4,578 San Francisco, CA Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your San Francisco, 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 
San Francisco, CA, 94107
Mark Brand Architecture's award-winning architecture and interior studio balances high design with practicality, combining understated elegance with elements of drama. Our firm... Read More
Anne Fougeron FAIA creates humane, modern homes filled with light, comfort, and unique design solutions that delight homeowners, conserve resources, and win awards.
Oakland, CA, 94618
11 miles from San Francisco
Cathy Schwabe Architecture is a solo residential practice whose work is rooted in the special blend of the Craftsman and Modernist, linked with a clear response to site and... Read More
With over 20 years of experience building in the Bay Area, Andre and team strives to provide elegant yet uncomplicated design solutions for all client projects. Best of Houzz 2012 & 2014
San Jose, CA, 95113
43 miles from San Francisco
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc. was founded on the belief that client involvement and a positive relationship is the key to a successful project, and we are committed to a... Read More
Licensed architect and full service design firm with over 13 years of experience in residential and commercial tenant improvement throughout the bay area.
San Francisco, CA, 94110
John Lum Architecture is an 10-person firm located in a converted laundry machine factory in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1994, we have successfully... Read More
Kappe+Du Architects creates innovative, forward-thinking design work. Our two design principals, Ron Kappe and Jiane Du have directed a wide range residential projects. We are LEED Accredited.
Arch Studio, Inc. (408) 859-8723
San Jose, CA, 95125
44 miles from San Francisco
Robin McCarthy is a California licensed architect who specializes in residential architecture. My company, Arch Studio, Inc., is a full-service design studio that can help you... Read More
Mark Brand Architecture's award-winning architecture and interior studio balances high design with practicality, combining understated elegance with elements of drama.
San Francisco, 94110
Rossington Architecture is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm dedicated to excellence in design and design management. Founded in 1999, the firm's work focuses on... Read More
Custom residential and multiple-family residential in the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco, CA, 94109
For 30 years House + House Architects have crafted intimate, personal architecture. Through careful analysis, Steven and Cathi House mold each project into a unique, magical and... Read More
Charlie Barnett and Associates is a design oriented firm working exclusively in residential architecture. Our projects encompass a wide range of styles connected through a common goal.
San Francisco, CA, 94133
Mark English AIA and his associates at Mark English Architects create beautiful modern architecture, exploring the power of simple forms and spaces specific to place and client... Read More
WDA creates innovative architecture that is responsible, sustainable & passionately delivered through great project management. Since 1998, we have specialized in retail, residential, & commercial.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
11 miles from San Francisco
For every location, the design of each home originates from the vision of the client and the spirit of the surrounding site. Founded in 1990 by the principals, Ron Sutton AIA... Read More
Drawn from the uniqueness of each project and client, Ohashi Design Studio creates buildings and spaces for living that are simple, efficient and timeless.
WA design (510) 883-0868
Berkeley, CA, 94710
10 miles from San Francisco
WA design is an architecture firm established in 1985 by David Stark Wilson, AIA. Our design philosophy emphasizes the inter-relationship of building and site. Each design begins... Read More
Mike Connell (415) 640-4905
Michael Connell Architect designs with long-term sustainability in mind, understanding that as households grow, a flexible design continues to accommodate ever-changing needs.
Gast Architects (415) 885-2946
San Francisco, 94103
Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is an eleven-person, service-oriented practice specializing in custom residential homes and renovations, including the sensitive... Read More
Architectural Design, Site Development Consulting, Master Planning, Construction Services and Design/Build, Interior Planning and Design.
robert kelly (510) 836-0719
piedmont, CA, 94610
11 miles from San Francisco
My foray into architecture started in high school when I decided to expand my family's Santa Barbara home into its large unfinished attic. My parents and neighbors were a little... Read More
Mark English AIA and his associates at Mark English Architects create beautiful modern architecture, exploring the power of simple forms and spaces specific to place and client desire.
Amy A. Alper (707) 939-9701
Sonoma, CA, 95476
36 miles from San Francisco
Amy A. Alper, Architect is celebrating the 8th Anniversary of her practice, focusing on custom homes, additions, remodels and custom office interiors. Her current projects... Read More
DM+A is an award-winning full service architecture firm based in San Francisco that creates stunning, innovative structures and spaces in which to work, play and live.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
11 miles from San Francisco
The firm of Mahoney Architects & Interiors is an award-winning group of talented architects designing buildings of significance as well as remodeling projects throughout the San... Read More
Our design of each home originates from the vision of the client and the spirit of the surrounding site. Our experience enables the firm to provide clients with the very best in design & project mgmt.
San Francisco, CA, 94133
Your home isn’t architectural theory. It’s an intimate space that reflects and revives you. Anne Fougeron FAIA creates humane, modern homes filled with light, comfort, and unique... Read More
At Martin Young Design, we like creating homes that are the perfect expression of the people who inhabit them and the places that inspire them.
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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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