Who We Are

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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.

With an appreciation for the past and an eye towards the future, ARG has pioneered many innovative conservation techniques through research, development, and implementation. As a result, ARG was 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 studios informs a cross-collaborative approach that fosters inter-disciplinary work to develop creative solutions—all in the service of giving communities an important link to their past. 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, ARG has additional offices in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon. In 2006, ARG was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects California Council’s “Firm of the Year” award, the highest honor AIACC can bestow 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

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