4,222 Malibu, CA Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Malibu, CA home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
Nott & Associates (626) 403-0844
South Pasadena, CA, 91030
39 miles from Malibu
For thirty-five years our clients have come to us when they need to enhance already distinctive homes, or when they are ready to design and build a custom home that fulfills their... Read More
Long Beach, CA, 90803
43 miles from Malibu
Sennikoff Architects, Inc. is a full service architectural practice licensed in the state of California specializing in Residential Architecture...Custom Homes, Residential... Read More
Pretty Smart (323) 304-4475
Long Beach, CA, 90814
42 miles from Malibu
We believe design is a an enjoyable process of inquiry, discovery and growth. Our projects develop out of a close collaboration between client and consultants and aim to create... Read More
Malibu, CA, 90265
Sorensen Architects is an LEED accredited architecture and interiors firm that incorporates environmentally conscious design solutions into buildings that meet their client's... Read More
Ojai, CA, 93023
40 miles from Malibu
We specialize in creating an overall design concept for your project, drawing building design plans, choosing color and finishes, and completing the project with furnishings. We... Read More
Evens Architects (310) 821-1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90066
22 miles from Malibu
"Learning from the past does not mean living in the past". Evens Architects is committed to the idea that Mediterranean architecture - whether it be Spanish, Italian, French... Read More
Arc Design Group (805) 484-4277
Camarillo, CA, 93010
21 miles from Malibu
A full service architectural office since 1992, arc Design Group, Inc. is a team of talented, experienced, and motivated individuals that are dedicated to working hard for the... Read More
Altadena, CA, 91001
41 miles from Malibu
Robert Frank Design is a full-service interior design firm specializing in kitchen design, bath design and interior design and construction. We work in collaboration with our... Read More
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
29 miles from Malibu
We are full service architecture and interior design firm specializing in sustainable solutions for single-family homes. Read More
About:Space, LLC (310) 726-0137
El Segundo, CA, 90245
24 miles from Malibu
We provide creative interior design solutions for home and commercial spaces. We truly understand the architecture and construction of buildings, and that knowledge infuses our... Read More
Los Angeles, CA, 90066
22 miles from Malibu
The firm was founded in 2003 by Magdalena Glen-Schieneman. Magdalena comes from a family of architects living in the Carpathian Mountains of Central Europe. She brings to her... Read More
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403
23 miles from Malibu
Karen Grace Interiors, a Sherman Oaks based interior design firm established in the year 2000, specializes in residential design and commercial office design. The firm is known... Read More
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
28 miles from Malibu
Pritzkat & Johnson Architects specialize in custom residential Architecture, designing distinguished homes that combine a high level of artistry and functionality while realizing... Read More
Culver City, CA, 90230
24 miles from Malibu
DIGBAR interiors & architecture is a collaborative design studio that creates cohesively crafted environments from inside to outside. DIGBAR is a recently formed partnership... Read More
JWT Associates (310) 800-2930
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423
24 miles from Malibu
Welcome to Jeff W Troyer Associates, a custom residential design firm based in Los Angeles. Our mission is to fulfill our clients’ dreams, and to make the process enjoyable. We... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire California subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


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