4,232 San Francisco Architects & Designers

Is the scope of your San Francisco Metro Area home design project more involved than replacing your kitchen countertops or bathroom flooring? It is the responsibility of home architects to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire a home architect, you are not only hiring someone to design and build your home, but you are also hiring the person who will manage all of your budgetary limitations and site constraints, as well as coordinate the relationships of all parties involved in the project. More 
San Francisco, CA, US 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 
Designing homes is our passion. We design unique homes in both traditional and contemporary styles. We listen to your ideas and work closely with you to create your dream home.
Oakland, CA, US 94618
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 
At 361 we collaborate with clients to create warm, modern and sustainable architecture. With a background in construction, we deliver fully integrated projects. Call us for a free consultation!
San Jose, CA, US 95113
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 
Our approach to design enables us to create living environments for people that truly resonate with their lifestyles, dreams and aspirations.
San Francisco, US 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 
The firm’s design approach is one of creating site sensitive and environmentally responsible structures that are both timeless, innovative, and enduring.
Mill Valley, CA, US 94941
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 
Neela Shukla (408) 425-8846
At Neela Design, we listen to you and your needs, your desires, your requirements. After taking everything into consideration, with our expertise, we give you the best possible solution.
WA design (510) 883-0868
Berkeley, CA, US 94710
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 
JCA ARCHITECTS (408) 278-1166
JCA Architects Inc. is a full service architecture, planning, and interiors firm that is committed to exceptional design and quality in the commercial, civic, and residential sectors.
San Jose, CA, US 95125
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 
FabCab (206) 275-2345
Smaller and smarter: FabCab provides eco-friendly and universally designed homes. We are a licensed architecture firm serving Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. For info call 206-275-2345
San Francisco, CA, US 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 
Martinkovic Milford strives to understand our client's unique interests and aspirations, and infuse each project with insightful, strategic, and creative solutions.
San Francisco, CA, US 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 
Drawn from the uniqueness of each project/client, we create spaces for living that are simple, efficient & timeless. As a small-sized firm, we have the ability to provide hands-on involve.
San Francisco, CA, US 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 
Dencity (510) 672-3234
Rigorous attention to detail, through each phase of the project, allows Dencity to create work that we believe will satisfy our most discerning clients and ourselves.
Amy A. Alper (707) 939-9701
Sonoma, CA, US 95476
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 
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.
FGY Architects (650) 473-0400
Palo Alto, CA, US 94301
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 
Craycroft Design (831) 427-3048
We work closely with our clients to design custom homes which are carefully planned and personalized to meet their unique needs and desires.
robert kelly (510) 836-0719
piedmont, CA, US 94610
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 
We are a full-service architecture, planning, design and build studio. We offer both traditional architectural design and planning services as well as a unique "turnkey" design/build approach.
san francisco, CA, US 94107
Operating out of a converted warehouse in the Dogpatch/Potrero district of San Francisco, Nick Noyes Architecture has found a prominent place in the architectural community of the... Read More 
Design of single-family custom homes, entry-level home developments, and custom home communities in diverse environments
Berkeley, CA, US 94710
Robert Nebolon Architects (RNA) is an internationally-recognized award-winning architectural design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area with projects also located in Los... Read More 
CJW Architecture is a design and construction consulting firm that leads residential, commercial, and institutional projects in the greater Bay Area.
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It is best to hire a house 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 subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. House 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 interior architect you hire. He or she can be the tiebreaking vote between you and the general contractor, and can be your biggest advocate along the way during construction. Depending on the company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from predesign environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and interior finishes. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of architects & designers: Interior Designers & Decorators, General Contractors, Home Builders, Design-Build Firms, Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers.

As far as the process goes, the architecture company that you hire will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3-D 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 be the best interior architect for you. 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 what you would like to do to your San Francisco Metro Area home and how much 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 a prospective home architect:


  • 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 (3-D, 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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