Art and Design schools tend to be very plain and modern, or over the top outrageous and exciting. While they both have the same thought of promoting creativity (one by not interfering and influencing, and the other by providing ultimate stimulation); The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Diego, California has a design that promotes the latter.
FIDM’s Southernmost California project was designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects who are also responsible for other FIDM campuses in the state. It’s a mostly open plan with great way finding of a continuous path from the important areas of the school. The color palette is bold yet soft enough to complement the outdoor space of San Diego’s Downtown urban area.