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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

 

Announcing the winners of this year’s (2017) 48th annual High School Design Competition!

Posted on April 26, 2017 by AFSF

Best Design, Overall Superiority

1st place               Rachel Sweeney                      Lowell High School

2nd place              Emily Rupright                       Lick-Wilmerding High School    

3rd place               Jenny Cong                            Lowell High School

 

Honorable Mentions

            Maxim Yu                               Burlingame High School

            Aaron Liang                            Lowell High School

            Jasmine Liang                         Lowell High School

            Rigel Wakil                             Lowell High School

            Kelsey Wang                           Valley Christian High School

            Andrew Boghossian                Lick-Wilmerding High School

 

Best Group Entry

1st place               Lisabel Wolf                           Abraham Lincoln High School

            Jason Tan

            Emily Hu

2nd place              Brian Zhang                            Abraham Lincoln High School

            Justin Wong

3rd place              Cherry Tsang                           Abraham Lincoln High School

            Monty Choy

            Jet Hule

Honorable Mention

            Allison Lee                              Abraham Lincoln High School

            Katherine Ngo

Best Digital Presentation

1st place              Vialina Bulatova                      Abraham Lincoln High School

2nd place             Andre Simmons                      Lowell High School                           

3rd place             Maya Malauasi                          Nueva School

                       

Honorable Mention

            Andrew Justin Villanueva         Lowell High School

 

Congratulations and thank you to all 88 students who submitted 68 designs.  Our judging panel of professional architects and designers were incredibly impressed by the level of effort, creativity, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail that ALL of the participants demonstrated in your submissions.

Thank you as well to Fort Mason for hosting the awards event and for providing this year’s design challenge topic.

And enormous thanks to Ryan Lee of Woods Bagot,  This former champion of the High School Design Competition has gone on to a successful career as a professional architect, and continues to give back with incredible dedication, spearheading the high school design competition process itself yet again.

For more information on the annual AFSF High School Design Competition, see: http://www.afsf.org/programs/the-annual-architectural-design-competition-for-high-school-students/

2017 Architectural Foundation Awards Breakfast!

Posted on March 23, 2017 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Eighteenth Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 

 

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

7:30 am             Check-in and Coffee

7:45                   Breakfast

8:00 – 9:30      Program

 

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

 

Sponsor @ $2,500 (reserves a table including 8 complimentary tickets)

Contributor @ $1,350 (reserves half a table with 4 complimentary tickets)

Individual Tickets are available @ $375

 

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Eighteenth Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 11th Floor in San Francisco.  The event will begin at 7:30 am with check-in and coffee, then the Breakfast will begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 9:30 am. This event 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.

Past keynote speakers have included noted designer Alexander Julian, SFUSD Superintendent Carlos Garcia, Milton Chen, Executive Director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, David Macaulay, author and illustrator, Dr. Tom Peters, President and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation, Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, Keith Wheeler, President and CEO of the Foundation for Our Future at the Center for a Sustainable Future in Shelburne Vermont, and Moy Eng, Program Director of the Performing Arts Program and The William and Flora Hewitt Foundation.

Proceeds from the event are used to support the Foundation’s educational programs, particularly our Build San Francisco Institute, a part of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Secondary School Redesign Initiative. This is an opportunity for SFUSD high school juniors and seniors to participate in an experiential learning program in architecture and urban design. Offering classes and mentorships in the afternoon hours of the school day, the Build San Francisco Institute introduces the students to the real world of urban planning and design, providing them a unique opportunity to become involved in the development of San Francisco.

 


Students from the Build San Francisco Institute.  AFSF breakfasts have showcased the Build San Francisco programs including both the morning Independence High School program and the afternoon Build San Francisco Institute mentorship program which were recognized for their outstanding work.


AFSF Executive Director presents Alexander Julian with the Speaker’s Award.


Build San Francisco Institute Student Speaker Mikalynn Todd


Build San Francisco Institute Student Speaker Alex Arevallo

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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5Cesar Rubio

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.

 

 

Architectural Foundation of San Francisco Annual Awards Breakfast

Posted on February 26, 2016 by AFSF

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco’s Seventeenth Annual Awards Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 

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

7:30 am Check-in and Coffee

7:45 Breakfast

8:00 -9:30 Program

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

“Sponsor” @ $2,500 (reserves a table including 8 complimentary tickets)

“Contributor” @ $1,350 (reserves half a table including 4 complimentary tickets)

“Individual Tickets” are available @ $375

Announcing the 2016 Summer Design Institute.

Posted on February 24, 2016 by AFSF

Announcing the 2016 Summer Design Institute

June 6-24, 2016

9:00 a.m. until Noon M-F

901 Mission Street, Suite 304, San Francisco CA

$1500.00 Includes all materials.

The Build San Francisco Summer Design Institute is open to high school students with an interest in architecture, design and urban development. In a fun and fast-paced three week summer program, the Summer Design Institute offers students an opportunity to develop their own design skills and to create a portfolio of work that they can use for college entrance requirements and career opportunities. In this unique program, students will be able to learn drawing techniques, 3D modeling, photography and video and work with a range of computer aided design tools from the Autodesk family of drawing, modeling and animation software.

 

Program enrollment form

 

The BEAUX ARTS BALL Redux! 2015

Posted on September 1, 2015 by AFSF

Not since 1991 has the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco hosted 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 22, 2015, in the lobby of Foundry Square at 405 Howard Street, San Francisco. We are 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.

 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beaux-arts-ball-redux-tickets-12389269639

2015 Beaux Arts Ball invitation