Mission High School is located adjacent to the Mission Basilica, arguably the birth place of the city of San Francisco. When Patricia found out that she had the opportunity to work on the design of the gardens for Mission High, she was elated to work on this historic landscape. The courtyard design was informed by the Moorish geometric patterning of the main lobby and Patricia’s own knowledge of public plazas from her childhood in Mexico.
This bond-funded project required timely and accurate reporting to the San Francisco Unified School District, construction scheduling that would not conflict with the students’ schedule, and infrastructure improvements to bring the courtyards up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. Patricia brought this project to fruition on time and on schedule while working at MIG.
Here is a recent story about the development of the edible garden/urban farm at Mission High School partnering with Bi-Rite to sell their produce and hire some of the students to work in the store
Here is a video of Patricia describing the design intent and some of the design process.
Year Built: 2011
Status: Completed and Constructed
Location: San Francisco, California
*Patricia Algara was Lead Designer for this project while working at MIG