Engage with the architecture and design community through these special events taking place all around San Francisco.


Free, Registration encouraged (just so we know how many people to expect!)


Get away from work, computers, and projects for an hour! Bring your lunch and sketchbook and join us at Noon each Tuesday in different spaces in the city for one hour of sketching, inspiration and relaxation. A simple and extremely effective concept thought up by Arterra Landscape Architects’ designer Alyssa Erickson, Sketchy Tuesday reminds us to incorporate a sense of play and whimsy to our everyday design process. Don’t forget to tag your sketches with #sketchytuesday! For more information, and sketches, check out SketchyTuesday.com

September 1: Crocker Galleria Roof Terrace, over Galleria Park Hotel (Financial District) 50 Post Street, San Francisco
Guest Sketcher: EB Min of Min | Day

September 8: Outdoor public area just south of the Ramp (Dogpatch), 855 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco
Guest Sketcher: John Lum of John Lum Architecture

September 15: St Mary’s Square (Chinatown), Corner closest to Pine Street and Grant Street, San Francisco

September 22: Waterfront, Between Pier 28/Hi Dive and Pier 30/Red’s Java House (Rincon Hill)
Guest Sketcher: Melissa Weese and Tom Chalmers of

September 29: One Kearny Roof Terrace (Financial District), 1 Kearny Street (at Market Street), San Francisco

Sunday Streets in the Western Addition

Sunday, September 13, 2015 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


The Western Addition Sunday Streets gives you the opportunity to explore Fillmore and Fulton Streets by foot, or bike. Moving at a bit of a slower place, you will find all kinds of hidden gems along this route. From local art, great views of the gorgeous City Hall, the famous painted ladies, to a variety of delicious restaurants, you are sure to have a great experience along this route. Sunday Streets is a pet friendly event.

Park(ing) Day

September 18, 2015


Originally created by Rebar Art and Design Studio, Park(ing) Day is an annual one-day, global event where artists, activists and citizens transform parking spots into public parks.

Home Matters Design Challenge Reception

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market Street #200, San Francisco


Join Home Matters as they showcase the winners of their first ever Re-Defining Home Design Challenge. The awards will be presented on September 15th at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Home Matters is a national movement designed to ensure that every American lives in a safe, nurturing environment with access to education, healthcare, public spaces and community services. The contest challenged architects and designers to re-imagine the Home of the future and develop practical solutions to our nation’s housing crisis. By introducing a bold new approach – that goes beyond shelter to community design – the Home Matters movement hopes to spark a powerful public dialogue to address one of our nation’s toughest challenges: making better homes and communities for all. Come join us as we reveal the winning design! To learn more about Home Matters, visit www.HomeMattersAmerica.com. Space is limited so register today!

Park(ing) Day

September 18, 2015


Originally created by Rebar Art and Design Studio, Park(ing) Day is an annual one-day, global event where artists, activists and citizens transform parking spots into public parks.

SOLD OUT! Brave New Worlds: Playing Virtually

September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Linden Lab, 945 Battery Street, San Francisco
Free, Registration required.


This interactive virtual reality workshop will provide a hands-on preview of the new 3D virtual experience platform, code-named Project Sansar, being developed by Linden Lab, the makers of the popular virtual world Second Life. This new platform will enable people to virtually walk through 3D architectural creations, naturally socialize within them, and experience the environments as if they were really there. Participants will learn how virtual reality can be used by architects and designers in related fields to illustrate and share their creations, work collaboratively with project teams, provide shared pre-visualizations of unbuilt environments, and more. Play and collaboration are highly encouraged!

Climate Change Couture: Fashion for a Hotter Planet

September 18, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
Advance tickets $10 | At the door $15


Climate Change Couture explores the future of fashion as a warming planet increasingly impacts lifestyle. Part of The Apocalypse Project by Catherine Young, the collection asks questions about how we might live when the earth is not all that livable. Young developed the works during a residency at ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Lab in Singapore. Join us at swissnex to preview the objects and participatory art and to hear from researchers as well as the artist before a public exhibition of the work opens at the Institute for the Future Gallery in Palo Alto.

6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm Artist and Research Talks
8:00 pm Audience Q&A
8:30 pm DJ, VJ, and Climate Change Couture fashion show
10:00 pm Doors close

The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures
September 21, 2015 – April 30, 2016
Institute for the Future Gallery, 201 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301
Opening Night Celebration September 21, 2015

Twilight at the Presidio : Architects at Play

September 24, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St, Presidio, San Francisco
Free, Registration required.


We live in a world of increasing complexity. Technologies, regulations, social, environmental and economic factors all are increasing in complexity. In the last 30 years the probability that designers are working more than 50 hours a week has greatly increased. According to a survey by the Architects Journal, 40% of architects report working more than 10 hours of overtime. But with all this increased brain use, making time to play becomes even more critical. Recent empirical studies have proven the importance of giving your brain a break. As Ferris Jabr put it recently in Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.” So what does it take to lure architects out of the office? Join us at Picnic in the Presidio (coincidentally on the same night of Off-the-Grid). We will augment the food and drink with lawn games and other opportunities to give the brain a break. Design is all about approaching a problem from a new direction and sometimes that means not thinking about it at all for a while! Sponsored by EHDD.

Sport Street

September 27, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Capp Street at 22nd Street, San Francisco

For more information, click here.


Haley Waterson, Landscape Architect, Soccer Player
Leah Nichols, Urban Designer, Artist
Sam Woodhams Roberts, Urban Designer, Weekend Warrior
Alex Spautz Waterson, Architectural Designer, Artist

San Francisco is full of people that want to play team sports, but currently lacks space to meet the demand. Buried beneath our car-centric environment and layers of bureaucracy, we find the space hiding in front of our noses. In the San Francisco tradition of occupying and reclaiming our public realm, we want to re-define recreational fields and courts using our streets by encouraging communities to reimagine this shared resource. Our vision is that temporary, pop-up street sports become commonplace in the city in order to foster healthy, united communities.

To make that vision come to life, a team of designers and athletes will run a public soccer and play event, utilizing the existing streetscape and connecting neighborhood residents. Participants, residents, and passersby will have the opportunity to join in a pick-up soccer game, contribute to a crowd-sourced art installation, and snack on food from neighborhood vendors. Sponsored by CMG Landscape Architecture.

Tile Makes the Room Launch Party!

September 30, 6:15 – 9:00 pm

6:15 – 7:00 pm Pre-party talk and slideshow
7:00 – 9:00 pm Launch Party and Book Signing
Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th St, San Francisco
Free, Registration required.


From Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey of Heath Ceramics, comes a captivating and unprecedented look at the role of tile in great design. We want to celebrate the official launch of Tile Makes the Room in style with a party at Heath on September 30, from 7-9 pm, with a talk and slideshow of tile + design around the world from 6:15 to 7. (Please note, there will be very limited seating for the talk, so please make sure to sign up SEPARATELY from the party.) Robin and Cathy will also be available to sign the book during the party, and we’ll also be selling very limited edition Tile Makes the Room themed bud vases – available that night only – to commemorate the big event.

Tile Makes the Room is about great spaces and places—the kind you want to step into and examine each and every detail of—where tile just happens to be the main ingredient, though not the only star. From the dwellings of notable designers to everyday homeowners, grand installations and subtle designs all showcase tile’s role in the form and function of architecture and interiors. With inspiration on every page, a look at tile making from a sixty-year-old design-led manufacturer, a unique perspective on color, pattern, and texture, plus public installations around the world to visit and enjoy, Tile Makes the Room is essential reading on design, interiors, and of course, tile.