Center for Architecture + Design

The Center for Architecture + Design enhances public appreciation for architecture and design, both locally and internationally, through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series and other programs that aim to reveal the richness of the design arts.

Founded by the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter to advance public interest in the design arts, the Center for Architecture + Design celebrates the larger diverse design community and is a collaborative environment where design organizations and affiliates share not only space, but ideas.

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The Center hosts programs covering a variety of topics about all things architecture and design that aim to provide the general public and industry professionals with engaging dialogue and to provide a space for inspiration. Signature programs such as the annual Architecture + the City Festival, San Francisco Living: Home Tours, Fresh Brew, as well as symposia, lectures, film screenings, tours and more that provide a variety of opportunities for everyone to be part of the conversation!

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Architecture + the City Festival Group of People

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AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design collaborate to enhance the practice of and appreciation for architecture and design through continuing education, exhibitions, lectures, tours, and film screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area community.

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The Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are fully tax-deductible. Your donation supports our mission to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area, in partnership with nonprofits and the built community.

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