Rob Quigley Designs Pavilion to Expand University of San Diego Architecture Program

A new pavilion, designed by award-winning architect Rob Quigley in collaboration with University of San Diego students, will add studios, seminar and exhibition space to the university’s architecture program. (Click here to see a short video about the project.) 


“The Architecture Pavilion will allow our students to design and build on a much larger scale,” said Juliana Maxim, USD Associate Professor and Architecture Program Director in the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History. “Our students were also thrilled to work with a world-class architect like Rob Quigley on the project’s design.” 


An opening celebration for the Architecture Pavilion will take place Friday, October 7 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on the patio behind Camino Hall.


Built with a pre-engineered steel structure and simple materials, the 2,100-square-foot pavilion includes indoor-outdoor studio spaces and seminar room, all under natural, filtered light. The flexible environment can be easily transformed to allow for lectures and exhibitions, expanding the range of public events the program can host.  


“All this is key to the identity and larger regional presence of our architectural program,” Maxim said. “Our goal was to achieve multi-functionality and sustainability with simple means.”


"It was a delight to work with creative students to achieve this unusual building," Quigley added. "The new Pavilion leverages San Diego's benign climate to expand the utility of the structure. Large overhead doors open to the Central Courtyard and also the tree-shaded East Lawn for expanded programs and interaction. The building is an instructional model of passive environmental design. Soft, natural daylighting floods the interior. Oversized ceiling fans circulate the air and special manually operated 'air scoop' windows channel the afternoon breezes through the space."


USD's College of Arts and Sciences began offering a bachelor's degree in Architecture in 2010. Since then, more than 70 students have graduated and many have gone on to Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and other prestigious master's programs. 





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