A 2015 Orchid, the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla. Photo courtesy UC San Diego

The San Diego Architectural Foundation is seeking public nominations for its 40th annual annual Orchids & Onions awards program.

The awards recognize the best — and worst — in San Diego’s architecture in five categories: architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design and miscellaneous.

“Great design and great development create great neighborhoods,” said Pauly De Bartolo, San Diego Architectural Foundation president and principal with De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio.

“This is a critical time as San Diego debates how to accommodate future growth and considers several landmark projects,” he said. “Everybody should come out and voice their opinion about what they think represents a good built environment.”

Anyone can nominate a project. It’s an opportunity for San Diegans to have a say in the design of neighborhoods and to set the standard for future projects.

To nominate, post photos of a project you admire (or loathe) with a description online at orchidsandonions.org by July 31. There will then be a public, online vote starting Sept. 1 for the “People’s Choice Orchid & Onion.”

To be eligible, projects must be either multi-family or non-residential and have been built in the last three years. Single-family homes will not be considered.

The awardees will be announced at a reception and awards ceremony on Oct. 13 at Horton Plaza Park and Spreckels Theatre.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.