It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

David Malmuth and Pete Garcia

Partners,  The I.D.E.A. District,
Live: Del Mar (Dave), Bankers Hill (Pete)
Work: Bankers Hill
How Long: We’ve been working in Bankers Hill ever since we started working on I.D.E.A. District, about a year and a half ago.

Where did you grow up?

David: I grew up in Southern California. I was born in L.A. and lived there until I was 18, and then I was in Northern California and the Midwest for a while. I came back to Southern California 25 years ago, and I’ve been living in San Diego for the past 16 years.

Pete: I was born and raised in Cuba and came to the United States by myself at age 13 in 1961.

When did you move to San Diego, and why?

David: I’ve had a love affair with San Diego for most of my life. My dad had a business down here, he was running a steel mill in Mexicali. When I was very young, we lived in either Mexicali or Calexico, and in the summers we had a place in Point Loma. My folks split and I ended up moving to L.A., but my dad stayed in San Diego. So I had been visiting San Diego in various forms for 50 years.

Pete: I lived in Florida and got an engineering degree from the University of Florida. Then, for a while, I was in business with my father and I decided the state of Florida wasn’t big enough for both of us. So I opened a map of the United States and I had three criteria: it had to be warm, it had to be on the ocean, and it had to be as far from South Florida as possible. And guess what? That was San Diego. I came here in 1973 and I’ve been here all along, doing projects throughout the US and Latin America. I lived in Bankers Hill for 15 Years.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?

David: This is a city that has great natural gifts, but it also has the potential to become more than just beauty. We believe that because it’s a relatively young city, there’s huge potential and opportunity for people to influence its trajectory. It’s very motivating to have a chance to participate in the maturation of a city that I think can be a model for 21st century, creative, economic development. It has great intellectual and creative horsepower. Sometimes we’re not all working together, but with I.D.E.A. District, we think we found a way to get all of that horsepower working together and we think we can make a difference in the way that this city grows.

Pete: I’ve been here since 1973, so I’m woven into the fabric of the community. I have designed and built many institutions in San Diego – buildings in San Diego State, UCSD, power plants, hospitals – and I’m very involved in community service. It’s a wonderful, unique city. We are a bi-national region and we’re at the doorsteps of the Pacific region – it’s very local and very international at the same time.