Stewart Associates was founded in 1982 and has been focused on Custom Single-Family Residential Architecture ever since.  We are a father and son team who have a passion for Architecture. Over the past few years, we have had to reduce the size of our firm to keep our quality as high as possible and to make sure all our clients get personal attention from us.  Every project is as important as the next, no matter the scale.

We work on projects of all sizes, from small additions or interior remodels all the way up to large estates with over ten thousand square feet of building area.  Above anything else, we are wanting to connect with people who value design, from the impact when you enter a home for the first time to how your life plays out while you live in that home.  We design every project hoping it will be an heirloom for the family and a place where they can make amazing memories that are cherished through many generations.

Our understanding of Traditional and Classical Architecture differentiates us from many other designers.  The importance of classicism has been lost throughout the recent history and we find that to be very unfortunate.  Even contemporary homes benefit from an understanding of historic design principles. These principals guide us towards designs that value natural light and offer efficiency and ease of construction.  From an ornate Victorian to a contemporary take on a farmhouse, all homes benefit from this knowledge!

We have extensive experience working throughout the many communities along the Peninsula.  Each of them has their own unique challenges and advantages, with our experience we can create designs that quickly get through various design review processes.  We have contacts at most of the Planning and Building Departments in the area and have a good network of Consultants and Contractors to bring in on projects.  We have lots of experience with local zoning ordinances and have even helped shape a few of them, as well as the residential building codes.  We pride ourselves on the detail and accuracy of our plans, that leads to less confusion in the field and a smoother construction process.

We are always continuing to learn and grow.  We have been involved with the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for many years.  We enjoy learning from our peers and people who we look up to within our community.

The basis for a successful project is a good design, and that is where we excel and where our passion lies.


John knew he wanted to become an architect after visiting Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin when he was 14 years old.  He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He has been a Registered California Architect since 1983 and holds a National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate.  Mr. Stewart has been the Principal of Stewart Associates for over 30 years.  In the past 15 years, the firm has specialized in custom residential design of both new homes and remodels. As a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP), John firmly supports a sustainable design practices.

In addition to his work at Stewart Associates, John is very active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). John has served on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County AIA for ten years as: Director, Secretary, Vice President, and as President in 2010. He has spearheaded and led many design charrettes (one-day collaborative workshops) for the AIA, most recently as a co-chair of the 2010 Facebook/Menlo Park Charrette. He was a member of a national advisory group of 15 architects for the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) a Knowledge Community of AIA. He has taught Architecture at the College of San Mateo and Interior Design at the Art Institute of California – Sunnyvale. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and a visiting critic at The Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

John enjoys attending live music events and has become a regular at many of the blues shows in the Bay Area. He has also produced music events to raise funds for such organizations as: Team in Training, Guitars Not Guns, and Susan G. Komen Cancer Research.


Jason has been apprenticing under John at the family firm since 2010.  When people ask him where he went to school, he usually responds by telling a story about dropping by job sites on a regular basis with John.  Jason has worked in a variety of industries and learned CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) while working at a Medical Device Startup.  When he was laid off after the collapse of 2008, John asked him to research Architecture CAD options as Stewart Associates was still drafting by hand.  That was the beginning of his involvement at the firm, he was added to the payroll shortly after.

Since then, Jason has been learning every facet of the business by being involved every day.  He has become an expert at the latest and greatest computer software and creates amazing photo realistic architectural renderings on nights and weekends.  He has been cultivating his design skills by attending many courses and presentations put on by the ICAA (Institute of Classical Architecture and Art) and completed their Professional Intensive in September of 2019.  Jason has met the education requirements in order to be eligible to take the Architectural Registration Exam but with how busy the firm is he has yet to have time to dedicate to studying.

In addition to work, Jason has been building a passion for Landscape photography.  On any given Saturday or Sunday morning, you might find him getting up well before dawn to get into the perfect position to capture a unique photograph.  Most of his vacations have a photography component and he finds that it helps him get out and enjoy the outdoors like he used to when he was younger.  Many of his images feature San Francisco landmarks and the great natural beauty of California.

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