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.

In 6 short weeks, high school students learn digital design software, create an impressive array of original designs, and are personally mentored by a design professional.

6 Saturdays online, 10am – 12pm PDT plus 6 individually scheduled mentoring sessions

Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, or Apr-May.

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2022 Design Ideas Collective

High school students everywhere are invited to envision a vibrant, thriving public realm for our pandemic-impacted future.  Given how CoVID-19 has altered patterns of working, commuting and engaging with urban cores and other shared spaces, how should our built environment look, feel, and act to meet these new realities and leverage the opportunities they provide?

Submissions due:     Dec. 9

Awards offered!

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.

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Mentor a teen with AFSF!

Sign up here to inspire the next generation of designers and informed community members. The Architectural Foundation of SF connects design + build professionals with high school students in our programs for personalized mentoring arranged to fit your schedule. Opportunities for 4-6 weeks of mentoring start this month. We are seeking mentors for programs running through the

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2022 Design Ideas Collective!!

AFSF invites any interested high school student to participate in the 3rd Annual Design Ideas Collective. Create your vision for how to bring renewed life and vitality to our public spaces post-pandemic. Read the full design brief here, find more info here, and submit your concept on Dec. 9.

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Saturday Design Studio: Oct-Nov

Sign up now for the AFSF Fall 2022 Saturday Design Studio: In 4 short weeks, high school students will learn digital design software, create an impressive array of original designs, and meet a design professional for 1-on-1 mentoring. 4 Saturdays online, 10am – 12pm PDT Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12 Register here.  More info here and

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The 2022 AFSF Fitness Challenge was a huge success!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the 2022 AFSF Fitness Challenge!

Collectively, you ran, biked or walked over 2,000 miles.  That’s equivalent to crossing all 8 of the SF Bay’s bridges over 70 times!  And you raised more than $30,000 for our educational programs!  

Special gratitude to our sponsors:

Black Swan Risk Managment
Tile & Stone Council of Northern California
Page & Turnbull: Architecture + Historic Preservation

Key Programs

Thank you to all the students and mentors who participated in this year’s AFSF Summer Design Institute, Mayor’s Youth Employment Experience Program and BUILD-Antioch.

Stay tuned for updates on our Summer 2023 programs!

Congratulations to all 142 participants of this year’s HS Design Competition, especially to all award-winners.

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