About us

Dedicated to creating
your dream home

Architectural Development is a full service, architectural design, construction, and remodeling firm based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. We create luxury spaces for our clients, with a commitment to distinctive design, master craftsmanship and heirloom quality.

Founded by David J. Howe, Architectural Development has evolved from the culmination of several of his successful businesses spanning all facets of the home improvement industry. For over 35 years, Dave’s career has seen him specialize all facets of architectural design, home remodeling and construction, among other disciplines.

Because of our extensive industry expertise, we have the unique advantage of offering a wide array of services to our clients. We take pride in our exceptional service and unrelenting passion for designing and creating your dream home.

Meet the founder
behind our success

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David. J Howe

Dave is a renowned architectural designer, builder, and general contractor with over 35 years of experience in residential architecture, building, remodeling, and swimming pool design and construction. His diversified experience, unique insights, and visionary approach have earned him numerous awards and features in prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Bloomberg, and Boston Design, as well as WCVB TV, Channel 5.

Driven by a passion for excellence, Dave strives to make every project exceptional and distinctive. His attention to detail transcends residential homes, as he also transforms jewelry, automobiles, and furnishings with unmatched precision.

Based in Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA, Dave enjoys life with his wife Ying and their two sons, Landon and Nolan. He extends heartfelt gratitude to his late father, James D. Howe, for guiding him into the world of architecture and creation, which has become his life's passion and professional calling.