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Celebrating 20 years!

Presented by the Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIA San Francisco, the 20th Annual Architecture + the City Festival continues to offer behind-the-scenes programs, tours, lectures, film presentations, and more that provide an excellent opportunity for all communities to experience architecture and design in a myriad of ways throughout the city.

Since 2003, we have worked to enrich these core events and have collaborated with countless design and community partners, firms, and organizations to further creative ideas and advance the conversation surrounding our local built environment, to celebrate accomplishments, and together work towards building a more sustainable future.


Through these program partnerships, we have worked to bring together leading minds from around the world to share and exchange ideas as well as promote the innovation and forward-thinking that defines the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Tuesday, September 19 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

In Conversation: The American School in California 

“A new school, probably the only indigenous one in the United States” is how architect Donald MacDonald characterized the American School that coalesced under the visionary leadership and pedagogy of Bruce Goff (1904-1982) at the University of Oklahoma in the 1950s and ‘60s. Opening with a screening of an excerpt from the documentary "Remembering the Future with Herb Greene", this panel brings together the work of notable University of Oklahoma alumni and affiliates Herb Greene, Donald MacDonald, Mickey Muennig, and John Marsh Davis, and discusses how they brought Bruce Goff’s pedagogy with them to California during the second half of the 20th century.


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Friday, September 22 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Presentation & Reception: AIASF Housing+ San Francisco 2050

This evening program recognizes the awardees of the American Institute of Architects (AIASF) Housing+ San Francisco 2050 Design Competition which the chapter initiated to address San Francisco’s housing crisis. Seven awardees of the AIASF Housing+ San Francisco 2050 Design Competition will be celebrated as the competition leaders come together for a lively discussion and reception. AIASF’s Housing Knowledge Community invited architects and students to rethink the San Francisco home after recent California legislation was proposed that would effectively eliminate single-family exclusive zoning; additionally, San Francisco approved the 2022 San Francisco Housing Element requiring 82,000 new housing units by 2031. 


This Week's Quick Picks


Explore the streets of San Francisco through expertly-curated architectural tours.


Tap into your inner artist and participate in free lunchtime Sketchy Tuesday sessions.


Refresh the spines on your bookshelf with this stellar line-up of authors.


Conversations that take you down the rabbit hole of all things architecture + design.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 | 6:30 - 9:30 PM


This event returns to the historic Green Room for a spectacular gala featuring a live jazz band, casino tables,
and the traditional Beaux Arts costume contest.


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