The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to creating a public-focused dialogue on architecture, design, and the built environment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 2005, the Center enhances public appreciation for architecture and design through exhibitions, lectures, tours, film series, and other programs. 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. Learn more about the building of the new Center and its dream team led by Aidlin Darling Design and more than 75+ in-kind Donors.

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Celebrating Community

Since 2015, the Center for Architecture + Design’s Community Alliance Awards has honored 100+ individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership, and dedication has shaped the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment. In collaboration with the American Institute of Architects/San Francisco

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Architecture + the City Festival Group of People

Save the dates!

September 6 – 27, 2024

Since 2003, we have worked to enrich these core events and have collaborated with countless design and community partners, firms, and organizations to further creative ideas and advance the conversation surrounding our local built environment, to celebrate accomplishments, and together work towards building a more sustainable future. 

Architecture + the City Festival Group of People

Programs

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, and Fresh Brew Series, 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

Support

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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