We’re preserving our past for a more sustainable future

From world-famous hotels to cherished schoolhouses, the diversity of projects is a hallmark of our firm. Our architects, planners, historians and conservators evaluate a building’s condition, its cultural significance, innovate technical soutions, fulfill code requirements and explore adaptive reuse alternatives. It is our conviction that transforming historical places improves the cultural wealth of our communities.

By recycling old buildings, we help promote sustainability and revitalize the potential of a renewable resource.”

—Stuart Sawasaki, Principal, Architect

Our Services

Our services are as diverse as our projects. Heritage specializes in renovation, preservation, modernization and rehabilitation of buildings of architectural distinction. Every project manager meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Qualification Standards.

Architecture + Design

Heritage offers full-service architecture and design work. We can provide space planning and finish specifications through permitted construction documents.

Planning + Research

Many of Heritage’s projects begin with historic research and technical reports, historic surveys, master plans, design guidelines, code assessments, or feasibility studies.

Conservation + Preservation

Work on existing and historic buildings requires special knowledge and care. The principal of “restore rather than replace” guides our preservation recommendations.



San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego
“Heritage has our strongest, unconditional recommendation for selection to any project they should choose to undertake. They are customer-centric in their services and adept at succeeding where others might fail.”

James G. Kidrick, President and CEO

San Timoteo Canyon Schoolhouse

“Heritage Architecture’s skill and experience with historic buildings was invaluable in this process. Beginning with the research and documentation of the HSR, Heritage guided the restoration to its conclusion. Their work on the final phase included full restoration of external and interior finishes, the result being a handsomely restored schoolhouse from the late 19th century, a building of which everyone is proud.”

Keith Herron, Historic Preservation Officer

Riverside County Parks

San Diego Museum of Art Façade Restoration

San Diego
“The restoration is exceptional and all work complied with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.”

Bruce Coons, Executive Director

Save Our Heritage Organisation

Naval Post Graduate Engineering School

Monterey, CA
“Yes, we would hire them again—they are highly qualified, professional, and easy to work with, and provide the scope of work requested on time and on budget.”

Shannon Davis, Project Manager

U.S. General Services Administration

San Francisco
“Heritage demonstrated an excellent working knowledge of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the California Historical Building Code. They have an understanding of the unique and challenging issues associated with the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings.”

Jane Lehman, Architect

Regional Historic Preservation Officer, Region 9

Balboa Theatre

San Diego
“I was honored to reopen this beautiful venue for my 2008 State of the City address and invite the public for the first time into this historic place. It was inspiring to see how this neglected downtown landmark was rescued from disrepair and restored to greatness.”

Jerry Sanders, Former Mayor

City of San Diego

Spreckels Organ Pavilion

San Diego
“A careful, conscientious job! Wonderful drawings, effective result to detail and overall great project.”

California Preservation Foundation

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Old Town, San Diego
“This was probably the most complicated project I’ve ever done, and it was a tremendous effort to save every square foot of this historic place. Heritage went beyond my expectations.”

Bill Mennell, Project Manager

California State Parks

Western Metal Supply Company Building

San Diego
“Thousand and thousands of people will be exposed to a fine rehabilitation project.”

California Preservation Foundation


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