UCSD Price Center Design Earns
Prestigious National Architecture Award
By Paul Mueller
the second time in as many months, the University of California,
San Diego project to expand its Price Center for students has
garnered a prestigious award. The Price Center design won a
2005 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum
Museum of Architecture and Design, whose judges noted its “design
Price Center also received an Honor Award from the San Diego
Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in May.
to the museum’s team of international judges, the winning
projects in 2005 “represent the best new contemporary
architecture being built from coast to coast, including projects
designed by American architects in Great Britain, United Arab
Emirates, Kuwait, Denmark, China and Spain.”
recognize the work of architect Mehrdad Yazdani of Cannon Design,
who worked closely with students, faculty and staff on the university’s
building advisory committee for the Price Center expansion.
award, like the previous one, confirms that the university is
developing a dynamic and vibrant expansion of the Price Center,”
said Gary Ratcliff, director of University Centers at UCSD.
“By their nature, student-center facilities are lively,
interesting places, and this has given Mehrdad the opportunity
to fully exercise his creative abilities.”
for expansion of the Price Center came from the Associated Students
at UCSD, who established a taskforce, conducted a survey, and
got students to approve a $39 quarterly fee to help fund the
expansion, said Ratcliff. “Students have played a lead
role in developing the design, and most of those on the building
advisory committee are students.”
will add more restaurants and retail services – including
a bank, hair stylists and a larger Post Office – as well
as a 5,000-square-foot grocery store. Also planned is more space
for student organizations, more meeting rooms, more lounge,
study and computing space, and a 24-hour space that will include
Center will nearly double in size, said Ratcliff, and the designers
focused on lots of windows, lot of ways to get in and out, and
a mix of active “see-and-be-seen” spaces and more
contemplative spaces – and the building will be “green,”
more energy efficient.
for the Price Center expansion is scheduled for January, and
construction should be completed by December 2007.
Athenaeum has recognized new and outstanding American architecture
with its American Architecture Awards since 1987. This year,
a jury of Norwegian architects selected 33 designs for the award,
including corporate headquarters, institutions, skyscrapers,
urban-planning projects and residences.
the project architect for the UCSD design, has been listed as
one of Los Angeles’ 25 most highly regarded designers
by the Los Angeles Business Journal. His work has been
featured in international publications including The New
York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Progressive
Architecture, l’ARCA, Architecture, Architectural
Design, Casabella, The Architectural Review, GA Houses,
and Kenchiku Bunka.
Media Contact: Gary
Ratcliff, (858) 534-1956