Each year the festival features behind-the-scenes tours, authors series, exhibitions, and more that provide an excellent opportunity for all communities to experience architecture and design in a myriad of ways throughout San Francisco.

The Architecture + the City festival provides an excellent opportunity for all communities to experience architecture and design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. How can San Francisco be a more connected city? How can we address its challenges of housing, climate change, economic and health equity? How do we design with connection in mind, that is human-centered and focuses on health, inclusivity and resilience.

Every September, the festival reveals the many facets and layers of San Francisco, and how ­architecture and design play a key role in this ever-changing urban landscape. Millions of people from around the world visit San Francisco — a 49 square-mile city with a population of more than 800,000 comprised of artists, architects, designers, storytellers, students, and more — each with perspectives that contribute to the compelling and evolving narrative that makes this City so unique.

The event listings below are a snapshot of the virtual programs which will continue the spirit of the festival where the community meets at the intersection of architecture and design. Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, some program schedules are subject to change.


Villages of West Africa

Monday, September 14 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Steven and Cathi House of House + House Architects who will discuss their recently published book, "Villages of West Africa: an intimate journey across time”, which explores a part of the world that has been at the crossroads of history for thousands of years.


John Lum Architecture

Wednesday, September 16 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Join AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design, as we kick-off a new series of design mixers showcasing firms featured in the annual AIASF publication, Small Firms, Great Projects, with this event hosted by John Lum Architecture (JLA).


John Carl Warnecke:
In the Shadow of the Eternal Flame

Tuesday, September 22 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

John Carl Warnecke (1919 -­ 2010) designed one the most visited U.S. Presidential monuments, JFK's Eternal Flame. Architectural historian Bridget Maley will look at Warnecke’s deeply contextual approach which began early and continued throughout his career.


5 Blocks

Tuesday, September 22 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

San Francisco’s Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America.  Directed by Dan Goldes and Robert Cortlandt, "5 Blocks" explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.


Skin of Glass

Thursday, 9.28.20 | 6 - 8 PM

Roger Zmekhol was just 30 years old when he imagined the “Pele de Vidro” building in 1960s Brazil. Follow the journey of filmmaker Denise Zmekhol who unearths an incredible narrative in this work-in-progress preview about her father's legacy that was impacted by the country's harsh inequality.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and members, the Center for Architecture + Design will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to assess how best to move forward on a weekly basis. As news of the coronavirus and the rapidly changing status of outbreaks in the Bay Area and beyond leads to increasing action by both public health officials and private businesses, we encourage you to read "A message to our guests about COVID-19 coronavirus"

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