A great event is happening this weekend for people who love Santa Barbara’s varied architecture.
It’s the 11th annual ArchitecTours happening Saturday. This year’s theme, “The Art of Architecture,” highlights much more than the city’s iconic Spanish-style whitewashed walls and red tile roofs.
Nine projects are the focus of this year’s AIA Santa Barbara event, celebrating ‘the intersection of art and architecture,’ encompassing contemporary and industrial designs from Goleta to Montecito, and both residential and business or office space.
“And then, Direct Relief in Goleta. You think of a 150,000-square-foot warehouse but it’s beautiful and you’ll have to go out there to see why it’s so beautiful,” said Karen Feeney, Chairperson for Architect Tours.
Feeney said this year’s Art of Architecture theme will also incorporate a community hot-button issue: housing.
Artisan Court in downtown Santa Barbara is a multi-family affordable project, home to residents with special needs, low-income downtown workers and youths aging out of foster care.
“When you go visit that tour, you will not even think it’s an affordable Housing project,” Feeney said. “It’s a little piece of Italy that you walk into, the way that it’s designed and what it has to offer.”
Saturday’s tour goes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A portion of proceeds go to the Ace Mentor Program which helps high school students pursuing careers in architecture, construction and engineering.
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