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Welcome to the conversation.

This is a place where we honor good design, value insight and explore the intersections between people, place and purpose. We believe architecture, at its core, is a dialogue. It is a building or space that is telling you something, making you feel a certain way or reacting to a specific human need. So we celebrate and nurture dialogue — between art and science, structure and emotion, material and context, environment and shelter, and between ourselves and our clients.

Within these conversations, contrasts and relationships is where we find the new perspectives, evocative thinking and meaningful ideas that lead us to informed, insightful architecture.

DesignARC

Good design is good design,
regardless of medium or material.

We believe that the most successful projects celebrate the ambitions of the client, rather than the signature of the architect. So we don’t look through a single prism of modern or classic or avant. Instead we think across genres and approach design in terms of purpose, use and expression, not simply style.

Our goal with every undertaking is to deliver an exacting result that respects our client’s budget, personal time and timeline. Our teams have the experience and capacity to guide and manage projects of any scope, from concept through entitlement to construction.

DesignARC

Our approach is equal parts science, art and alchemy.

DesignARC is an innovative design firm comprised of progressive, like-minded thinkers who share a genuine desire to research, learn and apply newfound knowledge to the project at hand.

Specializing in custom residential, commercial, hospitality and institutional design, DesignARC has thriving studios in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. On the search for creative architectural solutions for its clients, the company culture stresses collaboration among colleagues.

DesignARC

DesignARC LA


2558 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90064
310.204.8950

DesignARC SB


29 West Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105
805.687.1525


Santa Barbara

29 West Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805.687.1525
Mark Kirkhart AIA | NCARB
Mark Shields



Los Angeles

2558 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064
310.204.8950
Dion McCarthy AIA | NCARB