SDAF’s Legacy Film Series – Alison Whitelaw, FAIA

November 16, 2021

Earlier this year I set a goal to expand SDAF’s legacy through a film series celebrating several directors, both past and present, who have contributed 10+ years with the foundation. Inspired by commemorative films on Bob Mosher and Graham Downes, I thought “why wait until we have lost these wonderful people, let’s celebrate them now!”  

And so, with the support of current Directors Michelle Harrison McAllister and Mike Thorpe who offered to contribute the funds needed, along with San Diego’s OG architecture and design filmmaker – Jeff Durkin of Breadtruck Films – we secretly arranged a day of filming to surprise some of SDAF’s finest. 

This week I’d like to share the first of those eight new films, hot off the heels of her AIA San Diego 2021 Robert Mosher Lifetime Achievement Award, we present this wonderful short film of Alison Whitelaw, FAIA. In addition to an immensely successful career and practice, over the years Alison has also been President of the AIA San Diego, AIA San Diego’s Women in Architecture, and she was the first woman President of SDAF, serving on our board in various roles for 10 years. Alison continues to contribute to our region as a founding member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.  

I am thrilled to celebrate Alison for being a trailblazing architect and her contributions to San Diego’s built environment. Thank you Alison!  

Oh, and keep checking in each month to see who we highlight next.  


P.S. check out this great post from AIA San Diego on Alison too!

Watch the video!