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Archtoberfest: San Diego Architecture + Design Month


Image Courtesy of 2016 Archtoberfest San Diego

By Amanda Eva Jungles, Marketing Coordinator, Delawie

In October, all architecture and design aficionados happily clutter their calendars with a myriad of free or low-cost events centered on Archtoberfest, an annual, month-long collaborative program celebrating design excellence. SMPS San Diego has many architects as members, and we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight Archtoberfest! Check out the events below and meet architects, interior designers, architectural critics, design professors, and most importantly, future stewards of this great profession!

Archtoberfest kicks off on Thursday, September 29th, with San Diego Architectural Foundation’s PechaKucha Night, a presentation of 8 creative minds showcasing 20 curated slides in 20 seconds increments.

Interested in seeing which local projects will win San Diego Architectural Foundation’s coveted 2016 Orchid & Onion Awards? On October 13th, celebrate 40 years of friendly, engaging and provocative architectural criticism with a reception at Horton Plaza followed by an awards ceremony at Sprekles Theatre.

See just how artfully San Diego architects are shaping San Diego’s built environment at SMPS San Diego’s October 19th luncheon, “Architecture in San Diego: Trends Shaping the Future of America’s Finest City”, featuring a panel of leaders from prominent local architecture firms, moderated by Marvin Malecha, FAIA, President of NewSchool of Architecture + Design. Confirmed Speakers include Jonathan Segal, FAIA, of Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Company, Eric Naslund, FAIA, of Studio E Architects, Frank Ternasky, AIA, LEED AP of Delawie, Ben Dalton, AIA, of The Miller Hull Partnership LLP, and Kotaro Nakamura, AIA, LEED AP of Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc.

On October 27th, towards the tail end of Archtoberfest, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego Chapter will host its annual Design Awards Program. This event will recognize outstanding architectural design by AIA San Diego Chapter members, San Diego-based architects in any location, and work in San Diego by architects around the globe.  

If you’re an architect or simply inspired by design, October is the month to celebrate San Diego’s architecture scene—from the visionaries to the built environments they create.

Archtoberfest |

Orchids & Onions |

AIA San Diego Design Awards Program |

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