Who We Are

We are architects, planners, and conservators who believe in the value that history adds to modern life.

In 1980, Stephen J. Far­neth, FAIA, LEED AP and Bruce D. Judd, FAIA set up a desk and a cof­fee pot in a liv­ing room, and started Ar­chi­tec­tural Re­sources Group. All these years later, we still love his­tory and con­sis­tently em­brace the fu­ture. Our work en­com­passes some of the West Coast’s most iconic build­ings and sites. Lest his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion be con­fused with being stuck in the past, ARG has pi­o­neered many con­ser­va­tion processes through research we do out­side our pro­ject work. We were the first preser­va­tion de­sign firm to have an in-house con­ser­va­tion lab­o­ra­tory and to in­te­grate ar­chi­tec­tural con­ser­va­tion into the practice of his­toric preser­va­tion.

In fact, in­te­gra­tion per­me­ates every­thing we do. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion among our three stu­dios in­forms each of them, and work­ing to­gether across dis­ci­plines al­lows us to not only de­velop so­lu­tions, but to el­e­vate them to a higher level. We use In­te­grated Project De­liv­ery (IPD) for ad­vanced de­liv­ery of our pro­jects and lever­age in­no­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies to gen­er­ate cre­ative so­lu­tions, all in the ser­vice of giv­ing com­mu­ni­ties a con­crete link to the past that brought them to where they are today.

Head­quar­tered in San Fran­cisco, Architectural Resources Group has additional of­fices in Los Angeles, Cal­i­for­nia and Port­land, Ore­gon. In 2006, the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects Cal­i­for­nia Coun­cil awarded ARG Firm of the Year, the high­est honor AIACC be­stows on an architecture firm.

“Artistic features and historic details provide beauty, material texture, and human scale to the built environment, qualities that give people a sense of place and purpose. By connecting people to past generations, they also fulfill a need for touchstones, a connection to the past in a rapidly changing world.”

Stephen J. Farneth,
FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal