Tonight! Let's Talk About Building TOGETHER

021313MOAEventCurrent issues in urban SDMA logoplanning, specifically highlighting the possibilities of designing not just for communities, but  with communities, will be discussed at a colloquium this evening, presented in conjunction with The San Diego Museum of Art's interactive installation Beneath the Moon II, Journey through the City. Speakers include Leo Orellana, Architect and Founding Director of Sirchal II; Michael Stepner, Architect and Professor, NewSchool of Architecture & Design and former City Architect; and Eric Naslund, Design Principal/Partner in Studio E Architects and Chair of the San Diego Planning Commission. James Brown of Public Architecture & Planning will serve as moderator.

More information and tickets here.

We Believe!!

SDAF Manifesto
Happy Holidays!!
Tis the season to believe in something bigger than yourself, so we thought we would share some of the things we believe in - see our manifesto above.

As a architecture and design afficianado, or a member of San Diego's design community, we hope that you recognize the value of having an Architectural Foundation in San Diego, and share some of our passions.

If you are or have been a member, sponsor, or donor, we are exceedingly grateful. You have enabled SDAF to become the vital organization it is today. Help to keep SDAF active and set us up for success in 2013. Please consider enhancing your support, whether through membership or a tax deductible donation, to help us reach our year-end fundraising goal.

2012 has been another banner year for our programming and outreach. Some notable successes include:

  • Presented our seventh annual Orchids & Onions program and our biggest and best O&O Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction yet! 2012 saw a revamped website with a more user-friendly interface and hundreds of nominations, all culminating in THE annual design event of the year! Event photos and the complete list of official 2012 Orchids & Onions are available here.
  • Hosted our fourth year (16 events total, so far) of PechaKucha Nights, the international phenomenon that provides creative types an outlet to share their ideas, work and thoughts directly with an audience in an informal and social atmosphere.
  • Debuted the first Orchid Tour, of Urban Orchids. 35 tours of 15 projects were offered over a 3-day period, all guided by the architects, designers, owners or developers responsible for creating these Orchid awarded projects.
  • Self-published Urban Orchids from 2006 – 2011, a guidebook to accompany the tour. Copies of the book are still available for purchase.
  • Designed and marketed the first ever Orchid plaques, now installed in numerous Orchid-awarded projects throughout the region. Be on the lookout!
  • SDAF curated and hosted an original exhibition, Orchids, Onions and Opportunities (OOO) in a downtown storefront at 877 G Street. Free to the public, the exhibition consists of a series of visions for San Diego based on the realities of the present, inspiring examples from around the world of what has worked well, and the range of possibilities for the future.
  • SDAF established partnerships with both Dwell Magazine and Austin-based Modern Home Tours, entitling SDAF members discounted tickets to the respective tour offerings.

We have a lively line up of events on the horizon in 2013; however, without your support, we cannot continue to make these great strides towards our mission to raise awareness about the value of excellence in our built environment. 

We urge you to act now to show your support and belief in the future of SDAF.


From San Diego Architectural Foundation to you and yours, we wish you an amazingly happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Stuff you always ask us about, and some you don't...

flyer by PR1ZE

A few notes about tonight's PechaKucha Night...

Bar opens early. Presentations begin at 8:20, and take place in the courtyard, under the stars at MXD830 (830 25th Street). There will be plenty of hot toddy's and body heat, but be sure to bundle up, too!  

$10 donation is suggested to offset SDAF production expenses.

Bring CASH for $5 drink tickets, available for the outside bar where aforementioned hot toddy's and other fun concoctions, as well as beer and wine, will flow.

Beer, wine and food are also available at our favorite neighborhood bistro, Counterpoint - and must be eaten and sipped on (or chugged) IN Counterpoint.


Please drink responsibly. We are happy to call a cab for you.

Even more info here.
RSVP here
(helpful, but not required). See you there!


PechaKucha Night San Diego: Volume 16 is rolling in!

Click here for event update! Love our flyers? See more at Night San Diego #16It's time for a pre-holiday, near-year-end PechaKucha!

Come nourish your brain with grain-fed ideaburgers cooked up on stage in the form of our 20 images x 20 seconds presentations at PechaKucha Night San Diego: Volume 16.

SDV16 will be held under the stars in the courtyard of the Orchid-awarded MXD830 (830 25th Street, 92102), and home to Counterpoint, "... an urban tavern, a place to see neighbors, see friends, to feed your body, and, hopefully, your spirit, too."

So skate, waddle or roll on down to Golden Hill, grab yourself a beverage and some yummy eats, find a seat, and let your imagination and senses feast on the organic experiences, adventures, perspectives, projects and passions that our fabulous line-up of PechaKucha presenters have to offer.

This event is generously hosted by FoundationForForm Architecture & Development. Poster created by one of the most creative people we know, Terri Beth Mitchell of PR1ZE - who also happens to be presenting. In fact, we have a fabulous line up in store. Join us!

RSVP on Facebook (recommended, not required)

2012 Orchids & Onions: A Brief Recap

2012 Grand Orchid Chicano Park2012 Grand Orchid, the Restoration of Chicano Park. Photo by Darren Bradley. Click on image for more info.

The official 2012 Orchids & Onions were announced on October 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. In spite of the first rainfall in months, everyone had a blast at the pre-party and silent auction, and the bids were flying! Then, the crowd of 450+ moved into Sherwood Auditorium where Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien reprised his role as Master of Ceremonies, and the 2012 Orchids & Onions were announced. For a full recap, including awarded projects and event photos, click here.

2012 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction

Join SDAF for the 2012 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction on October 11, 2012 (10-11-12). Held at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, emceed by Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien, and with an impressive array of Silent Auction items (which may be viewed and pre-bid on now) - you don't want to miss it!

But really - would you ever want to miss an O&O?

Get your tickets today!

click here for printable flyer

2012 O&O Awards Ceremony

Inside the Design Studio Podcast Project: FoundationForForm Architecture & Development

Welcome to our inaugural "Inside the Design Studio" podcast project, produced by SDAF volunteer Kinsee Morlan.

We launch this new series with Craig Abenilla and Mike Burnett, the duo behind FoundationForForm Architecture & Development, who really like leftovers. They dig developing and building their creative, modern buildings on weird sites that other architects and developers leave behind. And with successful projects like MXD830 in Golden Hill (the hip, Orchid and Community Vision Award-winning urban space that houses businesses like Nest Vintage and Counterpoint Neighborhood Bistro) and Citron Court in Lemon Grove, it seems to be a funny little formula that's working well for them.  

Click play and listen as San Diego Architectural Foundation executive director Leslee Schaffer digs a little deeper and introduces you to the entertaining minds of Craig and Mike.

Orchids, Onions & Opportunities Continues!

If you haven't visited the Orchids, Onions & Opportunities exhibit or website, there's still time! Of course, the website will remain up indefinitely so that we may continue the conversation about how we can better and more thoughtfully design and develop our region, but the exhibit's days are numbered - in fact, it was supposed to come down at the end of June, until our generous friends at OliverMcMillan offered to house it for awhile longer - so come check it out at 877 G Street while you still can, and let us know what you think!

Mike Torrey photo OOO space


Join us for PechaKucha Night SDV.15

PKN SDV.15See our winning Pr1ze poster on the PKN blog!
click image for presenter list and more info

We also heart and appreciate the amazing

MIHO magic

Be sure to bring your appetite!

$10 suggested donation. Cash bar. Must be 21 to enter.

RSVP on FB (helpful; not required)

Urban Orchid Tour kicks off tonight!

The weekend kicks off this evening at 6pm at 2010 Interior Design Orchid Vin De Syrah Wine Parlor, 901 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. In this whimsical wonderland enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres as you meet and mingle with the architects, designers and other tour attendees. The icing? An exclusive tour by designer, Michael Soriano of Onairos Design. That alone is worth the price of admission. But wait, we haven’t even gotten to the tours yet.  On Saturday and Sunday numerous projects will be available to tour, many guided by the people responsible for some of the best design San Diego has to offer. Get your tickets now!

Your $50 (members pay $30) ticket gets you:

  • Entry to An Evening at An Orchid reception this evening, where you'll meet and mingle with other tour attendees and many of the architects and designers participating in the tour.
  • A copy of our new guidebook, Urban Orchids 2006-2011, generated exclusively for the tour.
  • A weekend replete with incredible design and architecture like San Diego has never before seen!  You will enjoy an insider's perspective as you are guided by the people responsible for some of the best design San Diego has to offer. A partial list of projects tours and participants includes:
    Art Produce guided by Lynn Susholtz of Stone Paper Scissors
    Balboa Theater guided by David Marshall of Heritage Architecture & Planning
    Banker's Hill guided by Paul Basile of Basile Studio
    Centre Street Lofts guided by Lloyd Russell, AIA
    Children's Museum guided by Rob Quigley, FAIA
    Co-Merge guided by Danette Feretti
    Craft & Commerce guided by Arsalun Tafazoli
    MXD830 guided by Mike Burnett of FoundationForForm Arch. & Dev.
    Starlite guided by Jason St. John & Barbara Rourke of Bells & Whistles
    The Station guided by Lloyd Russell, AIA
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law guided by Dean Rudy Hasl & Jim Mumford of Good Earth Plants
    Tweet Street guided by Vicki Estrada of Estrada Land Planning
    Vin De Syrah guided by Michael Soriano of Onairos Design
    Warehouse District guided by Eric Naslund of Studio E Architects
    Woodbury University guided by Rinehart/Herbst
    other projects include Co-Merge, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and more 
  • A 20% discount on your all-important morning coffee from 2011 Orchid Meshuggah Shack.

Tickets are available at the door, and remain available online through Friday at midnight. Just click here. Tickets are availalbe through Saturday at our Orchids, Onions & Opportunities exhibit venue, 877 G Street at the corner of 9th & G Streets.

Great way to spend some quality time with Dad, too. Hope you can join us!

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