The 2012 National Architecture Week got underway on Saturday and will continue with events, walking tours and exhibits through next Sunday.

The American Institute of Architects Southern Arizona Chapter will celebrate this years week in the theme of "Arizona Centennial, Looking Back to See the Future."

"We have done a lot in Tucson in 100 years," says Architecture Week co-chair John Price. "We're learning from the past and we really want to take that and those lessons and take them into the future."

In addition to the walking and biking tours of historical buildings and homes in Tucson, Architecture Week will also sponsor lectures and events such as "Kidstruction" and "Canstruction," which will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

"It's really kind of an awareness, and to get people inspired. You live in a unique place and its not just 'your house' or 'your business'," says Price "It's about outreach to the community, really finding a place where people can learn more about architecture and their built environment.