A New Leader is Stepping Forward

Eric Soldau has been promoted to Associate Principal of Architects Mosher Drew after 19 years with the firm.

As a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Eric’s expertise is in architectural programming, planning, design, and construction in a wide variety of complex multi-phased projects involving DSA, OSHPD and other challenging programs.

With over 22 years of work in the architecture and construction industry, he manages both the Design-Build and conventional project delivery methods. As an Associate Principal and owner, his focus is the local education market, but also includes healthcare, federal, and zoological work.

Eric’s project-centric approach encourages quality service to clients, use of innovation and technology in design, collaborative problem solving, and sustainable project design.

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SDSU Open Air Theater Renovation Makes Concertgoers and Employees Feel Like Kids on Christmas

The new promenade at the SDSU Open Air Theater transforms the concert experience.

From SDSU Alumni News:

The concert experience at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre (OAT) just got even better with the completion of expanded concessions, restrooms and a wide new concourse that help reduce lines and crowding while improving access to SDSU’s popular outdoor venue. The update adds a wide new entrance on the southwest side of the theatre while replacing cramped, aging structures and portable toilets with sleek, modern facilities.

The enhancements represent the third and final phase of a $5.7-million OAT makeover that has already included a new stage roof, support system and seating.  The latest improvements were unveiled to the public March 3 at a near-capacity GreenFest concert.

Second-year student Hannah Pollek, who had come to see musicians Rob Stone, YG and Wet Lettuce, said she was impressed with the changes. “It’s really nice,” observed the mechanical engineering major from Cupertino. “I like how they have it laid out for big crowds.”

Read more here!

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We’ve Moved!

Architects Mosher Drew proudly announces our new location:

Mission Brewery Plaza
1775 Hancock Street, Suite 150
San Diego, CA, 92110

Our new location accommodates our growing firm and fortifies our Mission Statement that “Architecture is a shared endeavor; We craft innovative solutions which enrich programmatic and sensory intent, engage the greater community and achieve tangible success.”

We hope to see you in our new collaborative environment!

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Developing San Diego State University’s Community: College Square is Open!


Architects Mosher Drew  re-imaged College Square on College Ave and Linda Paseo  to attract students to the College of Extended Studies. Additional classrooms, Starbucks, and retail spaces on the streetscape expand the Extended Studies program and accomodate the College’s commuter and working students. A new entry courtyard, a sidewalk seating area for Starbucks  pedestrian friendly colors, finishes and textures cement the College Area’s status as a hip, upcoming San Diego community.

Daylighting, finish upgrades, and technology and audio visual systems provide modern flexible classrooms for the College of Extended Studies

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USD Torero Store – The Bookstore of the Future

The last time you went to a bookstore, the trip probably went like this: You walked in to buy the latest kindle/gift/Hunger Games Book, paid at the register, and left. It’s no wonder, then, that competitive pricing from online retailers has put many bookstores out of business.

The new Torero Store at USD changes all that by creating a retail experience based on a dynamic living and learning environment.

The new campus hub invites shoppers and students to explore its interactive environment. A custom-made LED chandelier-like lighting fixture sets the store’s backdop and coordinates with video and sound to create custom moods and ambiance. The space is flexible to accomodate changing retail and student needs, and to serve as a venue for university events.

The Genius Bar is an interactive IT technology service center modeled after an upscale bar. Shoppers receive personalized advisement and support for tech products.

The outdoor patio with a fireplace invites visitors to make connections and study while offering the experience of lounging at an upscale restaurant.

The Torero Store’s innovation was recognized early in the design process when it received the 2015 BuildingSMART BIM Award. Since the store’s opening in the Fall of 2015, it has become the new hub for studying, hanging out, and special events.

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The Renovation of the Sheraton Four Points is Complete

Together with Reno Contracting, we recently finished upgrading an aging Hampton Inn in Point Loma to a refurbished Four Points that’s ready for visitors. Check out the photos!

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San Diego Zoo Tiger Trail Exhibit Wins American Zoological Association Award!


““Both animals and visitors benefit from the exhibit’s stunning backdrops and multi viewing opportunities, and the exhibit’s conservation messaging is powerful and action-driven to make an impactful experience.”

Read more here

See more photos, and read about our design effort on the project here!

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The Second Floor of Sharp Rees-Stealy Hospital in Linda Vista is Ready for Patients

We just completed the renovation of the 2nd floor of Sharp-Rees-Stealy hospital in Linda Vista together with Reno Contracting. New TI Suites for General Surgery, a Wound and Vascular Clinic, and a Urology Clinic started seeing patients in August.
The goal for the project was to create an exceptional healing environment for patients and families and to create an exceptional work environment for healing professionals.

The TI suites were designed to allow patients and employees to feel a connection to nature. Finishes with earth tones and optimization of the hospital’s views promote a faster and more pleasant healing process.

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Announcing Ed Holakiewicz and Our New Leadership

(Left to Right) Ben Meza, Eric Soldau, Bill Magnuson, Ed Holakiewicz, Anh Ngu, Paul Lorhan)

“Vital to design excellence is sensitivity to human experience and comfort.”

Ed Holakewicz, AIA, brings his 30 years of design excellence achieved through collaboration, long-term partnerships with clients, and vision for the future.

Ed’s lasting mark on San Diego architecture with the Caltrans Building in Old Town, First Allied Plaza Downtown, and Sony Headquarters building join with Mosher Drew’s legacy in Southern California.

Together with Principal Bill Magnuson, AIA, Ed will head the higher education studio. Together, we have designed a half million SF at USD and plan to leave an impact on San Diego college campuses.

The enthusiasm and passion of our new leadership guides the way toward a new future.

Ed Holakiewicz, AIA

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A Tribute to John Robert “Bob” Mosher, September 27, 1920 – July 26, 2015)

Bob Mosher and Roy Drew in their office in La Jolla

















On July 26, 2015, a force in San Diego architecture passed away, leaving an enduring legacy on the San Diego skyline. Robert “Bob” Mosher, FAIA, died in his La Holla home following a long and distinguished professional career at the age of 94.

Bob Mosher began his architecture practice in 1946 out of the Green Dragon Colony in La Jolla. A few years later, his friend Roy Drew joined to found Architects Mosher Drew. His landmark projects include the Coronado Bridge, Muir College at UCSD, and the NBC Tower in Downtown San Diego.

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, designed by architect Robert Mosher, is pictured in this undated photo.

The firm believed that superior architecture contributes to the higher aspirations of man and to the protection of the environment. For many years, there was a small sign mounted over the entrance to the drafting room in their La Jolla office which read:

“We believe that the environment should reflect the warmth and unique quality of the human spirit. To the degree that man can accomplish this aim, so will he expand his total resources in our complex contemporary world.”

Bob Mosher’s philosophy resonates with our firm as we continue to instill his gumption and passion for the human spirit into the built environment.

Bob Mosher with Roy Drew

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