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
Vividion Therapeutics, Inc.
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.
Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
InterVenn Biosciences, Inc.
Ferring Research Institute
Heron Therapeutics, Inc.
Element Biosciences, Inc.
The Scripps Research Institute
Propulsion Controls Engineering
Pionyr Immunotherapeutics, Inc.
TriLink Biotechnologies, Inc.
The Hewlett-Packard Company
Drug Delivery Experts
Precision Diagnostics, Inc.
Hamari Chemicals USA, Inc.
Amunix Therapeutics, Inc.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
BioNanoGenomics, Inc.
GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.
National Resilience, Inc
Polaris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Poseida Therapeutics, Inc.
Novartis Gene Therapies
Mammoth Biosciences, Inc
Passport Technologies, Inc.

Ligandal, Inc.
Fluidigm, Inc.
LifeNet Health, Inc.
Omniome, Inc.
RazyeBio, Inc
Iconovir, Inc
PetDx, Inc
Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
OncoSec Medical, Inc.
NuVasive, Inc.
Alere, Inc.
Tizona, Inc.
NanoImaging, Inc.
Arsenal Bio, Inc.
Erasca, Inc.
Kumquat, Inc.
Organovo, Inc.
Explora Labs, Inc.
Cue Health, Inc.
Neuropore, Inc.
Metacrine, Inc.
BioDuro, Inc
Neomorph, Inc
Halozyme, Inc.
Biolinq, Inc.
Mabplex, Inc.
PrognomIQ, Inc.

Kezar, Inc.
Pairwise Plants, LLC
AnaptysBio, Inc
Scorpion Therapeutics
United Therapeutics
Astellas US, LLC
E-Scape, Inc.
AveXis, Inc.
Genalyte, Inc.
Dermtech, Inc.
BioLabs, Inc.
Aspen Neuro, Inc.
Verdezyne, Inc.
Quidel Corporation
Ambrx, Inc.
Inception Sciences, Inc.
Otonomy, Inc.
Rakuten Medical, Inc.
Celgene, Inc.
Plexium, Inc.
Second Genome, Inc.
Fate Therapeutics, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Truvian Sciences, Inc.
Verge Therapeutics, Inc.
Calysta, Inc.
Vector Laboratories

Phase 3 Real Estate Partners
BioMed Realty
Longfellow Real Estate Partners
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.
Breakthrough Properties
Nuveen Real Estate
Harvest Properties
Montana Avenue Capital Partners
Stockdale Capital Partners
West Tech Properties
MIG Real Estate


McFarlane Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural design firm that provides architectural, planning, and interior design 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.

McFarlane Architects are experts in lab conversion projects. Over the last 6 years MA has designed the conversion of over 3,000,000 SF of office and industrial buildings into fully functioning life science properties. Conversions have include single warehouses to a twenty-one story high-rise. MA understand the entitlements, the zoning, the structural, MEP and physical aspects that make for a viable life science property.

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