We’re an Award Winning Modern Architecture Firm
Servicing Los Angeles

Ten Seventy Architecture combines a love of modern design, a proven process, and the latest technology to help our clients overcome the challenges of building their dream homes. 

With a full range of architecture services and more than a decade of experience as an architecture firm in the greater Southern California area, our designs will elevate your life to new heights.

How We’ll Help You
Build an Amazing
Modern Home

For over 10 years, Ten Seventy Architecture has worked with our clients to design + build incredible residential and commercial properties. Whether you’re interested in building a new home, expanding or refreshing your current living space, or utilizing your lot for rental property opportunities, our team of modern architects has the expertise to streamline your project and guide you through from start to finish.

With our proprietary design + build process, bringing your dream home to life is easier and more efficient than ever.

By working as a leading modern architecture firm in Los Angeles, San Diego, and throughout Southern California, we've mastered complex city codes and regulations to incorporate extra design value to any project that comes our way. Regardless of the architectural build you have in mind, our team will custom-tailor our designs to your goals and personal style, ensuring the project is completed on time and within your budget.

Ready to take the next step? Click the button below to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team. We look forward to building your dream project together!

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Types of Architecture Projects Our Team Takes Up

Great modern design is inherently simple. At Ten Seventy Architecture, we believe hiring the right architecture firm in Los Angeles should be simple, too. We specialize in a wide range of signature services, from luxurious custom homes and accessory dwelling units, to modern additions and renovations. 

Elevated Custom Homes with High-End Design

When beginning a new custom home build, we know you'll have many ideas about how your space should look and feel. There are many design details and decisions that come into play. Our architects are experts at helping people understand the many options available to bring their dream homes to life.

We love partnering with our clients on a wide range of design styles, including modern, minimalist, and mid-century, uncovering ways to incorporate unique, elevated features. Our team will ensure that your project designs will be personalized to your goals and architectural style.

After working as an architecture firm in Los Angeles and the surrounding area for over a decade, we’ve developed a seamless process to streamline and fast-track project steps. When you build a custom home with our modern architecture studio, we take care of everything for you in-house, from drafting designs, building interactive 3D models, securing permits, and collaborating with expert engineers and contractors.
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Enhance Your Home with a Renovation or Remodel

If your home’s layout, style, or features are no longer fitting your needs, a renovation or remodel is an excellent option to consider. Incorporating refreshed design details and fixtures will improve the look and feel of your home, while additions and other remodeling options will expand and elevate your space.

These types of projects will make your home more enjoyable to live in while adding substantial value, leading to a higher resale price down the road.

Whether you’re interested in upgrading your home with a gourmet kitchen or a spa-like bathroom, maximizing the living area with an addition, reconfiguring the layout to make day-to-day life more efficient, or creating more indoor, outdoor space, our team has the expertise and design know-how to guide you through the process. We’ll collaborate with you every step of the way to make sure your home turns out exactly how you imagined it.
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Modern ADUs for Added Space + Design Value

If you’re considering building an ADU, our leading architecture firm in Los Angeles is here to help. Accessory dwelling units (also known as granny flats, in-law suites, companion units, and guest houses) have become very popular in the Southern California area for homeowners and property investors alike. They’re excellent projects for those looking to maximize + modernize their living space or generate rental income.

Ten Seventy Architecture has been developing accessory dwelling units for more than 10 years as one of the first firms in the area to focus on ADUs.

With this extensive experience, we innovate creative designs for additional space + value, regardless of the size or orientation of your lot. And, we've recently begun self-funding our own ADU projects, giving us an enhanced perspective on the ins and outs of the process. We'll pass this knowledge of navigating city codes and approvals onto you.
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Modern + Minimalist Designs

Looking for inspiration for your upcoming home project? Over the years, we've partnered with homeowners on incredible projects, from high-end custom homes and accessory dwelling units to modern renovations and additions.

Meet the Team at Ten Seventy Architecture

Our team strives to create lasting relationships with our clients, improving their lives for years to come with sleek + functional modern architecture. We put your project goals and feedback at the center of every design. 

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 San Diego Architecture and 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 LA?

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 LA?

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.