Hello, I’m Warren Lawson.

My practice, Warren Lawson Architect, takes seriously the experience of being and feeling more alive in the places we call home. My goal as an architect is to enhance that experience.

This is achievable through careful transformation of your aspirations as future inhabitant, combined with pertinent project data, into a built reality that is specifically yours. As a solo practitioner guided by your input, I proceed by working closely with skilled consultants towards that end. 

Because the path from early ideas to built reality is  exploratory and rarely straight, effective communications and mutual grasp of design intent by all those involved in the project’s delivery receives special emphasis. As with all team efforts, success requires that everyone be and stay on the same page.

The ideal destination of this focused effort is a setting that’s attuned to you, the inhabitant - where your daily living is improved and your life made more interesting.

The places we inhabit become part of us. For our sake, they deserve to be the best we can make them.

To accomplish the above objectives I try capturing the synergy resulting from close coordination with qualified consultants and contractors while utilizing, where feasible, the latest technologies.

A key to that coordination is “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) that, as an essential tool in the project delivery process, improves the prospects of your project turning out as desired.

With effective use of BIM, design intent is more easily communicated and comprehended by all participating parties. Risk of faulty and often costly design decisions going undetected until later in the project is greatly reduced. Identifying and removing conflicts as quickly as possible significantly improves prospects for getting it right in the end, where the final result matches or exceeds the client’s expectations.


- A client happy with the results.

- My satisfaction as architect with the results.

- Successful joint effort by all involved in the building process.

- A built environment that succeeds, both experientially and 

  financially, in meeting the client’s goals and mine, 

  enhances their life, meets my standards, and  whenever

  possible, leaves the earth a better place to live.

- Finding the most effective and appropriate means of

  weaving client lifestyle patterns with site conditions, as well

  as structural, code and energy considerations.

- Facilitating the achievement of maximum integrity by

  grounding the design firmly in the present and, when

  appropriate, using building materials in as simple, honest

  and authentically pleasing a manner as possible.

- Respect the fact that each project is for the client; that their

  money is paying for it.

- Aim high with feet firmly planted on the ground.

Scope of work includes custom residences, from simple home remodels and additions, to ground-up, high-end homes, including interiors. Past project locations include Malibu, Los Angeles, La Jolla, Big Sur, Phoenix, western Arizona,  Oregon.

Warren Lawson Architect



Buildings are what we make them. They’re us, our reflection, our story.

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