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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. 

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Thursday, September 28 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Practice with Purpose

Published in 2023, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects' Practice with Purpose is about designing buildings beyond their property lines to address some of society’s most urgent challenges: the climate emergency, racial and ethnic injustice, chronic homelessness, educational crises, and the preservation of the embodied carbon and culture of existing buildings


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Thursday, September 28 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Latinas in Architecture and Allies Vol. II: Stories of raising the 1% one Latina at a time

Celebrate the west coast launch of Latinas in Architecture and Allies Vol. II: Stories of raising the 1% one Latina at a time. Join authors from the Bay Area and SoCal and special guest, Alicia Ponce, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, founder of, in a book reading and signing. 


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Wednesday, September 27 | 5:00 - 6:30- PM

A Thousand Words: A+D Storytelling Through Photos (& Film)

Brand Strategist Lisa Boquiren will be in conversation with Bert deViterbo, AIA, IIDA, CDT, LEED AP, Gensler; Paul Vu, HANA; and Takashi Yanai, FAIA, EYRC in this program that is part-creative exploration and part-knowledge sharing of techniques and best practices. This discussion will focus on photography, and film, as visual assets for A+D firms. Presenters will discuss the role of photographs, and film, in helping A+D firms pitch their services, win projects, get published and create a social media presence.


This Week's Quick Picks

Thursday, September 28 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM

California African American Freedom Trail

Join tour leader John Templeton on an interpretive experience and learn more about National Register nominations. Identify the centrality of African Americans in San Francisco to the reunification of the United States after the Civil War; understand the development of popular Black music, literature, and public art; and contextualize the end of Jim Crowism, colonialism, and apartheid as it relates to the area. LEARN MORE >

Friday, September 29 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

1064 Mission: From Chronic Homelessness to Interconnected Communities

Chronic homelessness in San Francisco has reached a crisis point . This project's daunting mission: to address, and begin to solve homelessness through pioneering program convergence while enhancing the neighborhood experience. The solution weaves design with multi-layered programs and services to create a broad safety net, lifting people out of homelessness into permanent housing with social and health services and job training under one roof while creating interconnectivity and improved livability in the neighborhood. LEARN MORE >


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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