About Us

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Let’s come together to transform the status quo to the status whoa.

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 are 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.

Check out our 2018-2019 Annual Report Card.

Our Board of Directors

Margit E. Whitlock, AIA, LEED AP
Architectural Concepts, Inc.

Vice President
Kathy Breedlove
Malick Infill Development

Maddy Kent MacElwee
The Lighting Element

Ben Dalton, AIA
Miller Hull

David McCullough, FLA, ASLA
McCullough Landscape Architecture

Maxine Ward, AIA, LEED AP
Studio E Architects

Suzanne Clemmer
DCI Engineers

Kevin deFreitas, FAIA
KdA Architects

Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP
DuCharme Architecture

Matthew Geaman
Joseph Wong Design Associates (JWDA)

Michelle Harrison-McAllister
Michelle Harrison Design

John Martinez
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE

Anne Militante
Student – Southwestern College

Brandon Nash, AIA, WELL AP
RJC Steinberg Hart

Jose Parral
Woodbury University, School of Architecture

Gerald Shonkwiler, AIAE
Jerry W. Shonkwiler Photography

Roger Showley
Freelance Writer

Michael Thorpe
Dunn Premier

Carmen Vann, LEED AP BD+C

Laura Warner, AIA

SDAF Organizational Support

Director of Business Development and PR
Alicia Griffiths

Communications Manager
Beth Geraci

Lauren Cook

Read more about our 2020 Board of Directors.

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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