Celebrating 40 Years of Human-Centered Design

NewSchool of Architecture & Design was built on a dream. NewSchool founder Richard Welsh had a vision to provide students with an accessible, high-quality architectural education. In 1980, NewSchool was founded in a small industrial building in Chula Vista, California, just outside of San Diego.

The institution grew out of the need for a professionally focused, practitioner-based, architecture school in San Diego. This resulted in San Diego’s first architectural degree-granting institution offering a five-year professional bachelor’s degree. In 1988, NewSchool relocated to our current location in downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood.

Over the course of the next three decades, NewSchool launched additional undergraduate and graduate programs. First in Architecture, with a number of graduate degrees; later in Construction Management, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees; and most recently undergraduate degrees in design focused on Graphic Design & Interactive Media Design, Interior Architecture & Design, and Product Design.

Video Narrated by Yen Ha, NewSchool Board of Directors Member and Founding Principal of Front Studio Architects

Learn more about NewSchool and our forty-year legacy in San Diego: https://bit.ly/40YearsOfNewSchool

Interested in earning a degree in architecture, design, or construction management? Contact our Enrollment Team for more information. Email enrollment@newschoolarch.edu or call (619) 684-8766.