We’re hiring: 3 positions

SGPA is looking to hire three talented, energetic professionals: Intermediate Architect (San Francisco): 5-10 years experience, bachelor’s degree in architecture, on track for licensure in the State of California. Junior Designer (San Francisco): 3-7 years experience, bachelor’s degree in architecture, … Continued

SGPA in the news

We’d like to share two recent news articles about SGPA! On Sunday, UT San Diego published a great story about SDSU’s new South Campus Plaza. We’re working with Sundt and MVEI on the design-build team to create this mixed-use student … Continued

Introducing the new

Friends and colleagues: For SGPA’s 45th birthday, we gave our brand a facelift—I’m proud to announce the launch of our new website! The fresh new design is a great tool for sharing our history, who we are today, and where … Continued

SGPA history by the decades

Celebrating 45 Years

This month, we toasted SGPA’s birthday with a wine and cheese reception. We’re celebrating 45 years in business, but we’re told we don’t look a day over 30! (However, there has been some talk of replacing the company car with … Continued

Rolled-up drawings

California Building Code Updates

Upcoming changes to the California Building Code (CBC) take effect on January 1, 2014*—now only two weeks away! At SGPA, our staff and consultants have studied and are already designing for the updates, which involve changes to the accessibility provisions, … Continued

SGPA Thanksgiving 2013

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SGPA! Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, as we celebrate with our families. With the end of the year in sight, we all took a moment to reflect … Continued

Flower Hill Promenade

Flower Hill Promenade Renovation

Our public spaces are changing—they’re becoming that “third place” (other than home and work) where people spend increasing amounts of their time. That’s why our design for the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade focuses on the customer experience, integrating hospitality … Continued


We’re Hiring: Job Captain/Design Assistant

SGPA’s San Diego office is looking to hire a talented, energetic professional to assist with project documentation and permitting and to prepare graphic design exhibits. If you have at least 4-5 years of experience, strong computer graphics skills, and California … Continued

Waterfront Park rendering

Urban Hospitality On San Diego’s Waterfront

When it was built in 1938 on a prime bayfront site, San Diego’s historic County Administration Center (CAC) was envisioned as a civic center and waterfront park for county residents and visitors. The iconic CAC building has fulfilled this ideal … Continued

Seacrest Vitality Center Patio

Trend Report: A Bright Future For Senior Living

As we emerge from the recession and Baby Boomers begin to retire, American attitudes toward senior living are shifting. New seniors envision their retirement years quite differently than their predecessors. This active and vibrant generation seeks communities where they can … Continued

3 Design Strategies For Campus Retail Success

Students no longer choose a college based on academic factors alone. They also consider campus life and whether they can imagine themselves there for several years. Whether it’s a residential university or a community college, students are increasingly attracted to … Continued

Electric Car Chargers Done Right

Electric Car Chargers Done Right

Electric vehicles (EVs) are still a rare sight in the U.S. But as their popularity grows, we’ve begun to hear from clients who want to install EV charging stations. For retailers, it’s more than an environmental contribution—it’s also an incentive … Continued

Continuing Education Mesa College

Mesa College: Coastal Breeze Cools Classrooms

Here in Southern California we’re known for year-round sunshine. But that’s not all: our coastal cities also enjoy a steady ocean breeze. San Diego’s Mesa College sits 360 feet above sea level just three miles from the salt water of … Continued


Welcome to the SGPA blog

Our architecture design studio is bursting with ideas. Here we’ll share news about upcoming and completed projects, describe our latest design concepts, and discuss the knowledge and ideas that inform our work. You’ll get a peek at our drawing boards … Continued