Sillman Wright Architects
SDAF Orchids Award,
AIA COTE Award,
Gold Nugget Award
7515 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92108
About Sillman Wright Architects
Sillman Wright Architects is a San Diego-based architectural firm that above all values collaboration with their clients to ensure that all goals are met throughout the design process. Founded in 1976, the firm has designed a vast variety of spaces and believes that quick communication is the key to solving problems that arise. They incorporate sustainable thinking throughout the design process and partner with the U.S. Green Building Council and the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership to ensure their buildings are healthy environments for people to live, work, and learn. Under the leadership of Principal Larry Sillman, AIA, the firm has received many awards, including the San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid Award, the AIA COTE San Diego Award, and the Gold Nugget Award of Merit, among many others.
The team at Sillman Wright Architects is responsible for the designs of several business parks. Among them is The Mission Valley Heights Business Park, a collection of 23 one- and two-story office buildings that provide over 600k square feet of tenant space. The complex is a high image corporate office building with modern and comfortable workspaces, a large kitchen with an outdoor patio area for employees to enjoy the natural world, and a common conference room available for use by each tenant. Sillman Wright Architects also created the Carlsbad Medical Center in nearby Carlsbad, California. The two-story structure is home to The Scripps Healthcare Facility. Built in 2008, the center provided the first medical offices for Scripps Health. The 40,655-square-foot space has both medical offices and exam rooms. The tilt-up concrete evokes the perfect SoCal sentiment, and the stone accents bring a feeling of sophistication and out-of-the-box design.
Safdie Rabines Architects
SDAF Orchids Award,
AIA San Diego Design & Vision Merit Award
925 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego, CA 92103
About Safdie Rabines Architects
Safdie Rabines Architects is a full-service architecture, interiors, and urban design firm established in 1993 by the award-winning, husband-and-wife team Ricardo Rabines and Taal Safdie. The team’s work can be found throughout the globe as they strive to present unique, humanistic, and socially and environmentally responsible design ideas. Part of their success is that the firm is acutely sensitive not only to the specific needs of their clients, but also to the deep effect they have on the experience and health of the people who enjoy the spaces they create. They are determined to ensure their work minimizes — or, in the best scenario, completely eliminates — any negative ecological impact on the environment. Among numerous other awards, the team received the 2015 San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchid for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego Design & Vision Merit Award.
The firm is behind the sleek design of the Jacobs School Board Room — a space that previously served as a laboratory. The design team completely reworked the space, modernizing and brightening it by installing large windows in existing exterior walls to allow guests views of the eucalyptus grove outside. They designed a custom white conference table that accommodates 26, and a large, curved, slate ceiling suspended over the table, which cleverly conceals audio visual equipment. The use of neutral colors and green fabric on chairs creates warmth and draws in the campus landscape. Safdie Rabines Architects is also responsible for UC San Diego’s Structural and Materials Engineering Building. The 183k-square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified structure completed in 2012 is home to several departments, including the office spaces of Structural Engineering and NanoEngineering. The building also houses the Department of Visual Arts, with 12 visual arts studios, a gallery and black box presentation space, and a state-of-the-art paint booth.
SDAF Orchids Award,
AIA Merit Award,
SDG&E Energy Efficiency Award
1955 Bacon Street, San Diego, CA 92107
About HGW Architects
Led by its Principal Randy Hanna, HGW Architects is an architecture, site, and interior design studio with a focus on problem solving while making beautiful and sustainable places. The firm describes their work as giving form to life’s activities with emphasis on the value of the human experience. Their designs result in environmentally responsible and unique places that encourage collaboration, ignite idea development, and promote healthy living and a strong sense of a unified community. The firm views architecture as a unique opportunity to better the world and make a positive change with each project they undertake. They are the recipients of numerous awards, including the Orchid Award, the AIA Merit Award, and an Energy Efficiency Award.
An auto repair shop turned into beautiful, mindful, and sustainable office spaces, with the firm’s brilliant design of the Bacon Street Offices in Ocean Beach. The plan repurposed over 90 percent of the existing structure, including service bays revamped with large ground floor windows and new streetside landscaping to add functionality and space. The overall result is a model for environmentally responsible design, and it has received LEED Gold certification. The firm was awarded the 2011 San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchid Award, the 2009 AIA San Diego Merit Award, and the 2009 SDG&E Energy Efficiency Award for the first commercial net-zero energy building in the San Diego area. They are also responsible for the design of the Santa Fe Summit Corporate Office Campus in San Diego. The campus consists of four buildings linked together by a central pedestrian promenade. The promenade also links the building lobbies, water elements, outdoor dining, outdoor meeting areas, large fitness and recreation area, and grass amphitheater with views of a large canyon open-space system to take full advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather.
CarrierJohnson + Culture
Golden Nugget Awards,
Multi-Housing News Gold Excellence Award
1301 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
About CarrierJohnson + Culture
The award-winning design studio CarrierJohnson + Culture (CJ+C) has been distinguished as one of the most important architectural firms in San Diego, with a wide variety of projects completed throughout the city. CJ+C is where they say they are exploring culture and crafting experience. The firm approaches architecture by striking a perfect balance between building and environmental context, exposing the vital connections between the social, physical, historical, and the aesthetic. They believe in authenticity, and they practice inspiring design through their work. Their goal with each design is to translate visions to reality. CJ+C was awarded two Golden Nugget Awards in 2016 and a Gold in Best New Development for Student Housing at the 2014 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards.
CarrierJohnson + Culture (CJ+C) worked on the design of the NBC 7 studio offices in San Diego. They were involved with the programming, space planning, and architectural renovation of the two-story, 52k-square-foot space. The LEED Silver-certified building’s design includes a modern exterior and interior that is a perfect reflection of San Diego’s current workspace architectural design. The space is complete with communal work areas that allow employees easy communication and collaboration, a modern open kitchen and dining area, and ample sunlight pouring in from endless large windows throughout the building. CJ+C is also credited with the impressive design of the 15-story, 393,322-square-foot space housing the SEMPRA Energy Corporate Headquarters in San Diego. The unconventional glass facade and edgy exterior are a beautiful sight to behold. The exterior is rivaled only by the modern and sophisticated design of the interior space, with bright and expansive areas throughout the building, including the glass-enclosed lobby that looks like a design from the future.
H2 Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc.
J David Hawkins
Golden Nugget Awards,
SDAF Orchids Award
726 9th Avenue, Suite 1, San Diego, CA 92101
About H2 Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc.
H2 I Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc. is a San Diego-based firm with a strong sense of integrity, an emphasis on client collaboration, and the highest quality design. Founded by brothers David and Steven Hawkins, H2 brings over three decades of experience to their work, where they build creative solutions, maintain a constant understanding and respect of the local environment, and strive to create environmentally responsible and sustainable designs. They are recipients of the Orchids & Onions – Orchid Award, Professional Builder Magazine’s Best of American Remodels Merit Award, and many Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Awards, among others. They have been featured in publications such as The San Diego Union Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Business Journal, and AIA San Diego.
North Island Credit Union Corporate Headquarters is one of H2’s largest office projects. It is a 128k-square-foot, six-story building with LEED Silver certification. The building’s design uses stone, light glass, and the aluminum curtain wall. It embraces the “Island” theme and includes multiple balconies, a large community center, a health club, a café/lunchroom, a large training facility for employees, a corporate boardroom, and a quiet relaxation room featuring a Zen garden. The Rio Courtyard, an 85k-square-foot, four-story corporate office complex located adjacent to the San Diego River Walk in the Mission Valley area, is another H2 project. It provides Class A professional office space of up to 16k square feet per floor and was created with the ability to accommodate multiple tenants. It expresses the contrast between the “Padre Gold” clefted stone massing and the solar green glazed curtain wall. An elegant two-story lobby enriched with wood panels and stone reflects the beauty of its natural locale and serves as a perfect transition space for the building.
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards,
AIA Iowa Medal of Honor
797 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
BNIM was founded in 1970 and over time has evolved from a local to a national presence. Their extraordinary work has stood the test of time and created them a legacy of prominent and enduring buildings and places with the most excellent designs. The firm practices a constant and consistent delivery of design perfection, coupled with sustainability and responsibility to time and place. At BNIM they say, “We deliver beautiful, integrated, living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition.” They have received countless awards including 10 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards, and the Iowa Chapter of the AIA honored BNIM Principal Kevin Nordmeyer, AIA, with the 2017 AIA Iowa Medal of Honor.
BNIM was enlisted to design office spaces for a financial services provider in which more than 80 percent of their employees were millennials. They were ready for a fresh workplace. As luck would have it, the Union Bank building has 360-degree views of San Diego, including downtown, the Pacific Ocean, Balboa Park, the San Diego Bay, and the mountains to the east — providing an ideal opportunity for BNIM’s design to build strong connections to nature. The new space allows wellness to become a key design element in all workstations. There are sit-to-stand desks, ergonomic monitor arms, custom design planters at the end of each row of workstations, and a minimal yet sophisticated palette for all finishes — accented with local original art. Another of BNIM’s intelligent and forward-thinking designs, in collaboration with design architect Callison, is DPR Construction’s San Diego office space. The team took on the challenge of revitalizing an old, failing structure and transformed it into a modern, state-of-the-art space with a responsible and environmentally conscious design. The resulting space is a net-zero energy project with sustainable, and vibrant new office spaces perfect for the San Diego workforce. Intended to bring the outside in, the space is brightened and benefits immensely from all of its modern elements, especially the natural cross-ventilation and daylight used to cool and light the offices.
AIA COTE Award,
AIA Honor Awards,
AIA Merit Awards
1600 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
About LPA Inc
As one of the largest integrated design firms in California, LPA has been a leader in the architecture and design industry for over the last half century. Under the leadership of CEO Wendy Rogers, they have been providing architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering, and graphic/signage services from the early stages of program development to the very end of each project. They are passionate about — and believe strongly in — connections that exist between design excellence and sustainability. Their unique, collaborative atmosphere creates an energized office space, which encourages employees to live balanced, sustainable lives both in the office and at home. They have received more than 700 major design awards — a true testament to their firm grasp of excellence in design.
LPA was commissioned to transform a dated and under-performing property into a modern, active landmark. 1 Columbia Place is a 27-story highrise located in downtown San Diego. It is noted for its distinctive glass façade, stair-step design, and the American flag flying high above it. There is a dramatic, seven-story atrium lobby, common and private terraces, and spectacular views of San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, and all of downtown San Diego. There are beautiful terraces, a delicatessen, a gym, a spa, and much more. Another of their beautiful office spaces was for MindTouch, a San Diego software company that wanted a new space with personality, creativity, and branding. LPA’s design incorporated exposed open ceiling areas, direct and indirect lighting, private offices with sliding doors, informal gathering spaces, and a break/game room that encourages social interaction and serves as an after-hour workspace.
American Public Works Association Honor Award,
ENR Merit Award
1515 Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
The mission at Delawie is to build partnerships with their clients and the community through experience, creativity, and integrity. Since 1961, Delawie has made a lasting impact on Southern California’s architecture and built environments. They are led by Principal Andrew Rodrigues AIA, a native of San Diego who joined Delawie as a young architect in 1982. They are responsible for designs that take advantage of skylines, enhance learning environments, transform and better communities, create mindful corporate identities, and advance the functionality of civic and government facilities. They are recipients of a long list of awards, including the 2017 Honor Award from the American Public Works Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties Chapter, and a Merit Award from ENR California’s 2017 Best Projects Competition.
The design for J Street Hospitality’s new office in San Diego’s East Village has an extremely high visibility due to its popular neighbor, Petco Park. The design is perfect for the edgy and young professionals working at J Street Hospitality, from the materials to the amenities. Located behind a large, enhanced wall that provides a hidden entry door, it is a nod to the speakeasy. There is a grand entry area with 30-foot ceilings, exposed mechanical equipment, glass-fronted offices, and a shared communal space. There is a new mezzanine, suspended above both the open office area and the deli, which looks out onto 7th Avenue and Petco Park through the building’s large, historic windows. The offices and common areas have large windows bringing in natural light, and bringing the outdoors in, to create a healthy, collaborative environment. Another of their impressive large-scale projects consolidated two adjacent facilities housing multiple ORACLE business units into one of the existing buildings. The renovated space has a vibrant and contemporary aesthetic and includes open and private office areas, conferencing centers, and laboratory spaces.
J. Kevin Heinly
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm
225 Broadway #100, San Diego, CA 92101
Gensler is a world leader in the field of architecture and design. It operates out of 46 cities in 16 countries. Among their 3,500 clients are 40 Fortune 500 companies, the top 10 technology companies in the US, and nine commercial banks. In 2015, for the fifth year in a row, Gensler generated $1.18B in revenue, the most for any architecture firm based in the United States. The firm was founded in 1965 by Art and Drue Gensler and their associate, James Follett. Initially focusing on corporate interiors, they have since expanded to include a vast array of architecture and design forms, such as airports, entertainment complexes, commercial office buildings, and retail centers, just to name a few. Gensler believes in leveraging the power of design to create a better world for all. They say, “For us, design is the means. The starting points are goals, strategies and expectations, but it transcends them to create a new and better reality. Design is transformative.”
Goodwin Procter’s new San Diego office was designed by Gensler to use rich, dark materials accented by polished white marble, custom millwork, and gorgeous accessories. An unexpected and whimsical turn came when they incorporated a floor-to-ceiling photo image of a well-stocked law library on one of the walls. It serves as a true testament to today’s technological advances which have made the idea of a law library almost completely obsolete. Gensler was also enlisted to create a top-of-market, high-end office space in San Diego’s Del Mar Heights, called Township 14. The goal was to replace an obsolete property with a clean, contemporary design of workspaces that would appeal to professional and financial services firms striving to create a strong local presence and foster global operations. Township 14 is a 125k-square-foot, two-building project, ideally located in a prestigious office submarket with freeway exposure that allows its tenants to use location coupled with a great design to achieve their goals.
SDAF Orchids Award,
840 11th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
About BASILE Studio
Paul Basile has become one of the leading names in California’s cutting-edge architecture and design scene. Designing beautiful spaces for the past two decades, he draws inspiration from big markets like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He is frequently referred to as the “brick and mortar guru” of San Diego. BASILE Studio has been featured in many publications and has received wide-ranging critical acclaim and multiple awards for interior design, transformative design, adaptive reuse, sustainability and divine details from organizations like the American Institute of Architects and San Diego Architectural Foundation.
“I’m a fourth-generation builder so creating beautiful spaces is in my blood. Everything we do at BASILE is custom designed and built in-studio and each project is completely unique. We are fortunate to have a whole crew of talented artisans working for us to bring these designs to life.” – Paul Basile
A San Diego-based marketing services company, Underground Elephant enlisted the creative genius of Paul Basile to transform a historic warehouse into a modern and beautiful office environment to accommodate their 120 employees. Referring to it as an “it takes a village” design concept, Basile custom designed much of the space and reimagined a world where employees are inspired by their daily surroundings, and where the inspiration leads them to discover better, brighter ideas. Upon entry into the space, there is the ‘town plaza’ where five, 100-year-old olive trees are planted in the central area for shade during the day and lit at night. The space also includes a prairie-inspired schoolhouse used for large meetings, career fairs, and other events. And to create the most innovative workspace imaginable, the firm added a lounge where employees can take a break from the work day and mix business with pleasure with coffee or a beer. Another of their genius office designs was born from their client, Consortium Holdings’, obsession with gizmos and gadgets. The eclectic office includes areas that are private but also open. There is a glass platform where natural light easily passes the glass into the working office areas below. And arguably the most striking feature is a completely transparent floor in the conference room, sure to be a topic of discussion for many years to come — and to challenge those afraid of heights while thrilling others.