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Perkins & Will, The Miller Hull Partnership Win Top Design Awards

Two architectural firms with offices in San Diego – Perkins & Will and The Miller Hull Partnership – won top honors for their San Diego projects from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Miller Hull Partnership with San Diego offices in Point Loma received an honors award for their design of the $22 million East County Assessor, Recorder, County Clerk and Archive in Santee.

The 25,000-square-foot building was designed to qualify for LEED gold standard certification and is net zero energy, meaning that it produces all of its own energy and replaced a structure about half its size.

An 8,500-square-foot wing archive wing of the new building has strict controls on heat and humidity to protect documents dating back to San Diego County’s earliest history.

The Miller Hull Partnership also received awards of merit for Parco, a National City mixed-use project, and the Center for Coastal Studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Seen as a likely catalyst for future development in downtown National City, the $35 million Parco was among the first projects in a new EMission Zero strategy by Miller Hull to design carbon neutral structures.

The project had 127 apartments in a mix of townhomes and flats along with 6,378 square feet of retail space and 4,054 square feet of office space.

“Our goal is to make San Diego better with each building we have the opportunity to work on and to move our practice toward a more sustainable future,” said Ben Dalton, a partner at The Miller Hull Partnership. “It is extremely meaningful to have our perspective validated in this way.”

Perkins & Will with offices in downtown San Diego was awarded top honors for the design of the $92 million Center for Novel Therapeutics at the University of California San Diego.

Designed with an eye toward giving people a chance to casually interact, a key attraction is a 3,400-square-foot glassed-in atrium at its center of the 150,000-square-foot building.

The center also has collaboration pods, one of which juts out of one wing of the building.

Ryan Bussard, design director and a principal of Perkins & Will, said that the AIA award “represents a holistic achievement not only for architectural and design excellence but also innovative sustainable strategies.”

“The care and craft that went into planning and construction enabled our clients to create a next generation cancer research hub and the first academic-industry drug discovery incubator site in San Diego,” Bussard said.


Receiving merit awards from AIA were RAD Lab for Salt Water Farm + Bed and Breakfast, BNIM for Keeler Court Apartments in Southcrest, BNIM for Keller Court Apartments and Hanna Gabriel Wells for a switching station at UC San Diego.

In a separate competition, Stephen Dalton Architects based in Solana Beach won several awards of merit in the annual Golden Nugget Awards for outstanding architecture.

Award winning projects included Arbor Crest, a 50-unit residential project in Hillcrest, Found Lofts, a 42-unit micro-apartment building in downtown Vista’s newly formed art district that has a 60-foot-tall mural on an exterior wall, and Cordero House, a 4,000-square-foot custom home in Del Mar.

Golden Nugget Grand Awards will be chosen at the end of June from among projects that received merit awards.

Perkins & Will earned a top award for the design of the Center for Novel Therapeutics at UC San Diego. Photo courtesy of BioMed Realty 


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