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 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 here.

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.

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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Another Successful AFSF Fitness Challenge!

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:

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Mentor a teen with AFSF!

Sign up here to significantly impact the next generation of designers and informed community members. The Architectural Foundation of SF connects design + build professionals with students in our high school programs for personalized mentoring arranged to fit your schedule. See our mentoring web page for more info , and contact fred@afsf.org with any questions.

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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.

2021 Design Ideas Collective

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2nd annual AFSF Design Ideas Collective!!  High school students were invited to consider design solutions to address the intersection of our housing and climate crises in proposing designs for a growing and thriving city.  The breadth, detail, thoughtfulness, and originality of students’ submission was astonishing.  The work these youth put in, and the creative approaches they articulated, gives us all hope for our future, especially in these challenging times. 

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