American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter Featured Events

Architecture and the City

Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the annual Architecture and the City festival is one of the nation's largest architectural festivals 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 that address varying aspects of the design and planning process.

Over 40 programs throughout the month provide an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city.

2014 Festival

HOME: My San Francisco

The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, HOME: My San Francisco, will address how we define the space we call home and its relation to the broader urban fabric. Through lectures, panel discussions, tours and other community events, the festival will examine the shifting nature of home and the different elements that contribute to our definition. Programs will explore the challenges facing San Francisco in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs, as well as past, present and future Bay Area communities.

Submit a Program

AIA San Francisco invites you to submit programs that address our most pressing urban issues, demonstrate innovation in working toward a more sustainable future, and explore how progressive design and creative problem solving improve our quality of life in the Bay Area. Ideas that investigate the ways architecture thoughtfully impacts community and reflects issues of sustainability will be given first preference. Submissions may also address the festival theme HOME: My San Francisco.

We welcome ideas for behind-the-scenes events, innovative tours, interactive workshops, collaborative lectures, and activities that engage multiple senses such as tastings, exhibitions or participatory events. Successful proposals will demonstrate the variety of ways design enhances our lives and inspires creative civic engagement. Programs must take place in San Francisco or Marin counties.

The submission deadline is March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, May 2, 2014. If selected, the festival staff will contact you to begin arranging the details for inclusion in the festival. PLEASE NOTE: Only fully completed submission forms will be considered.

For questions contact Jaime Wong, Program Manager, at or 415.874.2632.

Submit a Project: 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours

AIA San Francisco is now accepting project submissions for its annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours program. Taking place September 20-21, 2014 during the Architecture and the City festival, San Francisco Living will feature 10 unique urban residences that showcase a variety of architectural styles. Click below to download the registration form and email Jaime Wong or call 415.874.2632 with questions.

Past Festivals


Unbuilt San Francisco

San Francisco's architectural heritage consists of the buildings and spaces we see and touch, but also the structures that were never built and the plans that never came to be. The 2013 festival theme, Unbuilt San Francisco, explored a parallel history of this ever-provocative city. The collaborative Unbuilt San Francisco exhibition was co-curated by AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library.


Design: It's About Time

In an era when many aspects of our lives become seemingly obsolete and replaceable overnight, the fabric of the city often feels like the most permanent feature of our daily lives. With the 2012 festival theme, Design: It’s About Time, we encourage you to pause and consider the enduring power of design in our built environment.


Architecture of Consequence

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design selected Architecture of Consequence as the theme for the 2011 festival. A collaborative exhibition featuring work by design firms from the Netherlands and the Bay Area demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address many of our most pressing urban issues, from decreased social cohesion and unsustainable food systems to diminishing free time.

Visit for more information about past festivals.

Festival Updates

Get updates on Architecture and the City festival programs and events! Follow the festival on Twitter at @archandcity and visit AIA San Francisco on Facebook.

The festival website,, will be live August 1.