Summer Design 2019!

Posted on January 14, 2019 by AFSF

AFSF proudly announces the 

2019 Summer Design Institute!

June 17 –  July 3*        – or –
July 8 – 26

9:00 am-noon, Mon – Fri*
$2,500.00 includes tuition and all materials.
Session 1 includes a Saturday field trip

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!

High School Design Competition this weekend!

Posted on April 20, 2018 by AFSF

Entries for the 49th annual High School Design Competition must be submitted this Saturday, April 21, 10am – noon at:

420 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107


The competition is hosted by Associate Capital at this year’s Potrero Power Plant project site!  Click here for a detailed map of the venue.

Please utilize street parking along 23rd Street or the parking lot next to DHL.

Public transportation: take Muni T-line to 3rd St. and 23rd St. or the 22 or 48 bus lines to 3rd St. and 20th St.

Disregard the note about only allowing “black/white and shades of grey.” The use of color in drawings and models will be accepted.

AWARDS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the same location.  All entrants, parents, family members, instructors and friends are encouraged to attend. Winners will be announced and awards presented.  Doors open promptly at 4:00pm.

Prizes in 3 categories: 1) Best Design (single entrant), 2) Best Group entry and 3) Best Digital entry.   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.

For more info on the competition, including the complete packet, click here.

2018 AFSF Awards Breakfast: May 10th

Posted on March 27, 2018 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Nineteenth Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 


The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 11th Floor   San Francisco

7:30 – 9:30 am

To purchase tickets please contact Alan Sandler, 415-393-1493.

For more info, see:


The AFSF’s 19th Annual Awards Breakfast will honor outstanding teachers and principals, students, architects and designers working in the classroom, firms and community organizations, all working on design education projects in the San Francisco Bay area. This annual awards event is attended by over 150 architects, engineers, contractors, educators, students and civic leaders.

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) is a non-profit educational organization that involves San Francisco elementary and secondary public school students through a mentored appreciation of architecture, engineering, construction and the design process.

Come help honor our educators and our youth, and support the foundation in inspiring our future!

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!


October 19, 2017 – Beaux Arts Ball!

Posted on July 18, 2017 by AFSF

Order your tickets NOW!

Thursday, Oct. 19th, 2017
6:00 – 10:00 pm

SF War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Ave.,  SF, CA  94102

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco invites you to our annual Beaux Arts Ball, a festive evening to celebrate the people who plan, design, and build our city.  Everyone in, supportive of or interested in the Design, Architecture, Engineering, Contracting, Development, Construction, MEP and related industries is welcome to the party!

We also invite prominent members of the design and construction communities to become supporters of this event. Proceeds from the Beaux Arts Ball support our educational programming, including:

– Build SF

– the Summer Design Institute

– our annual High School Design Competition

– and our other educational and internship programs.

AFSF provides skills and training for high school students from diverse backgrounds.  And we place students in one-on-one internships with professional architects, engineers and contractors as mentors.

Come celebrate the many accomplishments of those creating our built environment.  And show up to support our mission of furthering architectural education and opportunities for SF Bay Area youth.

Costumes encouraged. Bring friends!

We hope to see you there!

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: