This wasn’t your standard architectural tour.
For our eighth Meeting of the Minds, Voice of San Diego gathered together six leading architects and artists to share the spaces and places around San Diego that inspire them most. Architects Rob Quigley, Catherine Herbst, Hector Perez and Jennifer Luce, along with photographer Mike Torrey, joined us at the Central Library downtown Wednesday night to deliver their rapid-fire pecha kucha-style presentations (architect Vicki Estrada made her appearance by video).
We had one big caveat for our guests: They weren’t allowed to showcase their own projects. Our hope was to spread a little recognition and appreciation, while getting insider perspective on some of the more visually captivating locations around town.
From a secret attic, to untouched meadows, to an affluent neighborhood with deep historical roots, get ready to add these spots to your weekend explorer itinerary. For more photos, check out the presenters’ slides here.
‘This Is Your Zen Moment’
Rob Quigley, who designed the very building we were seated in, set the tone by pointing out that it’s often the “unexpected and undesigned” elements that make a space special. First, Quigley revealed a secret nook: an attic above Balboa Theatre, which offers a breathtaking (and perhaps vertigo-inducing) view of the stage below. Tucked away inside the closet-like space was a handbuilt organ and a collection of bizarre instruments.
And count on Quigley, an early leader of the sustainable design architectural movement in the 1970s, to ultimately find inspiration in nature. Quigley’s next spot was a departure from the urban landscape: the meadows of Laguna Mountain. Though the meadows certainly didn’t come by way of an architect’s hand, Quigley pointed out they have some of the same features architects aspire to create.