Drone Shots: William Marvez | Visual Direction + Post-processing: Peter Alfred Hess, AIASF Int'l Practice Committee
NOTE: All events listed on this page have ended but please take a look at highlights from the 2022 Festival and be inspired for what's coming up in 2023!
Calendar of Events
Festival Launch Party
Friday, September 9 | 5:00 - 8:00 PM | FREE (RSVP Requested)
Elementi, 935 Natoma Street, San Francisco
Kick off the 19th Annual Architecture + the City Festival — celebrate all things architecture + design and network with festival partners, sponsors, and participants!
Tuesday, September 13, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Francisco Park (Russian Hill) featuring Sketch Leader Tony Jackson
Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tunnel Top Park (Dogpatch) featuring Sketch Leader Dan Hogman
Sketchy Tuesday is an urban sketching adventure. Gather with a group of architects, sketchers, designers, and enthusiasts to sketch the city and chat with a great community. Grab your lunch, sketchbook, and drawing utensils, and meet at one of San Francisco’s beautiful outdoor public spaces. We continue our collaboration with Museum of Craft + Design who will also bring art supplies in their MakeArt van to both sessions which will be led by Sketch Leaders Dan Hogman and Tony Jackson. All sketch sessions are free and open to the public; RSVP is encouraged but not required. Learn more about the fun history of Sketchy Tuesday!
Mission High School Sketch by Dan Hogman
In Conversation with Sarah Jaquette Ray
Tuesday, September 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Join author Sarah Jaquette Ray, Ph.D., Professor and Chair in Environmental Studies Department at Humboldt State University discuss her book "A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety" with Kyle Pickett. Combining insights from psychology, sociology, social movements, mindfulness, and the environmental humanities, Ray explains why and how we need to let go of eco-guilt, resist burnout, and cultivate resilience while advocating for climate justice. (VIRTUAL)
Occupation: Boundary: Art, Architecture, and Culture at the Water
Wednesday, September 21 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King moderates this conversation with Architect Cathy Simon, FAIA, about her new book which examines the social, political, and cultural factors that have and continue to influence the evolution of the urban waterfront as seen through production created from art and design practices.
Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect by Victoria Kastner
Thursday, September 22 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Julia Morgan was a lifelong trailblazer. She was the first woman admitted to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first licensed to practice architecture in California. Over the first half of the 20th century, she left an indelible mark on the American West.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOUR
Sister Lillian Murphy Community: Building Resilient Multi-generational Housing in Mission Bay
Monday, September 12 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM [EVENT ENDED]
The Sister Lillian Murphy Community was designed to foster community among the building’s resident families and connect them to the surrounding neighborhood. Four distinct building wings create small, identifiable ‘micro-neighborhoods’ within the building. [EVENT ENDED]
The “Livable Density” Bike Tour
Wednesday, September 14 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Hop on your bicycles, scooters, or BayWheels to tour some recent high-density, mixed-income, mixed-use developments with David Baker, FAIA, and the DBA team. We’ll visit Mason on Mariposa, Potrero 1010, and 855 Brannan—market-rate communities that integrate new homes and businesses, provide public open space, promote neighborhood connectivity, and bring sensitive density to the Potrero Hill and SOMA neighborhoods.
Wednesday, September 14 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
San Francisco drapes its urban grid over 48 hills. The streets undulate like rollercoasters, snaking around contours of land, rupturing to reveal concrete walls bisected by vegetated staircases.
NOTE: RSVP's for this event has reached capacity and are no longer taking sign-ups. Questions? contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifting Pier 70’s Building 12 Into a More Resilient Future
Thursday, September 15 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
At the heart of the Pier 70 development in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood is a historic former shipbuilding warehouse, built in 1941, known simply as Building 12. This unique structure nods to its past life while responding to the community’s desire for a modern-day makers showcase, gathering space, neighborhood market hall, and spaces for today’s creative office workforce.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOUR
Tour Tahanan: A Model of Speeding Housing Production through Innovative Financing and Modular Construction
Friday, September 16 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
In the SoMA district of San Francisco, Tahanan Supportive Housing provides permanent studio homes for adults who have experienced homelessness in the city. This is the prototype of what is hoped to model a new financing structure for permanent supportive housing—expediting the development process, making it more efficient, and reducing cost by jumpstarting construction using philanthropic funding.
Balay Kreative Studios - The Filipinx House Of Creatives
Friday, September 16 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
The pandemic caused retail vacancies to climb to new highs in SoMa with the exodus of tech workers. To combat urban blight and utilize the arts to reinvigorate SoMa Pilipinas Cultural District’s plans to create Mission Street as its first commercial corridor, multiple City agencies teamed up with Kultivate Labs to create Balay Kreative Studios. NOTE: This is a FREE Event; RSVP required at https://balaykreative22.eventbrite.com
Hybrid Workplace Strategy + Wayfinding: Pinterest Tour
Friday, September 16, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
**THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED** The San Francisco Pinterest Wayfinding project uses a light graphic application to reformat the Pinterest offices for the future of hybrid work. Based upon the existing column grid, a numerical system of bays defines the perimeter workspaces and the shared social spaces within the core.
Renovation and Retrofit of 100 Stockton Street: Transforming an Introvert into an Extrovert
Monday, September 19 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Tour time has been extended)
The recently completed project is a transformative repositioning of the former Macy's Men's Store, located steps from Union Square in San Francisco. The existing seven-story building was originally designed for a single retail tenant in the early 1970s.
Nolli Walking Tour
Monday, September 19 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
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 year’s tour focuses on Rincon Hill, from South Park around through the East Cut neighborhood to the Embarcadero and South Beach.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOUR
Layers of Listening in Affordable Housing Design
Wednesday, September 21 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Join design team members, community organizers and project sponsors for a panel discussion on the process that led to the creation of Casa Adelante at 2060 Folsom, a mixed-use building with 127 permanently affordable homes. Learn about the history of the site and how the community vision was honored throughout the phases of the project.
Elements of Deeply Personal Architecture
Thursday, September 22 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
A light fixture reimagined from a reclaimed buoy and an 800-pound operable wall that allows a cook to hide her messy kitchen from dinner guests, these are two of many custom-crafted elements created by Lundberg Design as personal gifts to their clients.