscura Digital
Pecha Kucha SF
Peck Design
Philip Choy
Presidio Trust of San Francisco
Public Architecture
RHAA Landscape Architects
San Francisco Public Library
SF Canstruction
SF Design Center
SF Planning Department
Shaping San Francisco
Snøhetta Design
Stable Café
Studio for Urban Projects
Studio Terpeluk
Sunday Streets
The Mill
Urban Putt
WRNS Studio
William J. Worthen, FAIA
Zack | de Vito Architecture & Construction

2013: Unbuilt San Francisco

San Francisco’s architectural heritage consists of the buildings and spaces we see and touch, but also the structures that were never built and the plans that never came to be. The 2013 festival theme, Unbuilt San Francisco, explored a parallel history of this ever-provocative city.

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Unbuilt San Francisco, a collaborative exhibition co-curated by AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library, was on view August – December 2013 at various locations. Download the Museum of the Phantom City: Other Futures app. Created by Irene Cheng and Brett Snyder, the Phantom City iPhone app brings the lost treasures of architecture into contemporary life. Learn more.

2012: Design: It’s About Time

Much of San Francisco is at least a century old – older than most of its residents. And the architects among us are charged with designing cathedrals and museums meant to last half a millennium, or homes intended to last longer than most of us expect to live.

But the rapidity of urban change and reality of economic times challenges us to consider the notion of permanence from a new perspective. Pop-up stores, storefront galleries and food trucks can be found in nearly every corner of the city, transforming building uses and public spaces, and redefining the way we live and work. For new residents, it is sometimes hard to imagine Mission Bay as a snarl of railroad tracks, or that SOMA’s warehouse structures had many layered uses before their latest repurposing as vibrant workspaces for some of the world’s most innovative companies.

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In an era when many aspects of our lives become seemingly obsolete and replaceable overnight, the fabric of the city often feels like the most permanent feature of our daily lives. With the 2012 festival theme, Design: It’s About Time, we encourage you to pause and consider the enduring power of design in our built environment.

Walking around San Francisco today, one can see – as in many other large cities – an apparent explosion of “pop-up” interventions on streets, parking lanes, alleys, medians, and other underutilized urban real estate. Although the concept of temporary interventions in urban environments is not a new one, the formalization of these by a myriad of grassroots programs – such as Park(ing) Day, Pavement to Parks, Pop Up Hood, SF food trucks and farmer’s markets associations – makes them more noticeable and perceived by many city dwellers as a movement.