San Diego, CA, December 3, 2018 – SVA Architects is pleased to announce that the firm has signed a long-term lease in San Diego County, expanding its southernmost office significantly.  Centrally located one block from Interstate 5 at 3394 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 120, SVA’s new office will offer the firm ample space to accommodate current projects and team members while actively recruiting exceptional new talent.

Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, “It’s been a very exciting season of growth at SVA.  This summer, the Santa Ana office also moved to a larger space.  And shortly prior to that, our Oakland office moved to a larger, very modern space in the Uptown District.”

SVA’s San Diego office is led by Lori A. Ichisaka, Senior Associate Partner. A force in the architecture field for 35 years, Ms. Ichisaka has led a variety of projects, from commercial office buildings to high-density multi-family.  Ms. Ichisaka and her team have been responsible for some of San Diego’s most impactful communities, including: Comm 22; San Diego State University (SDSU) South Campus Plaza, winner of the 2017 Gold Nugget Merit Award;  Celadon at 9th and Broadway, winner of the 2016 ULI Global Award for Excellence; and more.

Currently underway for SVA’s San Diego team is the new San Ysidro Public Library, a source of pride for the local community and a significant investment in that region.

Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, states, “As a firm, we believe in creating sustainable and forward-thinking environments.  We are putting our philosophy into practice by moving the San Diego team to a space that will better equip them to meet clients’ needs for the long-term.”

Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the Country’s most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and mixed-use projects.  Among the firm’s portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.  SVA Architects values institutional and public environments as the foundation of a community and the backdrop against which we live, learn, work, worship, and play.  The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, and Honolulu.  For more information, visit