The Annual Architectural Design Competition for High School Students


Annual AFSF High School Design Competition

Congratulations to all participants in the 54th Annual High School Design Competition!

Samples of student work submitted to the AFSF High School Design Competition

Congratulations to all students who submitted original creative work for this year’s AFSF High School Design Competition.  

And enormous thanks to our sponsors and judges!


The 54th installment of the AFSF High School Design Competition challenged students to design a Park Space and a PDR Collective next to existing wetlands along Islais Creek in San Francisco. 

‘PDR’ stands for Production, Distribution and Repair. The PDR Collective will be an opportunity to grow the local business presence and provide space for artists, makers, nonprofits, and other bedrocks of the community. The location of this new space will increase public access to the waterfront and create a new gathering space for the community.  Check out the 2023 HSDC design brief for more details.

Students from 21 high schools in 3 US States and 8 countries (US, China, Germany,

India, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, and Taiwan) submitted a combined total of 71 entries.  

Participating High Schools:

·         Berlin Metropolitan School (Berlin, Germany)

·         Burlingame High School (Burlingame, CA)

·         Flower Mound High School (Flower Mound, TX)

·         Henry M. Gunn High School (Palo Alto, CA)

·         John A. Rowland High School (Rowland Heights, CA)

·         Kang Chiao International School (New Taipei City, Taiwan)

·         Korea International School, Jeju (Seongnam, South Korea)

·         Lahore Grammar School International (Lahore, Pakistan)

·         Lick Wilmerding High School (San Francisco, CA)

·         Mills High School (Millbrae, CA)

·         National College “I.L. Caragiale” (Bucharest, Romania)

·         Redwood High School (Larkspur, CA)

·         Riverside STEM Academy High School (Moreno Valley, CA)

·         Shenzhen College of International Education (Shenzhen, China)

·         Taipei American School (Taipei City, Taiwan)

·         Tamalpais High School (Mill Valley, CA)

·         Temple City High School (Temple City, CA) 

·         The International School Bangalore (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) 

·         University High School (Irvine, CA) 

·         Vanke Meisha Academy, Shenzhen Middle School (Shenzhen City, China)

·         Westlake High School (Westlake, OH)

Four more samples of student work submitted to the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco's High School Design Competition

 Awards and special recognition for outstanding work: 

 Best Individual Design, Overall Superiority
  1.  “New Way of Artistic Experience: A Journey into the Creative Process and Public Engagement”           Chanyoung Oh

Korea International School


  1.  “Pier 94 Ecocentre”                                       Feronia Liang

Taipei American School

      3.  “WAVEFORM”                                                  Griffin Reese

Burlingame High School       

      3.      “The Terrace, Pier 94”                                    Devin Chang

Taipei American School


Honorable Mentions

                “The CORE Museum”                     JongHyun Yang

Korea International School

                “Seascape Haven”                           Royden Zhao

Temple City High School

                ” Mossy Rock”                                   Ian Primer

Flower Mound High School

                ” EMBRACE”                                       Divit Garg

International School Bangalore


 Best Group Presentation

  1.  “The Nest”                                                         Amelie Maltz, Bruno Kai Ong  

Lick Wilmerding High School  


  1. “The Preserve at Islais Creek”                    Nandor Leszko, Sydney Peer, Liam Shields

Westlake High School                                        


  1. “Nexum”                                                             Enoch Lee, Lee Porter, Nicholas Zinn

Henry M. Gunn High School


Honorable Mentions

        “Bridge to the Bay”,                   Purev-Chang Ariunbold, Huang Anthony, Deniz Rodi

Burlingame High School


                 “Panoramic Park”                    Olivia Medina, Anya Malhotra, Izabella Karanov

Burlingame High School


“The Nougat Creek Center”                        Yue Chen, Ziqi Lin

Vanke Meisha Academy, Shenzhen Middle School


“PIER 94”                                                             Eric Sretavan, Ryan Ip

Redwood High School




Best Design Process Presentation

  1. “Avian Harmony”                                             Mandy Zhong

Riverside STEM Academy High School      

  1. “Jazz”                                         Hung-Hsun Huang, Edward Shuoyen Chao, Bryan Lin 

Kang Chiao International School (Taiwan)


  1. ” Wawe”                                                              Jenesse Lo

Taipei American School (Taiwan)


Honorable Mentions

                “Flower Stream”                              Rebaz Sinjary

Burlingame High School

                “Aartii Park”                                       Yuxin He, Shuqi Zhang, 

Shenzhen College of International Education


                “The Wave”                    Krishna Nagarajan, Alexander Winter,   Maxwell DiLaura

Burlingame High School




In addition to the standard prizes, the first place winner in the overall superiority category received a four week Summer Pre-college Scholarship at the California College of the Arts.  


contact: Ryan Lee, 415-277-3041, 


Congratulations to EVERYONE who submitted original creative solutions to the 2022 ~ 53rd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition

Special congratulations to this year’s winners!  Watch the awards ceremony here:  

For this year’s challenge, students were tasked with helping San Francisco address our climate crisis while also fulfilling our urgent need for housing and resolving inequities, by designing an Equitable Transit Oriented Design Project on the city’s east side, aligned with a future underground extension of Cal Train and High Speed Rail. View the Design Brief.   

Competition Stats:

142 Participants from 13 High Schools

4 Countries:  China, South Korea, Republic of China (Taiwan), United States

5 US States: California, Florida, New York, Ohio, Texas

13 Schools:

· Affiliated High School of South China Normal University (Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)

· Burlingame High School (Burlingame, CA)

· Cupertino High School (Cupertino, CA)

· Design and Architecture Senior High (Coral Gables, FL)

· Flower Mound High School (Flower Mound, TX)

· Institute for Collaborative Education (NY, NY)

· Korea International School, Pangyo (Seongnam, South Korea)

· Lowell High School (San Francisco, CA)

· Mills High School (Millbrae, CA)

· North London Collegiate School Jeju (Seoul City, South Korea)

· Ruth Asawa SOTA (San Francisco, CA)

· Taipei American School (Taipei, Taiwan)

· Westlake High School (Westlake, OH)

77 Entries

· 29 individual

· 38 group

· 10 design process


Amanda Nicole Bridges – Senior Architectural Professional, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – Lecturer, UC Berkeley

Glenn Katz – Lecturer, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Laudan Siahpolo, AIA – Associate – TEF Design

Isis Spinola-Schwartz – COO, Forge Development Company

High School Design Competition Chair and AuthorRyan Lee – Woods Bagot


Best Individual Design, Overall Superiority

  1. “Mariposa Center:Eco Village”   –   Josh (Sanghyun) Park   –   Korean International School Pangyo
  2. “Pebble Center”   –   Lauren Cheng   –   Burlingame High School
  3. “The Ohlone Cultural Center”   –   Ray Wang   –   Taipei American School

Honorable Mentions

“The OX-Center”   –   Lee Taehwan   –   North London Collegiate School, Jeju

“Oasis”   –   Ming-Huei Fischer   –   The Institute for Collaborative Education

Best Group Presentation

  1. “Potrero EcoTransit Center”   –   Isaac Nystrom Rice, Emilia Burkhart   –   Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
  2. ”Waves Transit Center”   –  Toby Yee, Garvin Kwong   –  Lowell High School
  3. “Topography Center”   –  Bryanna Fisher, Angelyn Liu,

    Taylor Wong   –   Burlingame High School

Honorable Mentions

“Comfort, Efficiency, and Attractiveness”   –   Nandor Leszko, Tanner Amy, Liam Shields   –   Westlake High School

“The Tri Center”   –   Alvina Chow, Joanna Wong, Ryan Kiniris   –   Burlingame High School

“Modern Transit Oriented Development”   –   Sia Bavishi,  JP Mogyordy, Mantas Viazmitinas   –   Westlake High School

Best Design Process Presentation

  1. “Metamorphosis”   –   Brody Andrews, Leah Markell, Travis Gee   –   Lowell High School
  2. “Metro Map Hub ”   –   Lesley Anne Chua   –   Lowell High School
  3. “Under My Wing”   –   Olivia Edwards   –   Lowell High School

Honorable Mention

“Mariposa Street Station: Energy Saving Transit-Oriented Development”   –   Qinglin Ruan   –   Mills High School

Thank you again to all our participants, their families, and our jurors and sponsors!

Highlights from the 2021 ~ 52nd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition. Students in both public and private high schools in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and globally participated in this year’s competition sponsored by Forge Development Partners.

For 2021, students were challenged to design a public waterfront “playground” at South Beach Piers 38-40 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. As part of the Port of San Francisco’s Historic Rehabilitation Program, this part building, part park design intervention will service the greater community in an effort to establish an adaptive reuse of the piers and to introduce publicly-oriented mixed uses.

The 2021 competition had an entirely online submission process. Prizes were awarded in 3 categories: 1) Best Design (single entrant), 2) Best Group entry, and 3) Best Digital entry.   All deliverables (drawings, model, and design description) were submitted as a Google Slide deck with a brief video describing the project.  A copy of the 2021 program can be found here.


Ryan Lee of Wood Bagot is the Competition Chair and Author. He will be available to virtually visit classrooms and discuss the program with students. You may call him directly at 415-277-3041 or e-mail him at to set up a classroom visit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Ryan.


Thank you in advance for your continued interest and support of this program.

Highlights from prior years of the AFSF High School Design Competition