2019 National Planning Conference

Designing Downtown SF: Behind the Scenes

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from noon - 2 p.m. PDT

CM | 2

Cost: $35.00

Activity Type: Offsite Tours and Programming

Activity ID: NPC190011

Location: Depart from Moscone West - Mobile Workshop Departure Area

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  • Discover impacts of design guidelines and planning policies on the built environment of downtown San Francisco.
  • Identify what plans and policies affect the built environment of downtown San Francisco.
  • Take an individual tour of downtown San Francisco with the acquired knowledge.


This tour of the FiDi/SoMa district is led by the experts behind the policies, urban design guidelines, and architecture of the area. Uncover the secrets and rich history, plans and policies that literally shape the buildings and public spaces of downtown San Francisco. Observe the physical impacts of and learn about: Prop K, Prop M, and transfer development rights; the history and evolution of the Downtown Plan; and special districts such as the Historic Preservation and Community Benefit districts. Discover the intensions, ambitions and secrets behind every block, corner, alley and architecture detail of downtown San Ffrancisco!

Session Speakers

Saki Mizuguchi, AICP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
San Francisco, CA

Kenichiro Suzuki
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
San Francisco, CA

Athina Loumou, AICP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
San Francisco, CA

Peter Bosselmann
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Ellen Lou, AICP
Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP
San Francisco, CA

Nadia Conceicao, AICP
San Francisco, CA