The Best Residential Architects In San Diego

Ten Seventy Architecture is a top-rated architecture studio based in San Diego, California. Our team of architects + designers 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.

Our Team of Architects and Designers Will Help You Build Your Dream Home

The clients who work with our modern 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 studio can help you efficiently complete your project and navigate the City's complex building regulations.

We pride ourselves on producing amazing, modern + minimalist home designs. We have a collaborative approach and will listen carefully to your ideas and goals before designing a luxurious modern space that is tailored to your lifestyle.

To learn more about our design services and how we take the stress out of home building with our signature design 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 Modern Architects Can Help You With 

Our modern architecture studio is full of creative, professionally-licensed architects ready to help you with all your architecture and design needs. Over the years we've completed countless residential + commercial projects. Whether you are looking to start a new home construction project, renovate/remodel your current home, or build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), our team has the experience + expertise to create the perfect design solutions for your needs.

A Modern Design Studio For Extraordinary Custom Homes  

If you're looking for a team of local architects based in San Diego to help you build the home you've always wanted, look no further. For over a decade, our team has been providing architectural services helping homeowners efficiently and accurately design, build, and permit beautiful places to live 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 and that the right design contributes to an improved quality of life. To accomplish this, we will listen to your ideas for your new home and develop an innovative design based on your unique needs.

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 residential 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 projects.

Our 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 your ideas.

Together, we will create an extraordinary architectural experience.
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Accessory Dwelling Units with Modern + Minimalist Design 

When it comes to building ADUs in San Diego, our team 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.)

We focus on construction administration – so you don't have to. Whether you are looking to build an ADU for additional living space or for 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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Our Portfolio of Projects by The Best Architects in San Diego

Browse through our modern architecture portfolio to see how we've helped our 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
Helping Home Owners Build ADUs +Granny Flats

"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 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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Discover How To Build The Modern Home Of Your Dreams

Our San Diego architecture studio 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 smart, customized 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 are the benefits of building a home addition in Los Angeles

Building a home or room addition in Los Angeles is a great way of adding square footage to your existing home. A room addition can make your home more valuable, both to you and on the market. Whether you need a larger family room, an in-law suite, or a home office, an addition can provide that extra room that improves your whole home.  We can help with every step of the process.

What does the design + permitting approach encompass?

Our integrated design + permitting methodology is a holistic approach where we manage your project from its conceptual phase right through to obtaining necessary permits. This ensures a streamlined, cohesive process, minimizing potential delays and ensuring consistency in the design and execution.

What type of room additions can you help with?

We can help you with any type of addition to your home. We work both with older homes and contemporary houses. We've found that almost every home and homeowner benefits from an addition to provide more space and create a larger area for loving your life and doing the things you love. Whether it is by adding space to the floor plan under one roof, or by adding a stand-alone ADU, an addition will also make the rest of the home feel more spacious.

Q3: Do you provide interior design services?

Yes, our team includes talented interior designers who work hand in hand with our architects to ensure the interior spaces are as meticulously planned and beautifully executed as the exterior.

Do you design Landscape Projects?

Certainly! Whether it's a residential or commercial landscape project, we've got you covered. In fact, we have extensive experience designing numerous commercial tenant improvement projects in the past decade. Feel free to reach out for assistance with your commercial project – we're here to assist you.

How do you handle unforeseen challenges during construction?

With our experienced team and proactive planning, we minimize unforeseen issues. However, in the rare occurrence of unexpected challenges, we address them promptly, ensuring transparency and communication with you throughout the process.

What’s the advantage of building an ADU?

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can offer additional living space, potential rental income, or a separate suite for guests or family members. They also add value to your property. With Los Angeles' evolving regulations favoring ADUs, they've become a viable option for many homeowners.

How involved will I be in the design process?

We believe in a collaborative approach. Your inputs, preferences, and lifestyle are integral to our design process. We ensure regular updates and seek your feedback at pivotal stages, ensuring the final design aligns perfectly with your vision.

Do you offer remodeling services?

Yes, we offer all kinds of remodeling services. Our premier remodeling designers have been in the remodeling industry for many years, and will help you ensure you project goes smoothly and is delivered in time and on budget.

Whether you're interested in a complete home renovation, a new master bathroom, a new bedroom, a home and room addition, accessory dwelling units, or architectural design, we're here to help.

Our interior designers can help you with your bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, custom home design, or your whole home remodel. Through our design and build process, we also support with home remodeling contractor contacts and management.

What Else Can you Design?

We're here to assist you with both your interior and exterior design needs. Our portfolio spans a diverse range of projects, and we take pride in our track record of producing exceptionally beautiful designs and architecture in San Diego. Here are some examples of the services we offer:

- Residential architecture
- Commercial architecture
- Coastal homes
- Mixed-use properties
- Site planning
- Student housing
- Interior design
- Feasibility studies
- New construction
- Historic restorations