On September 8, 2023, we opened the doors to the new Center on the ground floor space of the historic Hallidie Building in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Located at 140 Sutter Street, the Center enables the expansion of events, lectures, film screenings, tours, and gallery exhibitions and serves as a cultural hub for architecture and design, where professionals and the public can connect, learn, and collaborate.
The street-level space showcases design-forward conversations and adds new life to San Francisco's downtown streetscape. Designed by the award-winning architectural team Aidlin Darling Design, the new building embodies the Center's inclusive, community-minded, and ambitious vision for the future of public programming.
2023 Matching Gift Challenge – Double Your Impact Before the New Year
Help us reach a matching challenge goal to double a $60K gift from a generous anonymous donor! Every contribution you make to Center for A+D by the end of March 2024 will help with putting the finishing touches on the space, and doubling our impact in the community.
Thank You to Shape Your City Supporters
Forming a more accessible, expanded Center has been a project many years in the making. This expansion process would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of AIA members, industry allies, and individual donors.
Donations Raised, including AIASF assets, in-kind and cash donations
Stacy Williams | AIASF, Executive Director
Why is the Center Expanding?
For over 140 years, AIASF has continually adapted to keep pace with San Francisco’s innovative and competitive environment by rethinking our programming, expenses, and services. This resilient spirit is what keeps us relevant to the community we serve.
To meet the demand for expanded programs and help solve the pressing issues we face in our city, AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design — (AIASF’s philanthropic arm) — must grow beyond our current capacity and become more accessible to serve our diverse community.
An important step towards achieving this vision is building a cultural hub for all things architecture and design; a place to connect, learn, collaborate, and celebrate.
Shape Your City Campaign
The creation of the Center for Architecture + Design has truly been a community effort, which has been many years in the making. The realization of the vision for a gathering space where both architectural professionals and members of the public can come together to learn, collaborate, and celebrate design and architecture is only made possible by the generous support of AIA San Francisco members, industry allies, and individual donors. Numerous individuals, companies, and architectural firms have contributed to the building of the new Center by providing financial support, offering their services, and donating products and materials, which has been essential in creating this new cultural venue for San Franciscans of all ages and backgrounds.
Joshua Aidlin, FAIA | Founding Partner, Aidlin Darling Design
A New Hub for all Things Architecture + Design
AIASF worked with Aidlin Darling Design and a talented team of collaborators from across the Bay Area to build the cultural destination on the ground floor space of the historic Hallidie Building. Construction of the new Center is being managed by BCCI Construction and is scheduled to be completed in May of 2023. The new Center for Architecture + Design will be a global nexus for designers to discuss and disseminate design's potential to solve the environmental and social problems facing our community and planet. The Center's bookstore, gallery, and lecture halls will further fill the Bay Area’s critical need for public design education.
The Future of Architecture — The Center’s Story
Industry leaders, community advocates, and AIA members share why they believe the new Center for Architecture + Design will make a lasting impact on our community.
“The Center's ground floor access will enliven public dialogue for all of us to start thinking about the future in a new way – creating a new vision.”
– Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James, ALEXANDMUSHI
AIASF's Dream Team
AIASF's talented design team, collaborators, and in-kind contributors work tirelessly to build the Center's new home. The dynamic architectural features exemplify beautiful, sustainable design and offer a central venue for events, programs, and exhibitions.
Aidlin Darling Design
AR Green, LEED Consulting
Murphy Burr Curry
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
The Preview Group
Chris Downey, AIA – Architecture for the Blind
Community Vision – Financial Consultants
David Hecht, AIA – TannerHecht Architecture
Design Agency Co – PR
HOK – FF & E-Procurement
Mike Calpito – Video
Nicole Hollis – FF & E-Procurement
Nik Weinstein – Art
Richard Barnes – Photographer
Ryan Bukco – Art
Studio Hinrichs – Branding/Graphics
In the Press
Shape Your City!
This is the moment to contribute.
AIASF needs your help, now more than ever, to take this crucial leap into the future to meet the demand for expanded public programs and engagement in the community.
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