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 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