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Tastemaker: Marvin Malecha

Meet the very stylish president of San Diego’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design


Age: 67

Neighborhood: Little Italy

Background: The University of Minnesota and Harvard grad previously served as the academic dean at Cal Poly Pomona and NC State University. He continues to practice architecture through consulting and peer review.

Design Philosophy: “Reach for that which has not been done before, while valuing the most iconic symbols of the past.” Personal style: Simple, direct, but enlivened by color and texture.

His Favorite Things:

The Bertram Goodhue buildings of Balboa Park are structures that transcend the functional needs of a fair and reflect the expectations of a nation awakening.

The Salk Institute in La Jolla is the American Acropolis, dedicated to the search for knowledge and urge for understanding.

The Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala is an elegant structure of the simplest materials—a reminder of the best and worst of human nature.

I love to draw and sketch—my writing instruments are a matter of personal expression. I prefer a Montblanc rollerball. Meisterstück geometric platinum rollerball, $695, Montblanc Fashion Valley

A 314 draughting pencil requires a finer grain of thought. General’s Draughting pencil, 80 cents each, Blick Art Materials, 1844 India Street, Little Italy

Faber-Castell mechanical pencils provide a broad stroke and full range of texture to a drawing. Propelling pencil in stainless steel, $120, fabercastell.com

The Porsche Type 64 Berlin-Rome Racer, designed in 1938, asserts a simple elegance that is lost among today’s inflated vehicles. There is only one in existence, on display at the Automuseum Prototyp in Hamburg, Germany.

I recommend a good bottle of Brunello to make the rigors of a week more tolerable.

I love a well-tailored Italian suit. My eye looks for the cut of a garment and my fingers give me a sense of texture. Paul Smith navy slim-fit pinstriped wool suit jacket, $1,140, and trousers, $520, net-a-porter.com

I always look forward to sharing some soft black licorice with my granddaughter.

I think your feet must be well-treated. Cole Haan high-tops, $168, colehaan.com


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