OH! San Diego 2019
Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment
One weekend. Free access. Iconic architecture. The doors are open for you to explore.


Downtown’s largest and fastest growing neighborhood is in transition from a former warehouse district to an eclectic, thriving enclave. Re–purposed brick warehouses stand side-by-side with modern mixed–use developments. Filled with energy, arts and innovation, East Village is fast becoming San Diego’s next great neighborhood.


747 Park Boulevard

The campus lies in the heart of the rapidly transforming East Village design district, where former industrial spaces are becoming creative studios, offices and residences – the ideal launching pad for future architects and designers. Innovation and creativity are on display throughout the school in its studios, digital fabrication lab and exhibition spaces.

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour


840 11th Avenue
Rod Starkey and Son, 1960

Basile Studio, an award-winning design, build and fabrication firm specializing in innovative environments, calls this 12,000-square-foot warehouse home. With an emphasis on unexpected and exquisite details, Basile has designed many of the nation’s most unique and celebrated restaurants and bars. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the designers and fabricators at this busy workshop.

SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min


797 J Street
BNIM, 2016

This uber–sustainable architecture firm’s workplace acts as a real–time laboratory to test principles in human–purposed integrated design (HP.ID) – how human needs can be met and enhanced through inspired design. The office is zoned for social gathering, events, and collaboration. Participating in a research project with the world–renowned Salk Institute, employees wear bracelets that sense the impact of daylight on their performance, vital signs and well–being.

SAT 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour


703 16th Street, Suite 200

Located in the historic Snowflake Bakery building, this visionary local design studio has been re-purposed as creative office space. The building’s brick facade, original painted sign, and corner entry were restored based on historical photos and earned an SDAF Orchid Award for Historic Restoration. Visit and learn more about the office’s vision for the new Seaport Village.

SAT & SUN 1PM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour


1326 Broadway
Established 2012

Formerly an unsightly vacant lot, this space has been transformed into a thriving urban community garden and education center where all ages may learn about the value of healthy lifestyles through growing and eating fresh organic produce.

SAT 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour



330 Park Boulevard
Rob W. Quigley, FAIA and Tucker Sadler & Associates, 2013

Cutting a striking presence on the city skyline, the library’s iconic steel lattice dome is a fitting civic tribute to the 30–year effort and unprecedented philanthropy that brought the building to fruition. The 9–story concrete and glass structure encloses an impressive atrium with a grand arch and warm wood clad circulation spaces. Seamless indoor–outdoor transitions occur between the atrium, the street level courtyard and the auditorium via immense sliding glass doors. The library is topped off by the ‘people’s penthouse’ – the viewing terrace with a magnificent view of the city and the grand 3–story glass reading room.

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self-guided tour. Guided tour SAT 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, SUN at 10AM, 11AM, 12PM


840 14th Street
AVRP Studios, 2015

The vibrant color palette and energetic environmental graphics at this urban charter school make it a neighborhood landmark. The state-of-the-art facility features 22 classrooms, a library, fine and performing arts studios, a rooftop PE area with views of downtown, and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) curriculum.

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min


488 Eighth Avenue
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, 2015

This 16-story office building with a sky blue glass facade and elegant lines is an iconic addition to the downtown skyline. Designed to maximize worker comfort and ‘share the light’, the LEED Gold certified, energy efficient building incorporates smart planning principles including raised floors, demountable walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that let in natural light and offer city and ballpark views to 90% of the employees. At street level, the building peels back to create an outdoor plaza and displays public art.

SAT 1PM – 3PM / Guided tour at 12PM, 1PM, 2PM & 3PM / Reservation required, ID will be checked


845 15th Street
BNIM, 2018

With LEED Platinum and Net Zero certification goals, this 6-story collaborative office hub in Makers Quarter maximizes natural ventilation with motorized windows and garage doors on each level. The building’s high-performance facade features a motorized screen system for shading that adjusts to the time of day and year. Manually-operated screens offer customizable shading levels for individual tenants within the highly flexible office suites.

SAT 1PM – 3PM / Guided tour every 30 min / Reservation required


1601 Broadway
JWDA and Basile Studio, 2018

The spirit of Makers Quarter is captured in the design of this mixed-use, 265-unit, 7-story residential community. The exterior composition of Corten-steel, cold-rolled steel, and large expanses of glass create a dynamic facade. The interior design of the lobby, craft kitchen, lounge, and outdoor pavilion is inspired by technological revolutions from the industrial age to the present. The community features artwork by Christopher Konecki, Carly Ealey, and Abe Aguilar.

SAT 10AM – 1PM / Self–guided tour


350 Tenth Avenue, Suite 300
Clive Wilkinson, 2008

This award-winning San Diego campus prepares students to enter careers in fashion, visual arts, interior design and entertainment. The architecture and design elements reflect a project-based “learning landscape,” with a warm, bold palette of oranges, yellows and greens found in native California flora. The full-height wall graphics of abstracted vegetation and a ceiling canopy of organic metal lanterns lend visual texture to the space.

SAT 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every 30 min.


52 K1
330 Thirteenth Street
LARGE Architecture, DesignArc, and Rob W. Quigley, 2019

Visitors get a sneak-peek of this 23-story mixed-use residential high-rise before it opens this summer. Located across from the Central Library, K1 responds to the unique constraints of its modest, triangular lot. Future residents will enjoy the two-story Sky Lounge on the 21st floor, with a built-in bar and outdoor seating, a hotel-style pool area with spa and fire pits, and an adjoining two-level recreation center with a lounge, demonstration kitchen and gym. The Sliver, an adjoining structure, will feature a vibrant restaurant and ample outdoor seating spaces, as well as two mid-rise penthouses.

SAT 10:30AM – 1PM / Hard hat tour every 30 min. / Ages 18 and older / Closed-toe shoes required (no ballet flats) / Reservation required


1485 E Street
John S. Siebert, 1924 / OZ Architecture, 2018

Located in the heart of Makers Quarter, a community of inspirational entrepreneurs, artists and makers, Punch Bowl Social combines a restaurant and bar with old-school entertainment, including bowling alleys, karaoke and vintage arcade games. What makes it unique, is its re-purposing of the historic Coliseum Federal Athletic Club, which was home to many famous boxing matches in the 1920s and 1930s, starring fighters such as James J. Braddock (whose life was depicted in the movie “Cinderella Man”) as well as world champion Archie Moore. The expansive 23,400-square-foot warehouse space has been transformed into a lively environment, incorporating original ticketing windows, re-purposed stadium benches, and boxing-themed decor.

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour, guided tour every hour




704 J Street
Jamie Miller

This unique and extremely functional 2,200-square foot industrial-chic event and co-working space features 16-foot ceilings with gorgeous wrap-around windows. Many amenities are available to those using this space: conference rooms, lounges, outdoor spaces – and even beer and Kombucha on tap!

SUN 10AM – 4PM / Self–guided tour




1501 Island Ave
Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, 2018

SHIFT is a bold statement on the San Diego skyline. Its unique sculpted profile and exciting mix of retail and residential mean it is destined to become the district’s focal point. Common areas are awash with dazzling murals, while the 368 apartments feature more subtle colors and natural finishes. Amenities include a rooftop pool and spa, a gym on the 21st floor with 360-degree views, a 6th-floor dog park, and co-working space.

SAT & SUN 10AM – 4PM / Guided tour every hour / Reservation required / SATURDAY TOURS / SUNDAY TOURS


58 PARK 12
100 Park Plaza 
Carrier Johnson + Culture, 2018

Located across the street from Petco Park, this luxury residential and retail community features a striking multi-tiered design, with four buildings – a 37-story tower high-rise, and three mid-rise buildings – connected by a pair of above-street bridges evoking the open-space feel of New York’s High Line Park. The mixed-use project is rich in amenities, with classic and modern finishes. A dramatic, cascading staircase welcomes residents and guests at the property’s street entrance.

SAT & SUN 110AM – 2PM / Guided tour every 30 min.


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