UC San Diego Canyon Vista Dining Hall

Nestled among residential halls and a natural canyon landscape, the Canyon Vista Marketplace on the UC San Diego campus is a 21,500 sf two-story building, including a combined market and dining hall on the first floor, student lounge on the second floor, and a spacious outdoor dining area. To facilitate a more inclusive, versatile college experience, the welcoming new design features an internal stairway and intuitive wayfinding to make all areas of the building easily accessible. A new HVAC system and window glazing allow the building to meet Title 24 standards plus 20% for energy efficiency.

New dining “stations” each have their own stylistic identities which offer a variety of multicultural, healthy meal options, and the rejuvenated marketplace stocks pantry items, toiletries, and other sundries that students may need. It has become a central, connected space where students can commune or study quietly while enjoying stunning canyon views. It has also become a benefit to the local La Jolla community–as an 11-year resident, I frequently grab a fresh bite to eat in the inviting courtyard with beautiful second-floor views of the canyon, a great rest stop during bike rides with friends.

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  • Project Address:

    9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla

    Project Owner/Developer:

    University of California San Diego

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Amy Engel /

    Project Architect/Designer:

    STUDIOS Architecture

    Image Credit:

    Emil Kara, Balfour Beatty

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