Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2016

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Architecture and Community Design

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art & Architecture

First Advisor

Seth Wachtel

Second Advisor

Rue Ziegler, Ph.D.


This project is an exploration of how agriculture can be incorporated into the fabric of the city of Chula Vista, which has both uniquely urban and suburban areas. The proposal is to integrate agriculture as a design tool to reconnect to the city’s agricultural past and as a model for cities of the future. First, I discuss Chula Vista’s history and contemporary context, including demographics. I review the existing urban agriculture policies Chula Vista has and compare them to other cities in California. The second part of the project is concerned with how to choose and develop a site for urban agriculture. I present a set of evaluation criteria and apply it to two sites on opposite ends of the city. The purpose of this project was to show how agriculture could be integrated into both urban and suburban environments, and to serve as a guide for how to work with and improve existing polices concerning urban agriculture.