2013 Orchids & Onions People's Choice Polls are open!

Thanks for the nominations, San Diego! Now, you get to be the juror. Vote for the People's Choice Orchid & Onion today! Polls close September 26.

Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program dedicated to raising awareness and stimulating practical discourse in response to San Diego's built environment. The success of the program relies heavily on YOU; your nominations, your comments about the nominations, and now, it's time to cast your vote for the People's Choice Orchid & Onion.

You do have a say about the state of your region - in fact, your say is what makes Orchids & Onions bloom. So be sure to take a few moments to express your love (or lack thereof) for what you think makes San Diego blossom (or stink)! VOTE NOW

Join us as we celebrate the winners in grand style! The details...  

2013 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park with host Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien 

6:00 - 8:30: Pre-Party & Silent Auction in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court & Garden
8:30 - 10:30: Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony in the James S. Copley Auditorium

Details and ticket info may be found here. Early bird ticket pricing ends September 15.

Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction - SOLD OUT!!

10/03/2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

The 2013 O&O Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction begins at 6:00PM with a pre-ceremony gathering of the Who's-Who of San Diego's design world in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court & Garden.

The Members-Only VIP Party will feature magnificent views towards California Tower and enhanced menu and beverage options.

Throughout the pre-party, and in advance online, our fabulous selection of goods and services will be on display as part of the O&O Silent Auction. Visit www.orchidsandonions.org for more information and the link to view items.

Then, at 8:30, we migrate to James S. Copley Auditorium, where we welcome back Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien as Master of Ceremonies, who will navigate us through the 2013 crop of Orchids & Onions in his own deft and entertaining fashion.

Tickets on sale now! Early bird pricing ends 09/15/13.

Picnic in the Plaza

07/31/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us in celebrating the transformation of Plaza de Panama into a car free zone! Let's make it people packed! Bring your blanket and your 20 closest friends and let's see how many picnicking people it can hold!

Bring your own Food, Blanket, Chairs, Table, Centerpiece, Candles, etc ... and enjoy the Plaza de Panama. Just like these Belgians in the photo.

2 weeks left to nominate your Orchids & Onions! August 1st deadline!

It is now peak season to plant your favorite and least favorite projects in the field of 2013 Orchids & Onions. The success of the program hinges on quality nominations and public participation, so take your camera for a walk and let us know what you think makes San Diego blossom - or stink!
Nominating is easy - if you have seen a new building, piece of public art, restaurant, park etc, go take a few pictures and then nominate it on the Orchids & Onions website. Also, be sure to "Like" the O&O Facebook page and you will be able to see featured nominations as they come in



The deadline for 2013 Orchids & Onions nominations is August 1st. Once the nomination window has closed, the jury will take their first, electronic scoring pass at every single nomination, viewing the photos, design details and your comments. The highest scoring projects are then short listed and toured, and deliberations commence. The People's Choice voting will occur online in September.  


Thanks to this year's title sponsor, NewSchool of Architecture & Design.
If you would like to be involved, be a sponsor of this year's program! Check out our sponsorship information here.
If you have any questions on how you can nominate a project, become a sponsor & be involved, please do not hesitate to contact SDAF board members Pauly De Bartolo or Craig Howard at orchidsandonions@sdarchitecture.org


Poo! PechaKucha Night postponed...

SorryPechaKucha Night folks... For the first time since launching PechaKucha Night San Diego on January 20, 2009 - we have to postpone one. Apologies for any inconvenience. We promise it'll be worth the wait. Hang tight for the new date.

Since former PechaKucha Night SD presenter, promoter and emcee Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee has traveled all the way across the country to present at #18, and since he can't extend his stay, and he's still talking to us - we're going to do lunch. Just lunch. Of course, anything we do with Dave Brown around typically turns into awesome. So that means we're having an AWESOME lunch. No agenda. Just working our love, and loving our lunch. Join us at Basic Urban Kitchen if you like awesome, too. More info here. RSVP on Facebook here.

Thanks For Your Support of SDAF!!

Thanks to all who attended first SDAF Member Mixer on May 16 at the fabulous Pearl Hotel, and the fourth installment of SDAF's Inside the Design Studio at Basile Studio on May 23! We so enjoyed seeing so many of you, and hope you made some new friends, learned something new, and had some fun at both events.

We enjoyed a remarkable increase in new (and renewing) memberships in May, as well - so WELCOME (and WELCOME BACK!) to all. We hope to see much more of you in the coming months. In fact, remember to save June 20 for PechaKucha Night San Diego Volume #18. We still have room for a few more presenters... so let us know if you have a 20x20 up your sleeve!

Photo of Inside the Design Studio by the awesome Mike Torrey. Click on the image for more. Inside the Design Studio at Basile Studio


Join Us "Inside the Design Studio"

Join us for an exclusive evening with award-winning Designer/ Builder/ Fabricator Paul Basile of Basile Studio to be held inside his design studio this Thursday night, May 23. Basile and team are responsible for numerous Orchid-awarded projects in San Diego including Car2Go (2012), Craft & Commerce (2011 Grand Orchid), Banker's Hill (2011) and The Guild (2007); and others including Polite Provisions, Soda & Swine, Underbelly and Big Front Door; and custom seating, tables, signage and more.

Entry ($20 / Free for SDAF members) includes interview, Q&A, fabrication demonstration, a complimentary Craft & Commerce cocktail (additional available for purchase) and food provided by the soon-to-be opened Acme Kitchen & Bar.

This evening is made possible by our awesome sponsors; including DCI Engineers, Car2Go San Diego and McCullough Landscape Architects, Inc.

$20 Tickets available online through 3:00pm on 12/23.
$25 at door.
Get your tickets / RSVP here.

Inside the Design Studio

Join SDAF at the Awesome, Orchid-Awarded Pearl Hotel For Our First Member Mixer

Join us, and your fellow SDAF members, for fabulous food, fascinating film and cultured company at the first official SDAF Member Mixer held the awesome, Orchid-awarded Pearl Hotel. Current SDAF Members get a generous 15% discount off their bill (please remember to tip your servers generously!). Did we mention a very special drink special? Let's just say there's likely to be some toasting involved. We hope you will join us!Member Mixer

Kicking Off May With the CVA!

SDAF is very pleased to recognize the Barrio Logan Community for their collaboration and commitment to Smart Growth, infill development. Please join us on Saturday, May 3, for a free event at the project on which the 2013 Community Vision Award is based, the Mercado del Barrio. More info here. 2013 Community Vision Award Event

Celebration of the Life of Graham T. Downes

Graham T. Downes
Graham T. "Basher" Downes
July 17, 1956 - April 21, 2013

San Diego Architectural Foundation extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and associates of Graham T. Downes. San Diego has lost a true visionary, and whether you knew him or not, you have likely been touched by Graham and his work.
Below is an update on a Celebration of Life for Graham Downes,
planned for this Saturday, April 27. 
More tributes to Graham and his many contributions to San Diego and beyond are in the works, and we will keep you
posted accordingly. 

Basher crammed 100+ years of life into his brief 55. - One of Graham's 4,558 Facebook friends.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jon Hinkin  702-267-8354

Celebration of Life for Graham “Basher” Downes
Playoff Bound OMBAC Rugby Closes Out 2013 Regular Season on Saturday

San Diego, CA - The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) Rugby Team is looking to continue its winning ways in their Southern California Division One league finale on Saturday. Winners of six of their last seven matches, OMBAC is looking to improve to 8-4 with a victory over a 1-10 Back Bay squad at the Little Q on Saturday, April 27. Kickoff for the A side match will be at 1:00 p.m. with a B side match to follow at 3:00 p.m.
In addition to hosting the rugby matches on Saturday, the Little Q will also play host to the Celebration of Life for past OMBAC and U.S. National Team rugby player Graham “Basher” Downes. Downes helped lay the foundation for OMBAC Rugby’s great success in the 80s and 90s and has been a constant supporter of the program to the present. Basher influenced many aspects of San Diego and created friendships across industry and sport, anyone that knew Graham is invited to come celebrate. Images of Downes will be on display at the field. There will be a short ceremony and an open mic between the A and B side matches for those wishing to say a few words in Graham’s memory. A big crowd is expected as many of his USA, OMBAC and KwaZulu Old Crocs teammates, business colleagues, family and friends will be in attendance.

The Little Q is the old Chargers practice field at the South West corner of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot located at 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, 92108.

In lieu of the usual $5 admission charge, OMBAC Rugby will be asking for a $5 donation that will go to start the “Graham Downes Scholarship Fund.”

Win, lose or draw, OMBAC will finish the season in third place in Southern California but another win would boost their confidence even further for when they travel to Sacramento on May 4 to take on the Sacramento Lions in the Round of 32 National Playoffs.

Come on out and support OMBAC Rugby and share memories of one of the greatest players to have ever pulled on an OMBAC Rugby jersey.

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