Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design

Since 2008, the American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley Chapter and the Modesto Art Museum have hosted as many as 5,000 people annually at the award winning Modesto Architecture Festival.

There is something inspirational and informative for everyone of every interest and age: tours, exhibits, international movies, workshops, speakers, installations, interventions, kid’s activities, and special events with a variety of community partners. All official events and activities are admission free, partner events may have an admission.

The festival mission is to celebrate architecture and architectural design as both an art and a science, and to heighten public awareness of architecture, landscape, and urban design, and the value of architects and designers in creating more livable and beautiful communities.

Modesto, California

Nationally and internationally known architects of the 19th and early 20th century designed buildings, bridges, and landscapes for Modesto including Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, William Weeks, Bernard Joseph, John Leonard, John McLaren, and Howard Gilkey.

Modesto Modernism from Modesto Art Museum on Vimeo.

The city developed a national reputation for cutting edge design beginning in the 1930s when architects began experimenting with what we now call Central Valley Modernism. In the following decades, Gardner Daily, Christopher Alexander, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Wurster, Palmer and Krisel, SOM, Anshen and Allen, John Funk, Milton Pflueger, William Turnbull, and many more designed projects in the city. At the same time, some of the modernist landscape designers were active in Modesto including Lawrence Halprin, Thomas Church, and Robert Royston.

The architecture festival is your opportunity to enjoy the city’s design heritage, contemporary world architecture and landscape, and the recent work of local members of the American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley Chapter.