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Beyond the Buildings

  This is the first in an SDAF series exploring the people and companies behind San Diego’s built environment.   “It’s a unique little industry,” says Aaron Pebley, a senior project manager with KPFF Consulting Engineers. This is the understatement of the year, considering a recent feather in the KPFF …

 
This is the first in an SDAF series exploring the people and companies behind San Diego’s built environment.
 

“It’s a unique little industry,” says Aaron Pebley, a senior project manager with KPFF Consulting Engineers. This is the understatement of the year, considering a recent feather in the KPFF cap is the IQHQ RaDD (Research and Development District), the biotech “city” slated for Downtown San Diego’s waterfront. With 22 offices throughout the country—and six in California alone—KPFF creates central arteries for higher tech buildings like IQHQ’s RaDD. In San Diego, the firm is synonymous with our life science campuses, leveling up the homegrown sector. Alongside RaDD, the firm is also busy revving up adaptive reuse in Sorrento Valley. Here, we take five with Pebley…

Overarching challenge. These life science buildings need to be high-performance, and they demand so much flexibility for their lab tenants. The infrastructure that is required to support these buildings is far, far more involved than any typical office building.

Give us an example. We get an opportunity to really dive into the vibrational characteristics of the structure itself, ensuring sensitive lab equipment won’t be impacted by a vibrating floor. Imagine you are in an open office and your co-worker comes hustling down the hallway and you can feel the floor bouncing slightly as you sit in your chair. That can’t happen in a lab!

So…IQHQ Research and Development District. It really feels like a new identity is being established for downtown San Diego’s waterfront with this development, and IQHQ has the potential to serve as a lynchpin for even more life science development. Beyond the life science sector, it will also hopefully create momentum for other office and hospitality projects downtown. Downtown has been waiting for quite some time for a new market sector to plant its flag there, and with this project it appears that may finally be happening.

“Sky’s the limit in Sorrento Valley.” This corridor is really coming to life with adaptive reuse of the existing building stock there. So many existing buildings are getting significant overhauls to reuse them for life science tenants. It’s great to see some older buildings get a new life for state-of-the-art research companies.

Office perks. Many of these companies have high profile talent and clientele, and they want to go big on amenities as a way to integrate work/life. Integrating fun design elements from restaurants and breweries to fitness centers and bocce ball courts into the fabric of these beautiful buildings is always a challenge we love to solve as structural engineers!

Interview & write up by Gillian Flynn, connect with her at https://gillianvflynn.com/

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Getting Schooled: SDAF and NewSchool of Architecture & Design celebrate 10+ years of O&O

Creative partnerships can last a lifetime. That’s the drive behind the longtime collaboration with SDAF and the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. For more than 10 years, NewSchool has been the title sponsor of the annual Orchids & Onions, SDAF’s largest single fundraiser.  The innovative school, established in Downtown San …

Creative partnerships can last a lifetime.

That’s the drive behind the longtime collaboration with SDAF and the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. For more than 10 years, NewSchool has been the title sponsor of the annual Orchids & Onions, SDAF’s largest single fundraiser. 

The innovative school, established in Downtown San Diego in the late 80s, demonstrates the critical role architecture and design have in our city, and relishes bringing community into the curriculum wherever possible. Orchids & Onions, meanwhile, continues to provide a fresh, relevant platform to reintroduce the design conversation. It serves as a unifying call to action for students: come out of your silos and engage in the local context of the built environment. 

Mission accomplished. The greatest indicator of the partnership’s success is Orchids & Onions participation. This year alone, there’s SDAF Director John Martinez (Class of 2012), serving as the O&O Chair; and the jury features three NewSchool alumni, including Rachelle Domingo-Rogers (2004)  Katinka Read ( 2011) and Lucy Campbell, the current NewSchool librarian. 

“One of the interesting things about Orchids & Onions—it’s not just about design and aesthetics but making better places to live in San Diego,” says Campbell. “It’s great to see NewSchool having such an impact. We get to complete the circle.”

The partnership propels design conversations toward the future―working on building long-term solutions now while sparking action in the classroom, and the community beyond. It also provokes students to reassess and update their design strategy in response to the changing environment. 

More than anything, it’s about finding connection. Over the years, some 50-plus students and alumni have served on O&O committees and juries, according to SDAF President Pauly De Bartolo. “It’s been years of blood, sweat, tears,” says De Bartolo, “and it’s always fun collaborating with NewSchool faculty and staff as we’ve curated the O&O program, its been an amazing relationship.” 

NEW CONCENTRATIONS AT NEWSCHOOL

As San Diego continues to be a global hub and convergence point of entrepreneurs, technocrats and creative minds, NewSchool is expanding its future field of study. In 2022, the school is adding new concentrations: sustainable design and technology, urban design and development, sustainable adaptive reuse, and digital products and experiences. The school offers a range of degrees for students looking to advance their careers in architecture, construction management, graphic design and interactive media, interior architecture and design, and product design.

NEXT STOP: PORTLAND

In the 21st century, few architecture problems are straightforward. For a recent collaboration, NewSchool students extended their core knowledge into a new city, Portland. Teaming up with an S.D. architecture and engineering firm, Mackenzie, students helped reimagine and reconfigure the ODOT blocks in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. It presented students an opportunity to learn about urban analysis, site selection criteria for resilient urban development, design parameters, and design methods and tools. 

The students based their proposals on real client needs and constraints within Portland’s municipal code, and received input from Rich Mitchell, contributing faculty at NewSchool and former president of Mackenzie. 

“Preparing undergraduates to enter the architecture and design industry must go beyond developing classroom learning, hyper-visual projects, and mastering the latest digital programs,” says Mitchell. “Practice-ready students must be able to convince stakeholders that their proposed vision is addressing community needs.”

Interview & write up by Gillian Flynn, connect with her at https://gillianvflynn.com/

Photo List

1. (top of post) – the 2013 O&O crew consisting of NSAD Alumni Craig Howard, Perriann Diaz (Hodges), Daniel Ordonez, Lauren Kim, Paison) & Melina Aluwi.

2. (below) – Lauren Kim (Paison), NSAD Class of 2012 heads up the backstage production of O&O 2013

3. The entry light sculpture at O&O 2013 by the NSAD student volunteer committee

4. Former NSAD faculty member Chuck Crawford & NSAD alumni Ivana Heslop (Vinksi) at O&O 2011. Chuck was the O&O Jury Liaison for 3+ years and Ivana managed the event preparation for 7+ years as well as being an SDAF Director from 2012-2013.

5. Faculty member Elana Pacenti speaks on behalf of NSAD as Title Sponsor of the O&O 2013

6. Jury Tour Napkin Sketches framed by NSAD students for the 2016 O&O Silent Auction

7. 2016 O&O, the first event to be curated in the Horton Plaza Park, Co-Chaired by NSAD alumni Perriann Diaz (Hodges) & Lauren Kim (Paison)

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Using design to elevate the San Diego lifestyle

  With an upbeat sense of community design, Michelle Harrison-McAllister creates West Coast interiors that revel in the unexpected.   “We take our relaxed environment seriously,” says Michelle Harrison-McAllister. “And there’s a new wave of residents and companies who are elevating San Diego’s lifestyle as the design centerpiece.“   The …

 

With an upbeat sense of community design, Michelle Harrison-McAllister creates West Coast interiors that revel in the unexpected.

 
“We take our relaxed environment seriously,” says Michelle Harrison-McAllister. “And there’s a new wave of residents and companies who are elevating San Diego’s lifestyle as the design centerpiece.“

 

The SDAF board member says it’s an ideal time to toast the architects and designers  who continue to shape our environment and the spaces that define it.

 

On this day, Harrison-McAllister is wearing her signature bold spectacles and a red kaftan while kicking up her heels on a neo-leather recliner.  She has mastered the art of making interiors playful yet warm, giving us a wholly modern vocabulary for comfort along the way. Founded in 2000, Michelle Harrison Design is a boutique firm specializing in lifestyle design for multi-family communities, commercial and office space.

 

The designer has spent two decades cultivating a community sensibility while keeping us guessing. The through line is her eye-catching practicality, expressiveness and proactive commitment to local collaboration.

 
“It’s all about our city and what makes it tick,” she says. “The design reinforces community by subtly reflecting it.”
 

Case in point: Casa Lago, an apartment complex next to the  Olympic Training Center in Eastlake, unites style and function.  An open floor plan creates communal spaces ideal for cooking and kicking back while two fitness rooms redefine the gym experience. A weight room is emblazoned with American murals while a cardio space is more organic thanks to greenery from Tend Living.

 
“The energy of a space can transform someone’s experience in it,” she says.

A self-described art-obsessive, Harrison-McAllister inserts local talent wherever possible. For Cielo in Little Italy, the lobby serves as a mini museo, featuring the work of San Diego artists. The overall design is modern and artful. Never stuffy.

 

A native New Englander raised in Coastal Connecticut, her designs convey a viable connection to place. Vida North Park is functionally hip. A bike storage doubles as a repair space; and the mod pool and lobby area feature an array of high-designed nooks to host everything from hipster happy hours to zoom calls.

 
Other S.D. projects show off a contemporary sensibility, and eye for unusual accents. At Broadstone Little Italy, she tapped into the barefoot lifestyle of Capri for interiors that marry European design with beachy SoCal. And at Broadstone Makers Quarter, she warmed over steely masculine design with whimsy and rock ‘n’ roll (bathrooms are plastered in speaker wallpaper).
 
Off-duty, Harrison-McAllister opts for floor-to-ceiling neutrals. Her home is awash in calming hues of cream, porcelain and muted beige. “My personality is so colorful. I love the tranquility of a blank canvas.”
 

Interview & write up by Gillian Flynn, connect with her at https://gillianvflynn.com/

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2021 Orchids & Onions Jury Tour; a tale of a tour.

 On Saturday July 31st, our esteemed panel of Architects, Designers, Developers & Artists took off for a 21-stop tour around the county to experience in person the top-crop of this year’s Orchids & Onions nominations. In addition to our jury of design professionals, which you can read all about here, …

 
On Saturday July 31st, our esteemed panel of Architects, Designers, Developers & Artists took off for a 21-stop tour around the county to experience in person the top-crop of this year’s Orchids & Onions nominations. In addition to our jury of design professionals, which you can read all about here, we were joined by SDAF VIP Member Lucy Campbell, Head Librarian at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and our volunteer committee consisting of 2021 O&O Chair John Martinez, SDAF Directors Anne Militante & Roger Showley, Lead Photographer Ian Patzke, Sponsorship Coordinator & Photographer Jim Brady and our newest volunteer Nadine Viola who is the Business Development & Design Specialist at R&R Construction. Needless to say it was a rowdy crew ready for a busy day roaming about the county.
 
 
Starting at Balboa Park the first stop was at the San Diego Zoo which set us behind schedule from the very beginning. Having run a tight-ship on these O&O tours for a record 8-years now, I’ve become quite the herder when it comes to keeping our Jury on track, but starting this one late tested the very depths of my patience. All was eased when only 5-stops into the tour a gentle call for mimosas was suggested while we visited the Portside Pier, to which I was more than happy to oblige.
 
We looped through downtown and zipped off to south county to see the new First Station 5 in Chula Vista. Lunch was enjoyed nearby at Hungry Hank’s on Third Avenue who made some pretty fantastic sandwiches as the crew sat outside and debated the first few tour stops before we headed over to Bonita to see the new Library interiors. Unfortunately as Covid seems to be still causing havoc, the library was closed (on a weekend?!?) but we were able to make an impromptu stop at the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, which was not one of the tour nominations but was a welcoming bathroom break. We made some new friends with the folks there, said our ‘thank yous’ and headed back out on the road.
 
An obligatory mid-tour cocktail was in order and so we overstayed our welcome at Realm of 52 Remedies as I convinced the staff to knock out not one but two ‘tasting’ cocktails to keep the crew fueled for the remainder of the tour. Up next was the High Tech High Campus in Mesa we then were headed towards Kellogg Park at La Jolla Shores to check out a wonderful boardwalk mural, little was I thinking when I planned the tour that mid-afternoon on a Saturday would be a terrible time to drive a 25-passenger bus into La Jolla Shores, but our fearless bus driver Kathryn was up for the challenge.
 
 
The largest project on the tour was the 10-acre North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood at UCSD. Guided by Architects Ricardo Rabines & Eric Lindebak we could have spent 3-hours walking just this one stop, but we were behind schedule, so off we went to our last stop before heading back to Balboa Park.
 
One of the personal reasons I got involved with SDAF was to get to hang out with some of the city’s best Architects & Designers and while the Orchids & Onions program isn’t short of it’s controversy, for me it’s a chance to geek out with new friends & respected colleagues and this year was no exception. We ended the day with dinner & drinks at The Corner in Bankers Hill. Stories were told, napkins were sketched on and at some point Dave confused us all talking about full body scanning…an awesome Saturday in my book.
 
Photos by Ian Patzke Photography – check out his work @ian.patzke on the Gram.
 
Pauly.

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Napkin Sketch: Marvin Malecha

  One of my favorite parts of being involved with SDAF has been the opportunity to get to connect with some really wonderful people in our industry. I’ve built friendships throughout various creative disciplines and been able to connect with some amazingly talented folks that I otherwise may never have crossed paths …

 

One of my favorite parts of being involved with SDAF has been the opportunity to get to connect with some really wonderful people in our industry. I’ve built friendships throughout various creative disciplines and been able to connect with some amazingly talented folks that I otherwise may never have crossed paths with. Coordinating the Orchids & Onions jury for as many years as I have has given me a special opportunity to also put each one of these people to work on one of my favorite creative pastimes, the napkin sketch. Years back I decided that a mandatory part of participating in the O&O Jury Tour was to provide at least one napkin sketch regardless of whether you were part of the jury, or one of our volunteers. It was just a way to remind everyone of the fun of being creative, a simple drawing, something quick, not polished.

As the team prepares this year’s unique O&O program (oh, this is going to be a fun one!) I’ve been reflecting on past years experiences. While looking back through some of the napkin sketches done by jurors on our annual O&O Jury Tour I came across this gem by Marvin Malecha, FAIA who was, at the time, president of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NSAD).

Softly spoken but always with a sharp and detailed opinion, Marvin was an absolute delight to meet on our 2017 tour. He thoughtfully discussed each award based on our award criteria and its individual merits. He especially connected with our young student juror and he doodled this napkin sketch after visiting the Japanese Gardens at Balboa Park.

I was deeply saddened to hear of Mavin’s passing in 2020, but his legacy in our industry as well as his leadership at the NewSchool will live on for years to come. Our organization is better because of Marvin’s leadership in ensuring a deep partnership between SDAF and NSAD. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know Marvin through our partnership over the years.

To learn more about Marvin’s legacy, NewSchool issued this statement which includes more of his sketches.

Pauly.

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2021 Orchids & Onions – Meet the Jury!

As our Orchids & Onions Committee is hustling together to prepare this year’s program, we wanted to make a super big announcement – our jury! Over the years, we have always had an engaging team of jury members, and this year is absolutely no different. With thought-leaders from a variety …

As our Orchids & Onions Committee is hustling together to prepare this year’s program, we wanted to make a super big announcement – our jury! Over the years, we have always had an engaging team of jury members, and this year is absolutely no different. With thought-leaders from a variety of professional disciplines, we entrust with our jury the decision-making that results in the awards themselves. O&O is a unique awards ceremony. The public nominates all projects, but then the jury adds their expertise resulting in a combined effort to determine the winners.  

They will be put to the test, from a grueling (not really) online voting process, to an in-person tour to see each short-listed project, to the feisty and always exciting deliberations that can last for hours; we know that this jury is up to the task!

While this may be an all-star band of dead-set industry rock stars, and they are, but don’t forget that we will also invite you to all of SDAF’s VIP member events to participate in the chance of a lifetime to join this year’s jury.

Finally, to round out the total of nine jurors, we will also be inviting an ACE Mentor Student to join the jury. What an opportunity for a young budding designer to sit in and converse with some of our region’s leading designers!

Over the coming weeks, we will be releasing information on how you can participate in your one chance of a lifetime! But for now, let’s meet the jury!

Here we go…

Architect: Gemma Hsiueh

Gemma is a Registered Architect and Principal at RNT Architects, located in the Gaslamp Quarter. Gemma acknowledges her parents for allowing her the freedom to explore the field of architecture at such an early age. Her obsession with Legos during childhood led her to take several drafting classes in high school and participate in a summer exploratory program at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. She refined her focus and skills at the USC School of Architecture. She jumped on the opportunity to study abroad in Italy for five months, which solidified her admiration of the subject.

Get to know Gemma more through this wonderful interview by unfamiliar.

Architect & Developer: Jeff Svitak

Jeff Svitak Inc. is an all-inclusive studio focusing primarily on architectural design while simultaneously integrating real estate development and construction management into its practice. The studio prides itself on creating unique and inspired human environments that engage with the user’s senses. While each project has its individual inspiration and concept, Svitak believes heavily in the role of spatial organization and its influence on human emotions. By intimately studying this relationship, Jeff Svitak Inc. looks to enhance the emotional quality of its building’s inhabitants. They thoughtfully integrate aspects of privacy and intimacy within the interior environment, connecting exterior living spaces, and inviting an overall sense of community through crafted and welcoming public and circulatory spaces.

Architect & HRB Member: Matthew Winter 

Matthew Winter is the Director of Mixed-Use at LPA Design Studios. He has been responsible for managing various award-winning projects of multiple typologies, including housing, medical, civic, developer, and mixed-use projects. His work on the Pacific Center Campus in Southern California received the 2017 American Architecture Award and the 2016 Best Project for Office/Retail/Mixed-Use from ENR’s California’s Best Projects.

He is currently serving on the Historic Resource Board of the City of San Diego. Additionally, he is president of beautifulPB, the non-profit managing the certification process for the Pacific Beach EcoDistrict. He has helped spearhead multiple community-led projects within the EcoDistrict, ranging from new bicycle paths, community mural events, new placemaking, municipal code, new park designations, and an EcoDistrict planning checklist for new development. He previously served on the Uptown Planning Board and as a director on the Pacific Beach Town Council.

Designer: Rachelle Domingo-Rogers

As an ’04 Alumni of Newschool of Architecture and Design with a 5-year Bachelors of Architecture degree, Rachelle has invested 20+ years in the San Diego Architectural and Design Industry working for various firms and non-profits. Now, she is the owner of Arch5 Design Studio, a boutique architectural and interior design studio specializing in residential and Commercial/Hospitality projects. They just recently celebrated their 6th year in business. Get to know Rachelle more through this great interview in Shoutout Socal.

Artist & Educator: Dave Adey

David Adey began his graphic design and branding career working for clients such as Intel, Pepsi, Nike, Qualcomm, Taylor Guitars, Hasbro, and many others. His sculpture often draws upon this experience, and his recent cut-paper works explore the fraught intersection between our physical bodies and the increasingly digitized world we inhabit. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The La Jolla Athenaeum, and Oceanside Museum Art, Frist Museum in Nashville, and galleries and venues nationally and internationally. His recent Hide series was selected for the exhibition State of The Art, Discovering American Art Now, which began at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and has toured nationally.

Adey’s graphic design and illustration have been featured in publications such as Graphis and Communication Arts. His art has been reviewed and featured in publications including Art in America, Art Ltd., LA Weekly, Installation Magazine, Artbound by KCET, Modern Luxury Magazine, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Wired, KPBS, and The Huffington Post.

His permanent public sculpture for the County of San Diego, titled Inspiration/Expiration, can be seen at the corner of Cedar and Kettner in downtown San Diego.

He received his MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in visual art from PLNU, where he is currently a professor of art and design.

Architect & Construction Manager: Katinka Read

Katinka was born and raised in Germany, but San Diego has been her home for over 15 years. After graduating from the NewSchool of Architecture + Design in 2011, Katinka worked in architecture for five years and got her license in California. She now works as a construction project manager for multi-family projects and operates her small architecture firm on the side.

Fun fact, Katinka volunteered with SDAF for a few years on our Orchids and Onions Committee, and we are so pleased to have her back on our jury this year.

Get to know Katinka through this great interview in unfamiliar.

Landscape Architect: Neil Hadley

With over 20 years of experience in landscape architecture, campus planning, and urban design, Neil founded landLAB, landscape architecture + environmental back in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1994. His everyday philosophy is based on attention to detail while creating landscapes that connect the built form to its surrounding environmental context. He strives passionately for a strong collaboration between the consultant team and the client. Neil ventured out to San Diego in 1998, opening landLAB landscape architecture + environmental planning in 2008.

When he is not working, he can be found surfing, snowboarding, and hanging out with his wife and two boys.

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Membership update, a really longwinded update.

 Being my third post already this year about membership, I wanted to explain why I feel SDAF’s new membership structure is kind of a big deal. This could get long-winded, so here goes… When I first volunteered for SDAF as a jury liaison for the 2011 Orchids & Onions (shout out to …

 
Being my third post already this year about membership, I wanted to explain why I feel SDAF’s new membership structure is kind of a big deal. This could get long-winded, so here goes…
 
When I first volunteered for SDAF as a jury liaison for the 2011 Orchids & Onions (shout out to Chuck Crawford who taught me everything I needed to know to wrangle the next seven years of O&O jury’s!) it seemed like a no-brainer for me to sign up as a member at the same time. I really wanted to get involved in a local organization and I believe it was David McCullough who recommended volunteering for the ‘San Diego Architectural Foundation’ so naturally like most industry folks I thought I was joining an ‘industry-focused’ group. 
 
I should have known from that very first committee meeting that this bunch of misfits was anything but. Sure we had Architects & designers but there were also photographers, students, other industry professionals & some really wonderful regular folks. It was an awesome group of people with one common goal, professional or not, we all loved design & we all wanted to contribute. Being part of that O&O crew gave me a wonderful sense of community, but not just with other designers, it gave me the chance to build friendships across many disciplines within the industry but also outside of the industry. Over the next couple of years as I was invited to be on SDAF’s Board of Directors, then Vice-President and then President, it became glaringly obvious to me that SDAF really was not an industry-focused organization at all. Do we curate programs & events that cater towards industry folks? Absolutely, but it is just a portion of the productions we plan each year to engage a much wider audience – the whole region of San Diego. 
 
In my first go around on the board, I was frustrated, as were many others, that our membership numbers remain relatively static each year. We’ve always had a solid core of members who remain supportive every year, but we struggled to increase our membership. Discussions had taken place for several years about new membership levels, membership benefits, who gets what, what dollar values, etc and the problem all along was staring us in the face – we had simply over-complicated the entire thing.  Somehow in an effort to provide a variety of entry levels for membership we had created a labyrinth of options that would confuse anyone. Furthermore, we had failed on our end to manage our membership levels and so many of the promised benefits went unfulfilled and ultimately let our paying members down leading to many folks not rejoining every year. In all honesty, none of this was done on purpose – it’s just the nature of essentially a volunteer organization. For a few years we simply couldn’t afford staff, and so everything that needed to get done was done after hours or on weekends. The leadership team attempted to try to do everything ourselves and we simply let some really important things slip, it was no one’s fault, we did our best, but in doing so we let down our supporters, our members, and that never sat well with me.
 
So, in returning to SDAF for a second stint as President I made one giant commitment that we would simplify our membership structure. I didn’t know fully what that would mean, we are a board of many amazing folks & their opinions, but I was certain that change needed to happen, and so here we are. Our Membership Director Michelle Harrison McAllister formed a committee of volunteers, as well as the trusted advice of 12-year SDAF Director Suzanne Clemmer and our most recent talented addition to the team, Lauren Cook our Admin. Together this team created a streamlined, progressive & downright spot-on new membership approach of just two levels. The first level is General Membership which will be free to all San Diegans. This membership level aims to expand our mission far and wide throughout the region, engaging all demographics who live, connect, and are inspired by architecture and design.

I want to make it clear that we are not an industry organization, our mission is focused on all San Diegans – every age group, every economic status, every community, and everyone who wants to know more about our built environment – we have a program for you to connect with and be inspired by. Many of our programs are free, but the ones that do require a cost will be more affordable than ever now when you become connected to SDAF as a General Member.

The second level is our VIP Membership which is a flat-rate fee of $250 per year. This next-level membership will provide exclusive VIP-member-only experiences throughout the year, starting with an in-person tour of M.W. Steele Group’s 625 Broadway redevelopment by prominent local Architect Mark Steele himself. The exciting content we have planned will well and truly exceed its value as you will have the opportunity to meet some of our region’s most dynamic architects, artists, landscape architects, urban planners, developers, and so much more. 
 
So by now you’re wondering what this is all about, why am I ranting again about membership? Well, it’s really quite simple, I want to personally invite you to sign up today at one of these two new levels. If you’re interested in our City, Architecture, Design, Art, Sculpture, Landscape Architecture, buildings like your own home, the school your child attends, the office you work in, the parks & playgrounds in your community, public transportation, etc – if any of these things mean even the slightest thing to you, our organization is either currently curating or will sometime in the future curate an event, a talk, a gathering or a tour of something that you will find fascinating. So being a newly ‘free’ member of our organization simply gives you a weekly e-blast update from us on what we and others in our community have going on. If however you want a more dynamic and intimate experience, sign up for the VIP level membership to get some really amazing private events and know that your contribution is going towards some amazing events, most of which we put on for free.
 
Finally, the most important component for me of our new membership structure is the accessibility. All ages, all demographics, all communities, all income-levels can afford a free membership! This is a huge part of why our new membership structure, which has really only been rolling for a month or so now, has generated a few hundred new members (yay!), but that’s just the beginning. Our goal is to reach every corner of our county to engage with all 3+million San Diegans to join SDAF.
 
 
Let’s do this San Diego,  join us today, it’s free!

Pauly.

 

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Orchids & Onions is Back!

45th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards to Host a Hybrid, In-Person, and Virtual Gala   The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) invites the public and design industry professionals to nominate the best and worst of San Diego’s architecture in the run-up to the 45th annual Orchids & Onions awards ceremony. …

45th Annual Orchids & Onions Awards to Host a Hybrid, In-Person, and Virtual Gala

 

The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) invites the public and design industry professionals to nominate the best and worst of San Diego’s architecture in the run-up to the 45th annual Orchids & Onions awards ceremony. Building on last year’s virtual gala success and the evolving COVID-19 situation, our annual event will be an in-person gala on October 21, 2021. To nominate a project, visit here and fill out the nominations form before June 30, 2021.

The program recognizes the best (Orchids) and worst (Onions) in architectural design, form, and function and brings San Diegans together to decide which parts of the built environment make our city a better place to live. Nomination categories include Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Historic Architecture, and a Miscellaneous Category for Public Art or other community improvements.

John Martinez, Chair of Orchids & Onions, commented: “Orchids & Onions is a chance for San Diegans to tell us what they like (and don’t like) about the buildings and spaces that surround them.

Building on the momentum created by OH! San Diego and its effort to take a more diverse look at San Diego’s built environment, we want to encourage all areas of the county to share their opinions and voice with us. By better understanding what brings people value in their everyday lives, we can help build a San Diego that improves the quality of life for everyone.”

The first official Orchids & Onions event was held in 1976. Last year’s Malone Grand Orchid winner for Architecture was The Center for Novel Therapeutics. The People’s Choice Onion winner was The Apartments at 1836 Columbia Street. SDAF started in 1978 and hosts over ten events a year that help educate San Diegans on the value of good design in their lives.

Get Involved!

Have some fun and take a minute to nominate a project here, and make sure to fill out the nomination form before June 30, 2021. Voting for the People’s Choice Award begins June 7, 2021. Your comment is your vote for the People’s Choice Award!

Visit here and SDAF’s social channels to comment on the shortlisted projects. You can also find us on Instagram @SDarchitecture, Facebook @SDAFinfo, Twitter @SDAFinfo, and LinkedIn.

To register for the event where the final Orchids & Onions will be revealed, visit us here!

About Orchids & Onions

Orchids & Onions is a fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning, and urban design throughout the San Diego region. The objective of Orchids & Onions is to raise awareness and encourage practical discourse about the environment, thereby effecting positive change and more thoughtful design. Orchids & Onions affords all San Diegans an opportunity to nominate what they believe deserves praise or critique, comment on all nominations, and even present an award by voting for the People’s Choice Orchid & Onion as part of the program. To learn more, visit here.

 

 

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