School of Architecture

San Diego

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The unique, faculty-designed building provides space for studio culture and hands-on, craft-based design. The families, artists and activists in Barrio Logan create an engaging neighborhood to share and to investigate. The active border region provides many unique study opportunities.

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Featured Alumni

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Yvonne St Pierre, AIA, LEED AP

B.Arch., 2004

Transfer from: MiraCosta, San Diego Mesa College
Self-employed at: Design Path Studio
Image Courtesy Jean-Paul St. Pierre

Yvonne earned her B.Arch. from Woodbury University in 2004 and began her work experience in 1999 while earning her degree.

Yvonne’s office, Design Path Studio, created plans for building granny flats ranging in size from a studio to a three-bedroom as part of Encinitas’ Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Units Program.

Abdalla Almulla

B.Arch., 2014

Transferred from: Grossmont College
Self-employed at: MULA
Image Courtesy Spencer Shea

After graduating in 2014, Abdalla went back home to Dubai, UAE and started to working at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) managing the design and construction of projects.

In the fall of 2018, he felt it was the right time to venture and open his own studio. Abdalla currently runs MULA Studio as the founder and principal designer.

Jennifer Fillip

M.Arch., 2016
Currently employed at: dommusstudio architecture

Kha Nguyen

B.Arch., 2016, Transferred from: Orange Coast
Currently employed at: RNT Architects

Paola Alvarez

B.Arch., 2016, Transferred: College of the Desert
Currently employed at: Safdie Rabines Architects

Stephanie Absalon

B.Arch., 2015, Transferred from: Palomar College
Currently employed at: DK Design & Drafting

“We are currently working on a conversation series entitled ‘UNFAMILIAR’. Our focus is to provide a platform to empower our community through a collection of voices in the San Diego|Tijuana region. The first conversation will be published on the AIA San Diego website, accompanied with a Launch Event (March 28th) and continued with regular releases through the following months. UNFAMILIAR hopes to highlight stories and experiences to enhance conversations around the built environment – ranging from architecture, construction and design.”

Instagram: @unfamiliar__voices (two underscores)

 

Programs

BArch

The Bachelor of Architecture program offers a five-year course of study leading to a NAAB-accredited professional architecture degree. Our program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional architect, as well as a more general understanding of the profound social and cultural agency of design at local and global scales. The rigorous grounding provides our graduates with a framework of professional knowledge applicable to a range of fields including architectural practice in a large or small firm; advanced studies in graduate school; policy or government; and software or game design.

MArch

Our Master of Architecture program embodies a fresh approach to architecture, Southern California, and global urban conditions. Within an intimate and immersive program, our innovative coursework encourages students to engage in the architectural discourse of the city, making connections between their work, new technologies in both representation and realization, and built and natural environments. Our MArch students consistently win design awards from public agencies and private groups, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pasadena/Foothills, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), Association for Women in Architecture + Design (AWA+D), and many others.

MS Arch RED

The Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development (MSArch RED) program seeks to build upon the unique perspective and ethos of the architect. While architects design the way a building looks and works, they are seldom involved in the decision of exactly what to build. In most developments, the architect is considered only one of numerous players and is often left to carry out a pre-established vision for the development.

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are architects, designers, academics and policy makers practicing in Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. This internationally recognized and award-winning group works closely with students, teaching the skills required to push the limits of practice and explore disciplinary possibilities in both theoretical and professional arenas.

Dedicated staff members bring their professional expertise to students throughout the student experience.  Through individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.

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Voices From Our San Diego Campus

The San Diego campus recently launched a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Interior Architecture program. Find out why students, faculty and alumni recommend Woodbury School of Architecture San Diego as an institution to receive your master’s degree.

Resources & Student Groups

Showroom

The Showroom is the heart of the San Diego campus. The space has the capacity to hold about 100 people and is used in various ways. For the curriculum, the showroom is used as pinup space for design reviews of student’s work with faculty and other design professionals. At the end of every school year, it becomes the center for most of the degree and thesis projects. The local design community contributes to the critique of the student’s work and the event is open to the general public.

San Diego Showroom

Making Complex

At Woodbury University we believe that making is a critical part of the study of architecture and interior architecture. Analog and digital fabrication are fully integrated into our curricula and facilities. The great flexibility of these tools allows them to serve both intellectual exploration and real-world problem solving. Our goal is to help students learn to experiment and to produce. The students take control of these tools so that their outputs exceed the limitations of the methods and materials involved and realize results that are genuinely new and truly revolutionary.

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AIAS

AIAS Woodbury is a branch of the national group of the American Institute of Architecture Students serving both as a professional organization and as the official voice of architecture students within the school. AIAS Woodbury promotes excellence in architecture education, facilitates training and practice, fosters an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines, enriches communities through a spirit of collaboration, and organizes students and their efforts towards the advancement of the art and science of architecture. At Woodbury, AIAS is dedicated to maintain collaboration between students, community, and professionals in order to give members limitless opportunities by promoting Woodbury University as a vital contributor to the greater Los Angeles and San Diego area.

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San Diego Library

The San Diego Library at Woodbury University is an exclusive library focused on architecture, landscape architecture, and real estate development. The 1,300 square foot space houses a growing collection of 6,500 books and 35 magazine and journal subscriptions.

In 2013 the library launched the Library South Series, an offshoot of the San Diego lecture series. The event series has included discussion panels, workshops, and exhibits that inform the community and serve as an interdisciplinary, collaborative ecosystem for the School of Architecture in San Diego. The San Diego Library is located at the north end of the School of Architecture adjacent to the Digital Fabrication Lab.

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Career Services

We Help You Transition Into The Profession

We provide architecture career advising within the School of Architecture. A dedicated staff member with knowledge of architectural practice and scholarship provides both workshops and individual assistance, including help with creating a professional resume, letter writing and interviewing skills, as well as portfolio development or work samples to include with job applications. Other services include an on-campus job fair, a job board, and consulting on the path of obtaining architectural licensure.  Visit our Career Advising page.

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Visit Our Campus

A campus visit is really the only way to picture yourself working in a studio at Woodbury San Diego. As a visitor you will have the opportunity to converse with our knowledgeable student guides and get an insider perspective on life at our intimate San Diego campus.

The tour takes visitors into our classrooms, architecture studios, digital fabrication lab, metal and wood shop, library, and all of the facilities available to our students. Get general questions answered about classes, campus life, and resources available to students at Woodbury. To book a personal campus tour, use the button below to email our San Diego admissions counselor Janet Asuncion.

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