Co-presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 17th annual Architecture + the City goes virtual and will continue to offer behind-the-scenes programs, walking tours, literature, presentations and more that provide an excellent opportunity for all communities to experience architecture and design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. How can San Francisco be a more connected city? How can we address its challenges of housing, climate change, economic and health equity? How do we design with connection in mind, that is human-centered and focuses on health, inclusivity and resilience. Join us as we continue the spirit of the festival through the following online programs.


Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, some program schedules are subject to change and there are no in-person events offered at this time.


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The Fillmore

Monday, September 14 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

RSVP Required | Suggested Donation: $10 - $25

San Francisco's rich history includes how African Americans helped shape the City, from architecture to community services. Talk story with some of those who have dedicated their lives to the preservation and future of the Fillmore neighborhood and hear how the arts, small business and essential needs are being fulfilled today.

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The Shaping of Us

Tuesday, September 15 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Environmental psychologist Lily Bernheimer and architect Roland Karthaus discuss Lily’s book, The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behaviour and Well-Being, and how architects and behavioral science experts can collaborate to design work and living spaces for greater well-being from the UK to the US.


The Architectural Legacy of the California

African-American Freedom Trail

Thursday, September 17 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Historian John William Templeton shows the centrality of the black experience in California history and the ways that black Californians left their imprint on the built environment in San Francisco while describing their impact on the Civil War, Reconstruction, birth of the labor movement and end of Jim Crow and apartheid.



Pragmatism: Architecture in Nature

Friday, September 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Sublime beauty is often found in the simplest of relationships, when form doesn’t just follow function, but becomes it. Probe into a universe not only of the architecture created by animals, but the parallels that can be found in vernacular architecture around the world. Image Credit: Sharon Beals




Monday, September 21 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

RSVP Required | Suggested Donation $10 - $25

San Francisco's Chinatown has undergone many changes and continues to evolve even amidst today's challenges. Be part of this conversation that will take a deep-dive into this neighborhood's incredibly interesting past, present, and future.
Image Credit: Friederike

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Edwin M. Lee Apartments:
A Model for Healthy Living for Families + Formerly Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, September 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

A model for healthy living for families and formerly homeless veterans, the Edwin M. Lee Apartments provides a spectrum of community connection in the form of affordable and supportive housing.


John Lum Architecture

Thursday, September 24 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $5 | General: $10 | Student: Free

Talk shop and take a virtual tour with John Lum and members of his team as we kick-off a series highlighting firms in the annual AIASF publication, Small Firms, Great ProjectsNote: program content has been updated; AIA/General rates reflect tickets from when program was to take place earlier this year.

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5 Blocks

Friday, September 25 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

RSVP Required | Suggested Donation: $10 - $25

San Francisco’s Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America.  Directed by Dan Goldes and Robert Cortlandt, "5 Blocks" explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.

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Skin of Glass

Monday, September 28 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Just 32 years old when her late father, Roger Zmekhol, imagined the “Pele de Vidro” building in the 1960s, it was a time of hope and prosperity in Brazil. Join filmmaker Denise Zmekhol in conversation with Francesco Perrota-Bosch and Ray Telles about "Skin of Glass", her work-in-progress film.

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Re-Imagining Work / Space / Place

Tuesday, September 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Clive Wilkinson, architect, designer, writer and strategist discusses his new book, "The Theatre of Work" and Lingxiu Chong, architect, will touch on themes that re-examine and re-imagine the nature of work, the "work force" and the spaces in which we work.


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Travel As A Way of Life

Monday, September 14 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Cathi and Steven House of House + House Architects will share how their travel experiences shaped who they are as citizens of the world and as successful architects practicing in California, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond and how they incorporate what they learn into their architecture.



Flight Path: Designing New

Airport Experiences

Wednesday, September 16 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Explore the future of airports in the age of a global pandemic, how architects and designers are creating new airport experiences, and more. "Flight Path" looks at how architecture and interior design shape the human experience of airports, primarily at SFO.
Image Credit: Thomas Heinser

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Outside In: Night Markets, Urban Portals, Reimagining How Architecture Meets the Street

Friday, September 18 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

San Francisco Chronicle Food Writer + Columnist Justin Phillips, talks with Visual Artist Binta Ayofemi, Serial Entrepreneur Desi Danganan, and Architect Anand Sheth on activating Black and Brown economies through food, culture, and neighborhood empowerment. Image: Courtesy of SOMA Pilipinas


PARK(ing Day)®

Friday, September 18


PARK(ing) Day® has occurred on the third Friday of September since 2005. It is an open-source experiment in reclaiming public space. This year's Virtual PARK(ing) Day Celebration is produced by the AIASF Urban Design & Infrastructure Committee. To register contact virtualparkingday@gmail.com.



John Carl Warnecke:
In the Shadow of the Eternal Flame

Tuesday, September 22 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

John Carl Warnecke (1919 -­ 2010) designed one the most visited U.S. Presidential monuments, JFK's Eternal Flame. Architectural historian Bridget Maley will look at Warnecke’s deeply contextual approach which began early and continued throughout his career.



Becoming Philadelphia: In Conversation with Inga Saffron

Thursday, September 24 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Join Inga Saffron, Pulitzer Prize-winning Architecture Critic with the Philadelphia Inquirer in conversation with John King, Urban Design Critic with The San Francisco Chronicle to talk about her new book, "Becoming Philadelphia."

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The National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative

Friday, September 25 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

As many of us and our communities face the impossible choice between work, school and/or childcare, there is a growing movement to help K-12 school districts re-open safely. This program will explore outdoor learning and solutions during COVID-19 and beyond. 



The Mission

Monday, September 28 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

RSVP Required | Suggested Donation: $10 - $25

For decades, the Mission district has been recognized for its influential food and music scene woven with LatinX artistic and cultural institutions that continue the social and cultural renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Traverse through time as we talk with long-time community activists, artists and storytellers.



Black Space/Black Power: Reconstruction + New Urban Forms

Tuesday, September 29 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Artist Binta Ayofemi discusses her practice with Joseph Becker, SFMOMA’s Associate Curator of Architecture and Design. Ayofemi’s GROUND is generating a new discussion of race, architecture, and contemporary art. Ayofemi’s work addresses voids in the urban landscape as a point of departure.