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 first AFSF Fitness Challenge was a huge success!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the 2021 inaugural 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:

Silver Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Happy Holidays from AFSF!

All of us at the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco would like to wish the sweetest of holidays to all of you in the Build + Design Community, all of our students past and future, and all of our supporters and colleagues in this essential work.  Whether you celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus, New Year’s, some combination of

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Saturday Design Studio – Apr-May 2022

AFSF Saturday Design Studio – Spring 2022 Learn high-tech digital tools and receive 1-on-1 mentoring by a design professionals in this 4-week on-line program for high school students.  Just one session remains with space available during the 2021 – 2022 school year: Apr 16 – May 7, 2022. The Saturday Design Studio meets on 4 consecutive Saturdays, 10:00

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Design Professionals: Mentor a High Schooler this Winter/Spring!

Inspire the next generation of designers and informed citizens, just by spending 1 hour a week online with a teenager this Feb – Apr. Share your perspectives, career arc and feedback on work the student will be doing in our MYEEP internship program. Architects, Engineers, Construction Managers, Contractors, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and all other build +

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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

2022 Saturday Design Studio

Join us online on for a 4-week dive into digital design for high school students.  Learn high tech digital design tools (such as Autodesk Revit and SketchUp) and use them to create original designs for real world challenges. Participants will also receive weekly 1-on-1 mentoring by a professional architect or engineer.

Saturdays, April 16 – May 7, 10am – noon (PDT)

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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