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August 16, 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA – The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) today announced a record number of nominations for its 40th celebration of Orchids & Onions awards, which recognizes the best and the worst of architecture, planning and urban design in the San Diego region.

“Hitting 161 quality nominations for Orchids & Onions is a huge accomplishment and reflects the interest in the built environment as well as the growth in San Diego,” said Perriann Hodges, San Diego Architectural Foundation board director, 2016 Orchids & Onions program co-chair, and designer with Studio E Architects. “Our goal this year was to take Orchids & Onions back to the people and to generate a dialogue with the public about what makes for great neighborhoods. I think these numbers indicate we have been successful in engaging with San Diego’s residents on this important topic.”

The 161 entries submitted by the July 31st deadline this year represents a whopping 96 percent increase over the 82 nominations submitted in 2015.

For the 2016 program, SDAF for the first time contracted with an external public relations and marketing agency, Cook + Schmid, to design and implement a strategic communications program to promote the competition.

Annually, a committee of SDAF volunteers plans and implements the Orchids & Onions awards program. This year, with special focus on bringing the program “back to the people,” the committee has conducted a range of tactics in local communities to spread the word about the opportunity to nominate potential Orchids & Onions.

The 2016 Orchids & Onions Awards Ceremony will be held on October 13th at Horton Plaza Park and Spreckels Theatre starting at 5 p.m. Early bird ticket sales begin on August 21st and can be purchased at

About Orchids & Onions
Orchids & Onions is a fundraising program of the San Diego Architectural Foundation; an independent 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and the promotion of outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region. The objective of Orchids & Onions is to raise awareness, and encourage practical discourse about our environment, thereby effecting positive change and more thoughtful design. Orchids & Onions affords all San Diegans an opportunity to nominate what they believe deserves praise or critique, comment on all nominations, and even present an award by voting for the People’s Choice Orchid & Onion as part of the program. To learn more, please visit