About ARK

Founded in 1987 by Faramarz Jabbari as “ARK Architects & Planning”, ARK Architects Inc. has provided professional services in the preparation of design and construction documents as well as master planning. We have been involved with many projects over the years in California as well as the states of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon. For more details about these projects, please refer to the Projects section of the site.

A native Iranian, Mr. Jabbari received his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters in Architecture from Tehran University in 1973. From 1972 to 1974, Mr. Jabbari held a position with the government of Iran as Head of the Building Department of Red Lion & Sun (the Iranian equivalent to the Red Cross), designing and constructing various hospitals and housing projects. In 1974, he started his own company located in Tehran, and for five years specialized in both commercial and residential architecture.

Upon his migration to the United States in 1979, Mr. Jabbari became affiliated with Hope Architects and Engineers (formerly the Hope Consulting Group) for two years. In 1981, Mr. Jabbari joined Naegle and Associates, Inc. in La Jolla, California, as Senior Designer. Then in 1983, Mr. Jabbari became an Associate in, and one of the founding members of, the M.W. Steele Group, Inc. During his time at the M.W. Steele Group, he was involved with the design of, and the master planning for, several major projects in San Diego.


Faramarz Jabbar AIA, NCARB


Mr. Jabbari was born in 1946 in Tehran, Iran. He received his Masters degree in architecture from the Tehran University. During his attendance in college he also worked at the Building and Construction Department of Red Lion and Sun. Later Mr. Jabbari went into private practice which continued until the 1979, the time of revolution in Iran, upon which he migrated to the United States and took residence in San Diego, California. Between November 1979 and June 1987 he joined three architectural firms in San Diego. In 1987 he started his own practice under the name ARK Architecture and Planning which was later changed to ARK Architects Inc. Mr. Jabbari has designed variety of projects such as Hospitals, Commercial offices, Hospitality complexes, Mixed Use projects, Commercial Office buildings, Commercial Retail, Master Planning, and Multi Family Residential, apartment and condominium projects, as well as Independent Living and Inclusionary housing. Many of Mr. Jabbari designs have won awards and received recognition.

James McConnell

Vice President

James McConnell is a graduate of the University of Colorado and possesses over 14 years of experience in the field of Architecture ranging from single-family residential to complex full service hotels and multi-family residential projects.  Mr. McConnell practiced architecture in Colorado and  Illinois prior to relocating to San Diego and joining Ark in 2002.  Mr. McConnell joined Ark as a Project Manager specializing in the creation of Construction Documents and participating in Construction Administration for several projects.  In 2003 Mr. McConnell became the Vice President of Ark, and as such is tasked with managing and overseeing the successful continuation of designs through Working Drawings and Construction Administration.