About Us

Our Mission

Founded in 1978, The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of outstanding architecture, landscape, interior, and urban design to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. We do this by curating exceptional events throughout the year that is open to both the design industry and the public at large. We explore how the issues impact our growing region, like the design of our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities, as well as our health and well-being. Our goal is to inspire all San Diegans 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.

Interested in Joining Our Board? 

Check out our Board Info Packet and submit an application. We look forward to hearing more about you!

Information Kit & Application

Need more information? Email your questions to Lauren Cook

Our 2022 Board of Directors

Pauly De Bartolo

Vice President
David McCullough, FLA, ASLA
McCullough Landscape Architecture

Maddy Kent MacElweeThe Lighting Element


Margit Whitlock, AIA (Former President)
Architectural Concepts, Inc.

Laura Ducharme Conboy, AIA, LEED, AP
Built Environment Education Program (BEEP) Chair


Suzanne Clemmer
DCI Engineers

Ben Dalton, AIA
Miller Hull

Kevin deFreitas, FAIA
KdA Architects

Tony Garcia, AIA
Asquared Studios

Michelle Harrison-McAllister
Michelle Harrison Design

Lawrence Herzog, Ph.D
Lecturer, U.C. San Diego

John Martinez
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Anne Militante
OH! Co-Chair 2021

Roger Showley
Freelance Writer

Michael Thorpe
Dunn Premier

Carmen Vann, LEED AP BD+C


SDAF Organizational Support

Managing Director
Lauren Cook ~ Lauren@sdarchitecture.org

Our Partners


Our Media Sponsors

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, civic and industry leaders, 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.

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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