San Diego Architecture Firm

We're An Award Winning Modern Architecture Studio in San Diego.

Ten Seventy Architecture helps people who love modern 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 architecture.

See Why We’re a Leading San Diego Architecture Firm

We take the stress out of home building with our integrated design + permitting process, which helps you build a unique space that is tailored to you and your family’s lifestyle.

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 architecture firm as the experience and expertise to get your project done right. We have been working on architecture projects in San Diego for over 10 years and are experts at navigating through the city’s complicated codes while keeping it simple for our clients.

Building or renovating your home should not feel like an uphill battle. After a decade of experience designing residential + commercial properties in the city of San Diego, we’ve developed a signature architecture process guaranteed to make your life as easy as possible.

Watch the video here to learn more about our client-centered design process. And if you're ready to take the next step, click the button below to schedule a complimentary consultation with us to discuss your project.

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Projects Our San Diego Architecture Firm Takes Up

We are a modern architecture firm that helps our clients build new homes, renovate + remodel their current ones, and build additional units on their property with accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Our mission is to help our clients design amazing spaces that complement their unique lifestyles.

Custom Homes Featuring Amazing, Modern Design

If you're looking for a San Diego architecture firm that can help you build your dream home, look no further. Ten Seventy Architecture has been helping people in the area for over 10 years, and we know exactly how to make the architecture process simple and stress-free for you.

We'll work with you every step of the way to make sure your home turns out exactly how you imagined it. Thanks to our extensive design experience and permitting expertise, you can rest assured that we'll take care of everything for you.

We have a modern architecture portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of styles we've worked with - from modernism, mid-century to craftsman  + more. Our architecture firm has worked on several custom home projects in San Diego and knows exactly what it will take to ensure your new house is the best-looking one in your neighborhood.
Photo of a modern home in San Diego designed by Ten Seventy Architecture

Renovations + Additions That Will Turn Heads

For clients looking to remodel their home, we can help you add an addition for extra space and completely renovate the design of your current house.

We offer quality, modern design + construction services that can turn your old home into a beautiful space tailored to you and your family's lifestyle. Our signature architecture process ensures that there is a detailed discovery process so we can explore several different architectural styles and eventually pick the best one.

Once that is is complete, we will then work to efficiently design, build, and permit your project to get it completed as fast as possible. And throughout the entire process, we will keep you updated so you always have the latest news about your project.
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Amazing ADU Units With Timeless, Modern + Minimalist Design

Accessory Dwelling Units in San Diego are becoming extremely popular and represent a great opportunity to either add more living space to your property or enter into rental property investing for passive income.

Ten Seventy Architecture is leading architecture firm in San Diego when it comes to designing + building ADUs. We were one of the first firms in the city to focus on these types of housing projects, and as such have the most experience out of any other local architecture firm. Recently, 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.

If you're currently exploring an ADU project, check out our new ADU project guide which offers helpful visual explanations of the city's ADU building codes. We also regularly produce helpful content related ADUs on our modern architecture blog.
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View Our Portfolio of Modern Architecture Projects

Over the years, our San Diego architecture firm has worked on projects throughout the city featuring a wide variety of styles. We invite you to explore our portfolio to see how we've helped our clients transform their homes into the ones they've always dreamed of - and how we can do the same for you.

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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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.

Discover How To Build Your Dream Home in San Diego

As a San Diego architecture firm, we believe we have a duty to facilitate the development of new housing to alleviate the housing crisis afflicting our city. That’s why we’re continuously producing helpful architecture content with the goal of making at easy as possible for homeowners and property investors to start new housing projects.

Everything You Need To Get Started Planning Your Modern Architecture Project in San Diego

Looking to save time, money, and hours of frustration? Then you need to check out our Dream Home guide that will help you build a new home or renovate your current one in San Diego.

Our 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 architecture firms 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 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