This coming weekend, the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) will present its annual Open House San Diego (OHSD) program, a sprawling showcase that will open up 84 architecturally significant sites across the city for public viewing. The ever-expanding geography of OHSD will run March 24 and 25 and will encompass sites located throughout the city’s core downtown neighborhoods like Barrio Logan, Gaslamp Quarter, and the waterfront, as well as locations in several peripheral areas like Bankers Hill, Balboa Park, and the newly-added Point Loma neighborhood. This year’s OHSD program is spearheaded by SDAF honorary event co-chairs Gordon Carrier of Carrier Johnson+ CULTURE and Jennifer Luce of Luce et Studio. OHSD founder Susanne Friestedt explained to AN, “We are hoping to elevate the city’s aesthetic and design tastes with the number and diversity of OHSD sites,” explaining that the broad mix of projects and venues represented a cross section of the city’s history and social make-up. Included on that list are the Balboa Park cultural complex, the studios of RJC Architects in Bankers Hill, the John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center downtown, the new Makers Quarter in the East Village neighborhood, the Woodbury University School of Architecture campus in Barrio Logan, and Point Loma Nazarene University in Point Loma. Various architectural offices will also be open to the public this weekend, including studios for Gensler, BNIM, and AVRP Skyport. The Open House concept began in London in 1992 with the goal of promoting a finer understanding for that city’s urban architecture among the general public and to spur debate on the nature of development, architectural design, and urban planning, generally speaking. In the years since, Open House events have spread around the world and now take place in over a dozen cities, including New York City, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Melbourne, among many others. Efforts are currently underway to start a Los Angeles showcase, as well. For more information on this weekend’s festivities and tours, see the OHSD website.
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Open House San Diego (OSD), an organization that aims to make San Diego's architectural heritage free and accessible to the public, has announced its full line-up of open house sites for this year’s festivities. San Diego is one of three American cities—including New York City and Chicago—to be designated as a Open House Worldwide City, a program started in London in 1992. The festivities, headed this year by chair Maxine Ward, director of the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF), and honorary co-chairs Gordon Carrier of Carrier Johnson + CULTURE and Mary Lydon of Lydon and Associates, will hold open house events across several of the city’s neighborhoods this year, including Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego, and Balboa Park the weekend of March 25 to 26. Ward, in a press release announcing OSD’s program for the year, said, "This is an exceptional lineup of new sites and outstanding architecture that will attract record participation, including attendees and volunteers." Carrier, in the same press release, added, "Each of the Open House locations contributes in a unique way to the fabric of our city, with special significance in architectural, historic and cultural value. The innovation behind our city is truly showcased in this big spring weekend." OSD has shared a list of this year’s open house sites with The Architect’s Newspaper exclusively: Bankers Hill: 1 First Presbyterian Church of San Diego 2 Hollander Design Group @ The Design Center 3 St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 4 First Church of Christ, Scientist 5 Marston House Museum & Gardens 6 The Barcelona 7 House of Hospitality 8 Botanical Building 9 Hubbell & Hubbell ArchitectsDsign Group 10 The Abbey on Fifth Avenue Downtown San Diego: 11 Copley Symphony Hall 12 Santa Fe Train Depot 13 Hotel Churchill 14 SDSU Downtown Gallery @ Electra 15 Fire Station No. 2 Bayside 16 Carrier Johnson + Culture 17 American Institute of Architects San Diego 18 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Gaslamp Quarter: 19 The US Grant Hotel 20 Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown 21 The Keating Hotel 22 The New Children’s Museum 23 San Diego Chinese Historical Museum 24 Gaslamp Museum @ the Davis–Horton House 25 Sparks Gallery 26 Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects East Village: 27 Mitra 28 Basile Studio 29 BNIM 30 IDEA1group 31 e3 Civic High 32 SMARTS Farm 33 Mission Brewery 34 Makers Quarter 35 Baker Nowicki Design Studio 36 San Diego Central Library 37 Urban Discovery Academy Barrio Logan: 38 La Esquina 39 Chicano Park 40 San Diego Opera Scenic Studio 41 Tecture 42 Ergo Architecture 43 Woodbury University School of Architecture 44 The National 45 LPA Inc. 46 Public Architecture @ Bread & Salt 47 Villa Montezuma Museum For more information, see the SDAF website.
If you're in San Diego on April 30th, come meet AN's Bill Menking at the San Diego Architectural Foundation
On April 30th, the San Diego Architectural Foundation will be hosting AN's Editor-in-Chief Bill Menking for an intimate mix and mingle. The event will be held at architect Rob Quigley's home, which he will be touring at 5:30p.m. and the mixer event will follow at 6:00p.m. Menking is looking forward to learning more about the architecture scene in San Diego, and talking to those in attendance about the work we do here at AN. If you're in the area and interested in attending, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.