San Francisco

Office to Housing Conversion: San Francisco Edition [In-Person Program]

In-Person Forum


central SOMA

This public forum is sold out. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist, please email [email protected]

Since the beginning of the pandemic, San Francisco’s Financial District and South of Market neighborhoods have struggled with the lack of workers returning to their offices on a regular basis. Many of the city’s buildings sit underused, or even empty, which is having a significant impact on the revitalization of SF’s downtown core. The widespread office vacancies, brought on by the unprecedented events of the last two years, present a unique opportunity for developers, owners, and city leaders in the Bay Area, and from across the United States, to rethink and reimagine the uses of many commercial building uses in downtowns.

ULI SF and SPUR are studying the potential for existing Downtown office buildings in SF to convert to residential uses, and assessing the financial and regulatory challenges to feasibility. Gensler and HR&A Advisors are supporting the technical analysis. Come hear about our findings and recommendations for regulatory changes and incentives that the city and state can provide to facilitate conversions and help to address the need for affordable and workforce housing in San Francisco.
  • Sujata Srivastava / SPUR
  • Natalie Sandoval / ULI San Francisco
  • Benedict Tranel / Gensler
  • Kate Collignon / HR&A
This event is cohosted by the Urban Land Institute San Francisco.
*this event will be recorded.


Doors will open 30 minutes in advance of the program.




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Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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