4,575 San Rafael, CA Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your San Rafael, 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 Jose, CA, 95113
50 miles from San Rafael
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
Whatever your style or budget we would love to help you create your custom dream home.
Oakland, CA, 94618
19 miles from San Rafael
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
Tamley Architectural Design is a full service architectural firm specializing in custom residential design. We create inspiring, comfortable, functional, and healthy spaces for you and your family.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
17 miles from San Rafael
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
Verdigris (415) 575-4900
Verdigris is a team of architects focused on bringing order and form to our clients' physical requirements. We strive to provide elegant solutions, efficiently designed and environmentally considered.
Arch Studio, Inc. (408) 859-8723
San Jose, CA, 95125
50 miles from San Rafael
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
We want to make great buildings for remarkable people. Efficient Design is the careful and intelligent reuse of known information in new and different contexts.
San Francisco, CA, 94110
17 miles from San Rafael
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
The firm of Mahoney Architects & Interiors is an award-winning group of talented architects designing buildings of significance as well as modest remodeling projects throughout the Bay Area.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
6 miles from San Rafael
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
Residential architectural practice specializing in custom homes, additions, remodels, and kitchens & baths. Contemporary or traditional design.
San Francisco, CA, 94109
14 miles from San Rafael
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
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.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
6 miles from San Rafael
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
Thompson Studio Architects aspires to build a legacy of exemplary projects and happy clients.
San Francisco, 94110
17 miles from San Rafael
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
Charles Debbas established Debbas Architecture in Berkeley California in 1989 quickly carving a niche as an architect whose work is fluid, well proportioned and non-traditional.
Amy A. Alper (707) 939-9701
Sonoma, CA, 95476
22 miles from San Rafael
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
Visionary designers and planners of "Heirloom Quality" personalized custom homes, interiors and landscape environments of unsurpassed function, beauty and style.
WA design (510) 883-0868
Berkeley, CA, 94710
15 miles from San Rafael
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
artificial - construct (415) 609-9706
I am an International Architect with North American and Asian experience . My expertise includes architecture, product design, and furniture.
robert kelly (510) 836-0719
piedmont, CA, 94610
20 miles from San Rafael
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
Design of single-family custom homes, entry-level home developments, and custom home communities in diverse environments
San Francisco, CA, 94133
14 miles from San Rafael
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
Sarah Zimmerman Architecture provides a complete range of architectural and interior design services for custom residential and small commercial projects.
Gast Architects (415) 885-2946
San Francisco, 94103
16 miles from San Rafael
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
Drawn from the uniqueness of each project and client, Ohashi Design Studio creates buildings and spaces for living that are simple, efficient and timeless.
FGY Architects (650) 473-0400
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
43 miles from San Rafael
We are a full-service architectural firm for those looking for a higher level of attention and environmental stewardship. Each project is a unique creation made especially for... Read More
Studio J Architecture specializes in residential and commercial architecture in the Bay Area. We work from new, ground up construction to kitchen and bath remodels.
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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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