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.
Celebrate with us
Join us for this historic moment as the new Center of Architecture + Design opens its doors in San Francisco!
Mark your calendars to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Center for Architecture & Design within the storefront of the historic Hallidie Building at 140 Sutter Street. After years of planning, the new Center opens up street level in the heart of downtown San Francisco and will also serve as the new headquarters for the American Institute of Architects/San Francisco (AIASF).
This one-day event at the new Center includes presentations, panels, and exhibitions exploring a wide range of topics about Indigenous placemaking in the Bay Area, California, and North America.
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!
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.