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AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, an open house event, featuring five outstanding modern homes. This popular program showcases a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences -- including single-family homes and contemporary renovations. This is the first Bay Area tour series to promote residential design from the architect’s point of view.
San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 30, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  
Last Entry to homes at 3:45 PM

Ticket pick-up at Home Tours Headquarters: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant Street


$70 AIA Member

$85 General Admission

$50 Full-time Students* 
$50 Bicyclists*  



Home Tours Happy Hour
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Free Admission:  Home Tours ticket holders 

General Admission: $10


After enjoying the San Francisco Living Home tours, participants are encouraged to join us back at the Home Tours Headquarters at Cambria Gallery to socialize, enjoy a happy hour of light refreshments, and talk about highlights of the day.













Architects' Forum
September 28
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Free Admission:  Home Tours ticket holders [RSVP required by 5 PM, Tuesday, 9/26 ; limited capacity; ticketholders will be

notified with details]

General Admission: $10


Join this evening discussion featuring a presentation by the architects with projects on this year's San Francisco Living: Home Tours.






Fine Print

+ Throughout the day, participants can pick up or purchase tickets to the San Francisco Living: Home Tours at this year's Home Tours Headquarters at Cambria Gallery. 

+ Tickets are transferable but are nonrefundable. Tour proceeds rain or shine.

+ AIA San Francisco members must have a valid AIA member ID# to receive the member rate.

+ Residences are located throughout San Francisco. We encourage you to plan your day ahead of time.

+ Due to the hilly nature of the terrain, this tour is not ADA accessible. There will be multiple stairs and steep inclines and declines at several of the homes.

+ Because of limited street parking at the homes, some amount of walking may be required.

+ Tickets for students are $50 must be purchased in person (with a valid I.D.) at the AIASF office or on the day of the event.

+ Tickets for bicyclists are $50 must be purchased in person on the day of the event only.

+ Tickets can be picked up at the AIASF office starting Tuesday, September 26th or on the day of the event at Home Tours headquarters. Tickets will not be mailed.

+ No children under 12 years of age are permitted on the tours. Only infants that can be held in a carrier that is strapped onto an adult will be allowed inside of the homes.

AIA San Francisco Housing Committee

Paul Adamson, FAIA, 2017 Chair

2017 Home Tours Advisory Subcommittee

Vivian Dwyer, Principal, Dwyer Design

Robert Edmonds, AIA, Edmonds + Lee Architects

John Lum, AIA, Principal, John Lum Architecture

Barbara Shands, Principal, Shands Studio

Sarah Willmer, AIA, Principal, Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture

San Francisco Living: Home Tours is supported by AIA San Francisco’s Housing Committee which aspires to engage and educate members and the community through discussion, events, and informal sharing of expertise.

Cut Out House

The Cut Out House is a 2500 square foot, two bedroom complete remodel of a Victorian built over a century ago and previously untouched since the 1920s. In order to create a modern home, the existing interior structure had to be completely reorganized. The original flow was reversed, turning the back of the site into the main living area. Each floor is placed between three slots so that the home connects vertically rather than horizontally. Traditional Victorian homes often are poorly lit and are disconnected from floor to floor but by suspending floors, there is brightness and fluidity throughout the Cut Out House. In this exceptionally narrow lot (65 feet x 25 feet), solar orientation and natural light diffusion were paramount for making sure the home felt warm and open. By reconceptualizing the entire space itself and reversing the program orientation of the home, a traditional house is reinvented.

Images © Joe Fletcher

Glen Park Residence



The house was created for everyday living, intimate meetings, and occasional entertaining.  It’s meant to be a ‘place’ to share ideas with others and foster a sense of community. Architecturally, the building is designed to capture the views, bring in the daylight, and establish a sense of calm through simplicity and open space. Since the views progress from great to amazing as one moves up through the house, the main living space is at the top, which is the fourth floor. This space opens up on both ends – with the living room to city views one way and with the kitchen to the terraced yard at the other. Within this main space are three notable design elements: the floating fireplace wall, the polished stainless steel ceiling over the dining table, and the steel/glass/wood staircase, which drops down thru all of the floors and acts as a vertical counterpoint. Overall, it’s restrained white minimalism balanced with wood, color, and the city beyond.

Image © Eric Laignel

Hidden House

This house for an entrepreneur and an artist began with a negotiation. Impacted by powerful neighborhood groups that restricted its envelope and appearance, the house wears a mask to hide the architectural freedoms within. The mask achieves a blankness by abstracting the ubiquitous San Francisco bay window and covering the entire front face with a dense cedar screen. However, the cedar boards twist at the bay window to allow a glimpse of the internal complexity beyond.

Behind the mask, the house has a split personality. Vertical circulation is efficiently stacked on one side, opposing varied horizontal living on the other. A skylight emphasizes this split by creating a rift between these two zones. The two zones have different characters, underscored by the exclusive use of raw materials on one side while the other side is drenched in pastel blue paint. Each personality reflects a distinct spatial dynamic: fluid, varied extension in a horizontal plane versus vertical and vertiginous twisting.


Images © Hufton + Crow

Noe Street Residence

The goal of this Noe Valley renovation and expansion was to maintain a connection to the neighborhood context, while maximizing access to daylight, the garden and the views beyond. The existing front façade remains virtually unchanged, with only subtle cues hinting to the transformation that has taken place within.Skylights, strategically placed along the northern walls over existing exposed framing, animate the original volume of the house with a changing play of light and shadow throughout the day. The floor plan and interior volumes were completely reworked and expanded. A single sloped roof, paired with 11' tall multi-slide doors, defines the addition at the rear. The doors frame views to the East and allow the living spaces and kitchen to open directly on to a generous deck that welcomes indoor-outdoor living. This MDa project celebrates the house’s “old bones” and collaborates with the surrounding context of existing structures. Reinterpreted and expanded in a modern vocabulary, the house is now a relaxed and inviting family home.

Images © Joe Fletcher

SOMA: Loft

To keep pace with a family’s growing needs for smarter space and better views in South-Beach San Francisco,  a poorly planned, closed-in 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment is transformed into a flexible and spacious 3 bedroom/3 bath,  two-story SOMA Loft. Through the careful use of transparency, dynamic furnishings, fold-away walls, and glass partitions, the space is opened up to breath light deep into the apartment, allowing all the rooms to share the dramatic views of the Bay and Bridge. The unified expression of bleached woods and indirectly glowing edges sets an open stage for deft insertions of distinctly sophisticated, high performance elements each with a rich yet understated materiality:  frameless plate glass, Eramosa limestone, textile walls, pickled white oak plywood, and a giant two story light fixture cabinet, create an airy interlocking space,  that is made private by a subtle system of remotely controlled  blinds that respond to control and divide the space visually.

Radiant hydronic ceilings provide comfort throughout, while beds fold out of walls to create a guest room from the spacious living room – Every surface participates in the architecture to accommodate, contain, illuminate, and seamlessly absorb program behind tactile dynamic surfaces.


Images © Cesar Rubio

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