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We're A Top-Rated San Diego Modern Architecture Studio.

Ten Seventy Architecture helps people who love great 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 with incredible, modern architecture. Whether you are looking to build a new home, renovate/remodel your current one, or build an ADU, our team of San Diego architects has you covered.

Our Team of San Diego Architects Will Help You Build Your Dream Home

The clients who work with our architecture studio enjoy a streamlined process that completely removes the stress from building a new home, renovating their current one, or taking on an ADU project.

Thanks to our integrated design & permitting process, our San Diego architects can help you efficiently complete your project and navigate the City's complex building regulations.

At Ten Seventy Architecture, we pride ourselves on producing amazing, modern + minimalist home designs. We will take the time to listen to your ideas and goals for a project, and then design a unique modern space that is tailored to their lifestyle.

To learn more about how we take the stress out of home building with our integrated design + permitting process, check out the video here to discover exactly what our client-centered architecture design process looks like.

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Projects Our Team of San Diego Architects Can Help You With

Our modern architecture studio is full of creative, professionally-licensed San Diego architects that are ready to help you design + build something awesome. Whether you are looking to start a new home construction project, renovate/remodel your current home, or build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), our San Diego architects have the experience + design skills to get your project done right.

Modern Custom Homes with Incredible Design

If you're looking for a team of San Diego architects to help you build the home you've always wanted, look no further. For over a decade, our architecture studio has helped homeowners efficiently design, build, and permit incredible homes throughout the City of San Diego.

Our goal is to help you design + build your modern dream home. We believe the best architecture is one tailored to the lifestyles of our clients. To accomplish this, we will listen to your ideas for your new home and develop an innovative design that will elevate your lifestyle to new heights.

Working with our architects, we'll help you imagine the design of your new home and be confident it's the design you want thanks to our 3D architecture software. Once you approve the design, we'll get to work building + permitting it so you can move in as quickly as possible.

To see how we've helped our past clients build incredible modern + minimalist homes, check out our modern architecture portfolio.
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Luxury Home Renovations, Remodels, and Additions

Many of our clients come to us looking to essentially build a new home, but want to start from the existing structure of their current home. If that sounds like you, our San Diego architects can help you with a renovation, remodel, or addition project that will make your home feel brand new.

We're experts at designing beautiful spaces and bringing them to life through innovative designs + building materials. Our architects work closely with all clients every step of the way so they always have an up to date status on their project.

Our architecture studio offers luxury design + construction services that can turn your old home into an amazing new space tailored to you and your family's lifestyle. Our signature architecture process will ensure that your project gets done on-time, within your budget, and incorporates several of your ideas.
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Accessory Dwelling Units with Modern + Minimalist Design

When it comes to building ADUs in San Diego, our team of San Diego architects knows what they're doing. For over a decade, our architecture studio has been at the forefront of the City's ADU regulations (we've even begun self-funding our own ADU projects in our personal time - giving us an enhanced perspective on building ADUs in this city.)

Whether you are looking to build an ADU for additional living space or rental property investing, we can help you create a high-end modern design for it that will increase its value.

With the City's regulations becoming simpler + more friendly for construction, there has never been a better time to build an ADU in San Diego. To learn more about ADUs, check out our modern architecture blog for helpful ADU resources.
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Check Out Our Portfolio of San Diego Architecture Projects

Looking for examples of our past architecture projects? Our modern portfolio is a great place to start. Browse through it to see how our San Diego architects have helped our past clients build new modern homes, renovate/remodel their current ones, and build accessory dwelling units throughout the City of San Diego.

10+ Years of Experience
Making Our Clients Happy

"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.

Get To Know Our Modern Architecture Team

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 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

Shane Curry

Shane is the most senior Architectural Designer at Ten Seventy Architecture. He is assigned to larger projects which have high aesthetic requirements. Shane brings an expertise in architectural rendering to the Ten Seventy Architecture team. His design work is streamlined and considerate.  

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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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Discover How To Build The Modern Home Of Your Dreams

Our San Diego architecture firm produces helpful content to help homeowners plan + navigate their project. If you're currently researching a potential project, we have several resources that will help you develop a strategy to save time, energy, and money.

Get Started Planning Your Modern Architecture Project in San Diego

Check out our Dream Home guide that will help you build a new home or renovate your current one. Encompassing over a decade of our experience designing + building projects in San Diego, it's everything you need to get started making your dream home a reality.

This architecture project guide features a simple flowchart that will help you quickly map out a smart 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 reach out to San Diego architects and evaluate project proposals.

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 modern architecture project.

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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.

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.

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.