Presented by the Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIA San Francisco, the 18th 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. 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.  


Marin County Civic Center

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

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. 


Kapwa Gardens: Designing Public Space During the Pandemic

Thursday, September 16 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission Street, San Francisco

Kapwa Gardens is an ambitious project taking a vacant 9000 sf ft 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.


Short Films Night

Thursday, September 16 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco



Park(ING) Day

Friday, September 17 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Front of Hallidie Building, 140 Sutter Street, San Francisco

(DRAFT DESCRIPTION) 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 and Mentorship committees support the project’s mission to reclaim a small portion of the city for the public realm and improve the quality of urban human habitat while fostering AEC professional development.



Designing for Community (Working Title)

Wednesday, September 22 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM
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Moderated by Julia Gamolina, Madame Architecture Founder + Editor in Chief, this roundtable discussion features an all-women panel of architects and designers will hone in on harnessing the power of building and creating within diverse communities and reflect on their experiences and projects in which they’ve not only drawn inspirations.



Tuesday, September 21 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
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(DRAFT DESCRIPTION) The Central - Waterfront Dogpatch is the epicenter of creative industries such as design, fabrication, and specialty food production. Situated amongst the Dogpatch Historic District and Historic Steel Ironworker's District, the community is successfully building upon its industrial heritage with a mixed-use neighborhood that honors the art and craft of making fine things. This neighborhood tour will visit several cutting-edge projects including new mixed-use construction, adjacent innovative public open spaces, and adaptive reuse of a former warehouse into a regional art gallery destination. In collaboration with AIASF's Urban Design & Infrastructure Committee and International Practice Committee.



Green Giants of the East Cut

Wednesday, September 22 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Learn about green high-rises, Salesforce Transit Center, and "secret" pocket parks in San Francisco’s new neighborhood.



Revitalizing Stranded Assets

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


Nolli Walking Tour: Above the New Central Subway

Tuesday, September 29 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM
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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.


At Home in the Wine Country

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


Uncovering Race, Place, + Patterns of Urbanization

Wednesday, September 29 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

This conversation will explore what defines a place, its history and community through its landmarks, design and demographics. What successes and failures of the past can shape the future of San Francisco and the Bay Area.