American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Announcing the 11th Annual Architecture and the City festival

Posted on June 12, 2014

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation's largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the monthlong celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city.

The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will celebrate the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

Following is a sneak peek at this year’s schedule. For more information, visit Full details will be announced August 1.

Program Preview

Opening Night Party

On Friday, August 29, the Opening Night Party kicks off the festival with a salute to the many individuals, organizations, cultural institutions and nonprofits that help make the month of celebration, exploration and inspiration possible. This year, Blu Dot, designed by The Office of Charles F. Bloszies and recipient of 2014 AIA San Francisco Design Award in Architecture, will host the festive evening at its furniture showroom on Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

San Francisco Living is the first tour series of its kind to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences – all from the architect's point of view. Participants get an inside look at some of the city's latest residential work, meet design teams, explore housing trends and discover design solutions that inspire San Francisco living.

This year's participating firms include: Azevedo Design, Feldman Architecture, Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, george bradley | architecture + design, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects with Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Malcolm Davis Architecture, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Studio VARA, Todd Davis Architecture, and Zack | de Vito Architecture and Construction. Tickets go on sale July 1st, 2014. Visit for more information.

Behind the Scenes Tours

140 New Montgomery

Come see and learn about the recently restored 140 New Montgomery Building from the amazing multidisciplinary team that put it all together. The tour will be led by Cathy Simon and Sara Andersen of Perkins + Will, Peter Birkholz of Page & Turnbull, Gary Strang of GLS Landscape, and Seth Boor of Boor Bridges Architecture.

Bayview Hill Gardens

The first affordable housing for formerly homeless families in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood, Bayview Hill Gardens replaced a derelict and dangerous motel with 73 supportive, sustainable units. The design and development team—including David Baker Architects, INTERSTICE Architects, Gehl Studio, Creativity Explored, and Mercy Housing—will be on hand to present all aspects of the building's story.


This year's film series follows the overall festival theme of Home: My San Francisco and its different meanings – for some, it may be an oasis in the desert designed by a famous architect, for others, an expression of lifestyle or class, and still for others, a vulnerable, changing space defined by family, friends, and community. The films in the series explore the idea of home as a high-rise apartment, a mansion, a never-ending renovation, a romantic notion, and even a whole city.

About the Film Festival Curator

Catherine Nueva España has been a member of the AIASF Communications Committee since 2008. She reviews films for and contemporary art for Droste Effect Magazine. She is currently working with Bay Area art organizations including MEDIATE Art Group and MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana.


Building a New Neighborhood

Presented in collaboration with StoreFrontLab, San Francisco architects Anne Fougeron, Owen Kennerly, Stanley Saitowitz, and Daniel Simons will discuss the opportunities and challenges of designing the new, emerging Market-Octavia neighborhood.

Modernism and the Bay Area

Leo Marmol, principal at the design-build firm Marmol Radziner, will explore what makes a home modern and how the notion of modern living applies to the climate and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Walking Tours


Yaron Milgrom founded LocalMission Eatery in 2010 and in the past few years has expanded his concept of community and food in creating LocalMission Market and Cellar. Join the atelier KS design team on a tour of food and design experiences with chef owners of LocalMission.

A View of North Beach

Sharing their perspectives and commentary about some hidden gems in North Beach, Anne Fougeron of Fougeron Architecture and Mark English of Mark English Architecture lead a tour of this historic San Francisco neighborhood and home to their new office.

Special Events

GOOD Design

Presented in collaboration with the Center for Architecture + Design, GOOD Design is a forum for problem-solving, creativity and social change to discuss the functionality of San Francisco and how we can improve our city.

Who Designed That?

The second annual Who Designed That? is an interactive night of fun for design professionals from all industries. Following a game show format, teams will test their knowledge of design and compete for the title of San Francisco’s BIG D Winner!

Home: My San Francisco Exhibition

Rapid economic growth in the city has presented both tremendous opportunities and challenges. Demand for housing has outstripped supply and strained the city's signature celebration of diversity and freedom of expression. In response, our definition of home and design of domestic space is evolving to reflect the changing views of identity and family, the need for both creative cohousing and privacy, new functionality, integration of technology and sustainability.

Guest curator Julie Blankenship captures the narrative environments that are contained within indoor and built environments through photographs, supplemented with an online trove of images, interviews with residents, architectural drawings and texts. The exhibition spans a wide variety of architectural styles and neighborhoods, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations, cohousing and multi-family residences which are compelling in their architecture, design and social history. Included are Curran House, high-density affordable housing in the Tenderloin by David Baker Architects; Embassy in Lower Haight, creative cohousing and home of, connecting creative minds to social impact projects; a mid-century Forest Hills mansion built for baseball hero Willie Mays by Al Maisin; Zero Energy House, renovation of classic Noe Valley Victorian by Levy Art & Architecture; and a Potrero Hill home designed by McCoppin Studios and built by McCoppin Construction, a true mixed-use live-work building.