Evolution of a Project

This Shingle Style home on the shore of San Diego’s legendary Coronado Island was a true collaboration between Ward and the homeowners. On their travels, the owners fell in love with both the Shingle Style houses of McKim, Mead and White that spot the shores of Cape Cod and Nantucket and a whimsical circular room at the Hotel Iroquois on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Ward embraced the challenge of designing a home that would pay homage to these inspirations, serve the owners’ modern lifestyle and respect the context of Coronado Island.

The project began with loose sketches which evolved into computer-generated plans and elevations. In order to help the clients envision the final design of the home’s exterior, he commissioned a watercolor rendering. Ward shepherds every project from inspiration, to concept, to plans to the constructed home.

 Inspired by

The Work of


Louis Khan

George Washington Smith

Gerard Colcord

McKim, Mead & White

Wallace Neff

Roland Coate, Jr.

Le Corbusier

Paul R. Williams

Andrea Palladio


Ward’s Philosophy


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