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Walk, Bike & Talk your way through Sacramento Architecture

Sacramento has changed a lot in the last 75 years. Since 1942, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central Valley Chapter has worked to promote good design and comradery, helping to shape our skyline, promote smart city growth and create a valuable urban environment that we enjoy today. We are thrilled to celebrate our 75th anniversary during this year’s AIACV “Experience Architecture” event, September 20-24th. This is your opportunity to engage with community, area architects and be inspired by Sacramento design.

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Experience Architecture is Wednesday, September 20th through Sunday,
September 24th.

Tickets are now available. Space is limited, please register early. Events are subject to change.

We are excited to share two additional pre-events:

For reasonable accommodations or alternate formats, please contact the AIA Central Valley at least 72 hours prior to the event: 916-444-3658 or e-mail:

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Art X Architects

August 2 - September 29
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until September 29, 2017

An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until September 29, 2017

An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Second of the month, repeating until September 29, 2017

An exhibition featuring the work of talented AIA architect / artists in a variety of mediums.

Event Date(s): Exhibit on display August 2 through September 29th

Event Time(s): Tues-Fri 11-5, Sat- Sun 11-4, Second Saturday 6-9 pm

Winn Park Design Competition Exhibit

September 5 - September 30
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until September 30, 2017

The American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter, in partnership with Midtown Association and the City of Sacramento, issued a design competition for Emerging Professionals focusing on innovative ideas to activate the historic vacant building at the center of Winn Park. Twelve inspired designs were submitted with one grand prize and two honorable mentions selected for recognition. View all the submissions for this recent competition at the AIACV Gallery.
Event Date(s): Sept 5th – Sept 30th

Event Time(s): Mon – Thurs: 9am – 4pm

an image of the Arch|Nexus building taken from the street outside of the building

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2017 Exhibit

September 9 - September 24
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until September 24, 2017

One event on September 9, 2017 at 5:00pm

Second Saturday Hours: 5 – 8 pm

Discover the future of architecture! This exhibition features the recipients of the COTE "Top Ten Awards," the industry’s premier program celebrating great design and great performance. Now in its 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight sustainable projects that protect and enhance the environment.

a line drawing done by a child of pillars and archways

Crocker Art Camp | Art Fun(damentals) Exhibit

September 18 - September 22
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until September 22, 2017

Enjoy architecture from a children's perspective! This exhibit features artwork in a variety of mediums from an architect-led course where children draw a one-point perspective using a Sacramento landmark and then insert themselves in the landmark.

Event Date(s): September 18 – 22nd

Event Time(s): M-F 10am – 6pm

Architectura Obscura: An Evening of Architectural Photography

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as we honor the winning photographs entered into the Architectura Obscura + Instagram Photography Competition at this exhibition and awards ceremony event.

Design | Access: 75 Years of Central Valley Architecture

September 21 @ 10:00 am - September 22 @ 4:00 pm

Experience nearly eight decades of architecture first-hand, and at your own pace, during AIACV's inaugural two-day Design|Access event. Discover historic buildings, repurposed spaces and civic buildings in this one-of-a-kind Sacramento building tour.

Pint of Design – Bike Dog Brewery

September 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy a presentation, taproom tour and beer tasting with the architect and owner at the newest location of Bike Dog Brewing Company on Broadway, one of Sacramento’s top breweries! Get tickets now as space is limited.

a neon blue and yellow line drawing on a dark brown background

PechaKucha: Regionalism

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fun, rapid-fire presentations by multiple speakers about the concept of regionalism and identity through architecture, followed by an interactive panel discussion. Enjoy dinner and networking. Get your tickets today!

75 Years of Architecture Walking Tour

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Immersive walking tour explores the history of downtown Sacramento’s historic and landmark architecture, land use, form and adaptive reuse. Get your tickets today!

Kid’s Draw Architecture | 
In Partnership with AIA California Council

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family friendly event provides children with a hands-on learning experience in appreciating and drawing buildings and landscapes. AIA architect on-hand to assist the children and demonstrate drawing techniques.

75th Anniversary Gala & Design Awards Presentation

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AIA Central Valley celebrates 75 years as a Chapter with a formal-attire fête featuring dinner, music, presentations and exhibits.

Tour d’ Architecture Bike Tour

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A refreshing 8-mile bicycle ride through Midtown Sacramento and beyond! 
Get an inside look, sneak peeks and designer commentary at several key architectural stops. Join us for our most popular Experience Architecture event!

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Experience Architecture Sponsors

Media Sponsors
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Signature Event Sponsors

  • Boulder Associate Architects
  • Corporate Design Group, Inc.
DLR Group
  • HGA Architects + Engineers
Nacht & Lewis

  • Turley & Associates Mechanical Engineering Group, Inc.

  • Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners

Event Sponsors

  • 3-Form

  • Ascent Builders
BCA Architects

  • Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.

  • Dealy, Renton & Associates

  • DPR Construction

  • Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

  • Heller Pacific, Inc.
KBM – Hogue
LPA Inc.
Maria Ogrydziak Architecture
  • Preservation Sacramento
PZSE Structural Engineers
Rainforth Grau Architects
  • The HLA Group | Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc.
WCAPT (Western Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology)


  • Mojica Architecture Studio

  • Paul Schmidt Architect

Special Thanks

  • Faithmari Lopez / @VisitSacramento

AIA Central Valley Sustaining Sponsors





  • Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.
  • DPR Construction, Inc.
  • Corporate Design Group

  • KMB / Hogue
  • Lionakis


  • Cunningham Engineering

Dealey Renton & Associates

DesignTECH Interior Design Services

Miyamoto International