Design a Modern Custom Home in San Diego with our Architecture Studio

Ten Seventy Architecture is a modern architecture studio that helps people who love architecture overcome the challenges of building their dream home by offering an integrated design + permitting process so they can elevate their life to new heights.

We have over a decade of experience designing custom modern homes throughout San Diego. If you're looking for a team of experts to help you design the luxury home you've always wanted, you're in the right place.

How We'll Help You Build an Amazing San Diego Custom Home

We understand that building a new or heavily remodeled home can be a daunting task. That's why at Ten Seventy Architecture we offer our clients an integrated design and permitting process that makes the entire experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our team of experienced + qualified architects will work closely with you through each phase of your project. We'll take the time to listen to your needs + ideas to ensure your new home will be tailored to you and your family's lifestyle. And we'll be extremely transparent during the design process by holding several meetings with you to get your feedback and implement it in future design reviews.

What makes us so confident we can make your project a stress-free experience? It all comes down to our integrated design + permitting process.

In short, we can handle every aspect of your project in-house. This ensures the highest quality outcome while also reducing the amount of time it takes to complete your new home.

To learn more about our client-centered design and build process, watch this video here.

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Why Choose Us As Your San Diego Custom Home Builder?

We've been helping San Diego homeowners design custom modern, minimalist, and mid-century modern homes for 10+ years. Our architects can help you build your dream home in an efficient timeframe while ensuring the final product is greater than anything you could have imagined.

Find The Best San Diego Home Builders for Modern + Minimalist Design

The mission of our architecture studio is to design homes for our clients that are tailored to their lifestyles. This way, they can have a home that naturally complements their day-to-day schedule and favorite leisure activities to elevate their life to new heights.

We don't believe in cookie-cutter homes. We believe that each person's home should be a reflection of their unique style and personality. That's why we offer completely custom design services to our clients. No matter what your vision for your home is, our team of experienced designers will work closely with you to bring it to life.

When you want to build a custom home, we'll take the time to understand your needs and ideas so that we can create a design that is tailored specifically for you and your family.

We understand that the design process can be overwhelming, which is why we offer several meetings with you throughout the process to get your feedback and implement it in future design reviews. We work closely with you on every step of the way. This way, you can be confident that your new home will be everything you've ever wanted and more.
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Visualize Your Luxury Custom Home Design Before Building It

Unlike other design firms in San Diego, we offer our clients an unprecedented ability to preview the design of their new home before any construction starts.

We do this by utilizing state-of-the-art architecture design software. This lets our clients view the proposed new design of their home in several 2D renderings + interactive 3D digital models. Throughout the design process, we'll provide you with several updates, design reviews and take into account your feedback.

Our team will take the time to listen to your ideas to ensure your new home fits your lifestyle and comes out exactly how you want it.

You can learn more about our entire process here.
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The Most Efficient Permitting Service in San Diego

Talk to anyone else in San Diego who is building a home and they'll likely tell you permitting is the most stressful part of their project. At Ten Seventy Architecture, that couldn't be further from the truth.

Thanks to our years of experience working on new construction projects in San Diego, we have an excellent understanding of the City's permitting regulations.

We also have a former staff member of the DSD on our team who is able to leverage her expertise + connections gained through that experience to help you permit your home as quickly as possible.

Don't let permitting hold you back from building your dream home in San Diego. Our architecture studio has efficiently permitted homes for many home styles in the past and can do it again for you.
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Award Winning Design + Luxury Home Building in San Diego

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View Our Portfolio of New Construction in the San Diego Area

Our modern architecture studio has over 10 years of experience helping people in San Diego build amazing homes in a variety of styles, including modern, minimalist, and mid-century modern. Our team is comprised of experienced home designers + builders who will work closely with you to bring your vision to life. Check out the projects below to see how we've done this for our past clients. For more examples, download our Design Maga

Get To Know Our Team Of Residential Architects

We believe that the success of any architecture project depends on forging great relationships with our clients. Our goal is not to just create beautiful modern homes - but homes that are custom-tailored to the lifestyle of our clients, enhancing their lives every day. 

Founder / Principal Architect

Sean Canning

Sean is an award-winning architectural 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 received numerous accolades for his innovative designs in modern furniture.

  • 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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Architectural Designer

Shenzhou Dai

Shenzhou (Joe) is one of our most detail-oriented Architectural Designers. With a degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, Shenzhou's work is highly aesthetic while conscious of appropriate + efficient building materials.

10+ Years of Experience
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"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.

Discover Exactly How To Build Your Dream Home in San Diego

Any architecture project requires a lot of planning upfront. To help, our team has put together an extremely valuable "Dream Home" resource that will walk you through the entire architecture process and show you concrete ways to save time + money when you build a new home in Southern California.

The Complete Guide To Plan Your Project + Hire a Professional Home Building Company in San Diego

If you're serious about your new home construction project in San Diego, then you need to check out our Dream Home guide to quickly get up to speed on everything you need to know to make your project a reality.

Encompassing over a decade of our experience designing + building modern homes in San Diego, it's everything you need to get started researching your project and eventually reaching out to architects or construction firms in San Diego.

This free guide features a simple flowchart that will help you quickly map out a comprehensive strategy tailored to your new home. By following this guide, you will be able to save several hours researching your project. And once done, you will be able to confidently start your project.

With this guide, you will be able to avoid project delays, hefty fees, and a whole lot of frustration. It’s the complete resource for getting a jump start on creating the home you want in the San Diego area.  

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FAQ About The Home Building Process in San Diego County

What Architectural Styles Do you work In?

We offer architecture services and also complete  home remodeling services. We specialize in modern + minimalist architectural design, with a focus on exceptional craftsmanship. We work in a wide range of home styles such as contemporary, prairie style, craftsman, or transitional.

How much does it cost to work w/ an architect in San Diego?

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.

What is the timeline for building a custom home?

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 San Diego?

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

How long do permits in San Diego take?

Standard projects not located in the California Coastal Zone can take around 3 months to permit due to the City of San Diego's new "streamline" #DigitalDSD process. Projects in the Coastal Zone or requiring a Site Development Permit can take around 8 months or more to permit.

What Else Can you Design?

We have won a awards for modern furniture which we design by special request. We help home builders in San Diego with full home remodeling projects as well as all kinds of custom builds, design and construction. So whether you want an update to your existing home or a completely new custom home, we're her to help you design your dream. We assist luxury home builders in the whole greater San Diego area, from La Jolla to Rancho Santa Fe.