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The San Diego Architectural Foundation launches the 2019 Orchids & Onions 43rd program season with the opening of nominations for the best and “not so best” projects in San Diego County. Nominations will be held from June 1 to July 6.

The public-at-large is invited to nominate projects from the newest crop of Orchids and Onions that are blooming all over San Diego. Projects garnering the most online interest during the nominations period become eligible to be nominated for a People’s Choice award in August.

Project categories include:
• Architecture
• Urban planning
• Landscape architecture
• Interior design
• Historic preservation
• Miscellaneous – for such things as public art, lighting programs, wayfinding systems

To nominate a project, nominators can go to the Orchids & Onions nominations website at

To learn about the criteria that jurors use to select projects, go to the Orchids and Onions
home page at

For nomination submission rules go to:

People’s Choice Award nominations: Between Aug. 1 to 31, the public is invited to vote
online for their Orchid & Onion awardees. The list of eligible projects for the People’s Choice
awards is developed during the nominations period in June. This is when the public is invited to comment at the website and share on social media their ideas about projects. Projects garnering the most interest during this period become eligible to be nominated for the People’s Choice Awards.

Annual awards ceremony: The San Diego Architectural Foundation will be celebrating its 43rd
Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony at the historic US Grant Hotel on Oct. 3, a previous Orchid winner. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the importance of architecture in our daily lives and raise public awareness and appreciation for the industry professionals that inspire with their hard work to improve the quality of San Diego’s built environment.

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