Berkeley, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Berkeley 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 Berkeley, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Our clients come to us dissatisfied with what is. They have tastes and convictions, budgets and constraints. They... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 526-2720
  • 1 mile from Berkeley, 16 projects in Berkeley
Bay Area Architect and Designer- 6x Best of Houzz
We see every project is a new opportunity to apply our skills, expertise, and experience to guide clients through...
Levitch Associates, Inc. has steadily increased the span of its reputation, with over 1,000 projects built and a... Read More
Bay Area's Award Winning Architect | 3x Best of Houzz Winner
Residential Design architect with 30+ years experience creating traditional and contemporary homes. I work with...
We are architects of homes. Our projects range from small remodels to large scale residences. On every project... Read More
San Francisco Based Featured Design Firm
Design What You Love. Ogle Design specializes in creating impactful and personal spaces through inspired design.
Based in Berkeley, Husband and wife team Erick and Elisa Mikiten have been creating beautiful buildings since... Read More
San Francisco Bay Area Architects Best of Houzz 2015, '16 & '17!
The Studio G+S Architects team is committed to developing intelligent and beautiful design solutions for every...
Founded on the idea that great architecture should be available to everyone, we work with small business owners,... Read More
The East Bay's Modern & Functional Architectural Design Studio
Mahsa Vanaki Studio is a young design firm in the Bay Area. Their creative solutions turn your homes into...
Projects ranging from Silicon Valley to Wine Country, from urban San Francisco to open country in Saratoga, bay... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 595-1300
  • 3 miles from Berkeley, 2 projects in Berkeley
Bay Area & Central Coast Architecture Firm
We are an architectural & design firm that specializes in the creation of historically inspired residences. Our...
Bay Area's Award-Winning Building & Home Designer | Best of Houzz!
MKB Design & Management provides architectural drafting and design for residential remodeling projects using 3D...
Architectural Concepts is the firm that covers all of your architecture, design, and planning needs, no matter... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 517-8567
  • 1 mile from Berkeley, 8 projects in Berkeley
San Francisco Bay Area's Preferred Architect & Building Designer
DGR Architecture is a full-service architecture firm with over 15 years of experience in both new construction...
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The Architects office is an architecture firm that specializes in creating solutions that improve the way people...
With over 30+ years in practice, I work closely with my clients, carefully consolidating their vision,... Read More
East Bay, CA Architect - Traditional Homes for Modern Living
For 20 years, we have designed new homes & remodels throughout N. California & the Bay Area. My goal is to help...
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It is our belief that architecture can be a beautiful framework enhancing the lives of those who live and work... Read More
  • Click to Call(510) 652-0612
  • 3 miles from Berkeley, 4 projects in Berkeley
Bay Area Residential Architect and Designer Best of Houzz 2013-2017
Designing homes is our passion. We design unique homes in both traditional and contemporary styles. We listen to...
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Rooted in the practicalities of construction, our dynamic design process has grown into a practice that...
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Koch Architects partners with residential and commercial clients to realize... Read More
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Established in 1994, we have successfully completed over 850 architectural projects, ranging from high-end...
I work with local homeowners in the Bekeley/Albany/Oakland area who wish to add living space or remodel their... Read More
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San Francisco Bay Area Innovative Architect | Best of Houzz 2018
CB Design specializes in remodels, additions as well as ground-up construction, and interior architecture. We...
We are a boutique architecture and design firm headed by architects David Yama and Karen Mar. We love to design... Read More
  • Click to Call(415) 550-3003
  • 11 miles from Berkeley, 3 projects in Berkeley
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St Clare of Assisi Architecture specializes in home remodels and new home design. Contact us for your next...
Regan Bice has distinguished his small, award-winning design practice through the quality design of single-family... Read More
The East Bay's Functional Architectural Design Firm I Best of Houzz
The natural beauty of a landscape is embraced by visually bringing the outdoors in and taking the indoors out....
Welcome to my Houzz profile. I have been a licensed architect since 1988, member of the AIA, and have received... Read More
Innovative California Design Best of Houzz 2016 & 2017
Randolph R. Ruiz founded AAA to work directly with our clients to develop projects that are contemporary,...
The design studio of Trachtenberg Architects, founded in 1991, is committed to excellence in architecture and... Read More
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Tierney Conner is an Oakland-based design studio with a reputation for bespoke spaces that blend the fields of...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
Sogno Design Group
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"Kathy Rogers and her team at Sogno Design Group created a fabulous design for my kitchen. She listened well and incorporated the features most important to me. She provided 3 conceptual designs that were all great options. After I chose one she guided me through the decisions I had to make and the resulting design was a significant improvement. I now have a beautiful kitchen. Kathy was a pleasure to work with. Notes: the project cost below is for Sogno services only. The construction and appliances cost significant more. Architecture services were approximately 10% of the total. The photos attached are by homeowner and include some old furniture that will be replaced."
- Mary Henderson
Levitch Associates, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"Maurice Levitch of Levitch Associates was a pleasure and delight to work with. We appreciated his thoughtful guidance, attention to detail, superb craftsmanship, and his sense of humor. Maurice was supported by a great team of courteous, hardworking professionals, both in the office, and on site. He completed a total transformation of the facade of our house, for which we have received numerous compliments. We highly recommend him to any of those seeking a trustworthy, skilled and professional architect, and will certainly choose him for any future work on our house."
- jswong
WA Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"David Wilson and WA Design have been the architects on two homes for our family, one in the Oakland Hills and one in Napa, California, on a rock-filled challenging site. They have been wonderful and responsive to work with, embracing our ideas in the spirit of collaboration. Designing and building a home is a very personal experience, and to be successful the firm you hire should be a pleasure to work with on many levels. This firm definitely is. David became a good friend during and after our process on the first home, and that made the second project even easier. Their style is warm contenporary, so easy to live in. I have contacted him about questions after the completion of both projects and he has been more than helpful, continuing to get information for me and share ideas. Both houses have hosted several events (best kitchens, touring unique houses, etc) and I continue to receive compliments: "I love your house, it's the best house architecture I've seen"; "I'm impressed by the views, light, organic flow and peacefulness of this homes", and many, many more positive comments. I strongly recommend this firm if you want to create a one of a kind home ! PS Hire them and I'll be jealous, I want to build a house with them again."
- Sharon Tjian
Mikiten Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"We hired Erick Mikiten as the project architect for a major kitchen remodel and some ancillary work on the entrance porches to the house in 1994/95. We wanted to expand the kitchen, remodel the interior to include new cabinets and an island, provide a new seating area in an addition at the rear of the house, and improve what was then an awkward connection between the kitchen and a rear bedroom. Erick came up with a very creative solution to the space constraints in the existing kitchen that resulted in a much more spacious kitchen with a larger island than we had anticipated. The addition on the rear of the house not only provided a seating area with views into the rear garden that we use on a daily basis, but included a very attractive raised ceiling and exterior architecture that continue to receive admiring comments from friends and visitors almost 20 years later. Erick's firm also recommended a new color scheme for the exterior of the house, which we adopted. Even now, from time to time complete strangers stop by to ask about the specifications of the paint colors because they find it so attractive and are considering doing something similar. Throughout the project Erick made great efforts to understand what we were looking for and present alternative options to achieve this, going through multiple iterations of the design as we refined the concept together, then producing a final design that satisfied our budget constraints. During construction, Erick visited the site on a regular basis and worked closely with the contractor to make sure that the work was being done in conformance with the design."
- geoffgosling
Devi Dutta Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"I am so glad we hired Devi Dutta Architecture to design our backyard studio. She was very attentive to our project ideas. Devi helped us understand the pros and cons of our "must have's" and "nice to have's". She understood how different design features were going to affect the permitting process. And she worked with our builder to understand how the design could be built in a cost-effective and pleasing manner. The finished product ended up looking even better than the architectural drawings. I highly recommend Devi Dutta Architecture!"
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ODS Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"The staff at Ohashi Design Studio helped me design my kitchen/living space. I wanted to open up our galley kitchen to be able to see our incredible view from the kitchen. They came up with a design I never imagined could work so well. Rather than just remove a wall, they moved the kitchen, changed it to a more functional shape and not only opened up the view, but made the living space feel like we were outside. I have been especially impressed with their level of service. They listened to my dreams and goals and turned it into a reality beyond what I'd hoped for. They were available anytime I needed guidance during construction and made sure the project was built down to the finest details. They helped me find a contractor and oversaw the bidding process. They helped pick out all the materials and finishes, even the paint color. I can't say enough about their level of expertise and professionalism. I worked with Dave and Alan."
- ellynjd
Architectural Concepts
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"John is very professional and so happy to communicate with. always on time and knows local code very well. we worked with him on three projects so far and will continue work with him if we have any renovation comes in the way."
- nancyli67
Guy Lubroth, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"We engaged Architect Guy Lubroth to help us remodel our apartment in San Francisco. He was very professional and thorough in his review of what could be done architecturally. Guy was also very helpful in presenting several alternatives to us. Our remodel is now complete and it is as perfect as we could have wanted. Thanks to Guy's help the HOA approvals went thru easily and the entire experience was good. We can highly recommend Guy Lubroth to anyone considering building or remodeling. Sincerely, Noel Pinto"
- noerpinto
Studio Bergtraun AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"My wife and I have one of the most beautiful and functional kitchens in all of California thanks to Studio Bergtraun. Somehow, Alex managed to make a 13X13 space into a perfect kitchen for us and we have enjoyed it every day. His creativity and ability to see the big picture is something that we really appreciated. After two years of enjoying our kitchen, we wouldn't change a single thing Alex recommended."
- rickbohn
Koch Architects, Inc. Joanne Koch
Architects and Building Designers in Berkeley, CA
"I just completed a complete remodel of my San Francisco Edwardian flat and build out my basement. Joanne and her staff did a fantastic job. It started out as a kitchen bath remodel, but once the design process started expanded to include every room as we discussed how different spaces would be used and what I didn't like about the current space after living with it for 20yrs. Might as well do it right! Joanne's attention to detail, listening, and high ethical standards are unmatched. She would listen in the meetings and ask questions then come back with some ideas and sketches to get my reaction. She knew what I wanted without me even knowing it. She was also sensitive to the project budget which was important. I was able to complete the project within my budget. She was also key to working with the general contractor. She brought with her experience in projects of my scope / scale and working with different contractors and even her own remodel. This helped immensely. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Koch Architects again."
- sprout66
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How do I find the best Berkeley 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 landscaper. 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 Berkeley 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. Different architecture firms in Berkeley, CA provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual 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. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

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. Residential architects in Berkeley, CA 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 Berkeley 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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