The central and lasting pillars of our professional ideology began with the founder of the firm Edwin S. Darden Sr. FAIA. in 1959. It is apparent his professional integrity and devotion to continued development of the Architectural craft have left an indelible mark on the services we provide even today.
Originally conducting business as Nargis & Darden Architects, the firm was later incorporated as Edwin S. Darden Associates and finally the current Darden Architects. Early works supported the burgeoning communities of the California San Joaquin Valley through provision of high-quality design and excellent customer service.
This foundation was further strengthened by the continued leadership of Edwin S. Darden Junior. Retaining the core values prevalent in the work of the firm, Ed Jr. wove into the fabric of our services a passion for design excellence and innovation.
After Ed Darden Jr. transitioned to Principal Emeritus, Martin Dietz stepped up as Managing Principal from 2011 to 2018. We are now in our fourth generation of firm leadership with Robert L. Petithomme serving as Managing Principal.
Darden Architects has been in practice continuously for over 60 years and remains an active contributor to good works in our community and supporter of the continued development of Architecture as a profession.