Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc. Since 1987

La Jolla Landmark
Business Since 1987
Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.

Photo by Mark Lyon

Incunabula (in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh) 1. the earliest stages of something; beginnings.

I graduated from Cal Poly Pamona in 1978, moved out and started looking for a job. It was a tough time and I must have applied to every Architectural office in San Diego. I finally got a break with Don Reeves and Associates. Don was great and I learned a lot. I was exposed to a wide variety of work; Military, Commercial and Historical Restoration. I worked for Don for five years and was then asked by Architect Wayne Donaldson to run his office. Wayne specialized in Historical Restoration and Downtown San Diego was a happening place in the 80’s.

When I left Wayne’s office I was doing a lot of Bank and S&L work. I opened my office in April 1987 with little fan fare and a small group of friends. We called it the Incunabula, the “Birth or Beginning” and I went from 0-60 in four seconds. Then in 1991 it all collapsed and in two weeks I had lost almost all my Bank Clients, which was about 75% of my workload. I had eight employees who had all become very close and in a few months I had to let them all go. This was a very difficult time. The silver lining was, I did not have a lot of debt and while looking for small jobs, I started doing residential work. I loved it! I began working with homeowners and families. Residential work was what I wanted to do. One of the great joys is that I have become friends with many of my Clients. To hear them tell me how much they love their homes, keeps me excited and eagerly looking forward to the next project.

I would like to sincerely thank all my Clients. Your support and friendship has enriched my life more than I can explain.

Architect Mark D. Lyon, Inc.
410 Bird Rock Ave. · 858.459.1171

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