The Firm

McFarlane Architects, Inc. is a dynamic architectural, planning, and interior design firm that provides innovative design solutions and superior customer service in order to meet the growth and facility needs of our clients. We specialize in designing corporate offices, research and development, advanced technology, and manufacturing facilities for the public and private sectors. 

We provide full architectural design, programming, master planning, and interior design services to support our clients at every stage of the real estate process and facility cycle, from initial strategies to implementation and management. Our portfolio includes small tenant improvement projects to fully developed sites of multiple buildings and parking structures. Our experience, capabilities, and R&D industry knowledge have helped us emerge as a leader in the San Diego region. 
We bring a unique perspective to each project. And when this is combined with a project’s program, budget, schedule, and design goals, we are able to meet the challenges presented by today’s construction industry and constant building code revisions. 

By emphasizing teamwork and innovation, we create value for our clients. Our designs capitalize on creative ideas and technical expertise in order to exceed our clients’ expectations, thereby enhancing each client’s operations, culture and business goals. This service oriented philosophy to design has attracted prestigious clients and talented professionals, which has placed us in the forefront of the profession.


McFarlane Architects, Inc. services a broad cross section of the scientific and technology industries, including some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country, private research institutes, “start-ups,” and scientific industry support companies. Although several of our clients are in the same industries, we are very respectful of maintaining client confidentialities. A partial list of our clients includes:
Life Sciences & Advanced Technology
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Pfizer, Inc.
University of California, San Diego
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Organovo, Inc.
Explora Labs, Inc.
Cue, Inc.
Neuropore, Inc.
Metacrine, Inc.
Halozyme, Inc.
Biolinq, Inc.
Mabplex, Inc.
Element Biosciences, Inc.
The Scripps Research Institute
Johnson & Johnson
Verdezyne, Inc.
Quidel Corporation
Ambrx, Inc.
Inception Sciences, Inc.
Otonomy, Inc.
Rakuten Medical, Inc.
Celgene, Inc.
Plexium, Inc.
Second Genome, Inc.
Amunix Therapeutics, Inc.

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.
Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ligandal, Inc.
Fluidigm, Inc.
LifeNet Health, Inc.
Omniome, Inc.
The Hewlett-Packard Company
Polaris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
OncoSec Medical, Inc.
Propulsion Controls Engineering
Fate Therapeutics, Inc.
NuVasive, Inc.
Ferring Research Institute
Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
Alere, Inc.
Tizona, Inc.
NanoImaging, Inc.
Arsenal Bio, Inc.
Erasca, Inc.
InterVenn Biosciences, Inc.
Kumquat, Inc.

Kezar, Inc.
Pairwise Plants, LLC
Pionyr Immunotherapeutics, Inc.
Trilink Biotechnologies, Inc.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
BioNanoGenomics, Inc.
GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.
Poseida Therapeutics, Inc.
Astellas US, LLC
E-Scape, Inc.
Vividion Therapeutics, Inc.
AveXis, Inc.
Truvian Sciences, Inc.
Verge Therapeutics, Inc.
Drug Delivery Experts
Precision Diagnostics, Inc.
Genalyte, Inc.
Dermtech, Inc.
Hamari Chemicals USA, Inc.
BioLabs, Inc.
Aspen Neuro, Inc.

Phase 3 Real Estate Properties
BioMed Realty
Longfellow Real Estate Properties
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Healthpeak Properties, Inc.
West Coast Capital
JP Morgan
Alvarez & Marsal
Miller Global Properties, LLC
Parallel Capital Partners
Embarcadero Capital Partners
SteelWave, LLC
Bioscience Properties, Inc.


McFarlane Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural, interior design, and planning firm that provides a full range of services in order to translate its client’s innovations into building concepts that bring the latest technologies and discoveries to the marketplace. MA integrates its services to support its clients at every stage of the real estate cycle, from initial strategies to implementation and management.

Planning /Site Analysis
Test Fits
Due Diligence Reports
Existing Conditions Reports
Feasibility Studies
Conceptual Studies
Post Occupancy Evaluations
Corporate Standards
Entitlement Research
Master Planning
Architectural Programming
Architectural Design
Interior Design
Space Planning
BOMA Area Calculations
ADA Accessibility Surveys
Site Design
Construction Documents
Code Review/Analysis
Bid Documents
Construction Administration
Permit Processing
Lease/Contract Review


While McFarlane Architects, Inc. has designed a wide variety of projects, our practice has focused on building specialized expertise in Corporate Interiors, R&D, manufacturing, advanced technology, and medical device facilities. We have recruited and trained staff, developed the appropriate services, so that we can offer responsive, specialized services to our clients. McFarlane Architects, Inc. understands the complexities of the various levels of Bio-safety, following current Good Lab Practices (cGLP) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), of doing construction in occupied buildings, making adjustments to functioning infrastructure, dividing the areas of renovation into multiple construction packages, and identifying long lead items in order to complete projects on time and on budget. Our projects range from small tenant improvements to unique first-of-their-kind facilities. The experience of McFarlane Architects, Inc. includes a wide range of facilities including:
Cellular Biology Labs
Molecular Biology Labs
Microbiology Labs
Biochemistry Labs
Clinical Labs
Molecular Diagnostic Labs
Pathology Labs
Hematology Labs
Animal Research Facilities
Electron Microscope Facilities
Organic Chemistry Labs
Peptide Chemistry Labs
Analytical Chemistry Labs
Medicinal Chemistry Labs
Scale-up Labs
Quality Control Labs
Microscopy Facilities
Robotics Labs
Hazardous Material Buildings
NMR Facilities
Manufacturing Facilities
Pilot Plants
Clean Rooms
cGMP Validated Facilities
Engineering Labs
Electronic Labs
Tissue Culture Facilities
Distribution Facilities
Environmental Rooms
Animal Behavior Facilities