We Create Incredible Modern Spaces
for Outdoor Living

Ten Seventy Architecture helps people who love modern + minimalist design overcome the challenges of building their dream homes. With over a decade of experience, an integrated design + permitting process, and a full range of signature services, we strive to enhance our clients’ lives with elevated and functional designs.

How We'll Help Elevate Your Life with Designs for Outdoor Living

As a modern architecture studio that works with clients throughout Southern California, we understand the importance of outdoor living spaces.

With the year-round sunny climate and breathtaking natural environment, our team of architects have mastered the ability to translate our clients’ needs and aesthetic goals into outdoor areas that are functional, relaxing + luxurious.

Our goal is to build outdoor areas that feel like a true extension of your home. We work closely with our clients to ensure our designs reflect your personal style, while innovating ways to expand your outdoor living space.

Whether it's a cozy patio or a spacious lounge area, our team incorporates elevated features to create inviting outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed and shared all year around.

Interested in learning how we bring our designs to life? Check out the video to see our integrated process in action.

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Key Benefits of San Diego Outdoor Living

With great weather, nearby coastline, and incredible views, outdoor living in San Diego is one of the most sought-after lifestyles. Ten Seventy Architecture understands the importance architecture plays in making this dream a reality. That’s why our modern architecture studio has developed design options for homeowners across budgets.

Seamlessly Blend Indoor + Outdoor Living

Modern + well-designed outdoor living spaces offer San Diego homeowners many of the best perks life has to offer. This increased square footage allows residents to make the most out of their property with additional outdoor seating and lounge areas, dining spaces, and even outdoor kitchens to relax or entertain guests.

With incredible weather year-round, San Diego also enhances residents' quality of life while encouraging a connection with nature and an active lifestyle. As homeowners enjoy the benefits of the beautiful Southern California climate, livable outdoor areas also create a safe and functional space for children and pets to play. And, all of these benefits are available within the comfort of your own home. 

Additionally, modern outdoor living spaces can increase property value and curb appeal. This makes these projects valuable in the near term, improving your day-to-day-life, while securing a worthwhile long-term investment.
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Luxurious Designs to Expand Your Home

At Ten Seventy Architecture, one of our biggest project focuses is designing innovative layouts that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living spaces.

We offer high-end designs with features that allow our clients to appreciate the outdoors with the luxury and comfort of indoor spaces.

Retractable door systems have become a popular design for homeowners in the San Diego area. Once installed, these systems create a seamless indoor-outdoor experience, allowing natural light and fresh air to flow freely throughout the space while maintaining privacy and security. Retractable doors typically include high-end materials such as premium hardwoods, hand-forged iron, and crystal clear tempered glass.

They may also offer automatic opening and closing mechanisms. This option is an excellent addition for homeowners who prioritize beauty and functionality. Our architects will consult you on the best materials and design for your project.
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Transitional Modern Architecture Across Price Points

When you work with our architecture studio, we’ll partner with you to develop designs customized to the specifications of your lot as well as your budget. For alternatives to high-end features, we offer budget-friendly solutions that allow you to achieve the San Diego outdoor living space of your dreams for a reasonable price tag.

A french door is an excellent option with stylish appeal and functional benefits. These systems are made up of two door panels that swing open from the center, allowing ample natural light and air to flow indoors. French doors come in various sizes, colors, and materials, so you can choose the perfect set to match your home's architectural style. Patio slider systems are also a great way to ease the transition between indoor and outdoor spaces without compromising on aesthetic appeal. 

Our architects specialize in the design and installation process and will ensure your space is well-balanced without causing heat gain, especially in the warm San Diego climate.
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Check Out Our Portfolio of Beautiful San Diego Homes

Looking for inspiration for your next project? Ten Seventy Architecture has helped our clients build modern, minimalist + mid-century homes for over a decade. Explore our portfolio to discover how we’ve perfected the balance between indoor and outdoor living.

Meet Our Team at
Ten Seventy Architecture

When you work with our modern architecture studio, our expert architects put your project goals and feedback at the center of every design. We strive to build lasting relationships with our clients and architectural designs that improve their lives for years to come.

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 Free
Dream Home Guide

Streamline your next San Diego architecture project with our complete Dream Home Guide. This comprehensive resource includes expert tips to help you build a modern and minimalist home with extra design value while saving hours of research.

A Customized Roadmap to Begin Your Next Project

Introducing our free Dream Home Guide – the ultimate all-in-one resource to begin your modern home project with ease. Whether you're looking to build a new home with incredible architecture or incorporate a sleek update to your existing space, this comprehensive guide is designed to help you make your design vision a reality.

Our expert architects have developed this guide with over a decade of experience designing and building incredible architecture throughout San Diego. Inside this resource, you’ll find the latest city regulations, money-saving tips, and a simple flowchart to help you customize your roadmap to get started. After reviewing the Dream Home Guide, you’ll be able to avoid project delays and unnecessary fees, while feeling prepared to hire an architect or contractor 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.