Hilary Backman

Designer, Senior Associate, Studio Leader San Diego


Hilary’s deep passion and curiosity for the arts inspired him to pursue a career in architecture and design. With over 20 years of experience, Hil has designed a range of successful projects in California and abroad. His specialties include residential, hospitals, mixed-use, retail, senior living communities, community centers, community planning, custom residential, hotels, tenant improvement projects, and schools at all levels of education.

At SGPA, Hil blends strong communication skills and experienced techniques to effectively work with clients, consultants and colleagues to create places that resonate with visitors and the users of spaces. SGPA relies on Hil to enrich the design and final product of a project, a task he takes great delight in, drawing inspiration from mastery of form, light, time and space conducted by great past and present architects.  



  • M.Arch, Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, CA
  • B. Environmental Design Studies in Architecture, Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, CA
  • B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, CA