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Orchids and Onions Showcases Best and Worst of San Diego Architecture


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Thirty years ago, Orchids and Onions began giving Orchids to architecture judged as the best and Onions to architects whose work was slammed. After a bit of controversy and three years off, the ceremony returns tomorrow. Host Gloria Penner talks about the beautiful and the ugly of Orchids and Onions is Michael Stepner, former San Diego City architect and planner who’s been with “O and O” since its beginning, and Jonathan Segal, a San Diego architect who’s been on the receiving end of two Orchids and one bunch of Onions.

  • Michael Stepner , former San Diego city architect and planner.
  • Jonathan Segal , San Diego architect.


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