American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter


Browse AIA San Francisco's Resources list and find a wealth of information on the Bay Area architecture and design community.

Public Resources

25 Buildings to See in San Francisco

From modern skyscrapers to venerable Victorians, AIA San Francisco’s official list is a comprehensive overview of architecturally significant structures.

California College of the Arts

CCA's architecture program integrates critical, artistic, and material approaches to the study and practice of architecture.

California Historical Society

The California Historical Society, founded in 1871, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.


Docomomo is devoted to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

How to Research a San Francisco Building

A resource courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library

National Register of Historic Places

The Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.


Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francicso Museum & Historical Society

Focused on preserving, interpreting, and presenting the historical heritage of San Francisco, from its variegated natural history to its lively human history.

San Francisco Architectural Heritage

San Francisco Architectural Heritage encourages appreciation of the built environment and understanding of the value of preserving significant San Francisco architecture.

San Francisco Public Library and History Center

Contains a research collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, maps, posters, archives and manuscript collections documenting San Francisco life and history. The Center is also the official archives for the City and County of San Francisco.

The Consumer's Guide to Hiring an Architect

Working with an architect helps ensure that your project is designed properly. The California Architects Board (CAB) protects the welfare of the public by ensuring the professional performance of those architects licensed to practice in the state. The Board produced this guide to hiring an architect to help with the sometimes complex and technical nature of architectural services.

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Archives

The Environmental Design Library is one of the premier architecture, landscape architecture, and city/regional planning libraries in North America.

Professional Resources

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ARE Forum

A resource for ARE education with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching.

American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC OC)

A 50-year-old, nonprofit association of private consulting engineering and land surveying firms in California.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The online resource for ASHRAE Region X, which covers California, Hawaii, Arizona, Baja Mexico and parts of Nevada.

Aspiring Architects

Tutoring and supplemental education services for ARE candidates.

Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI)

The online resource for the information transport systems (ITS) industry-telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems.

Building a Bright Future: San Francisco's Environmental Plan

A model action plan designed to educate the public on how to reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our environment.

California Architects Board (CAB)

For questions about licensure in California.

Eichler Network

Architectural, historical, maintenance information, and other resources for owners and admirers of the Modernist-designed homes built in the Bay Area by Eichler.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The source for technical and professional information specifically for the San Francisco region.

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)

Lighting designers are a tremendous resource of innovative, practical and economically viable lighting solutions.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

For questions about licensure in other states.

Repositioning the AIA

The AIA is engaging its members and the public in an important conversation about the future.

Starting and Running A Firm

Learn from the experience of others when starting your firm — or when confronting your firm’s day-to-day challenges.

Starting your own Firm

The 90-minute course features Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, and four other industry leaders filmed at AIA San Francisco in fall 2012.

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC)

The trade association advancing best standards and practices through applied research, continuing education, and the promotion of professional relations.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

The nation's largest and oldest construction trade association.

Student Resources

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American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

AIAS promotes excellence in architectural education, training, and practice, fosters an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines, enriches communities in a spirit of collaboration and organizes students and combines their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

Career Cornerstone Center: Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine

The Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.

National Architectural Accrediting Board

The NAAB aspires to be the leader in establishing educational quality assurance standards to enhance the value, relevance, and effectiveness of the architectural profession.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico.

The Associated General Contractors of America Scholarships

The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers undergraduate and graduate level scholarships to students enrolled in ABET or ACCE-accredited construction management or construction related engineering programs.

UNCF Merck Science Initiative Scholarships and Fellowships

UMSI brings together UNCF, The Merck Company Foundation and Merck Global Diversity Inclusion to offer 37 annual awards to outstanding African American students and postdoctoral researchers.