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

How to Succeed in Architecture: Third Places | The Architecture of Sharing

September 4, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Link to the Google Hangout will be provided closer to the date


This year’s San Francisco’s month-long festival, Architecture and the City, will focus on the theme of Home. For all of us, though, home is not just where we sleep, but it encompasses those cafes, parks and community spaces where we meet our friends and families. Ray Oldenburg called these Third Places and argued that they are important for democracy and vital to every city. We invited Andrew Dunbar, David Darling, David C. Brown and E.B. Min to join us for this special episode of How to Succeed in Architecture, organized in collaboration with AIA San Francisco. Join us as we discuss what constitutes a Third Place, what gives it a “sense of place”, and how architects can directly impact civic engagement and human interactions with their designs. This special episode of How to Succeed in Architecture is produced in collaboration with Architecture and the City Festival.

Read more about the series How to Succeed in Architecture or watch the series.

Presented by Architecture and the City festival and Novedge.

Speaker Bios

Andrew Dunbar, is a licensed architect and LEED professional with over 25 years of design experience in both public and private projects in the US and Canada. As a founding partner of INTERSTICE Architects, he is a trans-disciplinary design leader in the San Francisco studio integrating architecture, landscape and urban design. With an early professional design career shaped by his apprenticeship as a senior Project Design Architect with Saucier + Perrotte Architectes in Montreal, his experience encompasses the design of major public cultural centers, museums, theaters, & academic buildings to the intimate scale of custom furnishings and interiors. Andrews recent work in the Bay Area has included civic spaces, custom residential projects, commercial buildings and interiors, streetscapes, multi-acre campus landscapes, parks, multi-family housing, and master plans.

David Darling, AIA, IIDA, ASLA, is a founding principal of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with Joshua Aidlin in 1997, with a shared interest in exploring design across a wide range of scales, programs, and disciplines. His firms work explores a closely held conviction that design can enlighten the human spirit by engaging all of the senses. His firm has garnered over 100 regional, national, and international awards including the 2013 National Design Award-by the Smithsonians Cooper-Hewitt Nation Design Museum for their complete body of work, a James Beard Award for restaurant design, two National AIA COTE awards for excellence in sustainable design, three American Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, an International Civic Trust Award, and several local, state and national awards from the AIA, IIDA, and ASLA.

David C. Brown is Executive Director of the National NeighborWorks Association (NNA), and President-CEO of Home Matters. The Home Matters movement was launched in 2013 by a group of visionary housing professionals and leaders that identified a gap in public discourse. Home Matters’ mission is to raise awareness of the need for affordable homes and better communities across the nation. The movement has a coalition of over 225 partner organizations – corporations, government agencies and nonprofits – working together on ambitious, but necessary goals over the next decade to make the New American Dream a reality for all.

E.B. Min, AIA, is the San Francisco based principal of Min | Day. An honors graduate of Brown University with dual concentrations in Art History and Studio Art, she began her architectural studies as a cross-registered student at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and she is a licensed architect in California. E.B.’s experience in the landscape architecture office of Delaney and Cochran nurtured her interest in the integration of landscapes and buildings. E.B. has taught at U.C. Berkeley and is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Architecture Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. E.B. is a director of the AIA San Francisco chapter.

Who Designed That? 2.0

September 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
$15 Individual Online Registration | $20 Individual At-The-Door Registration | $50 Team Registration
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



The second annual Who Designed That? is an interactive night of fun for design professionals from all industries. Following a game show format, teams will test their knowledge of design and compete for the title of San Francisco’s BIG D Winner! Image © Urban Fabrick, Inc.

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NewCo San Francisco

September 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Various locations



Discover how the innovative work of architects impacts our everyday lives. Join AIA San Francisco for an engaging conversation about creative design for Live, Work, Learn, and Play environments in San Francisco and beyond. Led by Principals Seth Boor and Bonnie Bridges of Boor Bridges Architecture, one of the city’s leading architecture firms whose projects range from modest cottage residences to headquarters for leading technology firms, attendees will learn about their design process and how consistent design thinking with a focus on the lived experience creates authentic architectural design. Image © Bruce Damonte.

GOOD Design SF (2 LUs)

September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission
AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco



GOOD design can solve everyday problems. Join the brightest minds from the San Francisco design community as they present solutions to some of the city’s most pressing issues, selected by the urban leaders who can help launch them into action. Rendering © Ogrydziak Prillinger Architect, 2013 GOOD Design Team.

2014 GOOD Design Challenges

Challenge 1: What new elements, strategies, resources can improve the quality and shared benefit of these resources throughout the city? How can new park spaces in San Francisco help foster strong communities?

Client: Catherine Reilly, Project Manager (Mission Bay North and South), San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure
Designer: Andrew Thurlow and Maia Small, Thurlow Small Architecture

Challenge 2: How can a site-specific project demonstrate its impact at a larger urban scale? What is the most effective way to highlight that these features are infrastructure of the San Francisco sewer system, both educating the user-payer on the project’s relevance, and substantiating the SFPUC’s investment on them?

Client: Eden Ferry, Project Manager, Urban Watershed Management Program, Wastewater Enterprise, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Designer: Johanna Hoffman, Environmental Planning and Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley

Challenge 3: How do we help traffic models account for the way people think? How can we make them more accurate and useful?

Client: Peter Albert, Manager, SFMTA Urban Planning Initiatives, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Designer: Laura Crescimano,
SITELAB Urban Studio

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts.

Park(ing) Day

September 19

Learn more: www.parkingday.org



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. Join members of the AIASF Mentorship Program as they participate in Park(ing) Day or tour other installations in your area to experience the diversity of creative design. Contact mentorship@aiasf.org to join the AIASF Mentorship Program or plan your own installation, or start with checking out the map of planned and actual locations at www.parkingday.org. Rendering © Mike Yang (AIA SF Mentorship Program).

PechaKucha: 7×7 in 20×20

September 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$10 AIA Member Online only! Use the promo code “AIAMEMBER10”.| $15 General Admission
Public Works, 161 Erie Street, San Francisco


PechaKucha 20×20 is a presentation format that shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as speakers provide commentary. For this event, speakers explore the 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, “Home: My San Francisco.” Image © Pecha Kucha SF.


Andrew Dunbar of Interstice

Brandon Baunach of BAR Architects

Chris Roach + Neeraj of CCA – Vara

Kearstin Dischinger of the San Francisco Planning Department

Laura Crescimano of SiteLab Urban Studio

Phoebe Schenker of EHDD

Seth Pare-Mayer & Kelli Franz of Atelier KS

Stephanie Goodson of NOMAD Gardens

Hypercollaboration: Reimagining the San Francisco Backyard

September 27, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
$10 General Admission
McCall Design Group, 550 Kearny Street, San Francisco



This San Francisco Backyard Workshop will explore the city’s intra-block open spaces through a collaborative process. Participants will seek new opportunities for use, form, and the potential for interconnectivity between urban spaces. Of special interest will be the development of concepts of flow for both cultural interaction and ecological processes. Rendering © McCall Design Group

CANCELLED: Open Design San Francisco

September 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Various San Francisco neighborhoods


On a self-guided tour of various design firms, participants visit diverse work spaces and learn more about the everyday job of architects and designers. Follow along via twitter: @OpenDesignSF + #OpenDesignSF.