20th Annual Awards Breakfast: May 16.

Posted on March 23, 2019 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Twentieth Annual Awards Breakfast will be Thurs., May 16, 2019

The City Club, 155 Sansome St.

7:30 – 9:30 am

Click here to order tickets. 

Click here for more information. 

High School Design Competition 2019!

Posted on January 22, 2019 by AFSF

AFSF presents the 50th Annual High School Design Competition for students throughout the Bay Area!

This year, students are challenged to design the new Tenderloin YMCA at UC-Hastings as key part of plans to integrate the campus into the community.  Details here:
Entries must be submitted Sat., April 27 between 10:00am and 12:00 noon.
Awards ceremony, Sun, April 28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Location: TBD (stay tuned!)
3 categories: Best Design (single), Best Group entry, and Best Digital entry.
First place winner in the overall superiority category also receives a 4-week summer pre-college scholarship at the California College of the Arts.
More info, contact: Ryan Lee, 415-277-3041,

Posted on July 27, 2018 by AFSF

One of our current interns was so impacted by his AFSF experience last year, he signed up to for another summer with us.  Read Anthony Martinez’s reflections on the latest blog:

AFSF is a proud sponsor and host of Future Grads interns, in partnership with the SF Police Dept and  

2018 Kirby Award Winner:

Posted on June 8, 2018 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation is proud to award the 2018 Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize to Fletcher Studio for their impressive redesign of South Park, San Francisco’s oldest public open space. The Kirby prize is awarded annually by AFSF in recognition of the best new building by a small firm.  Congratulations to David Fletcher and the rest of the Fletcher studio team!

49th high school design competition – 2018!

Posted on January 22, 2018 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco proudly invites all interested high school students in the Bay Area to enter

the 49th Annual

April 21 – 22, 2018

This year you are challenged to design a Community Campus Center to be integrated as part of a new mixed-use development at the Potrero Power Plant on San Francisco’s eastern shoreline.  Create a physical model and / or a digital model to win a prize in one or more of 3 categories: 1) Best Design (single entrant), 2) Best Group entry and 3) Best Digital entry.

More info and the complete competition packet are available here:

The Annual Architectural Design Competition for High School Students

Summer Design 2018 – Sign up Now!

Posted on December 7, 2017 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) is thrilled to announce our 2018 Summer Design Institute!

Sign up here:

Open to any high school student, you can choose between two 3-week sessions: June 11-29 or July 9-27.   Both run Mon. – Fri., 9am – noon, and tuition for either session is $2,000 which includes all materials and supplies. For more info, see: 

We look forward to your participation! 

Thank you for making the 2017 Beaux Arts Ball fabulous!

Posted on October 30, 2017 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco thanks all of the professionals and fans of the architecture, engineering and construction worlds who came out in style for our 3rd annual Beaux Arts Ball Redux.  More than a few impressive costumes made the evening of music, food, games and prizes sparkle even more brightly.  Special thanks to our organizing committee for making it all come together in such stunning fashion!

Thank you for showing up and for supporting our educational programs.  See you all next year!


Spaces still available for the Summer Design Institute

Posted on June 26, 2017 by AFSF

There’s still time to apply for the July session of our annual Summer Design Institute!  Join other high school students from around the Bay Area to learn multiple professional 3D design tools, meet with architects and engineers, apply sustainable design technologies, view some of the most exciting new architecture in San Francisco, and collaborate on original designs to meet a current urban design challenge posed by a representative from a multi-billion dollar development firm.


AFSF Summer Design Institute
July 10-28

(no program July 13-14)

Mon-Fri, 9am-noon
Chronicle Building: 901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


For more information, see:


To apply go to:


With questions, contact:


2nd session of the 2017 Summer Design Institute now open!

Posted on April 27, 2017 by AFSF

Due to unusually high demand, the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) announced that we are offering another session of our annual Summer Design Institute.  In addition to our regular June session (June 13-30), which is almost full, we have added a new session in July:


July 10-28 (except no program July 13-14).


For more information, see:


To apply go to:


With questions, contact:


2017 High School Design Competition Challenge!

Posted on January 5, 2017 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco is pleased to announce our 48th annual


This is an exciting competition where high school students put their design skills, creativity, spatial and analytical thinking and craftsmanship to the test. With the guidance of instructors, high school students design a building and communicate their design solutions through drawings and models. All high school students in both public and private schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to participate. This competition provides young thinkers with the opportunity to participate in what is a very unique learning project.


Competition Schedule: 

SUBMISSION: Entries must be submitted on Saturday, April 22, 2017 between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon  (Location TBD.  Check back here for updates or contact for more info).

AWARDS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Sunday, April 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the same location (TBD).  All entrants, their parents and family members, and respective faculty instructors are invited. Winners will be announced and awards will be presented at this time. Doors open promptly at 4:00pm.

This year we are awarding prizes in 3 categories: 1) Best Design (single entrant), 2) Best Group entry, and 3) Best Digital entry.   Please note that depending on which option your students choose to enter, they will only be eligible for certain awards.  In addition to the standard prizes, the first place winner in the overall superiority category will receive a four week Summer Pre-college Scholarship at the California College of the Arts.

AFSF HS Design Winners 2014


2017 Design Challenge:

This year, you are challenged to design a Music Production Hub situated between Pier 1 and Pier 2 in Fort Mason’s Historic Landmark District. The lower portion of the revived former military base along San Francisco’s northern waterfront is currently home to the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), which consolidates various outlets for people to explore their creative and artistic abilities. This competition endeavors to enhance the FMCAC’s mission by creating additional space for musicians to both produce and perform their craft in a unique waterfront setting.

The Music Production Hub you design will be a place for aspiring Bay Area musical artists to practice, hone and challenge their capabilities in a wide-ranging environment equipped to cater to both collaborative interaction and individual experimentation. The hub will be a gathering place for those to express themselves through sound and also a place to learn and draw from musical history. Capitalizing on the site’s public waterfront access, a public performance space will be a key component of the project.  Download the 2017 challenge packet for a complete description of the challenge and requirements.

This year’s site is quite different from previous design competitions as almost 95% of the site is situated over open water. There are no limits to what may be created and designed by you: you may choose to float your design over water, to ground it on a structure by expanding portions of the existing piers, to use a combination of both ideas or to come up with an entirely alternative approach. As with all AFSF competitions, you will be critiqued more on the aspirations of your “big idea” than your ability to problem-solve every technical detail of your design’s real-life features and ramifications. However, if you choose to elaborate on certain technical aspects of your design, we will welcome anything and everything that intrigues you about your design.


Ultimately, have fun with it!




We Look Forward to Your Participation!


Classroom Support for Teachers:

Ryan Lee of Woods Bagot is this year’s Competition Chair and Author. He will be available to visit your classroom and discuss the program with your students. You may call him directly at 415-277-3041 or e-mail him at to set up a classroom visit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact him.