Friday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.
Searching for the Vernacular: Ennobling the Present
Rob Quigley is a nationally-recognized architect whose work has garnered more than 60 design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2005, the AIA California Council honored Rob with the Maybeck Award—California’s equivalent of the Gold Medal—for three decades of architectural design excellence.
A native of Southern California, Rob earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Utah in 1969. Upon graduation he entered the Peace Corps, where he developed his skills designing and building affordable housing in underserved areas of Chile. After two years of service, Rob settled in San Diego and opened his own architecture and planning firm. Shaped by his early experiences, he became a pioneer in the design of architecturally significant yet affordable housing for the working poor.
Rob was also an early leader in the sustainable design movement, designing solar-powered homes in the 1970s—long before “green” became an industry buzzword. His work is driven by a deep sense of responsibility to conserve natural resources.
A longtime student of the public realm, Rob has focused his recent efforts on civic and academic buildings, incorporating sustainable design and tilt-up construction methods. Rob is concerned with an architecture that addresses the culture and construction traditions of the region, and has been working to adapt inexpensive tilt-up construction to the civic domain.
Current work in Southern California includes the San Diego Children’s Museum, the Student Services Center at the University of California San Diego, and the San Diego New Main Library. In Northern California recent projects include the Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station at Stanford University, the West Valley Branch Library in San José, and the Opportunity Center of the Midpeninsula in Palo Alto.
For more information about Rob's work, visit his website.