San Joaquin Villages


This site plan shows the pedestrian circulation patterns within this section of San Joaquin. The mixed height of the buildings, break up the massing of the structures which hold faculty apartments, lounges, and study spaces. The plan emphasizes communal spaces by placing them close to the public walkways. The buildings were sited so as not to impede upon the Storke Ranch properties immediately to the north.

San Joaquin follows this model by also including the Portola Dining Commons, a market, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a range of social and academic services for the 1000 students who live here and for the 1300 students in the adjacent Santa Catalina Residence Hall. By adding more apartment-style living units and amenities, the University hopes to keep students living in campus housing for all four of their undergraduate years.

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) designed two of the housing clusters in the northern section of the site. Two more of the clusters were designed by Kevin Daly Architects (KDA), and Kieran Timberlake was responsible for the Portola Dining Commons. Two 6-story towers and the overall site master plan are by Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM).


University of California, Santa Barbara Campus Building records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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Lorcan O'Herlihy (LOHA), architects, “San Joaquin Villages,” UCSB ADC Omeka, accessed February 17, 2019,