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ENR California Awards: Best Residential/ Hospitality – Gateway at Millbrae Station Millbrae, California

ENR California is pleased to announce the winners of its 2023 Best Projects competition. With lots of hard work, rain, and a great team, we are very excited to share that we won Best Residential/ Hospitality for our Gateway at Millbrae Station Millbrae, California. Gateway at Millbrae Station is a new mixed-use development that offers… Read more »

Welcome to the team, Karen Vall de Ruten-Soldi

ACRM Architects is excited to announce that Karen Vall de Ruten-Soldi is one of our newest Project Managers. Karen is a registered architect in California, she has worked in the design/construction field for over 25 years. Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has worked in interior and lighting design for about ten… Read more »

Happy 137th Birthday Mies van der Rohe

Today, March 27th, we celebrate the 137th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a pioneer of modernist architecture and design. Born in Aachen, Germany in 1886, Mies van der Rohe would go on to become one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. His work continues to inspire and shape the world… Read more »

Welcome to the team, Manjusha Babu

ACRM Architects is excited to announce that Manjusha Babu is one of our newest Project Managers. Manjusha was born and raised in India. She completed her undergraduate in India with Bachelors in Architecture. She came to the U.S. to dive deeper into architecture and finish her Masters in Architecture from the New school of Architecture… Read more »

Earth Day | A Brief History

History of Earth Day In 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, inspired by what he had seen following a California oil spill, planned a grassroots demonstration aimed at protecting the environment. In the mode of student demonstrations, Nelson decided to hold a “teach-in” on the environment. Pete McCloskey, a Republican Congressman, was drafted as co-chair… Read more »


We are honored that McCullough’s featured us as Client of the Month! Read the full article below. For our February Client of the Month, we are thrilled to feature a people-first firm known for its elegant, inspirational work and commitment to design excellence: ACRM Architects! ACRM Architects (ACRM) was founded in 2002 by architects Tom… Read more » Loved by Guests Awards

We are excited to see so many hotels that ACRM Architects + Interiors has designed or renovated in San Diego win in the 2021 Loved by Guests Awards! The award is based on guest ratings with a minimum of 50 reviews.

Meet Dean Gayon

Meet Dean Gayon, Associate Principal at ACRM Architects + Interiors What got you interested in Architecture and Design? A combination of childhood building toys (American Bricks, Tinker Toys,  Erector),  observing my father do home improvement and remodel projects around the house, and weekly trips to the public library with my mother and sister. There I… Read more »

Meet Tim Fleming

Meet Tim Fleming, Associate Principal at ACRM Architects + Interiors What got you interested in Architecture and Design? In high school, I had read The Fountainhead, and the Howard Roark character impressed me as a driven and purposeful.  The story was romantic, and the hero an ideal Architect in modern times.  Ann Rand had based… Read more »

Meet Rey Zumarraga

Meet Rey Zumarraga, Associate atACRM Architects + Interiors What got you interested in Architecture and Design? Since I was a kid I was always fascinated by houses and building designs and how they were constructed. What would you be doing right now if you weren’t here? I’m somewhere enjoying the sun, the magnificent views, the… Read more »

Meet Scot McGill

Meet Scot Mcgill, President and CEO at ACRM Architects + Interiors What got you interested in Architecture and Design? My mom and dad – they represented the foundations blending both the creative right-brain and practical, analytical left-brain traits inherent in architectural design. From my earliest memories, I remember my mom was the most creative and… Read more »


Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects (ACRM) an architecture and design firm located in the East Village area of San Diego, CA. Founder and CEO, Thomas Awbrey, who recently retired, ushers in a new path forward for one of the leading architecture and design firms. Vice-presidents, Scot McGill and Cliff Cook are responsible for driving the… Read more »

ACRM Adds to Apartment Boom in San Diego

Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill’s project Point Plaza, a multi-family residential apartment building in Point Loma, has been cited in the Union Tribune’s recent article covering San Diego counties expanding apartment market.

3 ACRMA Hotels Recognized in Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler readers were asked to rate the top 25 hotels in Southern California for 2017. The results are in, and we are delighted to announce that three of our hospitality projects made the list. #11 – Pendry San Diego #9 – Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel Huntington Beach #8 – Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego.  … Read more »


As in years past, the team at Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects gathered for a festive holiday celebration. This year’s festivities took place at the beautiful Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station. It was a fun night, spent enjoying delicious Italian cuisine and a White Elephant gift exchange. The following evening, the festivities continued at Cliff… Read more »

IIDA So Cal Fashion Show 2016 – Once Upon a Time

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) supports, connects and advocates for members and professionals affiliated with the industry. One of the many industry events hosted by IIDA is the annual Haute Couture Fashion Show. This year’s IIDA Haute Couture San Diego chapter was held on November 10th at the House of Blues in the Gaslamp…. Read more »

The Public Anticipates Pendry Hotel to Open

In 2014, architects Tom Awbrey RA, Scot McGill RA, Maria Ruiz-Ostmeyer RA, and project designer Dennis Rogers RA broke ground at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and J Street in the Gaslamp Quarter. Now, the highly-anticipated Pendry Hotel San Diego is almost complete and scheduled to open 1st quarter of 2017. Pendry Hotel, which is… Read more »

ACRM Staff Visits San Diego Gaslamp’s New Pendry Hotel

On a sunny Friday afternoon ACRM staff went on a site visit to see the construction progress of the Pendry Hotel.  Maria Ruiz-Ostmeyer, the project architect, gave a terrific tour pointing out elements to avoid and things to consider during construction document phase.    

Downtown Hotel Gets $5M Renovation

  Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has begun a $5 million renovation of downtown’s Hotel Palomar San Diego.                          View NBC San Diego article at:

ACRMA Hospitality Projects Construction Time Lapse

  Check out time lapse construction progress with webcams at link below for ACRMA hospitality projects under construction: Pasea Hotel & Spa (Camera #2) – Huntington Beach, California Burbank Springhill Suites – Burbank , California Marriott Residence Inn Pasadena – Pasadena, California Marriott Residence Inn – Courtyard @ Luhrs – Phoenix, Arizona  

Pendry Hotel San Diego

Architects Tom Awbrey, Scot McGill, Marie Ruiz-Ostmeyer and Luis Arellano along with project designer Dennis Rogers RA, attended the ground breaking ceremony on October 8 for the new Pendry Hotel San Diego.  ACRM is proud to be the Architect of Record for this $100 million, 317-room, 4 star Lifestyle Hotel, which is  located in the… Read more »


We welcome our colleagues, clients, vendors, family and friends to the new Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill Architects + Interiors website.  We hope you will find the information posted here informative and interesting.  Click on our Portfolio section, which graphically portrays our passion for design with selections of our projects in Hospitality, Retail, Restaurants, Residential and… Read more »