The mission of NewSchool of Architecture & Design is to nurture and inspire design-minded learners. Our philosophy is rooted in design thinking, and we focus on preparation for practice and project-based learning through our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. Programmatic accreditation for our professional architecture programs (B.Arch, M.Arch I, and IPAL) is provided through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

NewSchool is an innovative design and architecture school located in San Diego, California, that offers a range of degrees for students looking to advance their career in architecture, construction management, graphic design & interactive media, interior architecture & design, and product design. The School of Architecture at NewSchool prepares students for careers in architecture and construction management through a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. NewSchool is proud to be one of the few initial architectural schools that offers an Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, which allows students to complete license requirements while earning their graduate degree in architecture.

Our School of Design curriculum prepares students for various design careers including graphic design & interactive media, product design and interior architecture & design. Our programs also provide the opportunity for students to study abroad for a unique and diverse global education.

Student work

Interior Architecture & Design students create Design Forward 2016 event space.

"Versatile Crossings" by Amanda Wynne and Julio Lopez, an atrium view of a college campus' Science and Engineering buildings.

A surf-inspired resort interior architecture & design by Megan Power that brings a natural color palette and a unique experience to Palm Desert.

Waterproof, voice-control speaker product design by Kathy Wang, inspired by modern families who love cooking in.

NewSchool Media Design student, Mohammed Labban, creates the brand identity for Park Boulevard Catering in San Diego, CA.

Co-working space interior architecture design with direct involvement from Co-merge company. Undergraduate Interior Architecture & Design.

New proposed product design for Sound United company. Undergraduate Product Design student Marcelo Kertesz.

Adaptive Re-Use of Federal Post Office Building with High Rise Residential Construction. Graduate Architecture. Ryan Fleetwood.

Women in Architecture and Design

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I chose NewSchool for the unique curriculum and urban setting. San Diego Downtown core was undergoing a redevelopment program and the proximity of the school to this area allowed me to explore and implement what I was learning in school.”
Claudia Salazar (M. Arch ’98)
Designer, Gensler