Architecture City Guide: San Diego

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to San Diego. It is home to the Salk Institute, one of Louis Kahn’s most well-known buildings, and Richard Neutra’s Airman’s Memorial Chapel. One could argue that these alone make a visit worth the trip. That said, we have put together a list of 12 great contemporary buildings that are also worth seeing. By limiting ourselves to 12 buildings we were not even able to include all the ones we have previously featured on our website. Take a look at our list and add to it in the comment section below.

Architecture City Guide: San Diego list and corresponding map after the break!

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Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: San Diego" 25 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Peter

    Glaring omission:
    The Neurosciences Institute by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

  • Matt

    Essex Lofts were by the visionary Ted Smith, not Lloyd Russel.

    • Christopher Henry

      Thank you for pointing that out. I apologize for the mistake.

  • Giacomo

    Saint Bartholomew’s Chapel on an Indian Reservation in north San Diego County is beautiful little rammed earth gem, worth the drive, very picturesque. Definitely should be on this list.

  • Sean

    I head up the 1,000 people strong Laguna Friends of Architecture. We’re doing a bus tour on August 2nd. thanks for this.