Calling all community instigators, space makers and design enthusiasts. Do you have something to share? Speak up. A dissenting viewpoint? Bring it on. We’re all about the collision of new concepts and the cross-pollination of ideas.

About Context

Context is an annual forum created by SDAF with a commitment to keeping the conversation alive about the value of excellence in the built environment. People, Places, Engage!

As San Diegans, we all have a responsibility to engage on how we shape our city’s development. Context is an opportunity for San Diegans to discover their civic pride and engage with like minded citizens to foster a better San Diego. Celebrate our achievements! Look to the future!

Each year SDAF and our collaborators will examine the past, present and future of our city to bring about increased public awareness of the opportunities that exist and document a collective call to action.



Context Vol.4 | Neighborhoods 2027
Green Acre Campus Pointe | June 6, 3–9 PM


Are you as concerned about the future of housing and the vitality of our neighborhoods as we are?

The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) Context Volume 4: Neighborhoods 2027 (CV4) aims to shift the public dialogue about new development in existing and new communities, from one that focuses on density to one that focuses on design. The program will emphasize homes rather than housing units, neighborhoods rather than cars, and community rather than separatism. “CV4 will explore creative planning and design solutions that will enhance San Diego’s urban vitality and economic growth, and provide opportunities for systematic increase of density through thoughtful, credible and purposeful design,” says Margit Whitlock AIA, Context Vol. 4 Chairwoman and Vice President of the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

The CV4 program has two parts. The first, from 3-5 p.m. is a free, open-to-the-public event featuring information booths, student exhibits, films and guest speakers, all of which will discuss and explore new ideas in housing types, development, density, neighborhood building and urban place-making.

In part II, which runs from 5-9 p.m., CV4 will host a reception and a panel discussion with distinguished experts from around the U.S. who will demonstrate how well-designed, denser neighborhoods can improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. “This event will also provide a forum at which interested parties – developers, designers, academics, planners, residents – can come together, engage in useful dialogue, and share success stories from other cities that could work in our neighborhoods,” says Whitlock.

Part II is a tickets-only event. Purchase tickets.


SDAF is pleased to announce the conference Key Note speaker is:

Vishaan Chakrabarti author of
A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America.
Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).




Other speakers confirmed to round out the event are: 


Christopher Bledsoe
Ollie Co-Living
New York, NY



David Baker
dB Architects
San Francisco, CA




Kevin Wronske
Heyday Partnership
Los Angeles, CA




Sarah Dunn
Urban Lab
Chicago, IL




Want to learn more about our speakers? Download their bios (PDF).

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download the Context Vol.4 Sponsorship Kit (PDF) for more information.


“Future Livable Neighborhoods”


Then in 2018, the CV5 program will host local schools of architecture and design to exhibit “Future Livable Neighborhoods” designs from their studio work in Fall 2017.

The San Diego Architectural Foundation Context Vol.4 is part of a series of conferences featured by  Housing San Diego’s Future.  Additional conferences include the American Institute of Architect’s San Diego Housing the Next 1 Million Residents and CityAge’s The Business of City Building.  

Along with CV4, the San Diego Architectural Foundation is the host of Orchids and Onions, the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment.


Previous Events

Context Volume 3 | Day on the Bay | Info Expo, Reception + Forum



Context Volume 2 | What’s the big IDEA? | Exploring Upper East Village




Context Volume 1 | San Diego Central Library | Celebrating Civic Courage


  • Context as a program provides the much needed open dialog about design in our city.

    Stacey Lankford Pennignton
    Urban Planner
    Makers Quarter

Upcoming Events

3–9 PM
Context Vol. 4 | Neighborhoods 2027
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