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

11-6-2018 | 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.”

Photo by Mike Torrey Photography

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.”

Photo by Chipper Hatter

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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The Miller Hull Partnership is an architecture, planning, urban and interior design firm that creates dynamic and environmentally-responsible buildings, striving for a regenerative and inclusive future. The firm has a studio in Seattle and San Diego with work extending across typologies for public and private clients, including single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, civic, commercial, higher education, independent K-12, community, cultural, gateways, infrastructure and public safety. Widely recognized for innovative, timeless designs and a partnership-driven practice, Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional and national awards for design excellence, including the AIA National Firm Award and Architect 50’s Top Firm for Sustainability. For more information, visit

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