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AIASF 2021 International Waterfronts Symposium (4 LU)

Single Day Registration: AIA Member: $25 | General Admission: $35 | Student: $10

Two-Day Registration: AIA Member: $40 | General Admission: $60 | Student: $15

Co-presented by AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design, and led by the AIASF International Practice Committee, the 2021 International Waterfront Symposium synthesizes a series of waterfronts panel discussions earlier in 2020. The series explored specific international recommendations for future consideration within the context of current and developing regulatory and project delivery frameworks in San Francisco.

This Symposium brings speakers from local jurisdictions, owners, and developers together with designers, planners and waterfront visionaries to find ways to put innovation to work for San Francisco and share waterfront perspectives with the world.

We present this at a time when reduced port activity, underutilized land and sea-level rise present unique development opportunities and challenges to San Francisco’s waterfronts. San Francisco is one of the world’s most well-known and storied global waterfront cities but it now faces significant challenges in protecting its historic assets, improving resilience, activating and improving access along its diverse waterfront edge. International designers offer lessons learned and innovative tools through their successful waterfront planning, design and development for consideration by local owners, developers and regulators.

Join us for this 2-day Symposium, which features presentations that include input from owners, regulators, developers as well as international design practices on global waterfront projects. The synthesis of viewpoints will offer valuable insight and solutions for current challenges facing the City of San Francisco’s waterfront and provides a point of common dialog between designers, owners and developers during panels that are moderated by well-established thought leaders from respected media publishers.

Interested in sponsoring the International Waterfronts Symposium? Please contact us at sponsorship@aiasf.org.

Day 1: Thursday, February 18 | The State of Our Waterfront (& Global Context) (2.0 LU)

Session 1: San Francisco’s Waterfront Challenges
Session 2: International Waterfront Cities

Learning Objectives

1. Gain an understanding of the charge (custodial charter) and challenges on (economic, social and environmental requirements as well as projected benefits, shortfalls, and current strategic planning) for specific SF waterfront components;
2. Learn about applicable approaches taken in other cities around the world (design tools including analysis/ synthesis);
3. Understand historical context and past use to creatively negotiate for uniqueness of place;
4. Understand the complexities of multi-modal urban space and its relationship to the city.

Day 2: Friday, February 19 | Strategies for a Better Shoreline (2.0 LU)

Session 1: New Rules and New Regulators
Session 2: Innovation in Design + Delivery of Waterfront Projects

Learning Objectives

1. Inspired by opportunities under investigation by local owners, developers, planners and regulators;
2. Possibilities for enhanced realization of these goals by adaptation of vision and tools used internationally;
3. With tools of recent waterfront innovators laid out for examination, the participants will have the opportunity to consider the application of those tools by conceptual overlay onto local context;
4. The role of designers can play in shaping a vision that acknowledges unknown futures while also setting in motion opportunities for continued transformations driven by population changes, economic values, and climate impacts.


Feb 18 - 19 2021


9:00 am - 11:00 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 18 - 19 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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