The Future of Community Health Centers

We are dedicating this final blog of our “Design: A New Way Forward” series to community health centers and the overall medical community. This year has not only highlighted the importance of our physical and mental wellness, but also the … Continued

Design Trends for the K-12 Campus

Recent events have transformed the educational experience indefinitely, affecting all K-12 students, faculty, and their families. Earlier this year, school administrations encountered the challenges of distanced learning and are now facing the hurdles of re-opening schools. The priorities of school … Continued

Transforming Residential Mixed-Use

People have been spending more time at home this year. With recent social distancing requirements in effect, fewer trips are needed to go to work, school, and even to run errands, compared to just eight months ago. At the start of … Continued

Senior Living for the Next Generation

In continuation of our “Design: A New Way Forward” series, we explore the senior living industry and how it will adapt after recent global events. We have previously delved into the emerging trends in senior living environments and believe these … Continued

Rethinking Life on Campus

Colleges and universities are preparing to re-open their campuses for the Fall 2020 semester, while taking into consideration the recent impacts of the global pandemic. Following the unexpected shutdowns of campuses, higher education institutions are faced with decisions that will … Continued

Moving Retail Forward

As architects and planners, we are always looking forward. SGPA’s mission is to enrich the lives of future users and residents through design. Through our work, we will continue to adapt placemaking through unexpected global impacts. Our team of design … Continued

8 Ways to Reinvent Retail

As retail continues to rapidly evolve in this digital age, the need to reimagine shopping centers is greater than ever. The large size and central locations of retail centers make them great opportunities for redeveloping into new districts that integrate … Continued

Emerging Trends in Senior Living Environments

At SGPA, we know that learning will always be an essential part of our practice. The direction and trends in architecture are continuously transforming, and it is vital for us to be aware of these perpetual changes. Recently, SGPA’s Associate … Continued

Congratulations to Our Newest Licensed Architect

We are elated to announce the achievement of Victoria Gray obtaining her architect license. Driven by not only the opportunity to further her career, Victoria also wanted to be a part of the growing number of licensed female architects in the … Continued

Congratulations to Another Licensed Architect

We are delighted to announce that there is an additional member of our team who is newly licensed, Edwina Jean-Louis!  As a Senior Job Captain, she is an essential asset to our company with her expertise in conceptual development, plan layout, and latest … Continued

Congratulations to our Newly Licensed Architect

We are excited to announce and congratulate Jaclyn Shor on obtaining her architecture license!  She has been a part of the SGPA team for over four years and brings with her 8 years of architectural experience. Jaclyn’s fresh skill set, perspective, and … Continued

Our Most Important Aspect

  A company would simply not be complete without the people that make it up.  From Accounting, Human Resources, Finance, and Administration to Designers, Project Managers, Principals, and Architects – without all of these people and their specialties, our company … Continued

Taking a Walk Down Memory Lane

As SGPA celebrates our 50th year in business, we reflect back on the projects that lead us to this point.  We have highlighted each decade of our history with a sampling of significant projects within those years. These projects have not … Continued

Studio Spotlight: Residential | Mixed-Use

The Residential | Mixed-Use Studio is reimagining underutilized land into exciting new mixed-use neighborhoods centered around the public realm, community, and great social gathering spaces.  Glenn Wood [Principal], Janette Tropea [Associate], and Hilary Backman [Senior Associate] lead the studio with a goal of … Continued

Studio Spotlight: Education

From classrooms to student housing to retail, the Education Studio draws upon a diversified portfolio to craft individualized designs for each of their projects. They are energizing the antiquated student experience to be more of a campus hub.  Stephanie Antl … Continued

Studio Spotlight: Senior Living | Wellness

The Senior Living  | Wellness Studio is excited about the future of designing housing and caring environments for communities that promote sustainability and active lifestyles. This studio finds solutions that produce value and wellness in order to meet the needs … Continued

Diversity and Inclusion at SGPA

The representation of diversity and inclusion at SGPA fosters creativity and positions our firm to be at the forefront of diversity in the workforce. Women in Architecture vs. Women at SGPA Did you know that until 1972, women were refused … Continued

Studio Spotlight: RETAIL

In an ever-changing and evolving world, our Retail Studio is reinventing and transforming retail into a place to be.  Keith Pittsford [Vice President], Philip D’Agostino [Principal], and Norman Sears [Senior Associate] lead the studio with a goal of finding ways to … Continued

Congratulations to our Newest Marketing Manager

It’s an honor to announce the promotion of Michelle Giere to Marketing Manager of SGPA. She brings with her 10+ years of industry experience, passion, and a strong commitment to the firm. As an exceptional communicator and leader, Michelle has … Continued

Congratulations to the USD Team!

Congratulations to the University of San Diego’s Burnham Moores Center for Real Estate Team! The team submitted the winning redevelopment plan called “Delta District” for the San Diego SPAWAR site in the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) … Continued

Retail Goes to College

Four Objectives to Integrating Retail on a College Campus Colleges and universities facing fierce competition for the best and brightest students, as well as faculty and staff, are going on the offensive. While academic and financial considerations remain important, schools … Continued

Congratulations to our Newest Associate Principals

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Pamela Camack and Stephanie Antl to Associate Principals within SGPA. Pamela Camack joined SGPA 13 years ago directly after graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She quickly advanced through … Continued

Congratulations To Our New Principals!

SGPA is proud to announce the promotions of Philip D’Agostino and Glenn Wood to Principal. Philip D’Agostino has been with SGPA since 2001 and has over 23 years of professional experience. He also serves as the Director of Operations and … Continued

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Director of Design Transitions To New Role

After 25 years with SGPA Architecture and Planning, Principal and Design Director David Janes is transitioning to a new role with the firm. David will now be working on a consulting basis for special projects and spending more time at … Continued

Cheers to 50 Years!

SGPA celebrates our Golden Anniversary As we enter into this new year, SGPA is excited to be celebrating our 50th year in business.  SGPA was founded in 1969 when Donald Schoell, Eugene Geritz, Robert Paul, and Arthur Allard merged their … Continued

2018: A Year in Review

We had a great 2018 here at SGPA. So as the year comes to an end, we’d like to look back at a few of our accomplishments. One of our most exciting accomplishments was having four of our projects complete … Continued

SGPA Welcomes Four New Team Members

SGPA is proud to welcome four new team members that have joined our staff within the last five months. Nora Garcia joins our San Francisco office as a Senior Project Manager, bringing over 20 years of experience in commercial retail, … Continued

SGPA Academy: Architecture Meets VR

At SGPA, we support the sharing of ideas among our talented staff. One of our Assistant Designers, Adam Newton, lead a great SGPA Academy session on the topic of Virtual Reality (VR) and how it can be integrated into Architecture … Continued

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Westlake Shopping Center Project Gets Approved

Congratulations to Kimco Realty Corporation and the rest of the team for the recent approval of the Westlake Shopping Center project in Daly City, CA. This project will reinvent the shopping center into a new mixed-use village with the addition … Continued

We’re Opening a Fresno Office

A new chapter has begun at SGPA Architecture and Planning! We are excited to announce we have opened a new office in Fresno, California – in addition to our offices in San Diego and San Francisco. After seeing the demand … Continued

Grand Opening of Littlejohn Commons

Littlejohn Commons, a 31-unit affordable housing development provided by the Alameda Housing Authority, had its grand opening on October 1, 2018. This development named after Alameda housing justice advocate, Elector Littlejohn, will serve the island’s low income senior population. Littlejohn … Continued

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SGPA IN THE NEWS

Last week The Daily Transcript published a great article about our mixed-use Cedros project. The article explains, “SGPA senior designer Hilary Backman said the approach for the design was to create a building that reflected both the laid-back surf culture … Continued

Embark Groundbreaking

Construction of a new 58,924-square-foot affordable rental community for veterans has officially begun. Embark Apartments will be six-stories and contain a total of 62 units. Learn more about the Resources for Community Development project at: Embark Apartments       … Continued

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CCFC Design Award of Honor

Mesa Commons, a new gateway to the Mesa College campus, won the Community College Facility Coalition Design Award of Honor for 2017. SGPA, Miller Hull, & Balfour Beatty teamed for this design/build project to create a highly sustainable student hub … Continued

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ULI Healthy Places Award

Our firm teamed with Miller Hull to seamlessly blend a café, bookstore, Culinary Arts program, and rooftop garden together in order to create a healthy and vibrant lifestyle hub at the Mesa College campus. Learn more about what makes this … Continued

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SGPA is hiring!

Please take a look at our Career Opportunities page. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Director of Wellness & Senior Living Retires from SGPA

After nearly 20 years with SGPA Architecture and Planning, Associate Principal Stuart Stoller has retired. Stuart served SGPA as a Senior Associate (1998-2008), Associate Principal (2008-2016), and as Director of Wellness & Senior Living (1998-2016). A recognized leader in wellness design, Stuart has … Continued

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Rossmoor Shopping Center Renovation

Rossmoor Shopping Center is destined to become the heart of its Walnut Creek community. In May, the Center received approval from the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission (DRC), the third of three approvals necessary to begin the Center’s dramatic redevelopment. … Continued

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County Waterfront Park Receives ULI Healthy Places Award

On May 11, 2016, the most outstanding and innovative projects, plans, policies, programs, and visionaries were represented at the ULI Healthy Places Awards Gala in San Diego.  The Gala celebrated healthy places in accordance with ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative … Continued

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SGPA Architecture And Planning Celebrates 47 Years

Top Row, from left: Pacific Highlands Ranch  and The Block at Pacific Commons Bottom Row, from left: County Waterfront Park and LifeLong West Berkeley Health Center  In 1969, four young architects came together to combine their two practices and form SGPA. Led by those … Continued

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SGPA In The News

Above images and text: The Registry We’d like to share a recent news article about one of SGPA’s upcoming projects! The Registry featured an inside glimpse of Sunnyvale Town Center, a mixed-use retail and transit-oriented development. SGPA is excited to work with Hunter Properties on … Continued

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SGPA In The News

We’d like to share a recent news article about SGPA! On Tuesday, UT San Diego announced that Trader Joe’s will anchor the highly-anticipated South Campus Plaza, one of SGPA’s latest projects. Over 600 San Diego State University students will live, dine, … Continued

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SGPA Welcomes New Team Members

SGPA is proud to welcome five new team members, four of whom have joined our staff within the last four months. “We are very fortunate to find such a group of well-qualified professionals at any time, but especially in this market. I … Continued

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Giving Back

Enhance everyday life. This theme motivates our intent to create, improve, better and enrich the lives of those around us through our work, designs, and ideas. This Thanksgiving, we extended our passion for designing healthy livable spaces a step further by helping to … Continued

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Lessons in Community Leadership

Top left photo: SGPA Job Captain D’Sjon Dixon mentoring a student in the Bay Area organization Y-Plan (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) Bottom left photo: SGPA Associate Janette Tropea (at left) at an Urban Land Institute meeting   One of SGPA’s core … Continued

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Waterfront Park Receives Award from DBIA

Waterfront Park, fondly known as the “front porch” on San Diego, has received an award from the Design-Build Institute of America. The award is a National Award of Merit in the Civic/Assembly category. As DBIA emphasized upon receipt of the award, “the important … Continued

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President Dave Reinker Retires After 40 Years With SGPA

After 40 years with SGPA Architecture and Planning, President Dave Reinker is retiring. Over the years, Dave has been a tremendous asset to SGPA and its clients, leading by example with integrity, passion and foresight. SGPA’s profound growth can be attributed to Dave’s … Continued

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SGPA ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERS

SGPA Architecture and Planning has recognized two of the firm’s current and future leaders with appointments through the SGPA Associates Program. Alexis Burck and Pamela Camack were appointed Senior Associates and Hilary Backman joining the San Diego office at the beginning of … Continued

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The Future of Architecture and Design Looks Bright in San Diego

SGPA and other local design firms had a recent opportunity to participate in the region’s inaugural Career Fair for Architectural/Planning/Interiors and Landscape students. Sponsored by The NewSchool of Architecture and Design and Woodbury University, San Diego, the well-coordinated event gave … Continued

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Reflections on ICSC LA

By: Keith Pittsford With almost 1,000 guests in attendance, the February ICSC event in LA was a success, provoking thoughtful discussions about the internet’s impact and the current risk/reward equation of development and retail sales.   With regard to the … Continued

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SGPA Study Accepted Into AIA Publication Series

    “Architects are public health workers. We have a partnership – public health professionals and architects and planners. Our minds have to talk because we have an influence on America’s public health that we’re only now beginning to grasp.” … Continued