Design Learning, Designs Futures

Connecting youth with professionals and providing skills, inspiration and a deep understanding of what it takes to create and build the environment of our future.

The Build SF Summer Design Institute is a fun and fast-paced three week summer program for high school students interested in architecture, design and urban development.

Spaces are still available in our July sessuib.  Each morning, you’ll meet online with classmates from around the world.  Guided by our architecture instructor, you’ll learn new skills and techniques, as you create original solutions to real-world design challenges, compiling a portfolio of work along the way.  

In addition, you’ll be mentored twice a week by an architect, engineer, or other design+build professional.  Get a glimpse of life in the design world and what it takes to get there!

More info here.  Register here.

Thank you to all AFSF supporters and awards recipients for participating in our 2024 Awards Breakfast!

AFSF High School Design Competition 

Congratulations to all award winners, and thank you to all participants!!!

Click here to watch a recording of the May 19th, Awards Ceremony.

Click here for details on the awards winners from among the  156 Participants from
24 High Schools in 10 countries and 4 US states!

Our Mission

The mission of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco is to enhance the awareness and appreciation of architecture and the design process in the local community.

Summer Design July 2024

High school students around the world are invited to participate in our 3-week intensive deep-dive into the world of design, July 8-26, 2024. In our on-line design studio (9am-noon PDT), learn new concepts, approaches and skills for solving real-world design challenges, individually and in teams. Get an insider’s perspective on a career in architecture, engineering or a

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Mentor this summer with AFSF!

Are you a professional in the design + build world, looking to pay it forward by supporting future generations? AFSF connects architects, engineers, landscape designers, urban planners, and others with teens in our high school programs. Our participants routinely describe the experience as inspiring and tremendously impactful. Learn more here

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HSDC Awards Ceremony – 4pm today!

At 4pm TODAY (Sun., May 19), join the Awards Ceremony zoom for the AFSF High School Design Competition Meeting ID: 815 5194 0229 Passcode: 402483 — One tap mobile +16699006833,,81551940229#,,,,*402483# US (San Jose) +16694449171,,81551940229#,,,,*402483# US — Or dial in by phone: • +1 669 900 6833 or • +1 719 359 4580 Find your local number:

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in our various fundraisers!  
Special gratitude to our sponsors:

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