About Us

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Our Mission

Founded in 1978, The San Diego Architectural Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of outstanding architecture, landscape, interior, and urban design in the San Diego region. We do this by curating exceptional events throughout the year that are open to both the design industry and the public at large. We explore how the issues impacting our growing region, like the design of our homes, workplaces, schools and communities, also impact our health and well-being. Our goal is to inspire all the San Diegans who participate in our programs to discover the value of thoughtful design in the natural and built environment and the effect it has on the quality of our lives.

SDAF is a 501(c) 3 corporation.

Our Board of Directors

Margit E. Whitlock, AIA, LEED AP

Vice President
Matthew Geaman AIA, LEED AP

Secretary/ Treasurer
Maxine Ward AIA, LEED AP

Gerald Shonkwiler AIAE

David McCullough RLA, ASLA

Kevin deFreitas FAIA

Suzanne Clemmer

Maddy Kent MacElwee

Laura Warner

Kate Johnson

Kathy Breedlove

Kate Goodson

Anne Militante

Laura DuCharme-Conboy AIA, LEED AP

Ben Dalton AIA

Carmen Vann LEED AP BD+C

Nathan Elliott

Gitte Russo, Administrator

Read more about our 2018 Board of Directors.

Our Partners

SDAF proudly recognizes our partners:


Support from our partners is vital to the mission of SDAF, and provides visibility to our partners across all SDAF platforms and events for a full year. If your organization is interested in aligning your brand with ours, please consider joining us as a Partner. Learn more here.

Our Program Sponsors

Interested in becoming a program sponsor? Sponsorships are available at varying levels for each of our programs: Orchids and Onions, Context, Open House, and PKN. Learn more here.

Our Members

SDAF boasts a diverse membership made up of design professionals and members of the public. Annual membership is available starting at just $55. Higher levels of membership provide increasing levels of support for the organization.

We are proud to recognize our Penthouse Members for their enduring commitment to SDAF:

Kevin deFrietas
Ed Malone
Jonathan Segal
Gerald Shonkweiler

If you are not yet a member, please JOIN US today!

Contact Us

San Diego Architectural Foundation



P.O. Box 122228
San Diego, CA 92112-2228
Federal Tax ID: 95-3513927

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San Diego Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.

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