Home Architects San Diego

We Can Help You Design + Build Your Dream Home

Ten Seventy Architecture helps people who love modern + minimalist design overcome the challenges of building their dream homes. With more than a decade of experience, an integrated design + permitting process, and a full range of signature services, we strive to elevate our clients’ lives with sleek + functional modern design.

Whether you’re interested in building a new custom home, an ADU, or completing an addition, renovation, or remodel, we’ll work together to make your project goals a reality.

How We'll Help You Build Your Next Home Project

Our modern architecture studio has been helping our clients build modern, minimalist + mid-century homes for over a decade. At Ten Seventy Architecture, your needs are at the center of our client-centric design process. Whether you’re looking to build your dream home, expand or update your current living space, or utilize your lot for rental property opportunities, we have the expertise and experience to guide you through each step of the process. We'll ensure your project is completed on time and within your budget.

We know that getting started can be stressful with many decisions, building codes, and project steps to consider. As a full-service architectural firm, we've established a signature process that streamlines the workflow. You’ll share your vision and we’ll do the rest–from drafting designs and securing permits to finishing construction.

Wondering what our process looks like in action? Watch this video for a quick overview. And, if you’re ready to take the next step, schedule a free consultation and we’ll get in touch.

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Types of Home Projects Our Modern Architecture Studio Can Help With

If you’re interested in starting a new home project, whether big or small, you’ve come to the right place. Our team has extensive experience working as home architects in San Diego and the surrounding area. We specialize in creating beautiful custom homes and ADUs, and enhancing existing spaces with elevated features that will impress the whole neighborhood.

High-End Design for Custom Modern Homes

Our modern architecture studio loves helping our clients build their dream homes from scratch. And, we've got a proven record of success to share. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our portfolio of modern, minimalist + mid-century modern homes.

Using our integrated design + build approach, the entire architectural process is streamlined from start to finish. We begin by developing a design that's tailored to your project goals, needs, and personal style. Then, we create an interactive 3D model using state-of-the-art technology that will allow you to visualize both the interior and exterior of your space. We'll make sure you feel confident in the design details before we move on to the final steps. And, what's better–we'll take care of everything for you in-house by navigating city codes, securing permits + partnering with expert contractors and engineers to begin construction.
Photo of a modern home in San Diego designed by Ten Seventy Architecture

Elevate Your Space with Renovations, Remodels, and Additions

Are you interested in transforming your home into a modern + functional space that's customized to your needs and lifestyle? Remodels, renovations, or additions are great options to reimagine the design and layout of your home while updating the existing structure.

Our modern architecture studio has established an integrated design + build approach that will make reshaping your current home a breeze. Our architects will work with you to retain elements of your home that you enjoy while enhancing its style, comfort + functionality with updated design + custom features. You'll share your project goals and feedback and we'll do the rest, staying within your budget and timeline. And, while improving your quality of life, these projects also add extra curb appeal and resale value down the line.
Photo of a modern renovation project by ten seventy architecture

Minimalist + Functional Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

If you're looking to expand your living space or build additional housing for rental opportunities, an accessory dwelling unit is a worthwhile, cost-effective option. ADUs (commonly referred to as granny flats, companion units, guest houses, and in-law suites) have become very popular in the San Diego area thanks to recently improved city regulations.

As home architects in San Diego, our team has been at the forefront of the city's ADU program. We've been monitoring the latest developments and building codes. And, recently we've even taken on our own self-funded ADU projects. This has helped us to master the design + build approach from both the client and architect perspective, in addition to offering sustainability options that reduce maintenance and utility cost on top of savings made possible by our proprietary design process.
Photo of a modern ADU project in San Diego by Ten Seventy Architecture

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See Our Portfolio of San Diego Modern Home Projects

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we love partnering with homeowners to design + build their dream homes. For more than a decade, we've worked on incredible projects from high-end custom homes and accessory dwelling units to modern renovations and additions. Check out our featured work below for inspiration on your next home project.

Meet Our Team at
Ten Seventy Architecture

Our team of experienced + certified architects believes that the best home design is one developed with our clients and tailored to their unique needs and lifestyle. We'll work with you every step of the way to create thoughtful + innovative designs that will improve your quality of life for years to come.

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)

Profile Picture of Sean Canning - Principal Architect and Owner of Ten Seventy Architecture in San Diego, California

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 San Diego 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.

A Customized Roadmap to Build Your Dream Home

We know beginning an architecture project in San Diego requires a lot of research and planning. That's why our team of expert architects has put together a free "Dream Home" guide to help you navigate the entire process, saving time, money + stress along the way.

Everything You Need to Quick Start Your Home Architecture Project in San Diego

Are you eager to start that home improvement project? Maybe you’re gearing up to build your dream home. For projects big or small, our Dream Home Guide is a comprehensive planning resource that will get you up-to-speed on the process. You’ll find the latest building codes and regulations, expert money-saving tips, and insider secrets to secure extra design value.

Plus, this guide features a simple flowchart to customize your roadmap for approaching the design, permitting, and construction process. After reviewing our resource, you’ll save hours of planning and avoid project delays, unnecessary fees, and frustration. You'll feel confident and ready to hire the right team of home architects in San Diego for your project.

1070 Architecture Project Planning  Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What Architectural Styles Do You Work In?

Our team of architects specialize in modern + minimalist architectural design and interior design. On occasion, we work in other styles such as contemporary, prairie style, craftsman, or traditional architecture design.

What does Your design + permitting approach encompass?

Our integrated approach to design and remodeling combines a unique design + permitting process. From the initial conceptual phase to obtaining necessary permits, we manage your ADU building project. This ensures a smooth and streamlined process, minimizes delays, and maintains exceptional consistency in design and execution.

Do you offer both interior and exterior design and construction in Los Angeles?

Indeed, our architecture firm in Los Angeles provides comprehensive architectural design services, catering to both your interior and exterior requirements with proficiency.

How Much Do Permits Cost In Los Angeles?

Building permits are fees charged by municipalities and can vary significantly. Also note that new homes may be subject to additional fees imposed by the local government for the impact on the community.

Do you design Landscape Projects?

Yes! Whether you're working on a residential or commercial landscape project, we're delighted to lend our expertise in landscape design. Our team has a wealth of experience, particularly in designing commercial tenant improvement projects over the past ten years. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance with your commercial project – we're here to help you every step of the way.

Do You Offer Virtual Architecture Consultations?

Absolutely! If you're keen on a virtual consultation with one of our talented architects in CA to delve deeper into our outstanding architectural services, signing up is a breeze! Just fill out the form at the bottom of this page, and we'll promptly coordinate a meeting to discuss your specific requirements.

Do you design ADUs + Granny Flats in California?

Certainly! We have expertise in crafting unique ADUs and would be delighted to design a personalized one just for you. Feel free to reach out regarding our ready-made 1-Bedroom/1-Bathroom ADU option. Integrating an ADU is an extraordinary approach for homeowners to maximize their living space and fully utilize their property.

What areas do you work in?

Our team consists of skilled architects based in Los Angeles and Orange County, allowing us to undertake projects across California. From the breathtaking shores of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach to the scenic landscapes of Laguna Hills and the vibrant city of Los Angeles, we deliver exceptional architectural services throughout the region.

Do you design Commercial Projects?

Absolutely! Our team is composed of highly skilled architects and designers who possess extensive expertise in both residential and commercial projects. With a wealth of experience spanning more than a decade, we have made valuable contributions to numerous successful commercial tenant improvement projects. The opportunity to assist you in your commercial endeavors is truly exciting, as we are dedicated to bringing your vision to life and surpassing your expectations.

What Else Can you Design?

Our team handles a diverse range of projects, specializing in modern and minimalistic design. You have the option to hire our architects, who are skilled in working on a wide variety of projects: