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Architecture + the City Festival
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Be inspired by and engage with thinkers and innovators in the design community throughout the city.

Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 14th Annual Architecture + the City Festival (September 1-30)  is one of the nation's largest architectural festivals of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more that address varying aspects of the design and planning process. Over 40 programs throughout the month provide an excellent opportunity for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city.


This year's theme, "Secret City" explored and revealed the many layers of historic San Francisco and how architecture and design played a key role in the ever-changing urban landscape. San Francisco is filled with many people on a daily basis—locals, residents, tourists, commuters, and homeless—each having their own perspective on San Francisco’s current state. Each group of people intimately understand certain parts of the city, while other parts of the city remain hidden or tucked away from the casual observer—the Secret City. Programs created opportunities to help impart and understand the city’s past and how we can seamlessly connect the present urban community to empower a more deliberate, livable future.


2017 A+C Festival programs

A+C Design Merchandise


Annabelle Udo-O'Malley
Manager, Public Programs
(415) 874-2632