About Alt


Our Story

Alex Friehauf established his own firm in San Diego in 1977. The son of a carpenter, Alex Friehauf found architecture a natural extension of his childhood. He helped build Disneyland then helped cut his architectural teeth designing schools and commercial buildings while working with a firm in Los Angeles. In 1969, Friehauf moved to San Diego where he worked with Dale Neagle for several years, his focus gradually switching to residential.

29 years ago, Alex’s son Craig joined the firm, which then became Friehauf Architects. The team brings together the over 45 years of experience of and the new unique ideas of Craig. With the Associate Designer Lesley Schmidt, Friehauf Architects has combined experience of over 80 years in the field of Architecture.


Our Philosophy

The goal of the father and son team at Friehauf Architects is to contribute toward the improvement of man’s environment through creativity and collaboration of all disciplines, which endeavor to meet the challenges of creating a better environment.

We offer high-resolution design with in-depth service commitment. Alex and Craig assist clients to identify design opportunities and to realize them in a creative, enjoyable participatory atmosphere. As a result, the homes we create are highly personalized.

The trademark of our projects is that the building relates to the site and surrounding context and also satisfies the client’s unique lifestyle. Friehauf Architects is dedicated to creating inspired buildings with enduring value.