Breathing New Life into History
In 1978, preservation architect Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, opened an office in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. For over two decades, he grew the firm’s reputation by unifying historic building methods and archaic materials with twenty-first century construction technologies.
When he was appointed as California’s State Historic Preservation Officer, the firm was renamed Heritage Architecture & Planning, representing our common goal—to breathe new life into historic buildings and places. More than forty years have passed, and our work can be experienced at many of the Southwest’s most iconic buildings and sites.
“As a preservation firm, Heritage honors the architects of the past. We help preserve their buildings for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”
—Brian Ricking, AIA, NCARB
Protecting Our Unique Historic Resources
By working together across disciplines, our team of architects, planners, historians and conservators bring new meaning to the practice of historic architecture. Every one of us believes in the value of preserving our past for the future.
Architects Donaldson + Lake is established with partners Wayne
Donaldson and Spencer Lake
Name changed to Architect Milford Wayne Donaldson + Associates.
Gaslamp Quarter rehabilitation projects begin
Wayne Donaldson is named a Fellow of the AIA
Heritage wins a National Trust award for the House of Hospitality reconstruction
Wayne Donaldson celebrates 25 years in architecture at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Wayne Donaldson changes the firm’s name to Heritage Architecture & Planning
Wayne is named State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)
Petco Park opens as an “addition” to the Western Metal Supply Co. Building
Heritage wins a National Trust award for the Fourth Ward School in Nevada
Heritage selected to be the historic architect for the Quieter Home Program
Heritage wins three preservation awards from the California Preservation Foundation
National Trust Award given to Heritage for the restoration of the Fifth Street School in Las Vegas
The firm’s Balboa Park Ornamentation Restoration project receives award from the American Public Works Association
Junipero Serra Museum Historic Structure Report receives California Preservation Foundation Award under the Cultural Resources, Studies, or Reports category
San Diego Old Police Headquarters Rehabilitation receives a San Diego AIA Award
Cabrillo/Laurel Street Bridge receives American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award
The Osborn Electriquette receives a California Preservation Design Award for Reconstruction
Horton Plaza Park and Hotel Churchill both receive a Save Our Heritage Organisation People in Preservation Award
Heritage celebrates 40 years headquartered in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego
Heritage moves to the new office in the historic Ingersoll-Tutton building