Author Archives: ‘Lauren’

The Couple That’s Shaping San Marcos

By Beth Geraci For husband and wife architectural team Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines — the duo behind Safdie Rabines Architects — architecture is all about creating inspiring places for people to spend their time. Since its founding in 1993, Mission Hills-based Safdie Rabines has specialized in site-specific, humanistic, socially …

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A Grand Sendoff for a Grand Dame

By Beth Geraci You’d be hard pressed to find someone as committed to the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) as outgoing SDAF President Margit Whitlock, AIA.  After three years at the helm, Margit is stepping down as president to let Pauly De Bartolo fill her shoes. And she’s doing it …

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How Citythinkers is Finding Purpose in City Heights

By Beth Geraci Open House San Diego (OH San Diego) long had been on Diego Velasco’s radar. As a spectator, he’d always enjoyed participating in the annual architectural showcase. But something about 2021 seemed like the right time for more. This year, Velasco’s company, Citythinkers, will be an Open House …

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At C.W. Driver, A Legacy Built to Last

C.W. Driver is on a mission to build better communities and lives together. The Southern California builder provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services throughout the American West. In 2020, the company earned an Orchid from the San Diego Architectural Foundation for its design-build collaboration with the architectural firm …

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A Grand Vision to Showcase a Grand Orchid

It’s never easy to create a sense of place that puts people in the moment. The best artists just make it look easy. With their polished video production of 2020’s Malone Grand Orchid winner, the men behind Patzke + Doll have done just that — made it look easy. Patzke …

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Peeling It Back: A Closer Look at the Grand Onion

Year after year, as the Orchids & Onions gala approaches, people throughout San Diego inevitably ask “Why can’t it just be Orchids?” The answer, of course, is simple, and perhaps said best in the words of Orchids & Onions Co-chair John Martinez: “Unless we can have an open and respectful …

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5 Favorite Moments from Orchids & Onions 2020

Well, another Orchids & Onions gala is in our rearview mirror, and from beginning to end, this year’s awards had us craving more, more, more. As our first-ever virtual honors, Orchids & Onions 2020 proved to be among the most unique in recent memory. That largely had to do with …

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