Build Your Dream Home with Our Leading Architecture Studio

Ten Seventy Architecture helps people who love modern + minimalist architecture overcome the challenges of building their dream homes. Our team of expert architects combines a proven process + the latest technology to make the experience easier and more efficient than ever. 

With 10+ years as a leading architecture firm in Orange County and the greater Southern California area, we know how to navigate complex city codes to elevate your life to new heights with sleek, modern design.

Experience Award-Winning Modern Architecture with
Our Team

Ten Seventy Architecture has partnered with clients to build modern, minimalist + mid-century homes for over a decade. Creating a unique, modern space customized to your needs and personal style doesn’t need to feel like an uphill battle. By working as an architecture firm in Orange County, our team has developed a full range of signature services for residential and commercial properties alike.

Whether you’re looking to build a new home, expand or update your current living space, or utilize your lot for rental property opportunities, we have the expertise to streamline the process from start to finish. Over the past ten years, we’ve shaped and perfected a proprietary process to design + build your project, ensuring it’s completed on time and within your budget. 

Ready to take the next step? We look forward to hearing your project goals and creating a roadmap to get the job done. If you’d like to learn more about working with our team, click the button below to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

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Projects Our Modern Architecture Firm Specializes In

From high-end custom homes and ADUs to remodels and renovations, our experienced team has you covered. Our proprietary design + build process ensures no detail is left behind, accomplishing the modern architecture you’ve always dreamed of without the hassle.

Custom Homes with Elevated Modern Design

So you’re ready to build a custom home, complete with high-end features and an expansive living space, both indoors and outdoors, to enjoy the best weather Southern California has to offer.

Whether you already have ideas that need to be fleshed out or need a modern architect to guide you the entire way, we have the experience to create a beautiful modern home tailored to your lifestyle. Although the process to get there can seem stressful and time consuming, it doesn’t have to be.

Partnering closely with our clients, our architecture firm in Orange County has established a streamlined workflow to make the architecture process simple and stress-free for you. Once you share your project goals and needs, we’ll build a project roadmap to create a dream home with the architectural value you’ve always wanted. We’ll help you achieve a unique space by adding custom details and high-end features that’ll make your home a neighborhood favorite.
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Renovations + Remodels to Reimagine Your Space

A renovation or remodel can transform your home into functional space that is completely customized to your needs and lifestyle. These projects can help you achieve more modern + efficient interior and exterior spaces while adding to your property’s value and curb appeal.

At Ten Seventy Architecture, our expert architects love working on remodeling + renovation projects, helping our clients refresh their existing spaces with modern, minimalist, or mid-century style.

And, we’ve developed a signature architecture process that’ll save you hours of research while speeding up your project timeline, making the experience a breeze. You’ll share your project goals and we’ll do the rest, from developing designs and squaring away permits to partnering closely with expert engineers and contractors to make your dream home a reality. 
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The Latest Features for a Sleek + Functional ADU

Accessory dwelling units (also known as granny flats, in-law suites, companion units, and guest houses) have become very popular projects for homeowners and property investors alike. An ADU is a worthwhile investment for those looking to expand + modernize their living space or generate rental income.

If you’re considering beginning an ADU project, you’ve come to the right place. Our leading architecture firm in Orange County is one of the first firms in the area to focus on ADUs. With 10+ years of experience designing and building these units, our architects are up-to-date with the latest regulations and methods to navigate city codes for additional design value.

Recently, we’ve also begun self-funding our own ADU projects, giving us an enhanced perspective on the process in the Southern California.
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3 Steps to Begin Your Next Home Project with
Our Architecture Studio

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See Our Portfolio of Past Projects in Southern California

Over the years, we've collaborated with our clients on amazing builds from luxurious custom homes and accessory dwelling units, to modern additions and renovations. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next architectural project, check out our portfolio below.

Meet Our Team at
Ten Seventy Architecture

Our modern architecture studio specializes in a wide range of home projects, putting your needs at the center of our process. We believe that the success of any architecture project depends on building great relationships with our clients and designs custom-tailored to their goals + personal style. 

Founder / Principal Architect

Sean Canning

Sean is a graduate of NJIT, where he studied architecture + industrial design. He relocated to San Diego in 2009 to open the boutique architecture studio, Ten Seventy Architecture, focussing predominantly on modern, minimalist, + creative architecture. Sean has also won various awards for modern furniture he has designed.

  • California Registered Architect

  • LEED Accredited Professional

  • Bachelor of Architecture (NJIT)

  • Certification in Project Management (SDSU)

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Project Manager / Permit Specialist

Margaret Canning

Margaret is also a graduate of NJIT, where she studied architecture + civil engineering. She relocated to San Diego in 2010 working at a LEED consulting firm before taking a job as a project manager in San Diego’s permit office for 5 years. Later she brought her skillset to Ten Seventy Architecture where she manages projects + permitting.

  • LEED Accredited Professional

  • Bachelor of Architecture (NJIT)

  • Masters of Civil Engineering (NJIT)

  • Certification in Project Management (SDSU)

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Architectural Designer

Jen-Ni Lin

Jen-Ni is our Architectural Designer who works on projects which require greater graphic illustration. She works on our aesthetic commercial projects as well as small modern ADU projects that require tight planning and out-of-the-box thinking. Jen-Ni is a talented designer who can develop good ideas into beautiful architecture.  

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Architectural Designer

Nolan Delgado

Nolan is the team’s Architectural Designer who works on custom residential projects which require the highest level of attention to detail. He has worked to refine our 3D printed study models as well as build templated architectural processes. Nolan brings a modernists rational to our projects.  

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10+ Years of Experience
in Construction and Home Design Services

"Sean is the guy if you are looking for a Los Angeles architect. I was referred to him via a mutual business connection, and couldn't be happier with his work...The final product was phenomenal. I could not be happier. His work was not only exactly what I was looking for, but he did it in a timely fashion. "

Alexandra G.

"An element we loved about Sean was his ability to see creatively from the very beginning. And I can tell you that when we walked out of the meeting with Sean, we both looked at each other and said: “That’s the guy we want” And we’ve had no regrets ever since."

Tom R.

“5.000 stars. The recent opening of our ophthalmology practice has been a year in the making, and Sean Canning from Ten Seventy Architecture was integral to the successful design and execution of our space.”

Adam D.

“Highly recommend working with Sean, he is a licensed Architect who puts the customer's best interests first. I have worked with Sean on several projects, his thoroughness streamlines the project helping save money and time.”

Curtis P.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Architectural Styles Do you work In?

We specialize in modern + minimalist architectural design. On occasion, we work in other styles such as contemporary, prairie style, craftsman, or transitional.

How much does it cost to work w/ an architect in Orange County?

Our designs start @ $12,000-15,000 for smaller projects.

Do you offer virtual Architecture consultations?

Yes, we do! If you're interested in a virtual consultation you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this page. Once you reach out, we'll be in touch to schedule a meeting.

Do you design Accessory Dwelling Units / Companion Units?

Yes! We have designed custom ADUs + can design one for you. Ask us about our predesigned 1-Bedroom / 1-Bathroom ADU, offered at a discount.

Do you design Commercial Projects?

Yes! We've designed commercial tenant improvement projects over the last decade. We're happy to help you w/ your commercial project.

What other fees are there?

Structural engineering costs will vary depending on the design proposed. Permit fees are paid to the municipality, as well as cost to facilitate the permit process. Some projects may require energy calculations or additional engineering. More complicated permits may require additional presentation drawings.

How long does it take to design something?

Schedules will depend on the project scope. Generally, it takes around 1-2 months to create a design working w/ a client, then 1 month to engineer/detail the project.

How much do permits cost in Orange County?

Permits are charged by the municipalities + can vary greatly. New homes may be subject to additional municipal impact fees.

What Else Can you Design?

We have won a few awards for modern furniture which we design by special request.