AIA San Francisco’s Symposium Navigates the Future of Housing in San Francisco


Sophia Teng, Communications Coordinator


AIA San Francisco’s Symposium Navigates the Future of Housing in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA | May 23, 2024 — The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF), in collaboration with the AIASF’s Housing Knowledge Community, is pleased to present its annual symposium Housing+ | Building Tomorrow’s San Francisco: From Legislation to Livability on Thursday, June 13 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Now in its 9th year, AIASF’s housing symposium continues the urgent need for conversations among architects, businesses, and government representatives, who convene to examine ways that they can ensure more livable and equitable housing opportunities for the city’s vibrant communities. The full-day, in-person Housing+ symposium aims to navigate the future of housing in San Francisco by examining the City’s latest legislative landscape and its implications for residential zoning and design. The program will also delve into the efficacy of these laws in supporting vulnerable communities and explore innovative approaches leveraging land values and financial strategies to enhance housing accessibility.

This year’s keynote speaker and moderator is Charles Durrett, AIA, founder and principal architect of The Cohousing Company. Additional speakers for Housing+ include:

  • Lisa Chen, Principal Planner, City and County of San Francisco
  • Mark Rhoades, AICP, President/CEO, Rhoades Planning Group
  • Sujata Srivastava, Chief Policy Officer, SPUR
  • Vivian Schwab, Project Construction and Development Manager, Northern California Land Trust
  • Doug Fowler, Director of Real Estate, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Alberto Benejam, Associate Director of Housing Development, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC).

Click here to view the complete line-up of speakers representing organizations at the frontlines of the housing crisis.

“The future of housing in San Francisco,” says keynote Charles Durrett, AIA, “will include much more community action, much more participation, much more heart, and much less bureaucracy. As the motivation to make affordable housing continues to grow, the impediments – both institutional and cultural – will come down, and we will evolve towards action and solutions.”

The Housing+ | Building Tomorrow’s San Francisco: From Legislation to Livability Symposium is sponsored by David Baker Architects and Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP.

For more information, including Learning Objectives and how to register, visit


Mid-Block Parcel A, Redefining the Garden City, Blayne Fulton, Student Honor Awardee of the AIASF Housing+ San Francisco 2050 Design Competition2023.



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Serving the Bay Area for over a century, AIA San Francisco (AIASF), is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting excellence in architecture, design, and the built environment. AIASF represents members practicing architecture, as well as allied community professionals in San Francisco and Marin counties. As a resource for our members and the public, AIA San Francisco strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, and member services.

About Housing + and the AIA San Francisco Housing Knowledge Community | Website
Housing+ is an annual symposium that addresses a variety of housing issues in the San Francisco Bay Area with constituents beyond city limits. Already in its eighth year, Housing+ is in collaboration with AIASF’s Housing Knowledge Community, which engages and educates members and the community through discussion, events, and informal sharing of expertise. The Knowledge Community’s primary focus is affordable housing, but welcomes discussion of issues relevant to housing for those of all income levels.