Build Your San Diego Dream Home

Ten Seventy Architecture is an award-winning firm in the Southern California area with over a decade of experience as San Diego home builders. Combining a proven process + the latest technology, we help people who love modern + minimalist design overcome the challenges of building their dream homes.

Whether you’re looking to create a high-end custom home, renovate or remodel your current space, or build a functional + minimalist accessory dwelling unit, our team of expert architects has you covered.

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

For the past decade, we've partnered with our clients on incredible architectural builds from luxurious custom homes and functional accessory dwelling units to modern remodels, renovations, and expansive additions.

Our modern architecture studio believes that the success of any project depends on building great relationships with our clients and creating designs custom-tailored to their goals + personal style.

As experienced San Diego home builders, we’ve mastered complex city codes and regulations to develop elevated modern architecture throughout Southern California. Regardless of the project you have in mind, our team will guide you through every step of the process. We’ve developed a proprietary approach and a full range of signature services to streamline your build, ensuring everything is completed on time and within your budget.

Want to learn more about working with Ten Seventy Architecture? Click the button below to schedule a complimentary consultation with our team. 

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Types of Projects Our
Modern Architecture Studio
Can Help With

When you partner with our team of expert San Diego home builders, beginning your project won’t feel like an uphill battle. Whether you’re interested in building a new home, expanding or updating your current living space, or utilizing your lot for rental opportunities, we have the design know-how to bring your dream home to life. 

Custom Homes with Elevated Modern Design

If you're planning on building a custom home in San Diego, complete with luxurious features and ample indoor and outdoor living space, there are many design details to consider and decisions to make.

With a custom home, luxury features can take your space to the next level. Our architects have extensive experience designing open floor plans, gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, incredible outdoor areas, and much more. We’ll suggest custom fixtures and sustainability options to add visual appeal and functionality to your home, making for an inviting atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being.

Our modern architecture studio has developed an integrated architectural process to make the custom home building process as easy and efficient as possible for our clients. We’ll learn about your lifestyle, project goals, and personal style. From there, our team will take care of everything for you in-house, from drafting designs, building interactive 3D models, securing permits, and collaborating with expert engineers and contractors. We’ll work to create a unique space that’s sure to be a neighborhood favorite. 
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Remodels, Renovations, and Additions to Upgrade Your Space

When your home’s layout or style is no longer fitting your needs, a renovation, remodel, or addition is an excellent option to consider. These projects are worthwhile investments to transform your home into a functional space that is completely customized to your lifestyle. Incorporating refreshed design details and fixtures will improve the look and feel of your home, while additions and other remodeling options will elevate and maximize your space.

All of these projects will make living in your home more enjoyable while adding to your property’s value, boosting curb appeal, and leading to a higher resale down the road.

At Ten Seventy Architecture, our team of San Diego home builders looks forward to working on remodels, renovations, and additions, refreshing the potential of existing spaces with modern, minimalist, or mid-century style. We’re experts at helping our clients rethink their homes, offering a wide range of signature services, design options, and the latest technology. We take pride in delivering exceptional results for functional + beautiful homes that exceed expectations and delight our clients for years to come.
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Minimalist + Functional Design for San Diego ADUs

Accessory dwelling units (also known as granny flats, in-law suites, companion units, and guest houses) have become very popular in the San Diego area for homeowners and property investors alike. These projects are ideal for those looking to maximize + modernize their living space or generate rental income.

Ten Seventy Architecture has been a leading ADU architecture studio for over a decade, as one of the first firms in the area to specialize in these projects. With this extensive experience, our team is up-to-date on the latest developments, regulations, and features. We understand the importance of creating innovative designs that expand space while delivering architectural value, regardless of the size or orientation of your lot. Recently, we’ve also begun self-funding our own ADU projects, giving us an enhanced perspective on the process.

Want to learn more about building an ADU with Ten Seventy Architecture? Our ADU project guide offers insider tips and helpful visual explanations of the city's building codes.
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Check Out Our Portfolio of Amazing Modern Homes

Over the years, we’ve partnered on incredible home builds with our clients. Our portfolio of past projects showcases our range and creative flair as an architecture firm. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next home project, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our portfolio below.

Meet the Team at
Ten Seventy Architecture

Our leading modern architecture studio strives to build beautiful homes and lasting relationships with our clients. Our goal is to create minimalist + innovative designs that will improve your quality of life for years to come. We put your project goals and feedback at the center of every design. 

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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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.

Introducing Our Comprehensive Dream Home Guide

Ready to begin that home project you've been imagining? With many design details and complex city codes to consider, the research and planning can seem daunting. That's where our Dream Home Guide comes in, created to save our clients hours of research and stress.

Everything You Need to Know to Begin Your Next Project

Check out our free Dream Home Guide before beginning your home construction project. This complete resource will help you envision your space with incredible modern architecture while streamlining the design + build process from start to finish.

Our team of San Diego home builders created this guide with over a decade of experience working on modern home projects throughout Southern California. Inside our Dream Guide Guide, you’ll find helpful resources, expert tips, and a simple flowchart to customize your project roadmap while incorporating your project goals.

Once you download this resource, you’ll have a clear path to bring your project to life and personalized steps to get there. And, you’ll save time along the way by avoiding project delays and unnecessary fees. Download our Dream Home Guide to ensure you feel prepared and confident before starting your next project and finding the right team to get the job done.

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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.