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NewSchool of Architecture and Design Students and Alumni Win Top Awards in Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition


NewSchool of Architecture and Design Students and Alumni Win Top Awards in Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition

Alumni and students from NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) received top awards from the Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition, including the People’s Choice Award, for their design proposals that provide new visions for San Diego’s iconic park. The competition, sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, attracted a total of 44 submissions from both students and architects from respected firms.

Competition winners were chosen by a jury panel of architects and designers. A separate public vote was held for the People’s Choice Award, which was awarded to NSAD alumni Jeff Taitano. The outside recognition demonstrates the caliber of work being created by NSAD students and alumni through projects that are inspired by and directly relevant to the community around them. Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park comprising 15 major museums, performing arts venues, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo.

In the Juror’s Special Recognition category, two teams of NSAD students were recognized for their entries:

  • Jonathan Chau, Julio Medina and Liza Marie Bajarias received the award for their submission of “Soaring Above.”
  • David Garcia, Mariano Ramirez, David Harrison were recognized in this same category for their proposal of “Balboa Park Experience.”

A third team of NSAD students received a Citation Award for their design proposal of a “Hillcrest Fruit Farm”: Tony Salamone, Jordan Anderson, and Justin Freeman.

Recent NSAD alumni Jeffrey Taitano and Craig Howard, also won top awards in the competition.

  • Taitano, an NSAD alum, received the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by the public for his design of “Reflections.”
  • The jury chose three entries to share the competition’s top prize, the Honor Award. Among those three was a team that included NSAD alum Howard. Howard and Pauly De Bartolo, representing De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio, were recognized for their proposal for building a building a bridge across Florida Canyon.

The renderings, and others produced by NSAD students during a studio taught by instructor Michael Stepner, are on display at the San Diego Museum of Art as part of an exhibition about alternative visions for Balboa Park. The Looking Towards 2015 exhibit, on display through Jan. 7, is prompted by public and private dialogues taking place in San Diego to address the future of Balboa Park, particularly in anticipation of the upcoming Centennial Celebration.