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Sustainable Design


NSAD prepares students for successful careers as both architects and responsible citizens. Our degree programs are built on a solid ethical foundation and have long promoted accessible, socially beneficial, and sustainable design solutions.

As part of our commitment to providing students with practical experience in the field of architecture and design, NSAD created the Design Clinic. Projects developed in the Design Clinic have a service component, helping to restore and revitalize communities near the university and beyond using best practices in sustainability. Below are some of the Design Clinic’s recent initiatives:

Greening Main Street
The North Park Main Street project has partnered local San Diego business owners and community members with recent NSAD alumni to design and implement public improvements and promote sustainable practices in the area. Initial recommendations made by Class of 2010 NSAD graduates paired with North Park architect mentors have resulted in receipt of a grant from the California Office of Historic Preservation to develop a more formal strategic plan.

The I.D.E.A. District
The I.D.E.A. (Innovation, Design, Education, Art) District is a proposed 80-acre education and arts district near downtown San Diego that would encompass office and design space, shops, restaurants, housing, and charter schools. NSAD students are conducting research and master planning for the project with the hope that the district could generate 10,000 new jobs while promoting sustainable practices.

Serra Mesa Community Garden
NSAD students have partnered with Victory Gardens San Diego to design the Serra Mesa Community Garden and Orchard, which includes individual plots and a community plot that provides vegetables to the local food pantry.

Find out how earning your degree from NSAD can benefit you and your community. Speak with an enrollment specialist by calling 800-490-7081.


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