School of Architecture

San Diego

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Located in proximity to the dynamic U.S./Mexico border region, the distinctive, faculty-designed San Diego campus offers a multitude of timely and compelling study, design, and research opportunities. The families, artists and activists in the Barrio Logan community create engaging environs in which to share and investigate, while our building encompasses space for studio culture, community and industry gatherings, and hands-on, craft-based design.

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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

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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 team works closely with students, teaching the skills required to push the limits of practice and explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary possibilities in both theoretical and professional arenas.

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

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Making in San Diego

Our San Diego Making Complex contains some of the most sophisticated and diverse fabrication technologies available, providing an exceptional, hands-on making and educational experience. Here’s a closer look. Learn more. 

Resources & Student Groups

Showroom

The heart of the San Diego campus is its versatile Showroom. Utilized widely and often as a pinup space for design reviews, a lecture hall, and a gathering space for exhibitions and events, it also serves as a hub for end-of-year degree and thesis presentations which are open to the public and critiqued by local design community leaders.

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.

Making Complex

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 contains an exclusive assortment of materials 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. Library South Series events include discussion panels, workshops, and exhibits dedicated to informing the community and serving as an interdisciplinary, collaborative ecosystem for the School of Architecture in San Diego.

San Diego Library

Career Services

We Help You Transition Into The Profession

Focused career advising and support is provided within the School of Architecture. Our dedicated staff members share their knowledge of and insights to architectural practice and scholarships through workshops and individual assistance, including help with your professional resume, letter writing and interviewing skills, and portfolio development and/or work samples for inclusion with resume submissions. Services also include on-campus job fairs, an active job board, and consulting on the path to architectural licensure. Visit our Career Advising page.

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Visit Our Campus

We welcome you to experience a campus tour in order to envision yourself learning, growing, and working at our truly distinctive San Diego campus. Our tour experience provides the opportunity to converse with current students who guide the tours and offer their first-hand perspective on life at our intimate San Diego campus.

The tour will take you into the classrooms, architecture studios, digital fabrication lab, metal and wood shop, library, and all other facilities available to you as a student. We encourage your questions 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. We look forward to meeting you.

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