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Orchids and Onions Winners and Losers


Allison St. John:  Good Architecture makes such a difference to our quality of life, but sometimes we hardly stop to notice it.  Its influence on us can be almost subliminal. But the Orchids and Onions awards, operated by the San Diego Architectural Foundation celebrates and admonishes the choices we make in designing our city and its buildings.

Architects, designers and citizens gathered recently at Balboa Park's Hall of Champions for the Orchids and Onions awards ceremony.  They include buildings you may have seen around town, or buildings you may want to go and seek out .
Orchids and Onions  awards are given by a jury and the voting public.  Joining us to talk about our region's orchids and onions are two jury members and the program's co-chair.  You can see the winners and losers on the Orchids and Onions website .


  • Kevin deFreitas, a licensed architect with his own practice, Kevin deFreitas Architects, as well as a partner at Sebastian+deFreitas Inc. 
  • Robin Brisebois is President of the architecture firm, Brisebois Architecture. She is also a professor at the New School of Architecture and Design.
  • Maxine Ward is an architect with Studio E Architects and a San Diego Architectural Foundation Board Member. She is the co-chair of Orchids and Onions.


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