Laurels
Best Architects
in San Diego
2017

Why These Architects?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored architects on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best architects in San Diego, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.

Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc. brings over 30 years of architectural experience to the La Jolla community. The group has over 500 completed projects and focuses on client communication and precise budgets and planning. The team specializes in coastal homes, historic buildings, and commercial projects and handles all coastal regulations, regulatory agencies, and homeowner/community groups involved. Mark D. Lyon has won the La Jolla Village News' Viewers Choice Award for Best Architect six times.

La Jolla, CA(858) 459-1171

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Architects Magnus

Architects Magnus is a San Diego architectural firm. The group seeks to design homes in keeping with a client's lifestyle and which have minimal environmental impact. Services include project development feasibility, entitlements, and interior and exterior design consulting. Architects Magnus consists of state-registered architects, designers, consulting engineers, pre-qualified builders, and craftsmen. The team has been featured in numerous publications and has received Best of Houzz for Design four times.

San Diego, CA(619) 293-7240

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Carrier Johnson + Culture

Carrier Johnson + Culture is a San Diego architectural group. The firm promotes a culture of collaborative design and works on projects for residential, commercial, mixed-use, educational, entertainment, government, and transportation sectors. Services include architectural design, graphic design and signage, interior design, urban planning, and development. The team has won two Golden Nugget Awards in 2016 and a Gold in Best New Development for Student Housing at the 2014 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards.

San Diego, CA(619) 239-2353

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CCBG Architecture, Inc.

CCBG Architecture, Inc. has been providing architectural services to San Diego since 1958. The team has completed thousands of projects including residential and multifamily homes, adaptive reuse projects, religious sanctuaries, urban infill projects, and commercial buildings. CCBG employs 21 architects and is known for its innovative designs as well as collaborative approach. The group has received an award from the Architectural Lighting Magazine.

Phoenix, AZ(602) 258-2211

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Christian Rice Architects, Inc.

Christian Rice Architects, Inc. has been providing architectural services in Coronado and the surrounding areas for over 10 years. Clients come to the firm for designs which mesh with the environment and their budget. The firm uses open collaboration to achieve works which have been featured in in Luxe Magazine, Coastal San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Home & Garden.

Coronado, CA(619) 522-9040

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domusstudio architecture

domusstudio architecture LLP has been a San Diego architectural firm since 1986. Clients often engage the group for designs on challenging sites and complicated approval processes as well as for architecture which connects with nature. The studio's sustainable designs include LEED Silver, Gold, and Platinum certified projects, and domusstudio is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects.

San Diego, CA(619) 692-9393

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Florence Architects

Florence Architects is an Encinitas architecture firm. Clients engage the company for its modern, progressive, and sustainable design of custom homes, residential developments, mixed-use, and various commercial projects. Florence Architects can also design and build custom furniture pieces. Architect Jason Florence is a licensed architect as well as LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Florence's first custom home was featured on the cover of San Diego Home & Garden and received a LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Encinitas, CA(858) 334-3222

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H2 I Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc.

H2 I Hawkins + Hawkins Architects, Inc. brings 30 years of combined experience in construction and design to San Diego. The team specializes in commercial, residential, mixed-use, and cultural projects. Clients hire the group for site planning, feasibility studies, master planning, tenant space planning, and construction management. LEED sustainable design services are also available. H2 has been recognized with seven Gold Nugget Awards and with a Home of the Year award from San Diego Décor Magazine.

San Diego, CA(619) 232-7700

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Heather Johnston Architect

Heather Johnston Architect has been a La Jolla architecture firm since 1992. The team works on residential projects with a clean, modern style and handles everything from schematic design to construction administration. Architect Heather Johnston has twice won Home of the Year from San Diego Home & Garden and has been featured in The New York Times and Architects + Artisans.

La Jolla, CA(858) 344-9291

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Hubbell & Hubbell Architects

Hubbell & Hubbell Architects has been a San Diego architectural team since 1995. Clients hire the firm for sustainable solutions, innovative design work, and artistic detailing for private residences as well as public facilities, parks, and nature centers. Hubbell & Hubbell is known as a leader in green building and uses a variety of approaches including rainwater harvesting, natural plaster, and passive solar design. The group won the Construction and Engineering award for Best Aesthetic and Ecological Architecture in California in 2015.

San Diego, CA(619) 231-0446

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Ideal Design Systems, Inc.

Ideal Design Systems, Inc. has been a Carlsbad architectural firm for almost 10 years. The group is known for affordable services for residential and commercial designs, historic renovations, interior design, and planning. Services include architectural design, project management, site assessments, tenant improvements, remodels, additions, and new constructions. Ideal Design Systems has received best of Houzz for Service in 2015 and 2016.

Carlsbad, CA(760) 560-6773

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IS Architecture

IS Architecture is a La Jolla architectural firm. The team specializes in custom homes, historic restorations, and adaptive reuse projects and handles design, space planning, structure reports, surveys, and construction observation. IS Architecture has won a 2015 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Rehabilitation Commercial/Industrial Project, San Diego Home & Garden's 2015 Kitchen of the Year Award, and a 2014 American Institute of Architects, California Council Distinguished Practice Award.

La Jolla, CA(858) 456-8555

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M.W. Steele Group

M.W. Steele Group has been a San Diego architecture firm since 1983. The company employs architects, certified planners, and urban designers and handles residential projects, planning and urban design, and civic, retail, and hospitality projects. M.W. Steele has been recognized by the 2016 Gold Nugget Award of Merit Honors, was a National Association Home Builder’s (NAHB) Gold Award winner in 2016, and received American Planning Association National Achievement Award in 2015.

San Diego, CA(619) 230-0325

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Marengo Morton Architects

Marengo Morton Architects is a La Jolla architectural firm. Clients hire the team for coastal designs, residential and commercial projects, planning, and development projects. Services cover renderings, feasibility studies, coastal consulting, commercial kitchen designs, interior designs, 3D computer models, and historic remodels. The group has a focus on customer service and has been featured in Architects Review Weekly.

La Jolla, CA(858) 459-3769

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Mark Lee Christopher Architect

Mark Lee Christopher Architect has been providing architectural services for almost 30 years in the La Jolla area. The firm's work focuses on residential spaces and aims to create a private sanctuary for clients. Architect Mark Lee Christopher is also LEED certified and an adjunct professor of environmental sciences at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. Mr. Christopher has won Home of the Year three times from San Diego Home & Garden.

La Jolla, CA(619) 980-1627

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Murray Duncan Architects, Inc.

Murray Duncan Architects, Inc. brings over 30 years of experience in architectural services to the San Diego area. The group handles institutional, campus, commercial, and custom residential designs as well as physical land planning, feasibility and density studies, and construction documentation and administration. Architect Murray Duncan is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architects Registration Board, and the National Association of Home Builders.

San Diego, CA(619) 618-8476

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Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects

Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects has been a San Diego architectural team for over 35 years. The team uses an open, collaborative process to create meaningful spaces in keeping with sustainable design and environmentally-friendly practices. Clients hire the firm for design, master planning, renovations, urban design, program management, coordination with state funding, site analysis, and cost estimating. Interior design and LEED Certification services are also available. A list of numerous awards can be found on the website.

San Diego, CA(619) 233-1023

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Steven Lombardi Architect

Steven Lombardi Architect provides architectural services in the San Diego area. The firm is known for its use of light as well as its focus on the roles that urban landscape, sculpture, theater, and energy play in the design process. Mr. Lombardi has worked with musicians, choreographers, scientists, manufacturers, doctors, and engineers. His projects have received the Award of Honor from the National Concrete Masonry Association in 2015 and the Architecture and Divine Detail Award at the 2015 San Diego AIA Design Awards.

San Diego, CA(619) 523-4722

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Studio E Architects

Studio E Architects has been a San Diego architectural firm for 30 years. The studio is known for incorporating client and community workshops during the design process of its projects and has earned a number of recognitions including three National American Institute of Architects Honor Awards, a Best 50+ Green Community from the national Association of Home Builders, and the Gold Award for Best New Affordable Housing from Multi-Housing News.

San Diego, CA(619) 235-9262

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Ten Seventy Architecture

Ten Seventy Architecture is a commercial and residential architecture group in San Diego. The firm considers itself a Total Design team and handles site analysis, schematic design, design development, and construction documents. Furniture as well as logo and graphic design services are also available. Clients can also view and purchase certain furniture items via the company's website.

San Diego, CA(201) 543-7081

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