AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the 13th San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event, featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular event showcases a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes and contemporary renovations, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect’s point of view.

Throughout the day, tour participants see some of the latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living. This year, the Home Tours program will featured 5 projects on Saturday and on Sunday AIASF and AIA San Mateo County team up to feature “House of Earth and Sky” by Aidlin Darling in Hillsborough CA. We hope to see you on the tour!

2015 San Francisco Living: Home Tours

The 13th San Francisco Living: Home Tours will be held Saturday September 26, 2015 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday September 27, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm. See below for more information.

2015 SF Living: Home Tours (2.5 LUs)
Tickets for Saturday September 26, 2015
San Francisco CA

On this day, participants will be able to tour 5 featured homes (including an affordable housing project) throughout San Francisco. This tour is self-guided as each participant is invited to tour the projects at their own leisure throughout the day. Each of the residences will be open from 10am to 4pm for tour goers to explore the homes on the tour. Featured Homes on the Saturday September 26, 2015 include John Maniscalco Architecture, M-Projects with Larson Shores Architecture and Interiors, Paulett Taggart Architects, and more!

Thank you to our SF Living Home Tours sponsor!
Drömhus General Contractors

House of Earth and Sky (1.5 LUs)
Tickets for Sunday September 27, 2015
Hillsborough CA (San Mateo County, about 20 miles south of San Francisco)

AIA San Mateo County + AIA San Francisco  present: 
House of Earth & Sky with Aidlin Darling Design

Sunday, September 27, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Hillsborough, California (Exact location will be given upon registration.)

1:00 – 2:30 pm VIP Tour with Design Team

$40 AIA Members, $50 General Admission (includes Open House times as well)

Be part of this exclusive tour of the House of Earth & Sky by Aidlin Darling Design. For a VIP experience, come for a more intimate tour of the home with the design team before the public viewing times.

2:30 – 5:00 pm Open House

$20 AIA Members, $30 General Admission

Come to the Open House portion of the tour where the design team will be on site to answer any of your questions about the home. This sustainable home celebrates the intersection of earth and sky. One enters below grade and ascends vertically through the ground to arrive in a series of glass pavilions, anchored by rammed earth walls and sheltered under kite-like floating roofs. Ecological responsibility guided the design of this LEED-Platinum, Net Zero Energy home. Earth walls utilize on-site material resources and provide thermal mass. Lightweight roof planes orient photovoltaics toward the sun, guide rainwater to cisterns, and provide shade through calibrated overhangs.

About the Tours

AIA San Francisco’s Home Tours series is the first of its kind in the Bay Area to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect’s point of view.

Started in San Francisco in 2003, the annual program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in the region. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area’s latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Bay Area living. In 2010, AIASF expanded the series to Marin County (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 tours). In 2014, AIASF with AIARE expanded the series to Sonoma County.

Tours promote awareness and understanding of excellent design, as well as demonstrate the positive impact of design as it contributes to our economy, environment and community identity. Pre-tour lectures and opportunities to interact with representatives from the design team on the day of the tour provide valuable insight into the design process.

Click the images to learn more about past San Francisco and Marin home tours. Images © Bruce Damonte and Phil Bond.


Email Jaime Wong or call 415.874.2632 with questions or inquiries about AIA San Francisco’s Home Tours programs.


Information to volunteer will be updated soon. If you are interested, please email Karsen Maruca to share your interest to volunteer, and he will email you when information is available to sign up. Thanks!

Home Tours Committee

Paul Adamson, FAIA

Nilus de Matran, Assoc. AIA

Lise de Vito, Assoc. AIA

Vivian Dwyer

Mark English, AIA

Antonina Markoff

Morgan Pierce, AIA

Cecilia Quezada, AIA

Payton Stiewe

Sarah Willmer, AIA

Jaime Wong, AIASF Program Manager