2020 Housing Symposium AIA SF

2020 AIA SF Housing Symposium: Cracking the Code


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2-Day Virtual Symposium: How an San Franciscans repproach our zoning inheritance to permit more housing?

Since WWII, San Francisco’s current zoning has been “down-sized” squeezing out opportunities for much-needed growth. Co-presented by AIA SF and Center for Architecture and Design, this 2-day virtual Housing Symposium will feature experts from government, development, architecture and academia to address a variety of compelling perspectives.

Day 1: Thursday, June 25

Day 2: Friday, Jun 26


Student: $10 (1-day), $15 (2-day)

AIA Member: $25 (1-day), $40 (2-day)

General Admission: $35 (1-day), $60 (2-day)


Day 1: Thursday, June 25 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

How did we get here? Originally enacted for health and safety, zoning laws in San Francisco have been repeatedly used to to limit housing access, even in contradiction of Constitutional law. Local control of land use, exercised to resist government-supported private interests, and compounded by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has transformed our codes into tools that make housing development in much of the City as difficult as possible.

Jennifer Wolch, Dean, College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley

Steven Falk, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
Laura Foote, Executive Director, YIMBY Action
Darrell Owens, Policy Analyst / Data Analyst, California YIMBY
Judson True, Director of Housing Delivery, Office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed

Day 2: Friday, June 26 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

How do we get out of here? As public concerns over inequality continue at a crescendo, this segment aims to unpack exclusionary land use regulations and explore ways within the City’s political structure that might enable more inclusionary development. We’ll discuss how to create incentives for right-sized housing density in San Francisco that can synthesize public concerns with private interests and enable a lively and urbane cultural center for as many as possible.

Ben Metcalf, Managing Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Rudabeh Pakravan, Principal, Sidell Pakravan

June Grant, RA, NOMA, Design Principal, blink!Lab Architecture
Amanda Loper, AIA LEED AP, Principal, David Baker Architects
Bora Ozturk, General Partner, March Capital Management, LLC
Sarah Willmer, Owner, Studio Sarah Willmer, Architecture