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The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood


A neighborhood like no other on campus.

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is an innovative, mixed-use community that will further connect students with each other, faculty and staff by incorporating residential, academic and administrative space.

To open during the 2020 - 2021 academic year, the living and learning neighborhood will become the home of the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Instititue of Arts and Humanities, the Analytical Writing Program and all three of our humanities departments: History, Literature and Philosophy.


Check out the artist rendering (top) with this drone photo taken June 29, 2020

Artist rendering of neighborhood with drone photo for comparison


Frequently Asked Questions

Added July 2020

Is there a video of the Arts and Humanities Building to watch?

Finding its home in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, the Arts and Humanities Building received a mid-construction walk-through in May 2020 - giving an overview of the new space specifically for staff and faculty in the Division of Arts and Humanities. 

Is there an update on moving into the Arts and Humanities building?

- No new update for July 2020 -

The move for the departments, institute, program and Dean's Office to be housed in the Arts and Humanities building will be a collaborative effort, coordinated with all tenants in the new neighborhood. The schedule continues to evolve, and tenants will be informed of a detailed timeline in order to prepare accordingly. For immediate questions, contact Tad Linfesty, Arts and Humanities facilities manager.

What information is there about the Craft Center?

Annika NelsonVisual artist and designer Annika Nelson has been chosen by Housing, Dining and Hospitality to lead the new 11,000-square-foot UC San Diego Craft Center, marking a key milestone in the long-awaited return of a beloved creative community hub.

The Craft Center will be an important part of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, which was designed to bring together academic, cultural, residential and retail spaces to inspire exploration, collaboration and connection. Similarly, the center will offer students, faculty, staff and the local community unique opportunities to connect and create.

“I believe in the power of art-making to break down barriers and provide opportunities for dialogue that do not happen in other spaces,” said Nelson. “The Craft Center provides a unique opportunity for people from all corners of San Diego to meet.”

Nelson’s career has been dedicated to forging connection and inspiring creativity. She earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from UC Santa Cruz and went on to study printmaking at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Read the full story in the UC San Diego News Center.

Additional FAQs

Do you have pictures of office furniture?

Furniture sample - faculty

furniture sample staff

Note: images represent a general sample, and there will be slight differences based on specific department/area.

What is the status of additional campus transformation projects?

The response to the coronavirus pandemic will continue to have serious effects across the world, in the State of California and on campus. This includes a significant financial impact for University of California and UC San Diego for an unknown period of time.

One step the university will take to respond effectively to changes in the economic situation is to temporarily pause some planned campus transformation projects, including the Triton Pavilion and Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion. The goal is to be able to quickly restart these projects when circumstances have improved and the campus is in a stronger position to move forward.

While some projects are on pause, many projects will proceed, largely because they are already under construction and funded, provide essential student housing and academic space or support health and safety on campus:

  • North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood
  • Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood *renamed to this July 2020
  • Pepper Canyon West Undergraduate Housing
  • Design and Innovation Building
  • UC San Diego Downtown Center
  • Marine Conservation and Technology Facility
  • Franklin Antonio Hall
  • UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension

Read the full feature in ThisWeek @ UC San Diego.

What type of technology will be available on each floor of the Arts and Humanities building?

In addition to one or more conference and instruction rooms on each floor that will come equipped with state-of-the-art TV monitors and projection equipment for departmental business and instructional purposes, an interactive digital map will be located in the lobby and digital signage announcing events will be located throughout the building.

Can you say more about how the conference and instruction rooms are equipped?

Users will control the Atlona AV system using a touch panel display mounted on the wall or table, and connect their laptops to either of the HDMI or VGA connections that will seamlessly send their content to the projector and displays.

Some of rooms in the building will be outfitted with cameras and flush, ceiling-mounted microphones for networking with streaming and recording devices.

How will the buildings be secured?

Security cameras will be located throughout the complex and inside each of the buildings located in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. To gain access beyond the public areas, the buildings will be equipped with ID card readers that are compatible with the new UC San Diego One Card.

What steps should I take now to ensure I have access when needed?

The One Card project is a campus-wide initiative intended to enhance security, increase reader compatibility and improve operations across campus while eliminating the need to carry multiple ID cards.

All faculty and staff in the Division of Arts and Humanities who do not already have the new UC San Diego One Card are encouraged to upgrade their Legacy ID card before relocating to the new building, as a One Card will be required to gain access beyond the public areas of the Arts and Humanities building.

Learn about the eligibility requirements and instructions to upgrade to the UC San Diego One Card. Access the One Card request form (PDF).


To ensure the safety and security of our entire community regarding COVID-19 and following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Governor of California, do not come to campus until official instruction to do so from the university. Keep up to date on the university’s COVID-19 response.

How have construction and workers been impacted in regards to COVID-19?

In recognition of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order on March 19, construction projects at UC San Diego are proceeding. The university is working collaboratively with our contractors to assure that proper procedures are being implemented on all jobsites to comply with social distancing requirements and general safety recommendations from the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.

What is the impetus behind the Living and Learning Neighborhood?

Development of the Living and Learning Neighborhood presents an opportunity to help meet our on-campus housing goals while providing much-needed academic and support space — including a building specifically for the Division of Arts and Humanities — that better connects departments and programs. Envisioned to be a vibrant and active hub, the neighborhood will also be a welcoming and comfortable place that promotes community.

What campus units will be in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood?

The complete North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood includes:

Arts humanities building sketch

The Arts and Humanities Building (PDF) will be a physical hub where ideas and ideals will thrive — expanding, testing, and transforming the existing conventions of intellectual exchange among and across disciplines.

Craft Center

The Craft Center (PDF) classrooms, dedicated studios, and specialized facilities will provide ample opportunities to activate connections, conversations, and community.

social sciences

The Social Sciences Public Engagement Building (PDF) will be a place for faculty, students, and the broader community to work together to generate ideas about quality of education and quality of life.

sixth college

Sixth College’s four residential buildings will house 2,000 students, creating shared experiences, encouraging personal connection, and inviting participation and discovery.

What is the map of the Living and Learning Neighborhood?

map of site

What units will be in the Arts and Humanities Building?

The Arts and Humanities building will include:

  • Division of Arts and Humanities Office of the Dean
  • Department of History
  • Institute of Arts and Humanities
  • Analytical Writing Program
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Literature

Cross section of building

What is the original construction schedule?

Construction is well underway with new student housing expected to be move-in ready by Fall 2020. Key dates include:

  • Building structures: June through December 2019
  • Building envelop and finishes: March through July 2020
  • Landscaping: July through August 2020

Normal construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Construction timeline

Is there a move-in timeline?

Occupents of the Arts and Humanities Building will have access to begin the move starting late August 2020, with full occupency complete by the end of September. A detailed schedule for each department and unit will be developed.

Update: as of May 2020, tenants of the Arts and Humanities building will have access to begin moving in December 2020.

How about parking and transportation?

The neighborhood will include an underground parking structure providing approximately 1,200 parking spaces –  more than 200 more parking spaces than the former lots provided.

Visit the Transportation Services website for parking alternatives and shuttle service updates. View live shuttle maps and arrival times.

What sustainability concerns are being addressed?

UC San Diego is committed to meeting UC system-wide goals of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for all new buildings with North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood seeking to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Innovative design elements, like an anaerobic digester, condensate capture systems and onsite photovoltaics, will help to achieve this goal. Learn more about UC San Diego's Green Building Program.

The Flip to Remote: Responding to COVID-19

Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta talks with faculty on the innovation, challenges and successes of moving to remote instruction during the global pandemic

Watch now

The Flip to Remote with Dean Della Coletta, King Britt, Pei-Chia Chen, Junko Simpson and Monte Johnson

Learn more about the entire project at the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning website.

Page updated July 16, 2020.