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Professional Profile: Jon Dominy

Jon Dominy


Name: Jonathan Braniff Dominy.

Company: domusstudio architecture.

Title: Associate.

Revenue – 2010: $4.5 million.

No. of employees: 16.

Year founded: 1986.

Education: SCI-Arc (Southern California School of Architecture – 1998).

Birthplace: Inglewood.

Age: 39.

Current residence: Point Loma.

Family: Wife, Vanessa Dominy; son, Van Anders Dominy.

Architect Jon Dominy’s custom residential portfolio is valued at well over $25 million and includes contemporary urban condos, a custom “Home of the Year,” and several multimillion dollar homes in La Jolla and Del Mar for the CEOs of San Diego’s largest companies. He is part of an esteemed San Diego design family at domusstudio architecture, which was founded by his father, Del Mar architect Lew Dominy, in 1986. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, domusstudio offers design and master planning services for religious facilities, fire stations, libraries, schools, and a wide spectrum of housing.


Essential business philosophy: Be fair and honest.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Play on a good team.

Guiding principles: Listen to the voice inside and the desires of the client; don’t get caught up in hype and fashion.

Yardsticks of success: Wearing nice shoes on a job site.

Goals yet to be achieved: Design a tract house community.


Best business decision: Real estate development.

Worst business decision: Real estate development.

Toughest business decision: Quitting a project.

Biggest missed opportunity: FEMA emergency housing, could not get proposal to the right people.

Mentor: Lew Dominy, father and boss.

Word that describes you: Persistent.


What you like best about your job: Interacting with the clients during the design process.

Pet peeves: Laziness.

Most important lesson learned: Patience, age usually means experience.

Person most interested in meeting: Leonardo da Vinci, inventor.

Three greatest passions: Nature, art, the act of making.

First choice for a new career: Psychiatrist.


Favorite quote: “Build for the masses, live with the classes. Build for the classes, live with the masses.” — David Scott.

Most influential book: the “Tao of Pooh,” by Benjamin Hoff.

Favorite status symbol: Dirt.

Favorite restaurant: Santana’s.

Favorite place for business meetings: The site.

Favorite vacation spot: The mountains.

Favorite way to spend time: Bike riding.


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