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We built our reputation with our hands-on artistic approach,
unwavering attention to detail, and exceptional customer service.
John Stewart Studios is a full-service boutique design studio
specializing in exquisite residential, commercial and hospitality design.
Our projects range from custom homes, retail and commercial office
spaces, to hotels and resorts - locally and internationally.
We work with owners and developers to create cohesive design packages including building and interior design, furnishings, and art.
The foundation of our approach for each project is based on the core belief that architecture is the highest form of art. As artists and designers, it is our responsibility to interpret the desires of our clients by creating extraordinary environments that beautifully balance the elements of form and function in a timeless space. We do not limit ourselves to specific styles or design trends. Just as each client is unique, so are their projects...we always begin the design process with a blank sketchbook and an open mind.
With many years experience in all facets of project planning, interfacing with various community, government, and building agencies, as well as general and sub-contractors, we assist in expediting the approval and construction process. We have collaborated with several highly acclaimed architectural and engineering firms, including: Joseph Wong Design Associates, T.Y. Lin International, WATG Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo,
the late William Hughes and Randell Makinson, AIA, Director of the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA.
John Stewart McGaughy was raised in San Diego, CA. He studied art at San Diego State University, and architecture and engineering at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design. A classically trained artist, John's paintings, drawings, and sculptures are featured in private, corporate and museum collections. Several of John's design projects have been recipients of prestigious awards, including a Grand Orchid for The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA, The Alonzo Horton Award for 550 West B Street in Little Italy and an Orchid Award for The Pannikin in downtown San Diego.