24 Jan

Pillars Presentations Luncheon 2019

On Thursday January 23rd our four scholarship recipients shared their amazing experiences and travels, made possible by our partnership with the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Learn more about their presentations below.

Colin McGregor: Rebuilding efforts following the Camp Fire: Paradise, California.

Check out Colin’s Presentation Slides and Reflection Paper.

Jessica Patrick: The Intersection of Neuroscience in Architecture and Creating by Hand: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Check out Jessica’s Presentation Slides and Reflection Paper.

Tariq Jaber: Comparative Approaches to Border Control: Europe and the Middle East

Check out Tariq’s Presentation Slides and Reflection Paper.

Shane Yee: 49 West Coast Skate Spots: The Architecture of Movement

Check out Shane’s Presentation Slides and Reflection Paper.

7 Jun

The Numisius chapter of Alpha Rho Chi at NewSchool go to Cal Poly Design Village

The NewSchool Foundation sponsored eight brothers of the Alpha Rho Chi professional architecture fraternity chapter at NewSchool to participate in the annual Design Village Competition. Design Village is organized by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Under the theme “synthesis” the competition took place in late April.

Learn more about their amazing educational experience here.

3 Jun

Pillars Scholarship Recipients 2019

Shane Yee is a third year undergraduate majoring in architecture. His summer project 20 West Coast Skate Spots: An Analysis of Form and Movement, will review skate park design across Southern California with deliverables including a book and 3D printed models.

Colin McGregor is a third year undergraduate majoring in architecture. He will undertake a two-week research trip to the town of Paradise California, where the Camp Fire recently destroyed over 18,000 buildings and killed 86 people. He hopes to address rebuilding efforts and identify ways that architecture can help prevent similar disasters in the future.

Jessica Patrick is a third year graduate majoring in architecture. She will be travelling to Compostela, Spain with a study abroad program to investigate the intersection of creating work by hand and neuroscience in architecture.

Tariq Jaber is a second year graduate majoring in architecture whose thesis investigates border conditions. He will spend his summer looking at approaches to border control in Israel / Palestine, North and South Cyprus, and the border between Turkey and Syria.

Thanks to the support of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, four Pillars Scholarships were awarded for the summer in 2019.

15 Apr

Lemon Grove Promenade Parkfest

Yesterday the NewSchool Urban Design Club put on the Lemon Grove Promenade Parkfest. The club set as a project to activate the “plaza” at the Lemon Grove Trolley station. The Plaza, which has been nothing more than a place to drop off people for the trolley, was intended as the central meeting place for “downtown” Lemon Grove which right now is nothing more than two Retail Blocks extending on either side of the station.

The club set as their project to come up with ideas to activate the plaza. In the process they have brought together the City Council and some developers who have built or will be building on adjacent parcels. As a result of their work this project has risen on the city’s priority list.

One of the supporters of the project who was in attendance yesterday was Seth Smith, a member of the city planning commission and a newschool alum. NewSchool’s Urban Design Club is supported by the NewSchool Foundation.

27 Jun

Climate Action Competition Winners

image4Congratulations to the winners of the Climate Action Competition. Organized by Professor Joe Kennedy and the Center for Healthy Environments, the competition was supported by a grant from NewSchool Foundation’s Hay Fund.  Students had ten weeks to propose unique, innovative, and creative solutions to address climate change and resilience in the San Diego/ Tijuana region. Following presentations, proposals were judged on relevancy, business case, creativity, research, graphic and verbal presentation, and relevance to San Diego’s regional need.  Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third, and best business idea, best climate action idea, and best regional idea.

26 Jan

Pillars Scholarship Presentations 2016

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Scholarship recipients Matthew West and Miles Patterson with Dr. Steve Altman and NewSchool Foundation co-chairs Miti Aiello and Lucy Campbell

We had a wonderful evening hearing about the experiences Miles and Matthew had in Mexico over the summer. 

Matthew West gained experience in natural building methods and the effects of biophilic design on human health in Baja California, Mexico.  

Miles Patterson went to Mexico City to attend a two-week course in urban design with the Architectural Association Visiting School of London and to explore the cultural, social, and historic conditions of the city.