Safdie Rabines Architects

Safdie Rabines Architects

San Diego, CA


UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering Building

The 183,000 sf Structural and Materials Engineering Building at UCSD houses several departments, including Structural Engineering, NanoEngineering, and the Department of Visual Arts, as well as laboratories for medical researchers from the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. The building’s design fosters interaction between arts and engineering disciplines through communal circulation and gathering spaces. Spaces dedicated to the engineering departments include: research laboratories, space for large universal structural testing equipment, imaging laboratories, a resource library, various meeting rooms, and office space for staff and graduate students. Spaces for the Department of Visual Arts include: studio space for professors and graduate students, an exhibition hall for long-term student shows, an auditorium, and a fabrication lab. Completed in collaboration with The Miller Hull Partnership.

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Status: Built
Location: La Jolla, CA, US
Firm Role: Associate Architect
Additional Credits: The Miller Hull Partnership, Lead Architect