Current Exhibition


March 31-May 5, 2017
The Architectural Foundation Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 1, 3-6 pm

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a new exhibition of photographs by Sylvia Abualy: Cultural Influences of the Architecture of India. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 3 to 6 pm. All are welcome. The exhibition continues through May 5, 2017.

For over 25 years Sylvia Abualy has combined her passion for photography and travel into a prolific career as a travel photographer. She has photographed on five continents with a focus on people and their cultures. India became a favorite destination and the architecture there—the science, design, composition, color and building materials used through the centuries—emerged as her dominant interest. As she edited and researched the subjects of her numerous photographs, the styles, architects, and especially the people stood out as foci. Her vibrant photographs encourage viewers to savor gorgeous images of Indian architecture, to contemplate the complex history and culture of these places, and to appreciate the people who live there.

Abualy started her photographic career using film but evolved to digital, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark 2. She does all of her own printing on an Epson P800, skillfully combining her artistic eye and expertise in the digital realm to create unforgettable prints. Inspired by the words of Ansel Adams “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print is the performance,” she believes that in today’s world, a digital image is the equivalent of a negative.

Her self-published book, ENCOUNTERS, contains photographs of people around the world. For more information, visit:

“Every photograph has a story.”

The AFSB Gallery is located in the historic Acheson House on the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. Regular gallery hours are Saturday 1-4 pm and by appointment.

2017 Design Competition Winners


2017 Santa Barbara County High School
Architectural Design Competition Winners

Name School Grade
Honorable Mention
Allison Larinan Dos Pueblos 12
First Place Annebel van der Meulen Dos Pueblos 12
Third Place Sullivan Israel Laguna Blanca 10
Second Place
Blanca Diaz St. Joseph’s 11
Honorable Mention Vivian Zhan Dunn School 11

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