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.

Congratulations to all 142 participants of this year’s HS Design Competition, especially to all award-winners.

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.

Mentor a teen with AFSF!

You can 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 Guidelines / FAQ, and contact to sign up.

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Summer Design Institute 2022

Spaces are still available in both the June and July sessions of the AFSF Summer Design Institute! Any high school student is invited to participate in this intensive 3-week deep dive into the world of architecture, including twice weekly mentoring by an architect, engineer, or other design professional. This year’s program will again be online, focusing on

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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:

Key Programs

Congratulations and THANK YOU to all our Saturday Design Institute participants

In 4 short weeks, they created an impressive array of original designs

Stay tuned for details on Saturday Design 22-23

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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