19th Annual Architecture + the City Festival

19th Annual Architecture + the City Festival

Architecture Competition: 19th Annual Architecture + the City Festival

Call for program submissions are now open for the 19th annual Architecture + the City Festival. Festival programs currently will offer in-person and virtual experiences; programming subject to change based on COVID-19 protocols during the time event takes place.



  • Friday, March 18, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time): Deadline for submissions proposal
  • March 21 – 31: Review process
  • Friday, April 1: Accept/Decline notifications

Co-presented by the Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIA San Francisco, the annual Architecture + the City Festival celebrates San Francisco’s built environment through a variety of behind-the-scenes programs, walking tours, home tours, literature, exhibitions, and presentations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Tours program has been revamped. Questions? Contact [email protected].


The following are suggested topics to consider when submitting a program proposal. View the 2021 Architecture + the City Calendar of Events for inspirations.

  • What has been the narrative of architecture and design amidst a global pandemic?
  • How has architecture impacted you and the (re)use of space?
  • How have you stayed connected during a time of separation and what types of architecture and design have you found inspiration?
  • What challenges continue to be part of housing, climate change, economic and health equity?
  • How do we design with connection in mind, that is human-centered and focuses on health, inclusivity and resilience?
  • How can we seamlessly connect the present urban community to empower a more deliberate, livable San Francisco?

Each year the festival explores and reveals the many layers of San Francisco and how ­architecture and design play a key role in the ever-changing urban landscape. We look forward to hearing your programming ideas that reflect the current narrative.


Attendees are required to follow these protocols when attending all in-person Festival programs; you may also be required to fill out a contact tracing form in advance of any applicable programs.

  • Stay 6 feet apart and social distance from other attendees;
  • Wear a mask / face covering that cover mouth and nose;
  • Wash hands often and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Stay at home if you’re feeling sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Continue to be apprised of local protocols by reading these COVID-19 Resources.

PROCEEDS All proceeds from the Architecture + the City Festival Home Tours benefit AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design.

Additional details to be provided to selected projects; all programming is subject to change.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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