We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.

Winston Churchill   


PechaKucha Night at the La Jolla Historical Society

PechaKucha Night, now in over 800 cities, started in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.  PechaKucha (Japanese for "chit-chat") is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each, giving 6 minutes and 40 seconds of floor time and expression before the next presenter.  Brought to San Diego by The San Diego Architectural Foundation, PechaKucha Night will be held on the front lawn at the La Jolla Historical Society's Wisteria Cottage. Come early, see the current exhibition, Our Oceans Edge, and stake out your space on the lawn before the presentations begin! 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The lawn opens at 6:30pm and presentations begin at 8:00pm.

Bring a low beach chair or blanket, and a picnic dinner.

Admission is free.

San Diego Decameron Project

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The New La Jolla Landmarks 2020

How does a home become a historic landmark? To find out, view this two-part Zoom Webinar on the La Jolla Historical Society YouTube Channel.  You’ll see historic homes ranging from English Tudor and Spanish Revival through the Modern designs of the 1970s and 80s, spanning six decades of La Jolla history. Six architects will be featured including Florence Palmer, Thomas Shepherd, Cliff May (Part I, March 31); and Frederick Liebhardt, Sim Bruce Richards, and Henry Hester (Part II, April 14).  Architectural historians and specialists including Vonn Marie May, Sarai Johnson, Jennifer Macdonald, Seonaid McArthur and Wendy Tinsley-Becker, will discuss the designs along with homeowners who have had their homes historically designated. Survey La Jolla’s architectural history and get the inside scoop on what is often required to get a home historically designated.


Young Architects Summer Program

The Young Architects Summer Program is for youth in grades 7 through 12.  Two one-week sessions are taught, and each session is a full five days.  The 2021 programs are scheduled July 19-23 for middle school students and July 26-30 for high school students.  Students are introduced to the architectural history of La Jolla, learn space and layout planning, and develop architectural drawing, modeling, and computer skills.  The program is related to possible higher education interests in architecture, architectural history, interior design, and construction-related careers.  Students learn about residential buildings in La Jolla that exemplify the work of extraordinary architects from different eras, and visit the studio of a local architect and a construction site.  Each student is provided a learning packet that includes model kits, sketchbooks, and drafting equipment.  Students work with Sketch-Up computer design software, and each student designs a structure on a designated site using design criteria specified by the instructors. The students present their designs by Powerpoint to the class, instructors, and parents.  This is the only architectural design and planning summer program available to youth in San Diego County, a unique program offered, organized, and taught by volunteer practicing architects in La Jolla and San Diego.  La Jolla architect Laura DuCharme-Conboy, AIA, LEED AP, is leading the two session series. 

The Young Architects Summer Program is supported in part by the La Jolla Kiwanis Club.

Session 1: Middle School, July 19-23, 2021 | SOLD OUT
Session 2: High School, July 26-30, 2021 | SOLD OUT

YASP 2021 sessions will be conducted in compliance with public health guidelines related to the COVID pandemic.  For each one-week session class size is limited to eight (8) students.


RACE TALKS: a webinar

November 18, 2020

James Debello and Earl W. Edwards explore issues of race informed, in part, by the context of sports.  This moderated dialogue is an outreach program to help audiences understand difficult experiences centered on race, overcome barriers to racial empathy, and transcend constraints about race and identity.  Two men, one white and one black, both sportsmen and both successful in their careers, engage questions about race in their lived experience and reflect on the context of the recent Black Lives Matter movement.

 James DeBello was born in San Diego, California. He earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University and continued his graduate education at the University of Singapore. DeBello's career experience includes work as a technology entrepreneur and business executive, and most recently, as a candidate for California's 52nd Congressional District.

 Earl W. Edwards is the Director of Athletics at UC San Diego, a 23-sport program.  Under his leadership over two decades, the University has risen from NCAA Division III to Division I. An Alabama native, Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University, and a master's degree in Sports Administration from the University of Massachusetts.   He currently serves as chair of the Big West Conference's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

 The Children’s Pool: A Historic Analysis 

La Jolla Riford Branch Library, 7555 Draper Avenue

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00pm | FREE

A presentation by LJHS Board Members Diane Kane PhD and Matthew Mangano PE

Join us for this lively review of the history of the Children’s Pool.  Conceived by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps and her brilliant engineer Hiram Savage, together they planned, designed, and constructed this iconic La Jolla landmark. See historic plans and photographs and learn about the technical challenges, political intrigue, and social benefits of this ground-breaking project. The presenters analyze the changes that have occurred to this National Register-eligible resource over the past 87 years, and invite you to evaluate its importance to La Jolla’s community history.