There are many volunteer opportunities within SDAF, and various ways in which to become involved. Depending on your interests, talents and skills, we have a great and fulfilling fit for you. If you have any special skills, let us know. If you have the interest but not the experience, we can use your help, too. Just send us a note and we can help to identify the right fit for you within the SDAF - and please join us for our monthly volunteer meetings!
SDAF Volunteer Committee meetings are designed as a way to familiarize interested parties with SDAF at a higher level, introduce volunteers to one another and catch up on SDAF volunteer activities. Meetings last for about 60 minutes, and include snacks and time to meet and greet fellow attendees. Please write to volunteer@sdarchitecture.org to have your email address added to our Volunteer mailing list informing you of meeting dates and volunteer activities.

Internships with the San Diego Architectural Foundation afford students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the broad spectrum that is the design/build profession.  Interns are now able to gain credit toward the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Internship Development Program, also known as IDP (up to 80 hours under work setting FF).  For more information about obtaining IDP credit hours with SDAF, click here.
Below are just some of the SDAF programs that offer opportunites for participation. For a SDAF Volunteer Application, click here.

SDAF launched this exciting, new program with an exploration of Urban Orchids in June, 2012. The next one is scheduled for June, 2013 and will explore Coastal Orchids. We need researchers, organizers, docents, owner/designer/architect outreach, graphics and more. Send a note of interest to orchidtours@sdarchitecture.org.

Another new program is an in-depth exhibit focusing on Onion recipeint projects and the opportunities they present. In addition, we will present issues relative to unbuilt projects with a goal of further engaging our community in having a say in the state of their region. Needs include research, graphics, PR and more. Contact exhibits@sdarchitecture for more info.

BY DESIGN (SDAF Newsletter)
We’re always in need of written material and graphic support for the SDAF newsletter, By Design. If you have a feature article or short piece up your sleeve, or are able to provide graphic support, contact ByDesign@sdarchitecture.org.
Inside The Studio features live profiles, discussions and stories with an assortment of architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, developers, artists and then some. Inside the Studio takes our audiences on a vicarious visit to the minds’ eye of our guests with penetrating and fascinating interviews, for which extensive preparation and research are required. We're also in need of sponsorship, event, graphic and A/V support. Contact ITS@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

Community Vision Award is a grant program designed to promote collaborative, Smart Growth oriented, sustainable and green building practices. Contact CVA@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

SDAF currently offers three design scholarships, and is looking forward to establishing another. To help with this process, contact scholarships@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

SDAF currently offers special custom architectural tours, with a robust selection of Podcast tours in the works. If you are interested in guiding custom group tours, research and design support for Podcast and walking tours, or anything else tour-related, contact tours@sdarchitecture.org.

Taking a critical and complimentary look at local architecture and design is a vital part of the mission of Orchids & Onions (O&O). San Diego’s premier awards program for the built environment was purchased from AIA San Diego in 2002, and a ‘reinvented’ O&O debuted in 2006. With a focus of educational outreach, O&O seeks to engage all San Diegans in exercising their say about our built environment by accepting public nominations and hosting a People’s Choice Award. Opportunities are vast and are organized by sub-committees, including Silent Auction, Sponsorship, Event Planning, Award Follow-Up and more. If you’re interested in participating in this exciting and multi-layered program, click here and let us know!

SDAF is the official chapter of the international PechaKucha Night organization. We hold four events annually and are always looking for presenters and event support, including A/V and technical, sponsorship and set-up. Contact PKN@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

We have fundraisers and special events taking place throughout the year. We need volunteers to help with event planning and setup, as well as PR work, staff the SDAF information booth, and sponsor procurement. For more information, contact volunteer@sdarchitecture.org
We need volunteers for our PR/Outreach program. There are opportunities for webmasters, graphic artists, newsletter editors/workers, and people who can help with publicity and media relations and more. Contact volunteer@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

SDAF needs more motivated people to help with website formatting, updates and increase the reach and awareness of our blogs. Click here for a full description of the website specialist position For more information or to get involved, contact info@sdarchitecture.org.

If you can't decide what to choose but you know you want to help, this is for you. The role of a Core Volunteer is to assist SDAF with various functions and to serve as a SDAF envoy by informing and engaging the public about who SDAF is and what we do. Click here for a full Core Volunteer description. For more information or to get involved, contact volunteer@sdarchitecture.org

Send us your ideas! If you can help in ways not listed here or can think of another project that we should do, let us know. If you can think of ways for SDAF to enhance and expand our existing projects and campaigns we want to hear them. We are always in need administrative support in our East Village office. Other roles to fill include graphic design, such as the design of T-shirts and posters. If any of this sounds good to you, contact volunteer@sdarchitecture.org for more information.

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