Program

Orchids & Onions
It’s your town, San Diego. Let us know what you think about San Diego’s spaces and places.
Vote. Comment. Share.

Vote for the People’s Choice Award
August 15 to September 6

 

Orchid or Onion? You Help Decide.
Ever ask yourself why a place becomes a favorite spot that people return to time and again to make memories that last a lifetime? Or what makes San Diego “San Diego”? Why is our city so special, and could it be even more special? And what about the future of our downtown, the waterfront, the parks, the neighborhoods we call home?

To answer these questions, we turn to you—yes you! SDAF’s Orchids & Onions program brings San Diegans together to decide which parts of the built environment—be it building, park or plaza—make our city a better place to live. Each year brings in a whole new crop of projects, spaces and places to consider, nominate, comment on and vote into fame or infamy. Get involved and make your voice heard!

Be Part of the Process: How It Works
It all begins with you—proud San Diegans who share a vision to make our city all it can be. Starting June 2nd, visit the Orchids & Onions nominations page and nominate your favorite projects. Categories include architecture, interior design, urban planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation and “miscellaneous”—anything not covered by other categories. This can range from public art and environmental graphics to sustainable and technological innovation in design. Be sure to get your nominations in before the period closes on July 6th.

After nominations close, a multidisciplinary jury convenes to cull the nominations for this year’s harvest for best and worst. Made up of design professionals, plus one student and one member from the general public, the jury tours the cream of the crop, traveling to each project for firsthand evaluation. Jurors then deliberate on which entries earn a spot at the winner’s table (our orchids) versus those that need to be composted (the onions).

Cast Your Vote for People’s Choice
With a diverse collection of eye-catching projects to choose from, you, the San Diego community, vote online for the People’s Choice Orchid & Onion. Make sure to cast your vote come September, then come see which projects win top picks at the awards event.

Don’t Miss the Awards Festivities on Oct 4th
Join us for a fun-filled, thought-provoking night of commentary and discussion about San Diego’s built environment as we award the Orchids & Onions for 2018. Attendees include design enthusiasts, industry professionals and City leaders who all bring their energy and insights. This year’s Awards Ceremony is set for Thursday, October 4th at the US Grant Hotel, a past Orchid winner.

Step Up to Sponsorship
When you become a sponsor for this vital and vibrant program, you not only support its continued and future success, you also make your organization visible to a unique audience of professionals and fellow citizens committed to inspired place making. Your support will be recognized throughout the season, from opening of the nominations through to the exciting awards ceremony.

To sponsor go to:  http://sdarchitecture.org/sponsors/

View Past Winners
See a List of 2017 Winners

  • The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.

    Richard Rogers
    British Architect
    Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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