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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:  http://www.afsf.org/programs/build-san-francisco-summer-design-institute/

 

To apply go to: https://goo.gl/forms/hNsfoAGe9Dcp1g1w1

 

With questions, contact: sustainablefred@gmail.com

 

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:  http://www.afsf.org/programs/build-san-francisco-summer-design-institute/

 

To apply go to: https://goo.gl/forms/hNsfoAGe9Dcp1g1w1

 

With questions, contact: sustainablefred@gmail.com

 

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

HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION

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 Ryan.Lee@woodsbagot.com 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!

 

DOWNLOAD THE 2017 CHALLENGE PACKET HERE:

2017_AFSF_HSDC_Packet

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 Ryan.Lee@woodsbagot.com to set up a classroom visit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact him.

 

 

Announcing the 2017 Summer Design Institute!

Posted on December 16, 2016 by AFSF

The Architecture Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 Build SF Summer Design Institute.

June 13-30, 2017.

A fast-paced, exciting opportunity for high school students to gain high-tech archticture and design skills working on real-world challenges. For more info and to apply:

Build San Francisco Summer Design Institute

The BEAUX ARTS BALL 2016 Redux is coming!

Posted on August 31, 2016 by AFSF

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For the second time since 1991, the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco will host a party for the Design, Engineering, and Construction industries. We think that it is time to gather again and celebrate the accomplishments of those who plan, design, and construct our built environment.

Plans are currently underway for the AFSF’s Beaux Arts Ball Redux – to be held on Thursday evening, October 27, 2016, at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, San Francisco. We are also inviting a few prominent members of the design and construction community to become supporters of this event. This event supports BuildSF, the mentorship and educational program that matches outstanding students, teachers and principals with architects, engineers, contractors, and community organizations, to further architectural education projects in the San Francisco Bay area.

Come join us!

 

http://2nd_annual_2016_afsf_beaux_arts_ball.eventbrite.com

AFSF Beaux Ball 2016 Save the Date

2016 Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Award presented to Interstice Architects.

Posted on June 17, 2016 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco presents the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize every year to a small San Francisco architectural firm honoring design excellence. This year the prize has been awarded to Interstice Architects of San Francisco, for DREAM:shop.

The prize is given in honor of San Francisco architect Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick (1935 – 1988). Kirby’s work included the Peralta Elementary School in Oakland with Dan Solomon, which was published in Progressive Architecture. During the time his studio was at 447 Sutter Street, he also designed many private homes, including one in St. Helena which was published in Architectural Record.

David Meckel, Architectural Foundation of San Francisco board member

Andrew Dunbar, Interstice Architects

 

DREAM:shop

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This project is as a minimalist “open-ended” event space for an avid maker-client and his creative partners to experiment and ideate. Located in the central Mission, this simple plywood lined tube serves as a hybrid space for office, event space, laboratory and workshop all organized around a single three level vertical service core of reclaimed myrtle Wood. The unencumbered volume integrates circulation, aperture, glazing and high performance systems to prioritize flexibility and future change.

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The original Auto repair garage building was mostly demolished to allow the new generously “open” (both formally and programmatically) tube-like volume to connect the street to a private outdoor rear-yard workspace at the rear of the site. Maximizing glazing on both ends allowed for natural light and passive cross ventilation, including a fully retractable skylight at its core where one can access the native meadow roof garden.

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This core vertically consolidates all the functions of mechanical room, wet-lab, kitchen and bathrooms within a three level column. Accessed by a sculptural twisting stair, the service “column” allows the mezzanine office to be isolated from the workshop volume with glass curtains at two strategic locations. The smooth glass Street Façade de-materializes the dense urban fabric in which it is inserted, creating a shimmering void reflecting the sky by day and a glowing interior by night, while seamlessly integrating both vehicular and pedestrian access from Minna Street.

SITE: Mission District, San Francisco, CA

SCOPE: Studio, Office, Workshop

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AWARD:

Kirby Fitzpatrick Award, The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco 2016
AIA California Council Merit Award for Architecture 2015

Walls and ceilings are laid out in a rational full sheet plywood pattern to minimize waste. Light tracks are introduced into the joints in a randomized pattern to allow flexibility of future program possibilities and a myriad of light types, from orient-able spots, floods, pendants and line voltage theatrical spots, to plug-in projectors and accessories. Six oversized dimmable high intensity industrial fluorescent fixtures float like balloons in the prismatic void – an unencumbered volume which integrates circulation, aperture, glazing and high performance systems to prioritize flexibility and future change all within a clearly defined space that breathes natural light in constant dialogue with the suns and the ever changing seasons.

 

 

LMS Architects wins the 2014 Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize.

Posted on August 18, 2014 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco presents the Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick Prize every year to a small San Francisco architectural firm honoring design excellence. This year the prize has been awarded to LMS Architects for their work on the new Firehouse Number 1. The clients for the new Firehouse are SFMOMA, SFFD & SFDPW.

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The prize is given in honor of San Francisco architect Kirby Ward Fitzpatrick (1935 – 1988). Kirby’s work included the Peralta Elementary School in Oakland with Dan Solomon, which was published in Progressive Architecture. During the time his studio was at 447 Sutter Street, he also designed many private homes, including one in St. Helena which was published in Architectural Record.

MAKE THE CONNECTION 2013: Proceeds to benefit The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco

Posted on June 10, 2013 by AFSF

Make the Connection is an annual mixer that brings together professionals from the architectural, construction, engineering, facility management, green building, interior design and marketing communities in Northern California for an evening of conversation and cocktails. Presented by AIA, IIDA, IFMA, SMPS, and USGBC.

Each year the proceeds from the Make the Connection event benefit a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry.

Now in its fifth year, Make the Connection has chosen the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco as its beneficiary for the July 2013 event.

MTC is produced with funds from event sponsors, ticket sales, and volunteers. With additional in-kind donations, MTC is able to raise additional charitable funds through raffle ticket sales.

Make the Connection

Join us for the 5th Annual A/E/C

MAKE THE CONNECTION: 

Cocktails, Conversation & Charity 

July 24, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 pm
at the
Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street, San Francisco



Get Your Tickets Now at Brown Paper Tickets

$20 Advance/$30 At the Door

Make the Connection is an annual mixer that brings together professionals from the architectural, construction, engineering, facility management, green building, interior design and marketing communities in Northern California for an evening of conversation and cocktails. Presented by AIA, IIDA, IFMA, SMPS, and USGBC.

Each year the proceeds from the Make the Connection event benefit a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Architecture, Engineering or Construction industry.

Proceeds to Benefit:

The 1%The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) seeks systemic change in K-12 public education by invoking the creative power of the design process to engender a culture of curiosity and personal initiative in our students.

AFSF involves elementary and secondary students in a mentored appreciation of architecture, engineering, construction and the design process. Our programs are unique, combining architects, engineers, designers and business leaders with expertise in the practical world of design and development with teachers’ knowledge of their academic discipline and their skills in pedagogy. This combination of professionals allows students to become the artists and creators they were meant to be. It brings meaning and context to their education.

Of Interest to All

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Jeff Lambert

Build SF Update

The 2012 school year has begun and Build San Francisco is again accepting students. This year we are running three programs, including morning design studios with Independence and Ida B. Wells High Schools. The afternoon Build San Francisco Institute program is rapidly filling up, with a great group of students from eight different schools around San Francisco.  These students will begin their mentorships in the next couple of weeks. That’s when the real learning begins.

 

Mentors Wanted. Build San Francisco students spend two afternoons each week working with firms under the direction of a mentor. Students report that these mentorships are the best part of the program and our mentors accomplish a great deal with the students in these settings. The commitment is not too extensive – two afternoons each week from 1:00 until 3:30. If you would like to join our mentor team, please contact Will Fowler at will@afsf.org for more information.