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Open to design professionals and students internationally, the BUILT THAT PARK! Design Challenge consisted of three Design Phases, and took place from February thru August, 2021, culminating in multiple exhibitions as part of Friendship Park's 50th Anniversary observance.


Criteria upon which submissions were evaluated included:

  • Innovation, originality, creativity of the design

  • Potential of creating identity

  • General impression and clarity of the overall concept



First Place: Patrick Cordelle  view submission

Honorable Mention: HED/Harley Ellis Devereaux  view submission



First Place: ZhiBin Tang  view submission

Honorable Mention: Emma Eitzen  view submission



First Place: Hongyi Chen and Dingye Yao  view submission

Honorable Mention: Han Yuxin  view submission

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Jorge Gracia is a Mexican architect and founder/principal of graciastudio (2004). He is the recipient of several national and international awards, and participated in international conferences. Jorge graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste in 1997, and founded Escuela Libre de Arquitectura in downtown Tijuana in 2014, where he currently serves as Director.

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Catherine Herbst is a licensed architect, long-time educator and partner in the firm of Rinehart Herbst. Rinehart Herbst has been acclaimed and awarded for their modest, economical work. While practicing, Catherine stewarded Woodbury University's School of Architecture relocation to Barrio Logan and chaired the architecture degree programs there for 15 years. During her tenure she focused on an inclusive education between students, faculty, and institutions, on both sides of the border.


Lawrence Herzog Ph.D. is a writer and professor emeritus of city planning in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University, and currently a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning at UC San Diego.  Herzog is author or editor of 11 books on urban planning, design and global/cross-border development. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and the United Kingdom, and lectured at universities in Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, and Luxembourg. In 2018 he was a awarded the Alumni Association Faculty Award for Outstanding Lifetime Scholarly Achievement at SDSU. He has served as urban/regional planning consultant to U.S. and foreign clients, and authored over twenty technical reports for these and other agencies.


Rob Lane is the founder and principal of Plan & Process LLP, a multi-faceted urban design and architecture practice devoted to building local capacity through community-based planning and design, research and education. Mr. Lane is also Senior Fellow for Community Design and Development at RPA, which is devoted to combating sprawl and making more beautiful and complete communities. He recently co-managed RPA’s participation in the Rebuild by Design Hurricane Sandy recovery initiative, and is the author of numerous adopted vision plans, zoning ordinances and design guidelines. Rob received is BA from Cornell University and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and was Loeb Fellow during the 2008/2009 academic year.

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Rene Peralta was educated at the NewSchool of Architecture in San Diego and the Architectural Association in London. Currently, he is the Herb Green Teaching Fellow at The University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. Over the last few years Rene's work has been focused on researching the social and cultural forms of the urban border between Tijuana and San Diego cities. Rene is a co-author of the book “Here is Tijuana.” He co-edited the commemorative edition of the book “A Temporary Paradise: A look at the San Diego Region's special landscape.” Rene is a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Fundación Esperanza de Mexico.


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