San Diego-based Graham Downes Architecture will close its doors June 30 after founder Graham Downes died in April following an assault. “Graham was a visionary of the rarest and most talented form,” says senior designer Maria Carrillo. “He was ingrained in his firm so deeply that we determined that closing the business was necessary for us to properly honor his legacy.”
The firm, which has 21 employees, has met with clients about completing projects or referring them to another design team. Downes’ final completed project, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in San Diego, opened earlier this month. The redesigned restaurant will display a plaque in honor of the architect.
Downes died April 21 from injuries sustained during an assault by Higinio Soriano Salgado, one of his employees. Salgado has been charged with murder and faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Well-known in the hospitality design industry, Downes designed San Diego properties such as Tower23 Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Hotel Palomar, as well as Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Mexico. His retail design projects included Charles David, Quicksilver, Sauvage, and Patagonia.