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Thursday 11 Aug 2011

San Diegans asked for their favourite (and least favourite!) buildings in the city

The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) wants to know what the public think makes San Diego’s architecture and design blossom - or stink, and is again soliciting public nominations through 31st August for projects to be considered for this year’s Orchids & Onions Awards. All San Diegans are encouraged to take a few moments to have their say about what they view as the good, the bad and the ugly in categories including Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Miscellaneous; which covers just about everything in-between. By uploading a few photos on the SDAF’s Orchids & Onions website at, along with your rationalisation, you can be part of cultivating a more thoughtfully designed San Diego.

Orchids & Onions is a fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation; an independent, 501c3 non-profit organisation dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region. The objective of Orchids & Onions is to raise awareness, and encourage practical discourse about our environs, thereby effecting positive change and more thoughtful design decisions throughout the region. Orchids & Onions affords all San Diegans an opportunity to nominate what they believe deserves praise or critique, comment on all nominations, and even present an award by voting for the People’s Choice Orchid and Onion.

The 2011 Orchids & Onions jury will view, and rank each nomination online using a ratings system. From there, the highest ranking projects are short listed and toured in person. The 2011 O&O jury is comprised of an impressive list of San Diegans immersed in the arts and design communities. They are: Architect/Developer Craig Abenilla, Principal of FoundationForForm Architecture & Development; Architect Jim Gabriel, Principal at Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells; April Game, CEO & Founder of the San Diego Fine Art Society; Landscape Architect Marian Marum, Principal of Marum Partnership Landscape Architecture; Planner Brooke Peterson, Senior Associate at DCE Planning; Interior Designer Michael Soriano, Principal of ONAIROSDESIGN; and Developer Robert Watson, President of Solage Hotels & Resorts

Project award recipients of both Onions and Onions will be recognised at the annual O&O Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction, which will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The Balboa Theater, winner of a 2008 Orchid for Historic Preservation, in downtown San Diego. For information about sponsorship, nominating or to comment, please visit

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