A New Hub for All Things Architecture + Design
AIA San Francisco created the nonprofit Center for Architecture + Design to expand on community engagement in the fields of architecture, design, and the built environment.
In recognition of the Center’s 15th anniversary, AIASF has developed a momentous plan to grow educational and public programming to inform, inspire, educate and engage audience on the leadership of the architecture and design industry to create a more enjoyable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable built environment.
Together, we will be housed in the our new vibrant, dynamic, street-level public storefront space in the historic landmark Hallidie Building.
The $4-million capital campaign covers the renovation and opening of our new storefront space dedicated to architecture and design in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
“As architects, we have the ability and responsibility to be stewards for our future. We wear many hats - one championing the business of architecture, which allows us to provide for ourselves and community, another for promoting diversity in our profession, and for championing green building principles. Through our work, positive impact and meaningful engagement, our chapter will continue its legacy of shaping the built environment in San Francisco and beyond.”
– Adrianne Steichen, 2020 AIASF Board President
Dream of Beautiful Resilient City and Make it Happen
The Future of Architecture
Why a Future HQ? Why now?
AIASF has continually adapted to keep pace with San Francisco’s competitive environment by re-thinking programming, expenses, and services. This resilient spirit is what keeps us relevant to the community we serve.
To become the hub for all things architecture and design, and to meet the demand for expanded programs, AIASF and the Center must grow beyond their current size and capacity and become more accessible.
Building a ground floor headquarters has been a project in the making for years. The relocation process represents the leadership and the generosity of AIA members, industry allies, and individual donors.
Aidlin Darling Design is selected as the Architect to conceive AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design new headquarters.
With over 10,000 square feet of space, the project to create the new headquarters on the ground floor of the historic landmark Hallidie Building is an exciting challenge for the architects. Aidlin Darling’s leadership and vision will help us meet our goal to expand on community-oriented programs, exhibitions, and gatherings, and embark on new partnerships.
Our new storefront will serve as a beacon for AIA members and allied professionals, and will greet passersby -- locals, visitors, and design enthusiasts – in this vibrant downtown neighborhood.
“We feel that visual porosity is a crucial element in raising the potential of true engagement with the community. With the headquarters new location on the ground floor, there is a great opportunity to visually engage with the public through the façade of the building.”
– Roslyn Cole, Principal at Aidlin Darling Design