Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 - 3:04 pm

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is pleased to announce the launch of Architecture + Design: Meet the New San Diego.

Designed for industry professionals, design enthusiasts, and the architecturally curious alike, this curated program series will explore San Diego’s premier contemporary architectural and design destinations. Participants will visit some of the most exciting architectural locales unfolding in our city, with trips to local studios, centers, and buildings being created by the regions’ preeminent designers and architects.

Architecture + Design: Meet the New San Diego will offer three signature events each year, all of which will be exclusive to the Museum’s Circle level Members. Membership to these premier groups starts at $1,500. The first event will be held on Wednesday, February 12. Participants will tour the new Central Library with nationally recognized architect Rob Quigley and Interim Executive Director for the Commission for Arts and Culture Dana Springs, who successfully oversaw the permanent installation of the largest exhibition of City-owned artworks in San Diego’s history.Following the tour, the group will visit Quigley’s private studio space for a reception and further discussion about the library and his upcoming works.

This fall the group will visitSebastian Mariscal’s Phoenix House, owned by Ron and Cathy Busick. Sebastian Mariscal, who is slated to join the group on the tour has said “The design process started as an emotional path of discovery, where the house starts to exist as your steps build the walls and your breathing lets the space contract and expand.” This unique structure is made of site-poured concrete walls, which allow shadows and light to create new patterns throughout the day. The building, which Mariscal has called “a house of introspection,” was designed to blend in with the surrounding nature and become part of its environment. 

San Diego’s rich modernist architecture—founded on seminal works by architects such as Louis Kahn and William Pereira—is abundant with groundbreaking homes and public buildings from today’s most forward-thinking firms. MCASD is working with several local architects and firms to curate future tours. The Museum is currently accepting requests from firms and private citizens who might want to be featured in a future tour. All inquiries should be directed to April Farrell at

MCASD has a long-standing commitment to San Diego’s architecture community. In 2009 the Museum presented MIX: Nine San Diego Architects and Designers. The exhibition presented the work of nine architects and designers who led local architectural design firms redefining housing design, development, and urbanization in the San Diego region and beyond.

In offering this new program series, the Museum hopes to continue fostering the exploration of architecture in and around our community. Architecture + Design: Meet the New San Diego will showcase the work of important regional architects and designers, and promote awareness of progressive architecture and design in San Diego.

Visit up-to-date information about upcoming events in the series.

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Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.