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The San Diego Architectural Foundation Announces the Official 2019 Orchids & Onions Winners

San Diego CA— The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) recognized this year’s best and “not so best” projects throughout San Diego County at the 43rd Annual Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony held at the historic US Grant Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 3. The ceremony was emceed by State Assembly Member Todd Gloria.

The projects awarded Orchids and Onions were nominated by the design community and the public. A jury made up of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, a historic preservation architect, a developer, a visual artist, an architecture professor and a student conducted a day long tour of short listed projects, followed by deliberations. This process resulted in this year’s awards. Along with the jury selected awards there are the People’s Choice awards. One Orchid and one Onion were selected by the public through an online voting process.

A total of 14 projects were awarded Orchids or Onions in the architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, public art, place making and architectural detail. The complete list of 2019 Orchids and Onions is as follows:

  1. Palomar College Maintenance Operations Complex, Malone Grand Orchid for Architecture
  • 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos
  • Owner/developer: Palomar College
  • Architect: BNIM Architects


  1. Borrego Springs Library, Park and Sheriff’s Office, Orchid for Architecture
  • 2580 Country Club Road, Borrego Springs
  • Owner/developer: County of San Diego
  • Architect: RNT Architects


3-4. C3 Encinitas (bank building), Orchids for Architecture and Landscape Architecture

  • 850 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
  • Owner/developer: ABP Capital, C3 Bank
  • Architect: Brett Farrow Architect
  • Landscape Architect: Richard Risner


  1. Ilan-Lael Center (for arts education), Orchid for Collaborative Architecture
  • 930 Orchard Lane, Santa Ysabel
  • Owners/developers: Ilan-Lael Foundation and James and Anne Hubbell
  • Architect: Hubbell & Hubbell Architects


  1. Linda Vista Skate Park, Orchid for Placemaking
  • 6893 Osler St., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: City of San Diego
  • Architect and landscape architect: Schmidt Design Group and Site Design Group


  1. Makers Quarter Block D (office building), Orchid for Architecture
  • 845 15th St., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: L2HP
  • Architect: BNIM Architects


  1. Miller Hull San Diego Studio, Orchid for Interior Design
  • 4980 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Owner/developer: Miller Hull Partnership
  • Architect: Miller Hull Partnership


9-10. Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley and Bessie Knox Library, Orchid for Public Art (Climate Clocks located inside library), Onion for Architecture

  • 215 W. Washington St., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: City of San Diego
  • Architects: Mosher Drew, Manuel Oncina Architects and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects
  • Artist: Janet Zweig


  1. Morning Glory (restaurant), Orchid for Architectural Detail
  • 550 W. Date St., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: CH Projects
  • Designer: Basile Studio


  1. Millennium Mission Valley, Onion for Architecture
  • 5080 Camino del Arroyo, San Diego
  • Owner/developer: Dinerstein Companies
  • Architect: TCA Architects


  1. Raised by Wolves (cocktail lounge), Orchid for Interior Design
  • University Towne Centre, 4301 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego
  • Owner/developer: CH Projects
  • Designer: Basile Studio


  1. Truax House (apartments), Onion for Landscape Architecture
  • 2513-2515 Union St., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: Soheil Nakhshab
  • Architect: Nakhshab Development & Design


15-16. Shift Apartments, Onion for Architecture and People’s Choice Onion

  • 1501 Island Ave., San Diego
  • Owner/developer: LMC Communities (Lennar Corp.)
  • Architect: Carrier Johnson + Culture


  1. People’s Choice Orchid, Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
  • 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla
  • Owner/developer: La Jolla Music Society
  • Architects: Epstein Joslin Architects and JWDA


To learn more about the Orchids & Onions program, visit www.sdarchitecture.org/program/orchids-onions/.

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