Shape Your City

Making the Bay Area a better place to live, work, and visit

Shape Your City

Enhancing public engagement with Bay Area architecture and its built environment

Shape Your City

Showcasing the impact of great design in our daily lives and environment

Shape Your City

Celebrating the Bay Area’s pioneering and creative spirit

Shape Your City

Strengthening the Bay Area’s vibrant urban fabric

Shape Your City

The Shape Your City Campaign was launched to help build the Bay Area’s new Center for Architecture + Design and fund expanded architecture and design-focused tours, exhibitions, lectures, youth programs, and other special events for people of all ages.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to inspire community engagement in architecture, design, and the built environment and create an equitable, sustainable, and beautiful Bay Area where everyone thrives.

Why is the Center Expanding?

To meet the demand for expanded programs and help solve the pressing issues we face in our city, the Center for Architecture + Design 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.

Two Ways to Shape Your City

The 140 Fund

Help us build the Center for Architecture + Design
Contributions may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

Expand Programs

Help grow the Center’s educational and program offerings
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

A New Hub for all Things Architecture + Design

Aidlin Darling Design and a talented team of collaborators from across the Bay Area are working to build a cultural destination on the ground floor space of the historic Hallidie Building. 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.

Together, with the support of our community, we have the opportunity to create an enduring hub dedicated to inspiring, educating, and engaging audiences of all ages to discover design’s power to improve the quality of our daily lives.

“Rigorous design, at all scales, is not only exciting but desperately needed. We have a rare opportunity to create a public space that will inspire our community through visual media, as well as the written and spoken word.

Joshua Aidlin, FAIA
Founding Partner at Aidlin Darling Design

The Future of Architecture and Design — The Center’s Story

Discover why community advocates, industry leaders, and AIA members believe the new Center for Architecture + Design will make a lasting impact on our community.

“The street-level presence will welcome the community to participate in the future thinking of cities and places that are economically vibrant, culturally diverse, and distinctively healthier and more resilient.”

Kamala Subbarayan, Google, Inc.
Board President, Center for Architecture + Design

Shape Your City Center for Architecture + Design Testimonials

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 industry allies, AIA members, and individual donors.

Over $3MM has been raised so far through in-kind contributions from generous donations. The Center still needs to raise nearly $4MM to cover the construction costs.

The Center's Dream Team
Design Team
Aidlin Darling Design
BCCI Construction
AR Green, LEED Consulting
Atelier 10
Murphy Burr Curry
NG Associates
PAE Engineers
Salter, Inc
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
The Preview Group
Tucci Lightin
Bruce Albert, AIA – Management
Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind
David Hecht, AIA – Tannerhecht
Design Agency Co – PR
HOK – FF & E-Procurement
Richard Barnes – Photographer
Ryan Bukco – Art
Studio Hinrichs – Identity + Branding
Tamsin Orion – Filmmaker
In-Kind Donors
3QC Inc
Acosta and Sons
Acoustical Interiors
Architectural Components Group, Inc
Architectural Enclosures
Archoustics West & LogiSon Acoustic Network
Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions
BKF As-Built Scanning
C.E. Toland Cooper Lighting
CAL Lighting
California Accent Lighting, Inc.
CMG Premier
Commercial Casework
Complete Drywall
De Anza Tile
DPW Inc.
Eaton Electrical
Flex Lighting
Golden State Lumber
Habitat Horticulture
Hilti North America
IAC Acoustics
Innovative Mechanical
Insight Lighting
Kinetics Noise Control
Magic Leap
Majestic Floors
MechoShade Systems
Metro Electric
Meyer Sound
Mission Bell
Mohawk Industries
Monticelli Painting
Osram & Encelium Extend
Pagnini Electric
RE Edwards/Thrislington
RS Analysis
Sherwin Williams
Somfy Systems, Inc
Space Theory, a HenryBuilt Co.
Stewart Film Screen
Terra Visual
Yellowgoat Design
Young Electric
Sustaining Leaders
Sustaining Advocate

Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger


Sustaining Supporters

Carla and Paul Cooper, AIA
Charles Higueras, FAIA
Chris Pemberton, AIA
Christine & Mike Murray
Craig Hartman, FAIA and Jan O’Brien, AIA
David Hecht, AIA
Nora Klebow, FAIA
William E. Valentine, FAIA

Circle of Friends

Adrianne Steichen, AIA
David Meckel, FAIA
GAST Architects
Gene Schnair

Jessica Lane, AIA
John Kouletsis, AIA
Marc L’Italien, FAIA
Nathan Ogle, AIA

Ronald Bracamonte, FAIA
Stacy Williams
Studio Perez
Tim Stevens, AIA

Thanks to everyone who donated!


In the Press

Shape Your City

This is the moment to contribute.

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The 140 Fund

Help us build the Center for Architecture + Design
Contributions may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

Expand Programs

Help grow the Center’s educational and program offerings
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.