Ashdown Architecture is a full service San Francisco based, architectural firm with extensive experience in the retail and food service arena. We are experienced in all aspects of retail design, including concept development, prototyping, roll-out and construction administration.

We understand and appreciate the importance of the retail environment as a means to support merchandising, customer experience, brand integrity and ultimately sales and profitability.

We have successfully completed a significant amount of work for a number of major demanding retail clients including Gap, Ambiance, Grocery Outlet, Gelateria Naia, Road Runner Sports, Giggle, Lupicia Fresh Tea, Pandora, Beard Papa, Auction Drop and Clary Sage Organics.

Our Retail/Corporate service experience includes concept and brand development, prototype design, value engineering and full service retail roll-out.

We also have experience in the development, maintenance and implementation of style guide standards and prototype drawings to create brand identity, establish a "look and feel", and enhance the customer experience in retail environments.

We also offer a full range of architectural services including:
  • Pre-evaluation walk-throughs
  • Pre-lease access compliance evaluations
  • Project development plan review and design team support
  • Preparation of corporate access compliance manuals
  • Certified Access Specialist (CASp) site surveys and reports
  • Issue CASp certificates for inspected properties
  • Architectural design and permit documents
  • Early Evaluation Conference (EEC) CASp consultation and representation
  • Continuning education access compliance training seminars
  • Expert witness and legal services support

  • Mission
    Our mission is to improve access to the built environment for individuals with disabilities by providing information, education and solutions to businesses, property owners, and design and construction professionals, to facilitate compliance with the Federal and State accessibility requirements in California.

    We are committed to providing our clients with prompt, efficient, cost effective, practical solutions to facilitate access compliance in the built environment, while maintaining the highest level of professional and ethical conduct.

    Our guide to Accessibility Compliance in California - for smartphones, tablets and computers - is available on iTunes, Barnes & Nobel and

    Member of

    Certified Access Specialist Institute

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