The American Institute of Architects San Diego was founded in 1927 and has a well-earned reputation for design-advocacy leadership & support for the architecture community. AIA San Diego is a 501 c 6 professional association, headquartered in downtown San Diego with about 850 members, across various categories. Its 2014 Board of Directors is headed by Matthew Geaman, AIA and its Executive Director|CEO, Bastiaan Bouma is a seasoned non-profit executive in the architecture/design arena.
The San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit, is the preeminent agency in San Diego dedicated to programs and events supporting public awareness and appreciation pertaining to architecture & design. It also embraces collaborative programs and has frequently worked with other organizations, including AIA San Diego, on joint initiatives. SDAF’s voice reaches deeply into the community and helps shape public discourse about critical issues in the built environment. The SDAF 2014 President is Maxine Ward, AIA of Studio E Architects and the Vice-President is Pauly De Bartolo, Associate AIA, a Principal of De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio as well as a member of the Gaslamp Quarter Land Use & Planning Design Review Board.
The San Diego Design Film Festival (an Archtoberfest Secretariat member and strategic partner), will debut during Archtoberfest. The film fest will be mounted by Quartararo & Associates and its principal, Todd Quartararo. Q&A Marketing is the operator of the highly regarded and successful Newport Beach Design Film Festival Series. Now in its 18th year the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 50,000 attendees to Orange County this year alone. The firm is deeply experienced in the marketing and promotion of cultural events in the region and is providing critical expertise in the creation of marketing materials and as well as developing and implementing the communications plan.