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Located on the bustling street of Mission Boulevard of San Diego with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Mission Bay on the other, this Duplex renovation seeks to create an inviting atmosphere by opening up the kitchen and living areas into one big Great Room. This atmosphere is further extended upward, with multi-level roof decks connected by a spiral stair that leads to a pool container nearly twenty-five feet in the air. With views of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay on either side of the pool container, it is the perfect spot to relax after a long day.


San Diego, California

Design Team

Joe Rivers, Kevin Barden and Esmer Leija


Rivers Barden Architects




2021 - present



Champions Golf Pavilion

The new Founder’s Patio at Champions Golf Club offers an exciting opportunity for dining, relaxing and enjoying the golf club. Located along the golf side of the existing clubhouse, the design respects and resonates with the existing architectural language on the property, while amplifying and adding to the experience of club.

Troy Schulze

Music and Performance

In this episode, our resident architects Joe Rivers and Kevin Barden visit with Troy Schulze, a stage actor and director, and content producer from Houston Public Media. Joe and Kevin sat down with Troy to discuss his career in acting, how it differs from directing, and his work producing content for public media.

Staff Travel: The Swiss Chalet


In August of 2023, Rafia visited Switzerland for eight days. Her travels took her from sampling chocolates in Zurich to exploring the UNESCO city of Bern to hiking in the Swiss Alps. Here, she fell in love with not only the beautiful landscapes of the Bernese Oberland region, but also the elaborately decorated Swiss Chalet.