The Urban Design Committee operates under the auspices of the Advocacy Commission and meets monthly. Members include design professionals interested in helping to shape San Diego’s future and address the “big picture” issues in the region.
Committee Chair: Laura Shinn, AIA, lshinn(at)mail.sdsu.edu.
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AIA San Diego Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition Summary
The Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition is an ideas competition held in the fall of 2013. A collaborative endeavor by the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASD) and the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMART), it was conceived as an opportunity to complement public discussions on park improvements for the 2015 Balboa Park Centennial. The competition invited a broad cross‐section of San Diego’s planning, design, and arts community, both students and design professionals alike, to consider the question:
As part of the legacy of the 2015 Centennial Exposition, how can Park Boulevard be defined as the Park’s front door.
In addressing the question posed by competition organizers, entrants were asked to propose ideas for several locations along Park Boulevard. Read more here
Downtown Signage Ordinance
On September 6, 2013 the AIA San Diego Urban Design Committee (UDC) had the pleasure of engaging Interim Mayor / City Council President Todd Gloria in a discussion on proposed changes to downtown San Diego’s signage ordinances. Following that meeting, the UDC developed several recommendations that we wish to share with you and planning staff.