What they're all saying.

Mark Christopher masterfully develops creative yet timeless designs that reflect each individual client’s needs and desires. He offers sophisticated designs with clean lines and keen attention to detail. This equates to thoughtful designs with no wasted space. Additionally, Mark’s projects provide a heart and soul essential to excellent design.

With a deep understanding of design and construction techniques, Mark is a creative thinker, able to solve space-use issues that enhance his designs. In addition, Mark stretches the imagination and is a pleasure to work with. As a bonus, his presentation skills allow his buildings to come alive in complete three-dimensional, rotating space.

- Jennifer Phelps, June 2012

“Mark is an excellent architect that I have had the opportunity to work with on several projects. He has been recognized multiple times throughout the years as one of San Diego’s finest architects. I would highly recommend Mark, and I look forward to teaming with him on future projects.”

- Robert Wright President/Owner, Bast/Wright Interiors

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“Mark Lee Christopher specializes in designing homes inspired by the Craftsman perion of the late teens and early 1920s. Inside however, his homes are open and contemporary, and the spaces are suited to today’s busy multi-dimensional lifestyles.”

- January 1998 San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, Dirk Sutro

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“It is a Particular talent that can take an unworkable or too-small structure and expand it into a liveable piece of architecture. Fooling the eye between old and new, adding or retaining a historical style and a sense of the neighborhood take a special kind of sensitivity and knowledge of the design vocabulary. One who has gained a deserved reputation for his Craftsmanlike remodels is Mark Lee Christopher.”

- February 1991 San Diego Home/Garden Award for Excellence Phyllis Van Doren

“We worked with Mark Christopher on our residential project which was completed 5 years ago. As much as we loved the house in every way when we first moved in, five years later we only appreciate his skill even more. I can’t count the number of times strangers drive up and go out of their way to tell us how much they love the house, and its not uncommon to find people standing out front with their own builder or architect talking about the house. We love it even more as time passes because it lives beautifully, and seems to adapt to our needs as our kids grow up. Mark took the time to understand our family dynamics and has designed the space so beautifully that we use every square inch of it. Finally, Mark is always a pleasure to work with, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. ”

- John Hangartner

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“I have had the pleasure of working with Sanctuary on several beautiful homes. Mark’s attention to detail always raises the bar for the landscape architecture and the value he places on client and consultant collaboration is proved on every project.”

- Tony Parker, Contracter on Hangartner Residence

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“Mark is an excellent architect. In building Mark’s projects, I have become aware of both a keen artistic sense and a practical, functional design that are a part of Mark’s make-up. His attention to detail is superb and his sensitivity to a client’s needs, including budget, is always present.”

- Chuck Lang, the Contractor

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“Mark’s flexibility and incredible imagination helped put our project together… we came to Mark with unformed ideas and he was able to guide us. His ability to think large made our project blossom… Mark presented us with ideas that ‘resonated’, we are very pleased with everything.”

- Kevin Komata

“We are very happy with our relationship with Mark, his flexibility and willingness to listen were beneficial to how our project progressed…. Our home is now more liveable and fits the needs of our family much better than before…. Mark’s sense of design, knowledge of materials and vision were very helpfull throughout the project….”

- Cindy Wollaeger

“We selected Mark because of his use of 3-D modeling, we found it to be a benefit for us, we were able to better visualize the project along the way… Mark has experience with the particular style we were looking for in our house… Mark always puts the client first.”

- Karen Brack

“Mark Christopher is a talented San Diego-based architect who helped my wife and I develop plans for our property. He has a great knowledge and expertise of his area and he has accomplished a great body of work in the Southern California region. I would recommend him to others without hesitation.” Mark’s top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

- David Maggs

“Mark is a consumate professional with a personal touch. While he has designed some of the most beautiful high end homes in San Diego, he never made me feel like my project was anything but the most important on his agenda. The plans for my home remodel provide functional space, with exquisite design elements that will give my home a timeless appeal.”

Mark’s top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative

- Nicole Blakely

“Mark brought both creativity and design to our project… he came up with an idea that was much bigger than we originally had and it worked perfectly…. Mark understood what we wanted to accomplish, the project came together very well….”

- Ruth Fay, Owner

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“Mark is an incredible architect. I look forward to using him again, because the homes he designs are truly award winning and the payback on his work is quickly recovered from designing a home thats fantastic to live in and a premier property too.”

Mark’s top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity

- James Danforth

“We are enjoying our home so much. There is no way to express how grateful we are for your hard work and artistic vision that helped to create our home. …we wake up every morning in our wonderful ‘bedroom tree house’ and feel so fortunate.”

- Melinda Johnson, Owner

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“Mark was very professional, he delivered an amazing project , great attention to details, the result is one of the best houses in la Jolla. I will hire them again!”

- Samuel Michan

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“Sanctuary Architects designed the exterior remodeling of our 1924 Spanish Mediterranean Revival mansion. Mark Christopher creative design seamlessly incorporated the existing architecture style in the improvements and additions. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and the resulting increase in our property’s value. Fantastic job!”

- Oscar Ancira, Owner of Sunset Home

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“Mark Christopher masterfully develops creative yet timeless designs that reflect each individual client’s needs and desires. He offers sophisticated designs with clean lines and keen attention to detail. This equates to thoughtful designs with no wasted space. Additionally, Mark’s projects provide a heart and soul essential to excellent design.
With a deep understanding of design and construction techniques, Mark is a creative thinker, able to solve space-use issues that enhance his designs. In addition, Mark stretches the imagination and is a pleasure to work with. As a bonus, his presentation skills allow his buildings to come alive in complete three-dimensional, rotating space.”

- Jennifer Phelps, working with Todd Fry, the Landscape Architect for Woolf Residence

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“We recently worked with Mark of Sanctuary Architects on a residential project and could not have been more impressed. From our first interaction it was clear how dedicated he is to his craft and clients. He was prepared with all layouts and drawings making it very easy for the flooring and bath layouts to come together on our end. Mark is very involved with his customers and is part of the process from the preliminary all the way through, you can tell that he makes himself extremely available to them. Mark was also a great facilitator during selections and helped pull out the customers creativity and really harness their needs. We look forward to working with Sanctuary Architects again in the future and highly recommend them to our clients.”

- Supplier of Cabachon Surfaces & Fixtures for Woolf Residence

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“In a world of many designers, Mark is a true consommé in the architectural arena. A master of space, his floor plans are superior in functionality, making the traffic flow effortless and easy and his elevations outstanding, using both passive heating and cooling technology, with artistic flare, giving every house his signature look. Mark is truly one of the modern day Frank Lloyd Wrights’”

- Stevens Turner, Contractor

“I have had the pleasure of working with Sanctuary on several beautiful homes. Mark’s attention to detail always raises the bar for the landscape architecture and the value he places on client and consultant collaboration is proved on every project.”

- Jim Neri, Landscape Architect for the Arnold Residence

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“The home design was inspired with a high level of detail in the plans. The use of sophisticated software in the preparation of the plans allowed for useful 3-D viewing. The vast knowledge and experience of Sanctuary Architecs will result in an outstanding product that my wife and I can throughly enjoy for a lifetime.”

- William Pool, Owner

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“Mark Christopher is an excellent architect. He has been working with us on creative designs for our home remodel in the San Diego area. Mark is personable and easy to work with. He is a great communicator and listener and he strives to design in accordance with our lifestyle and our architectural tastes. He pays meticulous attention to details and comes up with creative ideas that are a joy to behold. Although we have not yet been through the construction process, we are familiar with Mark’s work as we have seen the beautiful results of his work in the home our one of our neighbors.”

- Susan Parkinson, Owner

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“Mark Christopher introduced me to what an architect is supposed to do. I have used him on 3 projects – the first in 1989 on a 1958 California Ranch-style house. Then in 1991 on an English Cottage and again in 1996 on a 1926 Moorish/Spanish house. In each case he created additions which enhanced the original look of the house, improved the flow of the house, and most importantly, did it without evidence of an addition. He is easy to talk with, understood what I wanted and at times had to convince me to take a second look. He saw things I didn’t see and described them to me in a way I could understand.

My regret is that I do not have another house to remodel.”

- Cindy Wollaeger, Owner

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