For 2010, Studio Design Group Architects, Inc., (SDG), has a lot to celebrate. Project Managers Ellen Goodwin and Will Drake recently completed all the required architectural board exams and are now licensed architects in the State of California. This follows the launch of SDG’s new website and their relocation to new, larger offices in the historic Warden Building at 762 Higuera Street.

Principals Brian Starr and Tim Ronda worked together for Midland Pacific Building Corporation (MPBC) before splitting off to form SDG Architects in 1997. Together they designed the Kraker Building at the corner of Higuera and Nipomo Streets, San Luis Obispo, which served as MPBC’s corporate office above what is now Patrick James Clothiers for Men. SDG Architects has designed such notable local projects as the Avila Lighthouse Suites, the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero, Mission College Preparatory Expansion and Retrofit, San Luis Diagnostic Center as well as major renovation projects at French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

With glass walls and contemporary forms, SDG’s new office design intentionally contrasts with the rough textured brick walls of the historic Warden Building at 762 Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. The original second story atrium supported by cast iron columns continues to provide natural light to the office interiors. In addition to the design of their own office space, SDG also helped coordinate the seismic retrofit and restoration of the Higuera Street facade. When the Warden Building was completed in 1898 it included a drug store, furniture store and a shoe store as well as professional offices on the second floor. The building was “modernized” in the 1960’s using an overlay of stucco to conceal the original brickwork and ornamentation. Today after a painstaking restoration process the Warden Building once again appears much as it did in 1898.

SDG Architects has grown to ten full-time employees with a design portfolio of significant healthcare, commercial and hospitality projects. Responding to the increasing need to conserve resources and energy, four of SDG’s designers have earned the prestigious designation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) from the United States Green Building Council. Formed in 1993, the Council promotes the design, construction and operation of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

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