Explore the latest innovations in interior design, landscape, architecture, space planning and more.

  • Museum's design balances art, environmental stewardship

    Lux Art Institute in Encinitas blended art and sustainability with its new facility, an ultra modern concrete structure situated above the San Elijo Lagoon. The building was recently named one of the nation's most energy-efficient museums.

  • Women in design: Susan Skala

    Sue Skala wanted to be an architect since junior high school. For Skala, it was the combination of art and geometry that intrigued her. Her grandfather was a well-known architect at the time -- Robert Cutler, FAIA, SOM designer, and New York chapter AIA president.

  • Women in design: Lena Brion

    Lena Brion graduated with a bachelor's degree in design in 1987 and has worked as a professional designer since. In grade school, Brion's teachers always encouraged her to go into some type of art since she was always drawing.

  • Women in design: Jean Zagrodnik

    Jean Zagrodnik started her career with an undergraduate degree in social work and realized that the field was not the best fit for her. Around the same time, she was exposed to the profession of architecture through a friend. Zagrodnik applied for a three-year Master of Architecture program because she was attracted to the combination of art, math and social studies. Originally interested in researching how the built environment affects human behavior, Zagrodnik fell in love with architecture as a profession of designing buildings rather than researching them once she was exposed to her first design studio.

  • Women in design: Heather Johnston

    After completing an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, Heather Johnston decided to travel to Europe to check out the competition. Profoundly affected by the architecture she saw there, becoming an architect was the obvious career choice for her. Johnston went on to graduate in 1987 from the UCLA's Masters of Architecture program and became licensed in 1992.

  • Women in design: Alison Morita

    Alison Morita, an AIA San Diego Young Architects Commissioner/Board Director, received her bachelor's of architecture degree from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo in 2002.

  • Suburbanites embrace urban design

    Urban style -- the clean, edgy, eclectic look that has defined chic downtown living -- is migrating to the suburbs.

  • ASID Kitchen Tour showcases latest trends in kitchen design

    This year's American Society of Interior Designers' Kitchen Tour '09 is a cornucopia of the latest trends and innovations in kitchen design. The one-day, self-guided tour on Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. showcases nine kitchens, including two designer homes. The projects range from cost-conscious remodels to extensive room renovations to innovative new construction.

  • The Green Build: Making a great airport even better

    The Green Build consists of a series of airport improvements that will help meet current and future demand at San Diego International Airport (SDIA). With an additional 4 million travelers expected by 2020, The Green Build can accommodate this growth and continue to serve the region's growing economy and vital industries, including technology, life sciences and tourism.

  • Q&A with Young Architect of the Year award winner Kevin deFreitas

    The AIA San Diego's Young Architect of the Year Awards program, known as YAYA, was created to recognize and promote the next generation of architects responsible for shaping the built environment.

  • 5 spotlights on AIA San Diego's lead architects and designers

    When someone says the word "architect," what typically comes to mind is the vision of a mature, white male, possible sporting some hip reading glasses, blueprints rolled and tucked under arm. That vision is rapidly becoming history as more and more women enter the architecture and design profession. For the past several years, more female students have graduated from architecture programs than male students, quite a change from the days when there might be one female in a class. Today, increasingly, the woman seen sporting a hardhat on the construction site is the project architect.

  • Uncovering value through design

    There is nothing like a near death experience to make you consider a change, and it would probably be fair to say that in today's troubled economy those involved in the commercial real estate business might even consider "near death" to be an understatement.

  • Builders still assessing success of changes in permitting process

    The permitting process in the city of San Diego got a little easier a few months ago, but there is still a ways to go to get the process completely streamlined.

  • Architect Ward Deems leaves lasting imprint on region's landscape

    Ward Wyatt Deems built buildings that stood for something. During his career as an architect, Deems designed dozens of local landmarks that remain as symbols of the man’s principles.

  • Report: More work for architects, local market stagnant

    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) experienced a 6-point increase during the month of July.

Architecture & Design


Archived Reports

Architecture & Design - 2008

Updates on the latest projects, ideas and trends in interior design, landscape, architecture, space planning and more.

Architecture & Design - 2007

Catch up with this creative industry with the latest issues and trends in style, materials, landscaping, interior design and more.

Architecture & Design - 2005

In this special report, we profile architects and firms, and their projects. We'll look at the long-term benefits of green building design and focus on what it takes to design a building that stands the test of time.

Architecture & Design - SD Green

The Daily Transcript is proud to be a sponsor of San Diego Green '04, a conference on sustainable design to be held Friday, Sept. 17 at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.