NewSchool’s student body is rich in diversity. In Fall 2017, more than 135 international students from more than 20 countries joined the NewSchool Community, including students from: Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, Kuwait, China, Spain, Peru, Brazil, Norway, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Mali, Republic of Korea, Canada, Morocco, Angola, Bahrain.
Students at NewSchool experience a truly global classroom environment with the opportunity to participate in unique study abroad programs, an international campus community, cross-location collaborations, flexible online learning, and world-renowned guest lecturers.
Award-Winning & Accredited
Our faculty and students have the dedication and drive to achieve great things in their education, local communities, and careers. NewSchool students have won local, regional and national competitions, and are continuously striving to gain knowledge and experience to advance their academic and professional careers. Learn more about our award-winning community.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Programmatic accreditation is provided through the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for professional architecture programs. Our Master of Architecture program is ranked as one of the Top 30 in the World by Frame magazine. Read more about our accreditations.
Industry & Career Focused
NewSchool faculty and staff are committed to the success of students both during and after their formal education. Strong industry connections, collaborations, and cutting-edge design education are part of classroom instruction each day, as well as real-world, skills-based instruction that prepares students for employment and successful careers following graduation.
NewSchool’s global university network provides students with access to some of the world’s most influential companies, including Gensler, URS, Balfour Beatty, Hensel Phelps, Delawie Wilkes Rodriquez Barker, and Bjarke Ingels Group.
Cartouche was created by NewSchool of Architecture & Design students to provide a forum for analysis and discussion of architecture, urban planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and the fine arts. Each issue includes presentations of projects, profiles, essays concerning design theory and criticism, interviews, and editorials. The publication is a collaborative effort between faculty and student editors and contributors.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of NewSchool of Architecture and Design, nor is any guarantee made regarding the accuracy of bylined articles and academic papers.
NewSchool of Architecture & Design was built on a dream. NewSchool founder Richard Welsh had a vision to provide students with an accessible, high-quality architectural education. In 1980, NewSchool was founded in a small industrial building in Chula Vista, California, just outside of San Diego.
The institution grew out of the need for a professionally focused, practitioner-based, architecture school in San Diego. This resulted in San Diego’s first architectural degree-granting institution offering a five-year professional bachelor’s degree. In 1988, NewSchool relocated to our current location in downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.
Over the course of the next three decades, NewSchool launched additional undergraduate and graduate programs. First in Architecture, with a number of graduate degrees; later in Construction Management, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees; and most recently undergraduate degrees in design focused on Graphic Design & Interactive Media Design, Interior Architecture & Design, and Product Design.
On November 19, 2020, we kicked off a virtual celebration of NewSchool of Architecture & Design’s four decades of education and design through a panel discussion of accomplished alumni sharing their educational and career experiences. Through the past, present, and future insights from this dynamic panel, we explored the next forty years of our school, our communities, our industries, and beyond.
Stephen Russell, Executive Director at San Diego Housing Federation, Class of ’10
- David Pfeifer, Principal/Architect at domusstudio, Class of ’87
- Claudia Salazar, Senior Director of Design at Studio G Architects, Inc., Class of ’98
- Armando Ramos, Principal at Diverse Projects-MX, NY, Class of ’03
- Melina Aluwi, Associate Principal at HED, Class of ’10
- Jake Jaenicke, Project Manager at Balfour Beatty, Class of ’13
- Athena Valdovinos, Senior Project Engineer at Swinerton, Class of ’16
- Marcelo Kertesz, SVP of Content, Brand & Design at Manscaped, Class of ’17
- Chad Skelton, Industrial Designer at Southern California Design Co., Class of ’19