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Miller Hull San Diego Studio Renovation receives 2019 Orchid Award for Interior Design

10-4-2019 | News Press Releases

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 4, 2019) The Miller Hull Partnership, an international, award-winning architecture and planning firm, received a 2019 Orchid Award for Interior Architecture for the Miller Hull San Diego studio renovation from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

Completed in 2018, the San Diego studio renovation was a homecoming for Miller Hull. The space is located in The Wharf at Point Loma Marina, the firm’s first project in San Diego designed by its late founding partner, Robert Hull. With sustainability at the heart of their work, the tenant improvement was designed to be Living Building Challenge Petal certified.

“We’ve received Orchid Awards in the past and it is always an honor, but this one is particularly special to us,” said Katie Popolow, principal at Miller Hull. “Not only do we get to practice what we preach in this space and our quest for Petal certification, but our office is located in a building that was designed by our late founding partner, Bob Hull. I have no doubt that he would have been touched by this recognition.”

Targeting certification for 2020, the San Diego studio takes lessons from Miller Hull’s Petal-certified Seattle studio and is pursuing the same four performance areas, or Petals (Place, Materials, Equity and Beauty). DPR Construction was the contractor for the project and with cooperation from GB Capital Holdings, the building owner, the design team added the Health & Happiness Petal, as well as the Energy Petal, installing a 24 kW PV array to the roof and a battery backup system to achieve Net Zero Energy.

The jury agreed that the Miller Hull’s new Point Loma studio was a resounding success. One juror described the office as a “calming space with a simple design that highlights the beautiful shell of the building and the Bay just beyond the windows.”

Presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, the Orchids & Onions Awards brings San Diegans together to decide which parts of the built environment make the city a better place to live. An Orchid Award goes to projects that exemplify good placemaking and contribute to the community, while an Onion Award is a missed opportunity, the opposite of an Orchid Award.

The jury for the 2019 Orchids & Onions Awards included Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio (artist), James Brown (architect), Matthew Ellis (architect), David Hecht (architect), Brian Rickling (architect), Heather Rusczcyk (architect), Regina VanderWerff (construction professional), David Malmuth (developer), Miti Aiello (educator), Amber Lake (landscape architect) and Jessica Pope (student).

For more information about the San Diego Architectural Foundation, the Orchids & Onions Awards and to view all of the selected awards, visit For more information about The Miller Hull Partnership, call (619) 220-0984 or visit


About The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
The Miller Hull Partnership is an architecture and planning firm rooted in environmentally-responsible designs that create a regenerative and inclusive future. The firm is widely recognized for public and private projects that actively engage the site and their communities. Professional services also include master planning, urban design and interior design services for spaces where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather and Serve. Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional and national awards for design excellence, including the notable AIA National Firm Award. For more information, visit