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San Diego Architectural Foundation is a volunteer-run organization. Things wouldn’t happen without the commitment of dedicated people.

We’re seeking some doers.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. If you have special talent and skills, let us know. If you have the interest, but not a lot of experience, you’re also in the right place. Just send us a note and we can help to identify the best way you can help.

If one of our programs peaks your interest, then become a program volunteer. We are actively seeking volunteers to serve on program committees such as Orchids & Onions, PechaKucha Night, Archtoberfest, Context and Design Scholarships. If you love big picture thinking and can dive into the details, then this level of commitment is for you.

If you are more task oriented, then consider becoming an organization volunteer. We always have a need for willing people with skills in the following areas:

Program Volunteer:

  • Orchids & Onions

    Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment. The success of the program relies heavily upon the citizens of San Diego; public nominations and feedback about the nominations published on the O&O website are a key feature of the dialog with industry professionals and City leaders. Established as an educational and fundraising program of SDAF, Orchids & Onions is a community-nominated, curated collection of San Diego’s latest and not always greatest architectural works.

  • PechaKucha Night

    PechaKucha Night presentation format was created by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003.  It was planned as an event for (you guessed it) designers and creative types of all disciplines to meet, network, and showcase their work, and play, in public. PechaKucha Night occurs in hundreds of locations around the world. SDAF is pleased to serve as the San Diego’s official host chapter of PechaKucha Night.

  • Archtoberfest

    What’s brewing in San Diego design? Archtoberfest is a month-long celebration of all things architecture, design, planning and sustainability in San Diego. That’s 31 days of exhibits, tours, lectures, workshops and more.

  • Open House San Diego

    Launching in October 2015, Open House San Diego gives San Diegans a brand new (and free) opportunity to learn and interact with our city through rare behind-the-scenes access to its most iconic buildings and sites.

    Becoming a founding volunteer by submitting your interest at the online form. Click here to review a detailed “FAQ” that should answer any questions you have about OHSD and volunteering.

  • Community Vision Award

    SDAF and the County of San Diego have partnered with the Community Vision Awards program to recognize outstanding urban infill projects that can serve as an example for future projects. We’re honored to award a $25,000 beautification grant to the community in which the project is located.

  • Design Scholarships

    One of our favorite things is awarding deserving students with scholarships. Application timelines vary throughout the year. Please contact us to receive specific information regarding scholarships.

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