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AASL2020SanDiego: Tours, Visits, Social Events

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

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 Nolen Rooftop Bar at 6:00 pm for happy hour. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 noon Tour | The Geisel Library and Fallen Star

Location: UCSD Campus

Laura Schwartz, Visual Arts Librarian, University of California San Diego
Alan Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Architecture, NewSchool of Architecture and Design

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 Tour | The Salk Institute

Location: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Louis Kahn's masterpiece was designed to draw the best researchers in the world, and today The Salk consistently ranks among the world's top biological research institutes. Join professionally trained docents for their excellent architectural tour. 

NOTE: We will take the bus from the Geisel Library to The Salk, and then return to The Omni Hotel San Diego.


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