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NewSchool of Design & Architecture Celebrates Students of Graham Downes Summer Internship Program

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December 12, 2016


NewSchool of Design & Architecture Celebrates Students of Graham Downes Summer Internship Program

SAN DIEGO – December 14, 2016 – NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) today announced the recipients of the Graham Downes summer internship program to Meghan Golden, Christian Nevarez and Miranda Luce. The selected candidates were assigned to work for a minimum of 100 hours during the summer as a means to further develop their professional skills and gain valuable insight from industry professionals that is not typically available to the average architecture student. The students had the opportunity to work with local design studios BASILEStudio, 505architecture and The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP.

“Graham Downes was a pioneer in the world of architecture and is greatly missed,” said Marvin J. Malecha, president and chief academic officer of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. “His impact on the industry was profound, and we are pleased to honor his legacy by giving our students the chance to learn from his philosophies that still power architecture firms everywhere.”

Graham Downes was an internationally known architect who was famous for pushing the limits of conventions of the Bauhaus movement. He played a key role in advancing architecture and design in a manner that infused energy and excitement into otherwise pedantic projects. Graham founded his firm, Graham Downes Architecture, Inc. in San Diego in 1994 and quickly became a household name in the area. His philosophies in expanding the boundaries of traditional architecture transferred seamlessly into the number of high-profile projects the firm worked on, including Hard Rock Hotels in San Diego and Puerto Vallarta, Quiksilver and Charlotte Russe, among others. Graham was also a world famous rugby player, representing his home country of South Africa and later playing for the U.S. national team. The summer internship program is funded by San Diego’s KwaZulu Old Crocs Rugby Club, which Graham founded in 2005. Graham passed away in 2013.

NewSchool has a long-standing relationship with Graham Downes Scholarship in providing both its students and practicing architecture firms with positive growth experiences.

“Connecting to the larger design community is the first, and often the most important, step in any new designer’s burgeoning career,” said William Keck, designer at BASILEStudio and supervisor of Meghan Golden’s internship. “The funding offered by the Graham Downes Summer Internship Scholarship facilitates this initial and indispensable real world introduction. We are proud to have been a part of the Graham Downes Summer Internship Scholarship, and we look forward to being a part of it again.”

For more information on NewSchool of Architecture & Design, please contact Rachael Lighty at or 410.218.6055.

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

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