The Annual Architectural Design Competition for High School Students


53rd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition

Check back in early 2022 for info on the 53rd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition

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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.