Orchids & Onions

Orchids & Onions
(O&O) is an educational and fundraising program of the SDAF.
After 3 years of dormancy, the SDAF "reinvented" and re-launched O&O in 2006 to great professional, media and public acclaim. Following the purchase of the program from the AIA San Diego in ‘04, a great deal of thought was given to where it had been and where it should go in the future; for in spite of its general popularity much criticism had been leveled at the program, from professionals as well as the community at large. These objections prompted the SDAF to take stock of the basic purpose and mission of the Orchids & Onions program. Some strongly advocated that it be discontinued altogether. Others acknowledged that O&O, in its best incarnation, has been the most visible, popular and effective vehicle for stimulating community awareness and response to San Diego's built environment.
With the aid of an ad hoc committee representing most of the professional planning and design organizations in San Diego, and after many conversations as to what it would take to make O&O more relevant, effective and meaningful to our community, a set of O&O guidelines were drafted. The guidelines detail topics such as jury composition; submittal screening; background research; the "event" and follow‐up - and devised the rebirth of O&O as we now know it.
Since its relaunch, the new and improved Orchids & Onions to be an amazing journey of interactive, enlightening and community-driven response to our environs.
In 2008, a dedicated Orchids & Onions website was launched, offering every citizen of San Diego the ability to nominate a project or planning policy.

Sponsorship of this vital and vibrant program not only supports its very existence, but also provides your organization unique and high-profile visibility throughout the season, at the Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction, and continuing through Spring, 2014.

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