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IDEA1 and Del Mar Civic Center receive AIA San Diego Design Award

11-6-2018 | News Press Releases

Downtown and civic complexes recognized for their catalyst approach and community-centric designs

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (Nov. 6, 2018) The Miller Hull Partnership, an international, award-winning architecture and planning firm, is proud to announce it received two AIA San Diego Design Awards on Thursday, Nov. 1. IDEA1 was awarded an Honor Award and Del Mar Civic Center was awarded a Merit Award.

IDEA1 is the genesis project to the new I.D.E.A. District, which focuses on attracting entrepreneurial and artistic individuals and institutions. A vibrant, mixed-use cluster targeting design and technology jobs, IDEA1 supports innovation-based economic development by creating a human-scaled environment that matters. The full-city block development mixes offices, residential, fitness and restaurants to encourage social and business connections among inhabitants and the broader neighborhood and community. To reinforce a mix of live, work and play experiences, the HUB, a large, open courtyard, is designed to be a permanent living room for the community. IDEA1 was completed in 2017.

“IDEA1 serves as a catalyst for community and innovation and that’s something the Downtown San Diego area needed,” said Ben Dalton, principal at Miller Hull and design lead for IDEA1. “It’s designed to bring people and ideas together in an emerging area of downtown. Quite directly, it understands its place in the urban environment.”

Completed in June of this year, the new Del Mar Civic Center resolves a Southern California village’s longstanding need for a centralized venue where people can come together to celebrate community and exercise civic engagement. The majority of the site is dedicated to public open space with planted gardens, active and passive courtyards, and an area for the community farmer’s market. The Civic Center consolidates primary public functions in one location, and places them at the heart of the coastal town.

“City Halls have evolved into being much more than places representing civic gravitas,” said Mike Jobes, principal at Miller Hull and design principal for Del Mar Civic Center. “They are a public investment in the infrastructure for the social aspects of community, where civic identity is formed through the ritual of public gatherings that are made possible by these spaces.”

The 2018 AIA San Diego Design Awards jury members include John Kane, FAIA, Architekton; Philip Weddle, FAIA, WEDDLE GILMORE black rock studio; Christiana Moss, AIA, Studio MA; Matthew Salenger, AIA, coLAB Studio, LLC art + architecture; and Caroline Lobo, AIA, suoLL Architects.

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About The Miller Hull Partnership
Founded in 1977 by David Miller and Robert Hull, The Miller Hull Partnership is an international award-winning architecture and planning firm specializing in performance-based designs for public and private buildings. The firm is widely recognized for designs that actively engage the site and their communities. Capabilities include master planning, urban design, and interior design services for a range of projects where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather and Serve. Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional and national awards for design excellence, including two AIA Institute Honor Awards in 2018, seven AIA COTE Top Ten Design Awards and the notable AIA National Firm Award. For more information, visit

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