Library and sheriff's station complex in Borrego Springs
The library and sheriff’s station complex in Borrego Springs received an Orchid award for architecture. Courtesy County News Center

The San Diego Architectural Foundation recognized this year’s best and “not so best” projects throughout San Diego County at the 43rd Annual Orchids & Onions Awards ceremony held at the historic US Grant Hotel.

The ceremony on Thursday night was emceed by state Assembly Member Todd Gloria.

The projects awarded Orchids and Onions were nominated by the design community and the public. A jury made up of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, a historic preservation architect, a developer, a visual artist, an architecture professor and a student conducted a day long tour of short listed projects, followed by deliberations. This process resulted in this year’s awards.

Along with the jury selected awards there are the People’s Choice awards. One Orchid and one Onion were selected by the public through an online voting process.

A total of 14 projects were awarded Orchids or Onions in the architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, public art, place making and architectural detail. The complete list of 2019 Orchids and Onions is as follows:

  1. Palomar College Maintenance Operations Complex, Malone Grand Orchid for Architecture

1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos

Owner/developer: Palomar College

Architect: BNIM Architects

  1. Borrego Springs Library, Park and Sheriff’s Office, Orchid for Architecture

2580 Country Club Road, Borrego Springs

Owner/developer: County of San Diego

Architect: RNT Architects

3-4. C3 Encinitas (bank building), Orchids for Architecture and Landscape Architecture

850 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Owner/developer: ABP Capital, C3 Bank

Architect: Brett Farrow Architect

Landscape Architect: Richard Risner

  1. Ilan-Lael Center (for arts education), Orchid for Collaborative Architecture

930 Orchard Lane, Santa Ysabel

Owners/developers: Ilan-Lael Foundation and James and Anne Hubbell

Architect: Hubbell & Hubbell Architects

  1. Linda Vista Skate Park, Orchid for Placemaking

6893 Osler St., San Diego

Owner/developer: City of San Diego

Architect and landscape architect: Schmidt Design Group and Site Design Group

  1. Makers Quarter Block D (office building), Orchid for Architecture

845 15th St., San Diego

Owner/developer: L2HP

Architect: BNIM Architects

  1. Miller Hull San Diego Studio, Orchid for Interior Design

4980 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

Owner/developer: Miller Hull Partnership

Architect: Miller Hull Partnership

9-10. Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Harley and Bessie Knox Library, Orchid for Public Art (Climate Clocks located inside library), Onion for Architecture

215 W. Washington St., San Diego

Owner/developer: City of San Diego

Architects: Mosher Drew, Manuel Oncina Architects and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects

Artist: Janet Zweig

  1. Morning Glory (restaurant), Orchid for Architectural Detail

550 W. Date St., San Diego

Owner/developer: CH Projects

Designer: Basile Studio

  1. Millennium Mission Valley, Onion for Architecture

5080 Camino del Arroyo, San Diego

Owner/developer: Dinerstein Companies

Architect: TCA Architects

  1. Raised by Wolves (cocktail lounge), Orchid for Interior Design

University Towne Centre, 4301 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego

Owner/developer: CH Projects

Designer: Basile Studio

  1. Truax House (apartments), Onion for Landscape Architecture

2513-2515 Union St., San Diego

Owner/developer: Soheil Nakhshab

Architect: Nakhshab Development & Design

Shift Apartments in the East Village received two Onions. Courtesy Orchids and Onions

15-16. Shift Apartments, Onion for Architecture and People’s Choice Onion

1501 Island Ave., San Diego

Owner/developer: LMC Communities (Lennar Corp.)

Architect: Carrier Johnson + Culture

  1. People’s Choice Orchid, Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla

Owner/developer: La Jolla Music Society

Architects: Epstein Joslin Architects and JWDA

To learn more about the Orchids & Onions program, visit