Local Design SF Video: Watch Local Architects Discuss Their Favorite SF Buildings


Last month we announced the winner for our Design Democracy poll for your favorite SF building. Today I’d like to share with you one of my constant sources of architectural entertainment – Mcgraw-Hill Construction‘s video series, My San Fran Building Tours. These 31 videos, worth watching to me like a four-day Twin Peaks marathon to film historians, follow both local and project-specific architects as they approach their favorite SF buildings from conceptual and construction points of view. I’ve rounded up several videos to give you more insight to what lies behind some of San Francisco’s most famous (and overlooked) façades.

As a fan of city walking tours, these videos provided for me further building access and lessons in architectural vernacular from the best tour guides possible. As these videos are incredibly educational and personal to city dwellers and visitors both, I discovered myself in conversation with the local design that envelops us.

Boor Bridges architect Bonnie Bridges on Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum

SOM design director Michael Duncan on SF’s only Frank Lloyd Wright building, Xanadu Gallery, 140 Maiden Lane

Quite timely for the recent re-opening of SFO Airport’s Terminal 2, HOK Architecture‘s Paul Woolford takes us up the Bart escalator and past Ned Khan‘s shimmering wind portal installation.

McGraw-Hill Construction also offers city building video tours for the metropoli of New York, Boston, Miami, New Orleans and Israel. Other San Francisco building tour videos include in-depth walkthroughs of the city’s hallmarks, a bohemian cigar storefront, and a Chinatown modernist jewel. Please visit their channel to watch more!

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