Calendar of Events

IN-PERSON | DISCUSSION | ACTIVITIES

Festival Opening Day Program

Friday, September 10 | 12:00 - 4:00 PM (FESTIVAL PROGRAM) | 4:00 - 8:00 PM (LIVE DJ)

Spreckels Temple of Music/Concourse, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park

Free + open to the public

Kick off the 18th Annual Architecture + the City Festival in this open-air celebration and meet some of AIA San Francisco’s committees and partake in a variety of architecture-inspired activities including a historical walking tour of the Concourse. Be sure to stay for the live evening show presented by Illuminate featuring San Francisco’s Sweater Funk DJ crew, the city’s most dedicated purveyors of the funky subgenre known as Boogie since the summer of 2008. Their vision to bring original boogie on vinyl to the masses has earned them a diehard following who have packed the dance floor at their parties for over a decade. This program is in collaboration with Feldman Architecture, Illuminate, Western Neighborhoods Project, San Francisco Recreation & Parks and the following AIASF committees: Architectural Licensing Committee, Design Technology, International Practice Committee, Urban Design + Infrastructure, LatinX in Architecture (LiA), Mentorship Committee.

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VIRTUAL | AUTHORS SERIES

Exploring Process: Site-Sensitive Design

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

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

Daniel P. Gregory, Ph. D., Architectural Historian and Editor, in conversation with Jonathan Feldman, Founding Partner of Feldman Architecture, and Bernard Trainor, Founding Principal of Ground Studio Landscape Architecture, discuss their design process after completing dozens of urban, suburban, and rural award-winning residential projects together, captured recently in the upcoming monograph Immersed: The California Houses of Feldman Architecture. Daniel, Jonathan, and Bernard will discuss site analysis and collaborative strategies that result in responsive architecture and landscape tailored to both client and site – in short, a sustainable, beautiful, and successful way to design.

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IN-PERSON | WALKING TOUR

Marin County Civic Center

Tuesday, September 14 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael

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

Join us for a private docent-led behind-the-scenes tour of the beloved Marin County Civic Center designed by renowned architect Frank LLoyd Wright. The Marin County Civic Center (1957) is one of the last major works of Wright’s career and his only realized project for a government entity.  In this exclusive tour, you’ll get access to the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers and their private balcony, you’ll be eye level with the building’s iconic blue roof, you’ll see custom furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by inmates from San Quentin’s wood shop, and you’ll learn the complicated and scandalous history of the creation of the building. 

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VIRTUAL | DISCUSSION

In Conversation: Kenneth Cobonpue

Wednesday, September 15 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

The internationally-acclaimed industrial designer, Kenneth Cobonpue, joins us live from his home base of Cebu, Philippines. Kenneth will talk about his path to design, how he stays creatively inspired, and what life and work have been like during the pandemic — topics that will appeal to design practitioners and design lovers alike. His story, and his message, will resonate beyond borders to anyone who champions skilled, local craftsmanship, values sustainable business practices and appreciates the creative process. This event will be hosted by Lisa Boquiren, a long-time AIASF event contributor, former Volunteer Chair of the AIASF Communications Committee and a self-described architecture and design aficionada. For AIASF, Lisa recently produced and moderated "The Equitable Practice and The Life Compatible Practice."

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IN-PERSON | TOUR | DISCUSSION

Kapwa Gardens: Designing Public Space During the Pandemic

Thursday, September 16 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission Street, San Francisco
RSVP Requested; Free + open to the public

NOTE: To ensure proper contact tracing, Kultivate Labs requests all attendees must complete this symptom tracking tool. If you do not do so, you will be required to complete this before entering the main space.
 

Kapwa Gardens is an ambitious project taking a vacant 9,000-sf parking lot and transforming it into a healing space to help SOMA recover from the devastating mental, physical, and economic effects of COVID-19. Kapwa Gardens is located in the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District and is destined to become a new cultural anchor. Bold colors, swing bamboo trees, living walls, and psychedelic murals makes Kapwa Gardens a unique urbanist project. Over 350 volunteers came together to build Kapwa Gardens during the height of the pandemic.

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IN-PERSON | ACTIVITIES | LIVE PERFORMANCES

International Park(ing) Day

Friday, September 17 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
140 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Experience, LUNG, a visual and audio installation set to audio recordings of breath by conceptual artist and writer Alex Nichols, get a sneak preview of Aidlin Darling Design’s vision for the future Center for Architecture + Design with Geopogo and Magic Leap augmented reality technology and participate in a variety of other fun architecture-inspired activities. 

Started in 2005 by the San Francisco art and design studio Rebar, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement for revisioning urban public space. The AIASF Urban Design + Infrastructure Committee, International Practice Committee, and Mentorship Committee support the project’s mission to reclaim a small portion of the cities of the world and improve the quality of urban human habitat while fostering AEC professional development.

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VIRTUAL | AUTHORS SERIES

At Home in the Wine Country

Tuesday, September 21 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

Chase Reynolds Ewald and Heather Hebert, authors of At Home in the Wine Country: Architecture & Design in the California Vineyards join architects Jim Westover, AIA, William Duff Architects (WDA), and Andrew Mann, Principal, Andrew Mann Architecture, to talk shop about wine country lifestyle through the lens of architecture. From chatueaux to modern, learn about the evolution of architecture and design styles in the wine country as well as the various contemporary styles found in the region.

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VIRTUAL | DISCUSSION

Classroom of the Future

Tuesday, September 21 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Free | Donations Welcome
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

Join jurors, experts in education and architecture, in discussion with the awardees of the Future Classrooms Competition, an ideas competition spearheaded by AIASF’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE). This year’s recipients include two teams: Berliner Architects in the Professional Category, and Team Delta from BRAC University in the Student Category. Over the past year, our entire learning landscape shifted. Schools pivoted to online learning and families shifted to support learning at home. While we have begun to shift back to in-person learning, it is clear that the outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered a moment of reflection on what it means to create a safe space for learning.

IN-PERSON | WALKING TOUR

Dogpatch Neighborhood + Waterfront Tour

Tuesday, September 21 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Meeting point to be sent to all registrants

 

The Dogpatch neighborhood and waterfront is the epicenter of creative industries such as design, fabrication, and other creative production. Situated amongst the Dogpatch Historic District and its immediately adjacent waterfront, the community is successfully building upon its industrial heritage with a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood including a re-imagined waterfront in transition. This tour will visit the historic neighborhood and several cutting-edge projects including new mixed-use development sites and innovative public open spaces. In collaboration with AIASF's Urban Design & Infrastructure Committee and International Practice Committee.

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VIRTUAL | DISCUSSION

Architecture As A Good: Practice As Power

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

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

A round-table-like discussion with a group of diverse female architects, designers, and community leaders led by Madame Architect Founder + Editor in Chief, Julia Gamolina.Together, Gretchen Krebs of Medium Plenty, Mary Ann Schicketanz of Studio Schicketanz, Bay Area visual artist Binta Ayofemi, Melissa Kendrick of The Food Bank of Monterey and others, will discuss the opportunity that an architect or designer has to harness the power of building and creating within the community to further enhance and support the collective. The panel will reflect on their experiences and projects in which community is celebrated and design is inspired from local resources and artisans.

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IN-PERSON | WALKING TOUR

Green Giants of the East Cut

Wednesday, September 22 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Meeting point to be sent to all registrants


San Francisco is a hotbed of innovation and the commercial buildings in San Francisco’s new East Cut neighborhood are no exception. Because our built environment is the largest source of carbon emissions, the UN issued an Emergency Call-to-Action to the building industry. Focusing on sustainability, innovation and achievement through collaborative design, you'll also learn about green high-rises, Salesforce Transit Center, and "secret" pocket parks in San Francisco’s new neighborhood. Tour will be led by Candice Kollar, LEED AP, Green Building Tour Guide + Founder, Kollar EcoCreative.

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VIRTUAL | DISCUSSION

Revitalizing Stranded Assets

Thursday, September 23 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

 

As 21st century technologies transform our economies and lifestyles ever more rapidly, urban infrastructure must evolve to adapt to this shifting ground. We have seen railways, industrial districts, bridges, highways, ports, piers, and man-made waterways become underutilized and disinvested. However, these assets are prime opportunities for innovative reimagining of our cities and urban areas. With the backdrop of COVID-19, many assets in our urban fabrics became deserted and the potential for the stranding increased with the likelihood that spaces previously thought of as unsusceptible will be affected. COVID-19 also presents an opportunity to uncover what makes assets vulnerable to stranding and how to make assets more resilient. (1.0 LU Pending)

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IN-PERSON | WALKING TOUR

Nolli Walking Tour: Above the New Central Subway

Tuesday, September 28 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Meeting point to be sent to all registrants

 

For nearly a decade, the Nolli Walking Tour has provided Bay Area residents and visitors alike a pathway through San Francisco’s public and semi-public spaces of past and present. Inspired by Giambattista Nolli’s innovative 1748 map of Rome, the Nolli walking tour engages the public with urban environs that go beyond sidewalks and streets. This tour follows the path of the recently established MUNI subway extension leading from San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood to the Cal Train terminal at 4th and King Streets. This lively tour will provide an informative perspective on how the City has transformed and what the future holds.

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VIRTUAL | AUTHORS SERIES

Uncovering Race, Place + Patterns of Urbanization

Wednesday, September 29 | 6:00 - 7:15 PM
AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

Zoom info to be sent to all registrants.

Mitchell Schwarzer, author of Hella Town: Oakland's History of Development and Disruption joins Tom Lewis, founder/president, Tom Lewis Restoration and Consulting, Inc., explores what defines a place, its history and community through its landmarks, design and demographics and what successes and failures of the past can shape the future of San Francisco and the Bay Area. In collaboration with Mechanics' Institute

IN-PERSON | WALKING TOUR

Cliff House + Sutro Baths Walking Tour

Thursday, September 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Meeting point to be sent to all registrants

Join historian John Martini and explore the fabled Cliff House and the ruins of Sutro Baths for an in-person history walk to close out the 18th Annual Architecture + The City Festival! We’ll venture around the Cliff House to learn about the history of San Francisco’s most incendiary landmark. The Baths visit will include a steep walk downhill into the ruins to visit the mysterious tunnels through Point Lobos, followed by an uphill climb to the old Sky Tram overlook where we’ll see the wave catch basin constructed by Adolph Sutro that trapped Pacific waves and sent roiling seawater to the Baths. In collaboration with Western Neighborhoods Project

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VIRTUAL | FILM SCREENING | DISCUSSION

Urban Visions Film Series

Thursday, September 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5
Zoom info to be sent to all registrants

The Urban Visions Film Series presents a wide range of ideas on the future of American cities, from newly released short films from Spirit of Space to sneak previews to the Saving the City documentary series. On September 30, we’ll hold an online panel discussion with filmmakers and urban planners focused on the future of public space in American cities in light of rapid climate change and the pandemic. Featuring: (Moderator) Richard Neill, Filmmaker, Adventure Pictures; Allison Albericci, AIA, Senior Architect/Urban Designer, San Francisco Planning Department; Tanu Sankalia, Urban Planner/Professor, USF Department of Architecture; Ron Blatman, Filmmaker, Saving the City Documentary Series.

Access the Festival's free short films library available through October 30, 2021 — register up for the Urban Visions Film Series program and be part of the conversation!

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