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.

Saturday Design Studio – two sessions for Spring 2024!

In this 6-week big bite of design and architecture, high school students will learn professional skills and tools and create an impressive array of designs.  Work independently and collaboratively, learn about careers and college paths, and create a portfolio of original work.  Includes weekly mentoring by an architect, engineer or other design professional.

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30am PDT plus 6 one-hour mentoring sessions during the week.

Online, via Zoom.

Mar. 2 – Apr. 6, 2024                 or

Apr. 20 – May 25, 2024

Register hereMore info here.

Thinking of applying to architecture school and wondering how to put together a portfolio?

Join us for our AFSF Portfolio Workshops!  On one or two Saturday afternoons, you’ll meet with our architecture instructor and work through ideas and strategies for your portfolio. Get instruction, feedback and recommendations for creating an amazing portfolio of your work.  Attend one or both of the Saturday workshops!

Open to all high school students considering or undergraduate architecture or design college programs. Recent graduates or college students considering switching majors welcome too!

If you are already close to finishing a porfolio, this is an opportunity to get input and feedback before you submit.  If you’ve never started, get input and instruction on creating a visual summary that demonstrates the best of your capabilities!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall 2023 Portfolio Workshops.  Check back for the dates of our Spring Workshops!

Cost: $55 for one workshop, or $95 for both sessions.


AFSF Portfolio Workshops

Spring, 2024


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.

Portfolio Workshops! Oct. 21 & 28

Register here for one or both of our AFSF Portfolio Workshops:   Oct. 21 & 28, 1:00 – 2:15 pm (PDT) Get instruction, feedback and recommendations for creating an amazing portfolio of your work.  Attend one or both of the Saturday workshops! Cost: $55 for one workshop, or $95 for both sessions.  Please make your payment using a credit or Paypal

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Saturday Design Studios – Fall 2023

AFSF invites high school students throughout the Bay Area and around the world to join the 6-week AFSF Saturday Design Studio. In this Saturday morning online workshop, participants learn new techniques and tools, and create original designs individually and collaboratively to meet real-world design challenges. Students are also mentored by a professional architect, engineer, or other design

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AFSF Beaux Arts Ball 2023 – Sept. 28

Join us on Thursday, September 28th at the historic Green Room in San Francisco for a spectacular gala featuring a live jazz band, casino tables, and the traditional Beaux Arts costume contest! More information here: AFSF Beaux Arts Ball

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Thank you to our sponsors!

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

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