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San Francisco Architecture and the City festival explores PLAY: Design in Action
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San Francisco Architecture and the City festival explores PLAY: Design in Action

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) August 25, 2015 | AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, present the 12th annual Architecture and the City festival, one of the nation's largest architectural festivals of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco September 1-30 and showcasing the diverse talent of our local design community, the month-long celebration features over 40 programs including behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, special events, and more that address varying aspects of the design and planning process. “By providing unique opportunities to engage and learn more about architecture and its impact on our everyday lives, Architecture and the City encourages curious minds to experience design and advance the conservation about its evolving role in the future of the built environment,” states Jennifer Jones, CAE, Executive Director AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture + Design.

Kicking off with an Opening Night Party hosted at Zinc Details on September 4, this year’s festival focused on, PLAY: Design in Action, explores PLAY as an essential and dynamic element of the creative design process. From informal sketches of the city landscape to designing playgrounds for children to planning transit hubs that connect the entire Bay Area, a playful approach inspires creativity and innovative solutions for projects of all scales and scopes.

In developing the branding concept for this year’s Architecture and the City festival program, artist Michael Schwab expresses, ““The creative process is different for every client, but for me it always starts with a pencil and paper.” A special signed and hand numbered commemorative print is available for a limited time only at

Different iterations of Schwab’s sketches, along with the creative work of seven other design focused Bay Area organizations including Heath Ceramics, Google Doodles, Anchor Brewing, among others, will be on view at an exhibition at AIA San Francisco Center for Architecture + Design Gallery through November 30, 2015.

Of special note, the popular San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two day open house event featuring select modern residences, returns September 26+27. Participants see some of the latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living. For the first time, AIA San Francisco teams up with AIA San Mateo County for a limited design led tour of the House of Earth & Sky by Aidlin Darling Design on Sunday, September 27.

Also new this year, Sketchy Tuesdays, a relaxing one hour lunchtime session dedicated to exploring different city landscapes through the medium of pen and paper will take place at noon every Tuesday in September.

For complete program information and schedule of events, visit


Serving the Bay Area for more than a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, one of the largest of the AIA's nearly 300 chapters, represents more than 2,000 members in San Francisco and Marin County. As a resource for our members and the general public, AIA San Francisco strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. We further this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member services, and professional excellence.