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.

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

2021 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, 10am – noon (PDT)

  • Oct 16 – Nov 6, 2021
  • Jan 22 – Feb 19, 2022 
  • Apr 16 – May 7, 2022

2021 Design Ideas Collective

In this 2nd annual event, high school students are invited to consider design solutions to address the intersection of our housing and climate crises in proposing a design for a growing and thriving city.

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021     –    Submission entries due
Sun. Nov. 21, 2021   –    Virtual Awards Ceremony

Propose creative solutions!
Receive feedback from design professionals!
Win awards!

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