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Emerging Trends: Flexible Work Environments

At Studio Design Group Architects in San Luis Obispo, we are known for our broad experience in commercial and hospitality design. Our architects and designers understand how changing events and environments affect how we use the buildings we live and work in. When it comes to hospitals and other healthcare facilities, safety is always the priority, followed closely by accessibility and adaptability.

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The Future of Hospitality Design

At Studio Design Group Architects, we understand how design and architecture are influenced by the environment, current events, and changing expectations of the user. The past couple of years have hit the hospitality industry especially hard, and professionals agree that many of the changes they have made to improve safety will likely be permanent. But we think that’s a good …

Project Introduction: Cayucos Veterans Memorial Building Rehabilitation

The architectural heart of the Cayucos community has gone by many names over the years: The old Cass Warehouse at Cayucos Landing, Cayucos Veteran’s Memorial Building, and simply, Vets Hall. For over one hundred years, residents and visitors in Cayucos used the hall for meetings, weddings, classes, parties, and celebrations of all kinds. Sadly, in May of 2016, the county of San …

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Emerging Trends: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

At Studio Design Group Architects in San Luis Obispo, we are constantly acquiring new skills, researching new ideas, and exploring new technologies. Keeping up with the tools that impact architecture and design helps us to continue creating the most beautiful and innovative buildings on the Central Coast. In the past decade, advances in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have brought …

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Explore Architecture with Virtual Tours

After a long year of being confined to our homes and workplaces, most of us are more than ready to get out and rediscover the world. But with travel restrictions and some closures still in place, that is easier said than done. The Studio Design Group architects in San Luis Obispo would like to share some of the world’s most …

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Biophilic Design and Stress Reduction

In our December blog, we discussed some of the more important design trends to watch for in the coming year. While many of this year’s designs were influenced by recent events, Studio Design Group architects would like to examine the benefits of Biophilic Design a little more closely, as it seems to be less of a trend and more of a …

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Celebrating Women’s History Month – Architect Norma Merrick Sklarek

In our February blog celebrating Black History Month, we highlighted Paul R. Williams, a prolific yet little known Los Angeles architect who, despite profound challenges, changed the skyline of southern California. In honor of Women’s History Month, Studio Design Group architects would like to introduce you to Norma Merrick Sklarek, another iconic and influential California architect. Sklarek has been called the …

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​Celebrating Black History Month – Architect Paul R. Williams

In honor of Black History month, Studio Design Group would like to introduce architect, Paul R. Williams. Throughout much of the last century, Williams was a quiet leader in architecture, designing thousands of structures in and around Southern California, yet his name is unfamiliar to many, including those in the building industry. “I had never heard of Paul R. Williams, …

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The 2021 Home Improvement Boom

If you’ve been struggling with creating the spaces in your house for our “new normal” over the last year, you are not alone. Across the country, homeowners are realizing that the homes they used to spend their nights and weekends in have recently had to do much more heavy lifting. Families who must now work, learn, create, exercise, relax, and live in …

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Design Trends to Look for in 2021

The events of 2020 have influenced interior design trends in some profound ways. We’ve quickly learned that our homes can – and should – have the ability to become more functional and comfortable. As more of us are staying inside these days, architects and designers are focusing on creating interiors that are more utilitarian and adaptable, while still being simple …

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Virtual Exhibits to Keep You Inspired

Tired of staring at your own four walls? Us too. Check out these virtual exhibits from Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB for a trip back in time and a little inspiration. Meet the man who designed the ranch house and other notable California architects who have influenced the way we live. OUTSIDE IN: THE ARCHITECTURE OF SMITH AND …

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5 Sustainability Terms You Should Know

It’s hard to have a conversation with an architect or builder without the topic of green or sustainable building or coming up. People around the world are interested in reducing their impact on the planet, using fewer resources and generating less waste when creating built environments. Sustainable design has been a hot topic for a while, but many laypeople aren’t …

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How Good Design Can Reduce Stress

It’s not quite business as usual, but despite nationwide concerns about health, society and economy, our architects in San Luis Obispo have found new ways to remain productive and meet deadlines from an assortment of homes, offices and creative workspaces. In doing so, we’ve observed first hand how our surroundings affect us. Regardless of where you’re spending your days, there …

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Sustainability and Retrofitting: Where Past Meets Present to Protect the Future

Opportunities for planet-friendly, sustainable architecture abound when designing a brand new building. New materials, methods, and technology are helping increase efficiency and reduce waste. This helps minimize the effects of new construction on climate change. But that doesn’t mean older buildings can’t do their part. Improving existing structures can make them leaner and cleaner for years to come. Renovating existing …

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For the Love of California Modernism

February is a great time for love, especially for those of us who love mid-century modern design. At Studio Design Group, we’re more than a little excited by opportunities to share this passion. Although we could talk for days about mid-century modern design, this time we’ll let the links do most of the talking. An exhibition at the Museum of …

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Things Architects Wish You Knew

Architects enhance lives and communities by thoughtfully and purposefully designing built environments. Working closely with clients and community development professionals ensures that goals are understood, needs are met, aesthetics are pleasing, and projects come in on schedule and on budget. For clients, new building projects are full of excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation. But they can bring their wet-blanket counterparts: uncertainty, …

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Forward-Looking Design Trends For 2020

As 2019 wraps up, our architects at Studio Design Group in San Luis Obispo share some architectural design trends that will lead the way in 2020. Universal Design Expands Into New Territory There was a time when accessibility rarely went beyond ramps, wider doors, and braille on elevator signs. Today, inclusive architecture embraces users of built environments by creating spaces …

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Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

Here at Studio Design Group, our architects are passionate advocates for the underrepresented in architecture. Undoubtedly, the male lense has overpowered the field throughout history. Our public consciousness has come to assume that the word “architect” assumes male. Jane Hall’s recent publication, Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women is dismantling this paradigm. Her work catalogues and celebrates architecture by women and explores why …

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The Importance of Art in Architecture

Here at Studio Design Group, our architects in San Luis Obispo believe that the designs we create do more than just serve our clients’ needs—they’re a meaningful contribution to our community. Architecture is so much more than functional spaces. It’s a part of our culture and history and has the power to affect mood and action. Art is integral to architecture, …

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Sensorio Fall News

Just as our architects predicted—Field of Light at Sensorio is officially a national success! From a feature in the New York Times, to articles in the Los Angeles and Business Times, the colorful spectacle is lighting up press across the country. Since it’s opening in May of 2019, the 15 acre illuminated art walk has attracted thousands of tourists and become a social media phenomenon. …