Founded in 1983, the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is a public non-profit charitable corporation. With the goal of enhancing our community's awareness and appreciation of architecture and the built environment, the Architectural Foundation offers and supports a diverse array of programs serving both North and South Santa Barbara County. These activities provide educational opportunities for the public and involve participation and support from local design and building professionals. Through its ongoing programs and resources the Foundation seeks to promote quality in design, construction, and preservation and to foster an understanding of excellence in the urban environment. To this end, the interested public, as well as design professionals, developers, contractors, and business groups are invited to become involved in and support the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.