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.

Our 2023 Board of Directors

Maddy Kent MacElwee, LC  
The Lighting Element

Vice President
Laura DuCharme Conboy, AIA
DuCharme Architecture

Anne Militante
Strata Ventures

Michael Thorpe
Dunn Premier, Inc.

Immediate Past President
Pauly De Bartolo  

ExCom Director
Suzanne Clemmer  
DCI Engineers



Traci Knight-Cortez
TK Designs

Kevin deFreitas, FAIA
Kevin deFreitas Architects

Rosina A. Diaz
Miller Hull Partnership

Tyler M. Ezell
Syska Hennessy Group

Tony Garcia, AIA
Asquared Studios

Jonathan Gonzalez
The Arcadia Group

Michelle Harrison-McAllister, ASID
Michelle Harrison Design

Tommy Hernandez

Aaron Magdaleno

Amber Mauer
Miller Hull Partnership

Nadia Nunez
San Diego State University

Tatiana Perez
Urban Land Institute San Diego – Tijuana

Olga Sanchez
Trem Lighting

Roger Showley
Freelance Writer

Allison Whitt
DesignX Architecture + Interiors/ Handbuilt Furniture + Fabrication

Bree Wong
PCL Construction


SDAF Organizational Support

Executive 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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