Archive: 2009 Awards

Archive | 2009

2009 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony

The 2009 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony was led by Diva Barbarella Fokos and commentator Graham Downes.

The Orchid Winners

The Station Tavern & Burgers Grand Orchid
2204 Fern St., South Park: Sam Chammas, owner; Lloyd Russell, architect.
“It’s possible to see history can be integrated and strategies can be created that are nimble enough to make architecture on a small budget and without predetermined forms.”

ResMed Corporate Headquarters People’s Choice Orchid
9001 Spectrum Center Blvd., Serra Mesa: ResMed, developer; KMA Architecture and Engineering and Davis Davis Architects.
“A wealth of materials, forms and architectural eye candy that makes visitors want a second look.

Robert Paine Scripps Forum Orchid for Architecture
8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla; UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography, developer; Safdie Rabines Architects.
“An unimposing and relaxed retreat.”

Woodbury University School of Architecture Orchid for Architecture
2212 Main St., Barrio Logan: Woodbury University, developer; Rinehart Herbst, architects.
“Understated design both complementary to and enhanced by the cultural charm of the area.”

Point Loma Marina Orchid for Architecture
4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma; GB Capital Holdings LLC, developer; Miller Hull Partnership, architect, of Seattle.
“Embraces the water’s edge and provides an opportunity to marvel at the architect’s great attention to detail.”

MXD830 housing-office-bar project Orchid for Architecture
830 25th St., Golden Hill: Mike Burnett, owner and designer along with FoundationForForm.
“The use of space and contribution to the neighborhood fabric thrills locals and visitors alike.”

Hamilton’s Children Garden Orchid for Landscape Architecture
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas: San Diego Botanic Garden, owner-developer; Deneed Powell Atelier Inc., Dugmore Design Studio, designers.
“Redefined what a children’s garden should be.”

High Tech High Chula Vista Orchid for Sustainable Design
1945 Discovery Falls Drive, Chula Vista: HTH Learning; Studio E Architects.
“The building itself is exemplary… Yet the jurors found its suburban fringe location underscored the inherently unsustainable land-use pattern of suburban, car-dependent transportation.”

Bacon Street Offices Orchid for Sustainable Design
1955 Bacon St., Ocean Beach; Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells owner-developer-architect.
“You can give back to the Earth and still thrive as a business.”

Euclid Tower Orchid for Historic Preservation
4757 University Ave., City Heights; Thai Duc Thanh and Trieu Huong, owner-developers; Architects Bundy Thompson.
“Important both historically and culturally for the City Heights community.”

1906 Lodge Orchid for Historic Preservation
1060 Adella Ave., Coronado; Trant Manor LLC, developer; Jeff Dreyfus of Bushman Dreyfus Architects of Charlottesville, Va.
“Dismayed that this isn’t the everyday, normal way of imagining how past and present can coexist.”

Gateway Intermodal Transportation Center (proposed) Orchid for Planning Policies
Lindbergh Field: San Diego Regional Airport Authority, owner; James Frost, architect, representing a student design team at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design.
“This is BIG THINKING that San Diego needs best.”

North Park Art Produce gallery-cafe-office complex Orchid for Public Art
3139 University Ave., North Park; Lynn Susholtz, owner and designer along with Zagrodnik Thomas Architects.
“It’s a provocation: to think about art in the community.”

Starlite Lounge Orchid for Interior Design
3175 India St., Middletown; Matt Hoyt and Tim Mays, owner-developers; Bells & Whistles, designers.
“A spatially, well developed patio in back provides a respite from the swanky interior.”

The Onion Winners

Vantage Pointe Condo Tower Grand Onion
1281 Ninth Ave., downtown San Diego: Pointe of View Development, developer and S2 Architecture, both of Calgary, Alberta.
“A severe disservice to the city life where it meets the street.”

Jamul Hotel and Casino (proposed) People’s Choice Onion
14191 Highway 94, Jamul: Jamul Indian Village and Lakes Entertainment, developers; Urban Design Group, architect.
“It seems a few more San Diegans care to partake in this heated debate.”

Escondido Police & Fire Building Onion for Architecture
1163 N. Centre City Parkway, Escondido: Escondido city, owner; WLC Architects of Rancho Cucamonga.
“Another blank wall in what can be described as conduct unbecoming an officer… a citation for disturbing the peace.”

Grossmont Medical Terrace Parking Structure Onion for Architecture
8860 Center Drive, La Mesa: Sharp Grossmont Hospital, owner; HDR Architecture.
“Even by parking structure standards, this one is an unforgivable eyesore.”

Mission Florence 18-unit apartment project Onion for Architecture
3972 Albatross St., Hillcrest: Mission Florence LLC, developer; Bejan Arfaa, architect.
“Crushes its Washington Street intersection like a 800-pound stucco gorilla.”

The Plaza Office Park Onion for Landscape Architecture
Genesee Avenue at La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla: Irvine Co., owner; Valley Crest Landscape.
“A blatant disregard for good design and water conservation.”

Ryan Aeronautics building complex demolition Onion for Historic Preservation
2831 N. Harbor Drive; San Diego Unified Port District, owner.
“The port simply lacks the will and foresight to do the right thing.”

Uptown interim height ordinance Onion for Planning Policies
Hillcrest: San Diego City Council and Uptown Planners citizens group.
“Rather than say, we need to fix this (design for a proposed high-rise), they’ve thrown (in) an interim ordinance.”

Honorable and Dishonorable Mentions

New Roots Community Farm Orchid
54th Street and Chollas Parkway, Chollas View,; International Rescue Committee, developer; no designer.
“This group deserves a standing ovation.”

SDG&E Utility Boxes Onion
Regionwide: San Diego Gas & Electric, owner; no designer.
“Acquire a new industrial design to develop a pleasing and durable can.”


Program Co-Chairs

Deborah Smithton & Christopher Gustard

The Jury

Joyce Cutler-Shaw: Artist and Sculptor
Tony Cutri: Architect, Martinez + Wong
Lara Gates: San Diego City Planner
Russ Haley: Vice President, CityMark Development Co.
Miki Iwasaki: Furniture and Architectural Designer at mi-workshop
José Parral: Landscape Architecture Professor at Woodbury University
Leslie Ryan: Landscape Architect, AEREA
Lloyd Russell: Architect
Lucia Sanroman: Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Organizing Committee

John Bertsch
Kurt Bjorkman
Suzanne Clemmer
Charles E. Crawford
Alex Eberle
Amy Estes
B. Moon Hajjar
Jay Janda
David Marshall
David Preciado
Sher Prince
Gretchen Sorenson
Jaci Springfield
Deevinda Tosten
Ivana Vinski
Maxine Ward



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