The school’s location, in a cluster of former manufacturing and warehouse buildings at the edge of downtown, promises NewSchool’s deep-seated belief in environmental equity and community engagement. As an urban laboratory, the institution operates with industry partners associated with the disciplines offered at NewSchool.
NewSchool’s relatively small size ensures students have direct access to deans, chairs, faculty, and administrative staff, including the president. Proximity to administration and staff, housed throughout the facilities, promotes an active interchange with students by both staff and faculty.
NewSchool will celebrate its 40th year of operation in the fall of 2020. Established in 1980 by architect Richard Welsh, the institution grew out of the need for a professionally focused, practitioner-based, architecture school in San Diego, California. That recognized need resulted in San Diego’s first architectural degree granting institution offering a five-year professional bachelor’s degree. Over the course of the next thirty-eight years NewSchool launched additional undergraduate and graduate programs. First in Architecture, with a graduate degree; 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. All degree programs are offered on-ground except for the fully online Master of Construction Management.
NewSchool holds regional accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and architectural accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).