American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter


As the Bay Area's premier destination for architecture and design, AIA San Francisco offers many dynamic programs and opportunities to explore the local built environment throughout the year. The San Francisco and Marin Living Home Tours series and the Architecture and the City festival provide individuals with a firsthand look at the world of good design in the region. AIA San Francisco's annual Design Awards programs and Small Firms, Great Projects publication celebrate and promote the work of local design professionals.


Community Alliance Awards

Community Alliance Awards

AIA San Francisco’s Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture, design, and sustainability in the Bay Area. The introduction of Community Alliance Awards expands the program to honor the individuals, firms, and organizations whose overall work, leadership and dedication shape the character and vibrancy of our communities and the future of our built environment.


Insight 2012

Insight 2012

Join AIA San Francisco for two days of continuing education classes addressing leading issues on design, practice, and technology. This year's series will help you meet both your California and AIA continuing education requirements. Sign-up for one class or the whole series!


Healthcare Design

Future Care: Design for Health

Join architects, engineers, hospital owners, developers, general contractors and innovators from other fields to address the rapidly changing healthcare environment. This is a unique opportunity to meet industry leaders and discover best practices in change management– not only in the healthcare industry but in other industries which have faced sudden or unexpected change or growth due to external forces.


Women in Architecture

Equity by Design

In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. AIA San Francisco convenes leading professionals to discuss pressing issues within the architectural profession and explore changes necessary to keep future generations of practitioners engaged in the field.


Professional Programs

Small Firms, Great Projects

Small Firms, Great Projects showcases the innovative and award-winning work of local architecture and design professionals. Open to architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture firms with 19 or fewer employees, the program provides a venue for small firms to showcase their best work in a magazine publication, online and companion exhibition.



Home Tours

Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, Marin Living: Home Tours and San Francisco Living: Home Tours is the first tour series of its kind in the Bay Area to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences - all from the architect's point of view. The annual program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in the Bay Area.


Award Programs

Design Awards

AIA San Francisco's Design Awards program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design in the Bay Area. Recognizing achievement in a broad range of architectural work by members and nonmembers, the program serves to inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice.



Architecture and the City

Celebrate San Francisco's unique built environment and design community with the Architecture and the City festival, held every September. To learn more about the over 40 events happening during the month-long event, visit




AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture + Design Gallery specializes in the exploration of architecture and design exhibitions that showcase the best of the Bay Area’s design talent, while also exploring issues of national and international concern.