UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood
Case Study

UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood New Living and Learning Neighborhood at UC San Diego Embodies Sustainable, Human-Centered Design

La Jolla, California

The Challenge

Human social dynamics, psychological needs and learning behaviors drove every design decision for NTPLLN. Weaving together living and learning in one place is a challenge, especially at the scale of this project, yet it forms the foundation for a vibrant, healthy and exciting community.

The Design Solution

By understanding the points of view of those who live, work and visit the North Torrey Pines campus, the project team designed for interaction and collaboration to enable a rich learning experience.

From building and program placement to the place-making of spaces between the built environments, the project addresses the needs of a broad user base that will enliven this new campus. NTPLLN includes a market, dining, coffee shop, craft center, classrooms, lecture halls, public/outdoor spaces, retail and housing.

The design-build project team members include HKS, Clark Construction, Safdie Rabines Architects and OJB Landscape Architecture.

The Design Impact

Slated to be the largest living and learning community in the University of California system when it opens in 2020; NTPLLN adds 2,000 undergraduate beds to accommodate a growing student population.

NTPLLN is targeting LEED Platinum certification for the entire project, which includes photovoltaic arrays powering the net-zero parking structure and an anaerobic digester that processes food waste into electricity and fertilizer.

Project Features

  • 1.6 million square feet (148644 sm)
  • Seven buildings
  • 2,000 undergraduate student beds
  • Academic buildings including faculty and administrative offices
  • 1,200 vehicle below-grade parking
  • Two-story dining hall
  • Outdoor and public spaces
  • Retail space
  • Rooftop terraces
  • Dedicated bike lanes
  • Craft Center for students and community members


  • 2018 UCSD Advisory Committee on Sustainability, Sustainability Award, Outstanding Campus Vendor