American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible! (5 LUs)

AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA
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$50 members;
$75 non-members

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SF Placemaking Summit: When we focus on PLACE, anything is possible!
Placemaking encourages action. Join us for a half-day event where we will explore:

  • How San Francisco can further embrace, participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement
  • What City government can do to better support community driven Placemaking from the top down
  • What we can learn from Placemaking success in San Francisco and beyond
  • How to support and leverage grassroots Placemaking efforts, create a demand for Placemaking, and inspire a culture of engagement and ownership within our communities.


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration. Lunch is provided.
Interactive Poster Board - What other movements connect with and enhance Placemaking?
Interactive Poster Board - What is your definition of Placemaking?
Presentation Poster Boards - Various SF Placemaking efforts.

12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions. Why does Placemaking Matter?

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session #1: Placemaking as a Movement. How can San Francisco further participate in and benefit from the International Placemaking Movement?

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session #2: Place Governance and Place Capital. How can we rethink governance to support Placemaking?

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.
Session #3: Innovation, Community Districts and Place-making. How can innovation efforts and Community Districts better embrace and take advantage of Placemaking?

4:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Session #4: Break Out Groups: Create an Action Plan

4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Report back and wrap up

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Reception hosted by Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its 10th anniversary. This reception is a fundraiser to support the Center’s annual programming. A donation of $20 is suggested. To register for the reception, click here.

The summit will feature remarks by and conversations with:

  • Laurie Halsey Brown | senseofplace LAB
  • Noah Budnick | Incoming ED SF Bicycle Coalition
  • Marina Christodoulides | MK Think
  • Hunter Franks | Neighborhood Postcard Project
  • Eliza Gregory | Massive Urban Change
  • Aaron Jon Hyland | Placemaking San Francisco
  • Jennifer Jones | AIA San Francisco
  • Ethan Kent | Project for Public Spaces
  • Mike Lanza | Playborhood
  • Blaine Merker | Gehl Architects
  • Mary McCue | CEO MJM Management Group
  • Dan Parham | Neighborland
  • John Rahaim | Director of San Francisco Planning Department
  • Kara Riggio | Placemaking Chicago
  • Peter Smith | Place Leaders Asia and CEO (City Administrator) of Adelaide Australia
  • Scott Wiener | Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 8
  • Michael Yarne | Build, Inc. and Up Urban, Inc.

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