SDAF Membership — Creating Connection
When Nikki Kreibich contemplated renewing her SDAF membership for another year, she thought about all she’d built through it.
She thought about connection.
A real estate agent at Whissel Realty Group, Kreibich cherishes the close friends she’s made through SDAF membership. During the uncertainty of COVID-19, she’s cultivated them all the more.
“Even though we’re apart, we’re all staying in touch in some way,” she says. “For me, wanting to renew my membership had a lot to do with the fact that SDAF is where so much of my connection is.”
Connection has come chiefly from Kreibich’s involvement with Open House (OH!) San Diego, for whom she’s volunteered for three years. Each year, her involvement with the architectural and design showcase grows.
OH has allowed Kreibich, an expert in historic and architecturally significant properties, to breathe new life into her architectural passion. As a member of the OH planning committee for the past two years, she’s made an impact. In fact, through Kreibich’s connections at the Coronado Historical Association, she helped entice Coronado to participate in OH this year for the first time.
Immersing herself in the OH community allows Kreibich to stay current on what’s happening in San Diego’s architectural community, empowering her professionally.
“It’s been a huge education,” she says. “I thought I knew San Diego County, but SDAF and OH have really expanded my knowledge of San Diego buildings and their history.”
As a child, Kreibich liked to drive around and observe architecture with her dad. As an adult, she still makes the drives. Like so much else, the drives are rooted in Kreibich’s passion for architecture. After all, her not-so-distant ancestor was a San Diego founding father, and she has family roots in the Normal School designed by famed architect Irving Gill.
While OH’s penchant for educating and inspiring is one of its calling cards, the people behind the SDAF program make it so special for Kreibich. It’s those very people who make an SDAF membership so worthwhile for her.
“The friendships I’ve made through SDAF are friendships for life,” she says.
Learn more about the different levels of SDAF involvement and consider which one is right for you.