The AIA San Francisco / Center for Architecture + Design Gallery is one of the West Coast’s only spaces devoted solely to the exploration of architecture and design. The gallery specializes in exhibitions that showcase the best of the Bay Area’s design talent, while also exploring issues of national and international concern.
In honor of AIGA’s Centennial, Show and Tell is an up-close and personal look at legendary designers' early studies, work process, and work product. During the exhibit there will be a series of small conversational event gatherings with design leaders at the Center for Architecture + Design gallery in San Francisco. Curated by Karin Hibma.
Current Hallway Exhibition
36 figure ground drawings, all at the same scale, represent and compare examples of urban form from Roman times to the present day. Urban scale comparisons are shown, sometimes to jarring effect, such as the similar square footage of Heathrow Airport and The City of London.
Architecture at Zero 2013 is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design. The challenge is to create a design for a new, roughly 150 unit mixed-use residential apartment building located in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
awards exhibition 2014
Constructed Realities recognizes exemplary performance in a broad range of architectural work, informing the public of the diversity, value, and social power of architecture. 2013 award categories included Small Projects, Architectural Detail, Restaurant Design (in partnership with Golden Gate Restaurant Association) and Social Impact Design (in partnership with Public Architecture).
On view August 15 - December 31 | AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to present Unbuilt San Francisco, a collaborative exhibition on view August – November, 2013.
Awards Exhibition 2013
In existence for nearly half a century, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements in architecture and design of Bay Area individuals and organizations as well as celebrates the distinguished work of architects and related professionals from afar who contribute to the framework of our local built environment.
San Francisco Architecture
Open to architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture firms with 19 or fewer employees, Small Firms, Great Projects provides a venue for small firms to showcase their best work in a magazine publication, online and companion exhibition.
On view through December 20, Forgotten Modernism is an ongoing visual exploration of San Francisco’s often overlooked modern architecture. Using bold colors and stylized graphics, this exhibition portrays San Francisco’s important modernist buildings not as quiet additions to the urban landscape but rather as confident gestures that embody the bold aesthetics of Modern architecture. Sponsored by Dococomo northern CA, Page & Turnbull, AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design. Artwork by Michael Murphy.
Architecture at Zero 2012 is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide. The design challenge was a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing or administrative building design for the University of California, Merced. It is expected that all entries will be part of an exhibition that will travel to multiple locations throughout the state of California during 2012. The Architecture at Zero 2012 exhibition is on view through December 20.
Peter Espe’s collection of over 1,000 San Francisco postcards reveals an urban landscape at once foreign and strangely familiar. Espe, a senior project manager at HOK, has been steadily building this vast and varied assemblage of San Francisco history for nearly seven years. Striking images include the Union Ferry Depot in 1915; a depiction of workers laying the Pacific Cable below the Cliff House; and the original de Young Museum (Fine Arts Building) rising above the tree line in Golden Gate Park.
On view May 24 - July 19, AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards exhibition celebrates the best in architecture and urban design in the Bay Area. Winning firms and projects in the categories of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Energy + Sustainability, Historic Preservation, Unbuilt and Special Achievement will be on display.
Presenting Architecture announces its first exhibition and seminar series. Curated by Robert Becker, this exhibition highlights 'case studies' of architectural model makers, photographers and visualization experts, along with a communications case study by author Amanda Walter. These studies explore how artists produce their craft and showcase the importance of using specialists to make your architectural presentation a winning one.
Architecture at Zero is an international open ideas competition with a focus on the specific challenges of creating urban zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. The competition seeks creative and feasible approaches to urban ZNE building to broaden the conversation around how a site zero net energy project will be approached now and in the future. Further, it seeks to raise the profile of ZNE building among built-environment professionals, students, and the general public in California and beyond.
AIGA San Francisco presents the winners in its cause/affect design competition at a ceremony that unveils the winning work. cause/affect is a biennial graphic design competition which celebrates the work of designers and organizations who set out to positively impact our society. Produced by AIGA San Francisco, this is a competition for do-gooders who do good work.
A+C Festival 2011 Gallery
The Architecture of Consequence exhibition was a unique collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). In 2009, the NAI presented Architecture of Consequence – Dutch Designs on the Future. Over the past two years it has been presented in multiple locations around the world. This latest incarnation, in San Francisco, is the first to add content to the exhibition with the inclusion of new work by four Bay Area architecture firms.
Awards Exhibition 2011
AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design in the Bay Area. Recognizing achievement in a broad range of architectural work by members and nonmembers, the program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice. Winning projects are featured in California Home + Design and all entrants are considered for inclusion in the San Francisco and Marin Home Tours weekends as well as top, national design publications.
Architectural Photography featured the creative work of a group of talented Bay Area architectural photographers. More than pictorial representations of a static building or space, the images are expressions of the architect's vision through the photographer's filtered camera lens.
Small Firms Exhibition 2011
Celebrating exceptional Bay Area architecture, this exhibition showcases the innovative and award-winning work of local architecture and design professionals. Whether you are looking for an architect, or simply passionate about architecture, Small Firms, Great Projects is an invaluable resource. The exhibition introduces viewers to architecture and design firms experienced in a wide range of work, including new residences and remodels, commercial and retail spaces, educational, civic, institutional and religious projects, historic preservation, and landscape and interior design.
Art for Architecture, an exhibition and online auction, featured a collection of exclusive drawings by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. A benefit for the Center for Architecture + Design, this exhibition and auction highlighted sketches of buildings and landscapes that capture the beauty of San Francisco and cities beyond. Images on display and auction included collage, watercolor, pen and ink drawings of new and proposed architectural landmarks.
AIGA San Francisco Design Week exhibition featured award-winning design from AIGA San Francisco, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).
Water for a Sustainable City addressed the complicated story of San Francisco's relationship to the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System and examined everything from the typical San Franciscan’s water usage to the city’s growing dependence on alternative energy and water. Represented through charts and photographs, the exhibition showcased how far the typical San Franciscan's water travels—from glacier to watershed to faucet.
AIA San Francisco's Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design in the Bay Area. Recognizing achievement in a broad range of architectural work by members and nonmembers, the program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.
Small Firms, Great Projects showcases the innovative and award-winning work of local architecture and design professionals. Open to architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture firms with 19 or fewer employees, the program provides a venue for small firms to showcase their best work in a magazine publication, online and companion exhibition.
Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, Marin Living: Home Tours and San Francisco Living: Home Tours is the first tour series of its kind in the Bay Area to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences - all from the architect's point of view. The annual program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in the Bay Area.
Women in Architecture
In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. AIA San Francisco convenes leading professionals to discuss pressing issues within the architectural profession and explore changes necessary to keep future generations of practitioners engaged in the field.
One of the West Coast's only galleries devoted solely to the exploration of architecture and design, the AIA San Francisco / Center for Architecture + Design Gallery specializes in exhibitions showcasing the best of Bay Area design talent, while also exploring issues of national and international concern. Past exhibitions have included a collaboration with the Netherlands Architecture Institute, winning projects from the Architecture at Zero Competition, and the work of Bay Area architectural photographers.