The San Diego Architectural Foundation wasfounded in 1980, the result of a gift from Ed & Barbara Malone. They gifted a residential lot in La Jolla, California, with the condition that a foundation be formed for the advancement of architecture in San Diego. Since then, the SDAF has realized the following accomplishments:

  • In 1990, SDAF underwrote the San Diego Museum of Art's exhibition "In the Realm of Ideas." Dedicated to the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, this exhibit featured the full-scale reconstruction
    Ed & Barbara Malone
    Barbara & Ed Malone
    of a Wright "Usonian" house in Balboa Park.
  • In 2003, SDAF was the springboard for the formulation of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). A unique collaboration with the Salk Institute and other research organizations, ANFA is dedicated to investigating the relationship between brain functions and how we experience the built environment.
  • In 2003, SDAF published its first book, the award-winning San Diego Architecture. A 350 page, full color, 700 building guide to the architecture of the San Diego region, San Diego Architecture is in its second printing, and a downtown edition was also published.
  • The annual presentation of the Steven C. Ladislaus Memorial Scholarship has awarded scholarships to twenty-four recipients from nine different schools of architecture since its 1985 inception.
  • SDAF is partner and fiscal agent to the Lumberman’s Competition, a design competition offering students the opportunity to design a project using wood products as the main building material.
  • In 2004, SDAF re-strategized and became a public membership organization, and embraced an updated mission: Dedicated to education, and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.
  • In 2005 SDAF, previously housed within the American Institute of Architects' San Diego Chapter offices, struck out on its own, and has been an independant-yet-collaborative organziation ever since.


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

P.O. Box 122228
San Diego, CA 92112-2228
619.232.1385 Phone
Federal Tax ID: 95-3513927


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