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  • Mayra Hernandez

Meet Ben Meza!


Ben Meza is a Commissioner and Public Art Committee chair for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. He is an architect and principal with Architects Mosher Drew which is the oldest firm in San Diego. Ben received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from California State University, Pomona. He leads the Federal, Healthcare and Zoological design studios and has worked on projects that include Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, City of San Diego, Federal Government, San Diego Zoo Global and many more.

His interest in the arts was sparked as a child by his uncle’s stories of seeing Diego Rivera painting the epic murals around the courtyard of the National Palace in Mexico City. The memory of these stories and love for art history inspired him to become an architect and artist. As a painter and sculptor, Ben’s portraiture work has won awards from the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center and the San Diego Portrait Society.


Ben is lifelong resident of San Ysidro in the South Bay and is passionate about helping his community through his volunteer work. He currently serves as a board member of the San Ysidro Community Planning Group, is a member of the Friends of San Ysidro Library, and is a board member of St. Paul's Senior Homes and Services. As former president of the Friends of the San Ysidro Library Ben was part of a dedicated group of community members that advocated for a new San Ysidro Library to replace the original 1924 library. With great community pride the new library was opened in 2019.


Ben will continue to advocate for art and architecture that enlightens, engages, and uplifts people and communities.

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