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NewSchool is Title Sponsor for the 40th Annual Orchids & Onions Design Awards

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September 15, 2016


NewSchool is Title Sponsor for the 40th Annual Orchids & Onions Design Awards

San Diego CA, Sept. 15, 2016 – NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) will serve as the title sponsor of Orchids & Onions, an annual interactive, community-based program geared towards raising awareness and encouraging practical discourse in response to San Diego’s built environment. The event will take place on Thursday, October 13, with a reception at Horton Plaza Park, followed by an awards ceremony at Spreckels Theatre. Orchids & Onions is and educational and fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to educating and promoting outstanding architecture, planning and urban design within the San Diego region.

A jury of design professionals and artists have been selected to determine the official Orchids & Onions based on public submissions in categories including: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, historic preservation and miscellaneous.

“Orchids & Onions is a fantastic annual event that urges the San Diego community to nominate and recognize the exceptional architecture and design that is on display in our region,” said Marvin J. Malecha, president and chief academic officer, NewSchool of Architecture & Design. “The event, and the San Diego Architectural Foundation, has the courage to take a closer look at what is happening in this space, both positive and negative, and comment on it, ultimately making our design community stronger. We are proud that several of our alumni, faculty and students and their projects have been recognized this year as Orchids.”

NewSchool Alumni, Faculty and Staff Nominees

NewSchool is proud to announce the alumni, faculty and student nominees who have been nominated as 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 undergraduate students built a pavilion for the STEAMConnect’s annual conference focusing on lectures, debates, and workshops revolving around the links between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The STEAM Pavilion idea originated from the necessity to accommodate the activities that take place at the annual conferences of STEAMConnect. These activities involve talking, sitting, eating and, above all, meeting. Students found that Architecture is a clear combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art, so addressing the necessities of the STEAMConnect annual reception would be the perfect example of STEM + Art disciplines coming together, blending creativity, design and technical skills. In 2016, the design also received an A+ Awards Special Mention from the Architizer.

  • NewSchool Alumni: Prima Vista (Category: Miscellaneous) Designer: Michael Angelo Venturtella
  • NewSchool Alumni: George’s at the Cove (Category: Interior Design) – Designer: Tecture

“The restaurant, with its rich history and iconic reputation is the quintessential San Diego restaurant with a view. Therefore, using the La Jolla Cove as our palette, the design for the interior become a natural extension of the landscape. The space embodies the tranquility of the beach, pulling cues from the land, sea, and sky. Porous concrete light fixtures coupled with white quartz tables and bar top are cool and calming that contrast with the bronze colored led mirrors and inverted Torrey Pine slab tables which add a sense of warmth and vibrancy. The space serves as a framework that extends and embellishes the natural beauty abroad. Employing strong linearity in the wooden ceiling system, views are drawn outward towards the ocean. A broad range of dining options embellish the site lines to the view. The interior has been custom catered to the guests’ experience. Comfort, variety, function, and a touch of elegance work together to revive a truly unique bar.” – Slade Fischer, Tecture, Inc.

“The Firehouse, located in Pacific Beach, was remodeled to embrace a new and vibrant design without losing touch with its playful history. Focusing more heavily on the word “fire” as a concept, the wooden cladding that covers the facade and downstairs space was burned in a method called Shou Sugi Ban to give it a charcoal appearance. Taking full advantage of the proximity to the beach, the facade opens up to give patrons access to the ocean views and vibrant street life. The charred downstairs, with its glowing brass accents, inviting fireplace, and hanging greenery, contrasts strikingly with the light and airy upstairs. Complete with VIP style cabanas, a grotto bar surrounding by a vegetated feature mural wall, and a shaded awning system, the upstairs is a year­ round popular destination” – Slade Fischer, Tecture, Inc.

  • NewSchool Alumni: Woholle Juice Bar (Category: Interior Design) – Designer: Tecture

“Being an adventure based company in La Jolla, Everyday California (and by extension Woholle Juice Box) is intimately tied to the La Jolla landscape, tidal zones, and overall California beach life. We incorporated elements of the La Jolla caves and cliff topography into the rustic material pallet of Everyday California. The design is unique, exciting and simple to navigate. The abstracted topographic elements have become intrinsic to the Woholle brand. Custom lighting playfully illuminates the space. The wood tiles allow for easy clean-up while still mimicking the reclaimed wood of Everyday California” – Slade Fischer, Tecture, Inc.

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About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

Located in San Diego’s design district, NewSchool of Architecture & Design prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, design studies, and interior architecture and
design. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. NewSchool’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate Education, Inc. is a public benefit corporation. Both Laureate and NewSchool also both completed a rigorous, independent assessment to become a Certified B Corp®. Through collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, NewSchool students are prepared to work in global and diverse organizations. For more information, visit and