Architectural Concepts, Inc. Selected as Interior Design Firm for New Marriott Development San Jose, CA

Margit E. Whitlock, AIA and Jaems Heilbronner, NCARB, AIA

Architectural Concepts, Inc. (ACI), a San Diego firm regarded as one of the Southwest’s top boutique architectural and interior design firms, announces its first project in conjunction with its new affiliate partner, Architectural Dimensions. James Heilbronner, President of Oakland-based Architectural Dimensions, recently joined the ACI team as Principal and Director of Hospitality.

Since opening the doors in 1992, ACI has focused on hospitality, restaurant, and commercial markets. Located in San Diego, the boutique firm provides Architectural Design, Site and Building Planning and Interior Design services for a variety of project types. The joint venture partnership with James Heilbronner, who became Principal and Director of Hospitality at ACI in June 2019 boosts both entity’s capacity in numerous areas.

The joint venture project, a nine-story hotel in San Jose, CA. designed by Architectural Dimensions, will be dual-branded as Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott. The project, with 303 rooms and 19 upper floor condominiums is slated to break ground in Q2 2020. The residential units will be located on the top floor of the hotel. Situated on the corner of West Julian Street and Stockton Avenue, the new project is near downtown and San Jose’s Diridon train station and the future Google transit village.

Downtown San Jose is rapidly becoming a fusion of culture, commerce, and the arts, exploding with new development in the economically prosperous Silicon Valley. The interior design theme and space concepts spring from San Jose’s growth and energy.

Margit E. Whitlock AIA, ACI Founding Principal and Creative Director of the award-winning architectural firm said, “The Marriott Hotel is one of the first new projects in this section of San Jose and we are excited to be setting the tone for the future of the neighborhood.”

Her new partner Jim Heilbronner NCARB, AIA concurred. “Architectural Dimensions has had a foothold in Northern California for 40 years. This Project is a perfect opportunity to blend our two organizations as we embark on our new path.”

During the past quarter-century, Architectural Concepts Inc. has developed a reputation for its professionalism, creativity and vision. With projects ranging from timeshare resorts to renowned spas, intimate lounges, and branded hotels, Architectural Concepts Inc. has received numerous awards for its creative solutions in hospitality oriented architectural and interior design.

About Architectural Concepts, Inc. (ACI)

ACI is a full-service planning, architectural and interior design firm in San Diego, CA. ACI primarily focuses on the hospitality, restaurant and commercial markets. ACI has won numerous awards for its work on Cibola Vista (Peoria, IL), Silverlake Sales Center (Atlanta, GA) and Club Regina Cancun, MX. Among its restaurant projects are Social Tap, Ventura, CA and San Diego, CA, Wahoo Taco San Diego, CA and Cosi, Costa Mesa and Temecula, CA. Retail shops include Nicole Miller, Carlsbad, CA, and Warehouse Records, La Jolla, CA. ACI’s principals are licensed architects in California, Arizona, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. For more information about Architectural Concepts visit or phone: 619-531-0110.

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About James Heilbronner, NCARB, AIA (Principal/Director of Hospitality)

Jim Heilbronner is an industry leader, bringing over 40 years of experience in the successful management and delivery of complex projects and programs throughout California and the US to the Architectural Concepts, Inc team. Fluid in all aspects of the architectural design process and project management, from feasibility analysis through construction and facilities management; he specializes in navigating the entitlement and stakeholder/public engagement process to reach consensus and clear coordination for any project. Mr. Heilbronner has spent the majority of his career designing and managing a wide array of projects in various sectors including hospitality, industrial, civic, entertainment, retail, and historic preservation.