Orchids & Onions
Celebrating the great (and not-so-great) contributions to our built environment. Have your say San Diego. Nominate. Comment. Vote.

Check out the 2015 Orchids & Onions nominations!

What’s behind the name?

Orchids & Onions is the only interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment. The success of the program relies heavily upon the citizens of San Diego; public nominations and feedback about the nominations published on the O&O website are a key feature of the dialog with industry professionals and City leaders. Established as an educational and fundraising program of SDAF, Orchids & Onions is a community-nominated, curated collection of San Diego’s latest and not always greatest architectural works.

Each year, a jury of design professionals is selected to determine the official Orchids & Onions based upon public submissions in categories including: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, historic preservation and miscellaneous. The ‘Miscellaneous’ Category encompasses anything and everything that the existing categories do not, including public art, environmental graphics, sustainable design. Nominations are accepted year round, with the nomination period closing in August.

The people of San Diego have a chance to vote online for the People’s Choice Orchid & Onion, where the field is a range of selected projects. The culmination of the program is an enlightening and fun-filled awards presentation, promoting awareness and practical discourse about the state of our region.

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, culminating in the Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony in October. Read more about O&O sponsorship opportunities.

  • San Diego is 'America's Finest City' but sometimes just fine is not enough. We've got to take that further and make it great.

    matt johnson

    Matt Johnson
    2014 O&O Jury Member
    Project Manager at Webcor Builders

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