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AASL2020SanDiego: Tours, Visits, Social Events

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pre-Conference in Los Angeles | Behind the Scenes Tour at the Getty Research Institute

Location: The Getty Research Institute

Not included with Conference Registration

Join us for a pre-conference tour of the Getty Research Institute, focusing on architecture collections, led by Aimee Lind, Reference Specialist for Architecture Collections and Manager of Interlibrary Loan, and Annalise Welte, Reference Librarian.


NOTE: This tour will leave from The Omni San Diego conference Hotel. Attendees with their own transportation have the option to meet the group in Los Angeles. A detailed schedule for the day can be found HERE.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Janine Henri at

Thursday, March 12, 2020

12 noon - 2:00 pm Pre-Conference Lunch hosted by The Avery Index

Location: The Art Center Gallery. NewSchool of Architecture and Design. 705 Park Blvd. 

The 21st Century Avery Index 

Not included with Conference Registration

The Avery Library invites all attendees to join a focused discussion about the future of the Index. You input will be invaluable in shaping the battle map ahead. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP here

Established in 1934 by Avery Librarian Talbot Hamlin at Columbia University, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals has become the premier and incomparable resource for the research of the built environment.  However, in a research age increasingly defined by linked data, open access, sophisticated full-text discovery platforms, and multimedia productions, what will be the fate of the Index? Companies such as Proquest and Ebsco are not only publishing arts indexes but aligning that data with rich, commercially digitized full-text collections making for a deeply convenient research experience.  At the same time, scholarly and creative outputs are assuming new forms of expression in digital humanities projects, time-based media, interactive online forums, and, yes, experimental print productions.   Will researchers look to the Index, to respond to and capture this volatile and ever-changing content? As traditional humanities disciplines become more interdisciplinary and global in outlook, how should the scope of the Index shift? Should it yield to a a Proquest or Ebsco super highway production or reinvent what it is and does?  

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Walking Tour | A Work in Progress: Downtown San Diego

Location: Leave from NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Downtown San Diego - East Village and The Gaslamp Quarter

Mike Stepner, Professor of Architecture and Healthy Urbanism, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Alicia Lafferty, Principal architect and founding partner, Atelier X Architects and lecturer, NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Many individuals, groups and events have played a role in the evolution of Downtown San Diego. In many ways the city has become a national model for successful downtown redevelopment. Urban areas across America have tried to stimulate downtowns by building a shopping center, a convention center, or a ballpark. San Diego has done it all and reinforced it with historic preservation, housing, public transportation and public facilities. Join Alicia and Mike for a fascinating introduction to the little-known history of San Diego’s remarkable transformation.

NOTE: This tour will leave from NewSchool. We will walk approximately 3 miles over a 2-hour period. Wear comfortable shoes. A map of the planned route can be found HERE. If you lose the group or wish to end early, meet at The Grand Ballroom Foyer of The Omni Hotel for the ACSA Award Reception and Exhibits.

Find out more about the history of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

10:45 am - 12:00 noon Tour | The Geisel Library and Fallen Star

Location: UCSD Campus

Alan Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Tina Dyer, Stuart Collection Docent
Laura Schwartz, Visual Arts Librarian, University of California San Diego

One of the most recognizable buildings in San Diego, The Geisel Library was designed by William Pereira and opened in 1970. The tower is a prime example of brutalist architecture. Fallen Star is a public art installation by Do Ho Suh. Sitting atop the School of Engineering, it juxtaposes art with science, and home with the academic institution. 

‚ÄčNOTE: This tour will leave from the Geisel Room in the Geisel Library, UCSD. We will walk approximately 1 mile over a 1-hour period. Wear comfortable shoes. A map of the UCSD campus can be found HERE. If you lose the group or wish to end early, meet at The Suess Library at The UCSD Faculty Club for lunch at 12 noon. 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm La Jolla | Self Guided Tour and La Jolla Woman's Club

Location: La Jolla Historical Society Self Guided ToursLa Jolla Woman's Club

Sunday, March 15, 2020

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Tour | Finding Tijuana / San Diego Educational Tour

Not included with Conference Registration

Join ACSA for a cross-border tour of Tijuana and San Diego investigating different methods for visualizing and absorbing the sense of Place. The tour will include 30-60 minute stops that include Friendship Park, the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the Border Fence at Playa de Tijuana, Pasaje Rodríguez Sede Cultural. Passport / VISA by US & Mexican government has to be prepared by each participant.

Sign Up HERE

NOTE: To sign up you must log into the ACSA website to make purchases. If you do not have ACSA credentials you will be prompted to create a profile. HERE is the direct link to create a profile. 

Typically, ACSA requires conference registration to purchase tour tickets. This year all tours are offered for purchase without conference registration. 

Also Happening


March 6-8, 2020

OH! San Diego is a FREE event giving the public rare behind-the-scenes access to, and in-depth information about, the architecture and design of the city’s finest buildings and places.

December 6th - March 21st, 2020

Julius Shulman: Photographs from the School of Architecture Collection
Woodbury University San Diego 

School of Architecture Library
2212 Main Street San Diego 92113


Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 10AM - 4PM or by appointment


RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture +Design

1249 F Street San Diego CA 92101

619 684 8783