UC San Diego Theatre District Living & Learning Neighborhood

Located at a dramatic bluff-top intersection in La Jolla, CA, this 2000-bed university undergraduate housing project serves as a major public gateway to the University of California San Diego campus across from the notable La Jolla Playhouse.

Inspired by the spectacular cliff-top site and its historical ecological role as a watershed straddling ocean and canyon ecosystems, the project concept became wrapped in the idea of exponential, nested ecologies.

Through the concept of Exponential Ecology, the design team of HKS+EYRC Architects is considering all aspects of the built environment and the interrelationship of physical, social, and emotional well being. This supports the University’s mission to put student wellbeing first and connect to the surrounding community.

Mirroring the interconnected webs in ecological science, the architectural concept can be illustrated as nested connections: that of student wellbeing to that of the greater community, mental wellness to physical wellness, science to art, and humankind to nature.

Shaped by the winds, views and solar orientation, the site plan, building forms, skins and interiors all reflect these ideas of connection – to their outdoor setting, geographical place and context, as well as the sense of home and community.

The first building of this mixed-use project was just completed - students moved in in September, 2023. The whole project is set to complete in 2024 and is on track to receive LEED Gold certification.

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  • UC San Diego Theatre District Living & Learning Neighborhood
  • La Jolla, CA
  • University of California, San Diego
  • 2024
  • In Construction
  • 1,500,000 sf
  • HKS - Executive Architect
    Kitchell - Contractor
    SWA Group - Landscape
    Walter P Moore - Structural
    Buro Happold - MEP
  • Lawrence Anderson
  • 2020 AIA San Diego Design Awards - Merit
  • 2021 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards: Next LA - Merit