TANNERHECHT is a full service architectural firm with offices in
San Francisco and San Diego.

TANNERHECHT is dedicated to cultivating a creative sense of discovery and interchange between clients and colleagues.  The main office, located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, functions as an open environment for associates to create smart, intuitive, and well thought out buildings.  Collaboration is an important element in the TANNERHECHT process.  We work closely with our clients, listen to their ideas, and develop a productive dialogue throughout the design process. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to realize and defend initial architectural design concepts through the rigorous entitlements, cost estimating, and construction processes that are typical of civic and urban projects.  

Since 1980, founders James Tanner and David Hecht have served a broad array of public and private-sector clients, bringing a hands-on, highly collaborative design approach to each project. TannerHecht’s work in urban infill developments, multi-stakeholder community-based projects and commercial interiors has been recognized by awards and publications, regionally and nationally.


James Tanner

James Tanner, AIA, NCARB is a founding Principal of TANNERHECHT Inc. and has practiced architecture in California since 1970.  In 1976 he founded a sole practice which has transformed into what is now TANNERHECHT Architecture.  With experience that ranges from adaptive re-use and historic renovation, to leading-edge experimental design, Mr. Tanner’s buildings have become a seminal part of California’s landscape.  Selected projects from his more than thirty years of practicing architecture include: ICON, an urban mixed-use high-rise residential project in San Diego; the Palomar Hotel San Diego, a high-rise hotel; and the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum. A consistent element of success is Mr. Tanner’s ability to logically guide sensitive projects through various planning, building, environmental and community agencies. Mr. Tanner’s experience and intuitive sense of design has earned him the respect of the design community worldwide, including a Hall of Fame honor from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston.  His works and lectures have been recognized by a wide-range of international awards and publications. Mr. Tanner manages the firm’s San Diego office.

David Hecht

David Hecht, AIA, LEED AP is a founding Principal of TANNERHECHT Inc. and has practiced architecture in California since 1987.  His extensive design and building experience ranges from single-family homes to religious, commercial, academic, hospitality and multi-family buildings as well as numerous corporate headquarters. Mr. Hecht’s distinctive structures have received numerous design awards and have been featured in international publications.  The Cannery Lofts, winner of an Orange County AIA Honor Award,  as well as the Builder’s Choice Project of the Year Award, consists of the architecture and urban design for an entire city block in Newport Beach, California. Mr. Hecht manages the firm’s San Francisco office.