Orchids and Onions 2016


​NewSchool of Architecture & Design is excited to be the title sponsor of San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) Orchids and Onions 2016.

About Orchids & Onions:

Orchids & Onions is an educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.

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 integral to planning, growth and future development of our city.

Each year, a jury of design professionals and artists 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; and any nomination submitted to the Miscellaneous Category that is determined to be an Orchid or Onion will be recognized in a category specific to that project.

The online People’s Choice Vote gauges San Diegans’ opinions about the state of their region. The culmination is an enlightening and fun-filled awards presentation, promoting awareness and practical discourse about the state of our region.


Thursday, October 13, 2016 Reception at Horton Plaza Park Followed by the Awards Ceremony at Spreckels Theater

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NewSchool Alumni, Faculty and Student Nominees

NewSchool is proud to announce the alumni, faculty and student nominees who have been nominated as 2016 Orchids:

  • NewSchool Contributing Faculty: Park & Rec (category: Landscape Architecture) – Designer: Marianne Berg
  • NewSchool Students: STEAM Pavilion (category: Miscellaneous) - Designer: NewSchool students and faculty Ramiro Losada Amor and Victor Navarro
  • NewSchool Alumni: Prima Vista (Category: Miscellaneous) Designer: Michael Angelo Venturtella
  • NewSchool Alumni: George’s at the Cove (Category: Interior Design) – Designer: Tecture
  • NewSchool Alumni: Firehouse American Eatery (Category: Interior Design) – Designer: Tecture
  • NewSchool Alumni: Woholle Juice Bar (Category: Interior Design) – Designer: Tecture