SEPTEMBER 1 - 30, 2017

PSST! The schedule for the month has been revealed! Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 14th annual Architecture + the City festival is one of the nation's largest and longest running architectural and design festivals. The month-long celebration features behind the scenes, walking and home tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more that address varying aspects of the design, planning and building process.

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AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture, design, and sustainability in the Bay Area. The introduction of Community Alliance Awards expands the program to honor the individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership and dedication shape the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment.

In recognition of their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through their commitment to design excellence, AIASF strives to acknowledge these extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession. Their continued efforts to engage, educate, collaborate, and advocate elevates the value of design and its impact on the experiences of our daily lives.

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2017 Architecture + the City Festival Artwork
by Jennifer Clifford

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design commissioned celebrated local artist Jennifer Clifford to create artwork embodying the festival's theme and spirit of imagination and discovery across the design industries. Limited to 50 copies, the artist-signed, hand-numbered, special edition print is available for purchase for $75.

The general concept behind the image created for the 14th Architecture + the City festival poster, is an attempt to reveal the many hidden layers of San Francisco. The upward movement of the image created follows a path, "the secret stairs", which serves as the gateway to connect the hidden details of San Francisco (found in the festival program), to the present urban community, to empower a more conscious and sustainable future.

2017 Limited Edition Tote
Artist Jennifer Clifford's beautiful print commemorating the 14th annual Architecture + the City festival’s Secret City theme is also available as a limited edition tote bag for $40; the perfect place for you to store your own secrets!

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Upcoming Opportunities

Film Party

Wed., September 6, 6 - 8 PM

Festival Film Series Kick-Off Party: “Getting Frank Gehry”

Join us for gourmet popcorn, candy bars and all your traditional theatre snacks while enjoying rarely seen architectural cinema. Also featuring “Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum”.

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Secret Sketchers

Thurs., September 7, 6 – 8 PM

The Secret Sketchers

A fast-paced presentation including a group of active sketchers from the Bay Area. Through 20 seconds of 20 slides, each presenter will foster deeper thoughts and conversations about the opportunities we may have missed in such a fast-moving city.

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Filbert Cottages

Fri., September 8, 5 – 7 PM

Exclusive Tour: Inside the Filbert Street Cottages

Led by Buttrick Projects A+D, take an exclusive tour of the four rehabilitated 1907 historic cottages. The architects will recount details and exciting stories regarding the planning process and construction project.

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Mon., September 11, 6 – 8 PM


A good restaurant interior design can foster word of mouth marketing long after the meal is over. What are the hidden interior details that can have a positive impact on the overall experience and make people to come back to a restaurant?

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February 18

2015 ARE Pact Registration

Registration for the 2015 ARE Pact is now open. The first meeting of the program will take place on Wednesday...


February 18

Design Advocacy

Hosted by Autodesk Foundation in collaboration with AIASF, AIGASF and Metropolis, join us for conversation... exploring issues of design advocacy and ethics celebrating Szenasy, Design Advocate.


February 18

2015 ARE Pact Registration

Registration for the 2015 ARE Pact is now open. The first meeting of the program will take place on Wednesday February 18, 5:30 pm at AIASF.


February 25

Community Resilience

Join author of In Planning for Community Resilience as she describes an inclusive process for creating disaster-resilient communities.


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