4,853 San Francisco Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your San Francisco 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
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
Architecture and Interiors Design Firm in Berkeley, California.
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
WDA creates innovative architecture that is responsible, sustainable & passionately delivered through great project management. Since 1998, we have specialized in retail, residential, & commercial.
Oakland, CA, 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
J D Allen-Young, Architect is a client focused architectural design and consulting service. Projects range from small residential and commercial renovations to consulting on large scale projects.
Arch Studio, Inc. (408) 859-8723
San Jose, CA, 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
Gary Earl Parsons is a full service architecture firm which places special emphasis on residential design. Since 1987 we have produced award winning designs that are responsive to clients' needs.
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
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.
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
Architectural Design & Restoration has been offering the best residential and commercial architecture in Sonoma County since 1988.
Mill Valley, CA, 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
Our expert professionals provide a range of services such as Planning, Design, Construction Drawings & Admin, and Bidding & Negotiation. As leaders of the industry, we utilize the latest technology.
Amy A. Alper (707) 939-9701
Sonoma, CA, 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
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
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
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.
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
WA design (510) 883-0868
Our design philosophy emphasizes the inter-relationship of building and site. Each design begins as a considered response to a set of criteria dictated by the site and client.
WA design (510) 883-0868
Berkeley, CA, 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
RSS Architecture (650) 802-6865
Our approach to single-family residential architecture is tuned precisely to the clients' goals, whether designing the ultimate home or spec-driven investment property.
robert kelly (510) 836-0719
piedmont, CA, 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
Wm. F. Holland/Architect brings over 30 years of experience to his thriving architectural design practice.
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
Design of single-family custom homes, entry-level home developments, and custom home communities in diverse environments
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
Madson Design (415) 890-2884
We create human scale, contextual homes, immersed with equal measure in the personal and in the communal: Simple, solid, beautiful spaces, that convey luxury without pretense.
FGY Architects (650) 473-0400
Palo Alto, CA, 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
The firm offers a comprehensive menu of design services: architecture, planning, interiors and lighting design
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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 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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