Design Learning, Designs Futures

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

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.

Key Programs

52nd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition

The AFSF High School Design Competition puts students’ design skills, creativity, spatial and analytical thinking and craftsmanship to meet real-world challenges.  With the guidance of instructors, high school students design a building or site and communicate their design solutions through drawings, renderings, and physical and 3D digital models. Recent challenges have included designing a performance space for the America’s Cup, a pavilion for the Super Bowl, and a Maker Space for a new city park.

The AFSF High School Design Competition is open to high school students throughout the Bay Area at no cost.

Saturday Design Studio - March 13 - April 17, 2021

MARCH 13 – APRIL 17, 2021

A 6 week Program where participants will learn professional digital design tools, receive 1-on-1 mentoring with an architect or engineer, and create a portfolio of photo-realistic and video renderings of their original 3D designs.

Summer Design Institute 2021

In a fun and fast-paced 3-week summer program, the Summer Design Institute offers students an opportunity to develop design skills and create a portfolio of work that they can use for college entrance requirements and career opportunities. In this unique program, students learn drawing techniques, 3D modeling, photography and video and work with a range of computer-aided design tools including the Autodesk family of drawing, modeling and animation software.

Session 1: June 14 – July 1, 2021
Session 2: July 12 – 30, 2021

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