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Our Practice

Delawie is a leading sustainable and high-performance architecture, interior design and planning firm headquartered in San Diego, California. Since 1961, Delawie has made a lasting impact on Southern California’s built environments with designs that complement skylines, activate learning environments, transform communities, create corporate identities, and advance the functionality of civic and government facilities.

For 60 years we have held the core principles of client satisfaction, relationship building, and quality design, and these are the cornerstone of our practice. The Delawie studio is organized to reflect the integral relationship between planning, architecture, interior design and sustainability. We have embraced a holistic philosophy, enabling us to provide our clients with a more thoughtful, collaborative design process; one that merges all aspects of the project.

From our office in San Diego, we have been privileged to provide comprehensive design services to the most prominent private, institutional and public entities throughout the country.

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Our firm is comprised of over fifty of the brightest minds in architecture and interior design, with many staff holding technical designations in their respective industries. We have maintained a strong architectural presence in San Diego for decades, having completed thousands of noteworthy projects in the public and private sector since our founding in 1961.

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Celebrating 60 years

“Architecture is a way of life. If not, you shouldn’t be doing it.” – Homer Delawie

Homer Delawie, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, founded our firm in 1961. Homer’s style and vision promoted humanistic modernist ideals—“simplicity with attention to detail,” and 60 years later, the firm’s principals, associates and staff bring a range of interests and expertise together to honor the founding principal emeritus.

Homer Delawie’s influence on San Diego began in the design of small houses, including his own personal residence “The Boxcar House,” which was 17 feet wide.  Signature features of these early designs include minimal disturbance of the site, flat roofs, wood sidings, and large glass areas.

As the practice grew, the firm’s reputation grew for its success in a wide range of designs for the military and landmarks such as the Bea Evenson Fountain in Balboa Park. By the mid-1980’s the firm’s major commissions such as the SeaWorld Penguin Exhibit, the San Diego Police Headquarters, and the MTS James R. Mills Building launched the firm into larger scale public buildings where the design emphasis was to create spaces that people would enjoy.

In the 1990s and 2000s, the firm focused on private clients with specific needs in the High-tech and Life Science arena including companies like Qualcomm and Pfizer, as well as projects for the US Military and local colleges. The firm also went worldwide in this time, helping our clients to realize the benefit of our involvement within the development stages of any project. In 2002 Paul Schroeder, Frank Ternasky, and Mike Asaro were named Principals and in 2004 Adel Smith-Chapman was named Director of Interior Design.

In 2012, the firm re-branded itself to Delawie. The condensed firm name was chosen to honor a great San Diego architect who helped shaped the City of San Diego with his iconic designs and through his years of community involvement and patronage. The firm relocated in 2015 to their newly renovated office on Morena Boulevard.

In the time following Delawie continued to expand its practice in the market sectors of Life Science & Corporate spaces, Education, Civic & Defense, Hospitality, and Entertainment. The firm has had projects as far reaching as England, South Korea, and India, helping clients realize their design vision in both Architecture and Interior Design. In 2017 Associate Greg McClure was promoted to principal.

In 2021 Delawie celebrates 60 years since its founding. The firm continues to service both public and private clients in focused market sectors, and continues to provide clients with exceptional design delivered with integrity and a commitment to service pioneered by Homer Delawie. We are honored to continue his practice and serve our hometown under his belief of, “Simplicity with attention to detail.”