We're A Group Of Award-Winning Residential Architects in San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture is a modern architecture studio that helps people who love amazing 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.

Whether you are looking to build a new custom home, renovate/remodel your current one, or build an ADU, our team of architects + interior designers have you covered.

Our Professional Team Of San Diego Architects Will Help You Build The Home Of Your Dreams

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we understand that the process of designing, permitting and building your dream home or ADU can seem like a daunting challenge. But with our help, it doesn't have to be.

Our team of highly-skilled San Diego residential architects will guide you through every step of the process, from master planning to design, permitting, and construction. We'll make sure that your project is done efficiently and accurately. Our firm is known for designing residential spaces that not only look incredible but are tailed to your lifestyle to ensure a functional home design.

We're able to do this thanks to our integrated design + permitting process. This collaborative design and build approach allows us to handle your entire project in-house from start to finish. This streamlined process removes the stress from any architecture project you may be considering and allows our team of designers to focus on creating something amazing for you.

To see exactly how we'll take the stress out of your project, check out the video here to discover what our client-centered design process looks like when you work with our full-service architecture studio.

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Projects Our Designers In San Diego Can Help You With

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we specialize in helping homeowners with projects like new home construction, renovations + remodels, and ADUs. Our architectural firm has 10+ years of experience helping people build their dream homes. We understand the challenges that come with these types of projects and have a streamlined process in place to make things easy for you.

Custom Modern + Minimalist Home Design

If you're searching for an architecture studio to help you build a new home from scratch then you need to find one with a proven track record for success. Our team of architects located in San Diego specializes in custom residential designs and has helped our clients design, permit, and build incredible custom homes for over a decade.

We believe that the best architecture design is ultimately something that will be tailored to your lifestyle + needs. This way, your home will accentuate your life and make your day-to-day more enjoyable. Our team features some of the best architects in San Diego will help you do this by listening to your ideas and goals for your new home. From there, we'll work to develop an innovative design that goes above and beyond what you initially imagined.

Throughout the process, we'll provide you with several design updates and provide you with an unprecedented ability to imagine the design of your new home with our interactive 3D architecture software. And once you approve the design, our integrated process will ensure it gets completed fast and efficiently

To discover exactly how we've helped our past clients build amazing modern + minimalist homes, check out our modern architecture portfolio.
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Impactful Home Renovations, Remodels, and Additions

For homeowners who are looking to essentially build a new home, but start with the existing structure of their current home, our San Diego architectural team can help you design an incredible renovation, remodel, or addition.

To help you achieve this, our architecture studio offers high-end renovation, remodel, and addition services that will make your current home more modern + functional. With a team of architects on staff, we have all the resources to offer the architectural services necessary to get your home remodel project done right.

Our architects based in San Diego have over a decade of experience helping homeowners renovate their homes quickly + easily (and have won a few awards in the process).

Click here to learn more about our modern renovation, remodel, and addition services.
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Awesome Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

If you're looking to get in on building an ADU in San Diego, our team of residential architects are some of the most skilled ADU experts in the entire city. We've been at the forefront of the City's ADU regulations since our studio was founded (and we've even started self-funding our own ADU projects - giving us an unmatched perspective on building ADUs in this city).

Whether your goals for building an ADU are for rental property investing or simply adding more livable space to your property, we know exactly how to create something that will achieve your goals and turn heads.

Now is the best time to build an ADU in San Diego than ever before (thanks to the City's increasingly friendly regulations). If you're looking to do a bit more research before starting a project, check out our blog for helpful ADU resources and answers to common questions.
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Check Out Our Best San Diego Architecture Projects

Our team has proven experience working on residential projects throughout San Diego County. Be sure to check out our portfolio to see how we've helped our clients design + build the San Diego home of their dreams. Whether you're after a modern or minimalist style, we can help you across any home design project you're considering.

Learn More About Our Team of Local Architects

Our studio believes that forging great relationships with our clients is essential for producing amazing design work. We aim to form true partnerships with our clients and ensure their lifestyle + design goals are taken into consideration to help them build something incredible.

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 a Wide Range of Home Styles 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.

See How To Build The Modern Residential Home You Want

There's no doubt about it - any residential construction project requires a lot of research. To help, our residential architects have put together an awesome "Dream Home" resource that will walk you through the entire architecture process and show you concrete ways to save time, money, and ultimately a ton of stress.

Everything You Need To Start Planning Your Project + Hire an Architect

Considering a residential architecture 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 projects in San Diego, it's everything you need to get started researching your project and eventually reaching out to architects and designers in San Diego.

This free guide features a simple flowchart that will help you quickly map out a comprehensive strategy tailored to your project. By following this guide, you will be able to save hours planning 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 your project and finally design + build the home of your dreams.

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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. We can also help with interior design as well.

How Much Does It Cost To Work W/ A Design Architect In San Diego?

Our designs start @ $12,000-15,000 for smaller projects located in the San Diego area.

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 so you can discuss your project with a licensed architect.

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! Whether your project is residential or commercial, our local architects can help. 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 San Diego?

Permits are charged by the municipalities + can vary greatly. New 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 few awards for modern furniture which we design by special request.