Bethesda, MD Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Bethesda 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 Bethesda, MD interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 918-5709
  • 5 miles from Bethesda, 29 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery's Ecologically Responsive Architect & Building Designer
Our knowledgeable team and group of collaborators will engage with you in a thoughtful exploration and...
Washington, DC residential architect Donald Lococo, creates well considered and thoughtful homes. Informed by... Read More
  • Click to Call(202) 831-2683
  • 5 miles from Bethesda, 8 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery County Architects Helping You Bring Your Vision to Life
At W.C. Ralston Architects, our inspiration begins with understanding your needs and desires. It is fulfilled by...
Balodemas Architects, Chtd. is a Washington, DC-based design practice founded in 1988. We have successfully... Read More
  • Click to Call(202) 930-0546
  • 4 miles from Bethesda, 9 projects in Bethesda
DC Metro Area Architect Specializing in Modern Residential Design
We approach architecture in a creative spirit taking full advantage of the range of possibilities that the site,...
We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients at Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects. We believe good design... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 861-3569
  • 4 miles from Bethesda, 7 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery County's Leading Architect & Design Firm Best of Houzz 2017
Our design philosophy is that a building should blend both style and functionality in order to meet lifestyle...
Architect Bruce Wentworth, AIA established Wentworth, Inc. in 2004. His design/build residential remodeling... Read More
  • Click to Call(240) 696-0434
  • 1 mile from Bethesda, 7 projects in Bethesda
DC Metro's Custom High-End Architect Best of Houzz Winner
Award-winning, design-oriented architecture firm based in Annapolis, MD. We have accomplished our mission when...
After years of working at conventional architecture firms, followed by a sabbatical as a stay-at-home mom,... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 804-2894
  • 4 miles from Bethesda, 10 projects in Bethesda
Washington DC Metro's Award-Winning & Passionate Design Firm
Robert Black, a native Washingtonian, has more than 15 years’ experience in the DC metro area. He guides each...
Washington D.C. Metro Reputable Award-Winning Architecture Firm
Christian Zapatka Architect, PLLC is full service architecture firm committed to creating comprehensive...
Inspired by a shared interest in sustainable design and artfully crafted buildings, we established our practice... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 654-9145
  • 4 miles from Bethesda, 5 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery County's Diverse, Creative & Quality Architectural Firm
DeLizzio Seligson Architects & Planners brings you over 50 years of experience and more than 600 projects in the...
DC Metro Architect | 2017 Best of Houzz Design & Service
Award winning residential architectural design firm designing custom homes and renovations for today's living....
Robert Nehrebecky AIA, Re:New Architecture creates timeless client-specific design solutions reflective of his... Read More
Montgomery County Leading Design Build Firm | 6x Best of Houzz Winner!
Since 1987, Washington, DC-area clients have enjoyed the award-winning combination of function and beauty we’ve...
Montgomery County Architect and Designer Best of Houzz 2014-2017
Claude C. Lapp, Architects is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the practice...
WIEDEMANN ARCHITECTS is a full-service architectural firm with over 30 years of award -winning design experience... Read More
DC Metro's Best for Modern Architecture & Design, Best of Houzz Winner
McInturff Architects, a seven-person firm in Bethesda, Maryland, has an orientation toward small highly-crafted...
Distinguished Full-Service Architecture Firm Serving Montgomery County
We are a small architecture and design firm where each project receives close attention. Our goal is to design...
Braitman Design Studio specializes in remodeling and additions for older homes, and often our projects include... Read More
  • Click to Call(301) 891-3800
  • 6 miles from Bethesda, 8 projects in Bethesda
DC's Most Elite Architectural, Design, and Build Firm
Saltbox Architecture/Construction specializes in reshaping existing structures to create inspired homes that are...
CARIB DANIEL MARTIN Architecture + Design is not your average architecture firm. We are a group of passion-driven... Read More
  • Click to Call(202) 854-1037
  • 4 miles from Bethesda, 6 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery County's Architectural Design-Build Firm | 6x Best of Houzz
For over 30 years, our sparkling reputation has been built on reinventing homes through the creative use of light...
reform, llc is an award winning architectural firm and research + design collaborative based in Washington, DC.... Read More
  • Click to Call(202) 831-7630
  • 7 miles from Bethesda, 6 projects in Bethesda
Montgomery County's Finest Architectural Services Since 2004
TrockWorks, established in 2004, provides quality, personalized architectural services for primarily residential...
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  • Click to Call(202) 277-0272
  • 1 mile from Bethesda, 5 projects in Bethesda
South Montgomery County's Balanced Architects & Building Designers
Our operating philosophy as consulting engineers is based on the belief that each project has a unique solution...
Paul Treseder specializes in residential architecture, both new houses and renovations/additions. His work... Read More
Montgomery Premier Architect - Best of Houzz Winner 2017 & 2018
Our firm’s approach is to nurture a strong and creative collaboration with our clients from the initial design...
South African born and British trained, Howard Katz brings an international flair to his personalized... Read More
DC Metro Architect & Design Firm Best of Houzz Winner 2015-2018
Established in 1988, Balodemas Architects is a small design firm providing architectural planning, construction...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
Claude C. Lapp Architects, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"We have used Claude C. Lapp for architectural plans for updates and additions to our 1931 "Cotswold" cottage three times. He has also done work for other family members and friends. He is very intuitive and maintains the proper period or style of the house while making it functional and aesthetically pleasing. He is very gifted and we wouldn't hesitate to refer him to anyone interested in making their existing home more functional or enjoyable or for drawing plans for a new build."
- Lynn Pendleton
Donald Lococo Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"I have been working with Donald Lococo Architects for the past two years on a large residential project in Alexandria, Virginia. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Donald and his staff. The house is a fabulous hybrid: traditional front facade contrasted with a thoroughly modern section in the back. The house is nearing completion...seeing this space come together - full of glass, light and dramatic open spaces - has been wonderful to watch. Five star design...five star firm!"
- Palindrome Design, LLC
Balodemas Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"We hired BA for architectural planning and project management of our renovation. We were very happy with their services. They provided a solid balance between creative design/planning and realistic execution. They understood our requirements and very good with cost control and managing timelines. We finished the renovation on time and within budget :)"
- tanyanguyen
Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"I have been working with Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects since April of this year on my home renovation in Mahwah NJ and I can say first hand that I couldnt be happier with what Shawn and the team there have brought to the table. I initially found BFM Architects on Houzz from their Modernized Split Foyer project. I had spoken to several architects both locally here in NY & NJ as well as some west coast firms and none of them gave me the level of comfort and different approach to a renovation that Shawn Buehler and BFM gave me. From minute one my project was never about how to get me to spend more money upping my budget in order to increase fees rather it was finding out ecactly what i needed from my house and figuring out ways in which we could make minimal changes and get maximum impact from them. The design process was smooth and the constant communication Shawn provided was key throughout the process.From design to construction documents and throughout the permit processing and construction observation they have been top notch making my life much easier. Currently the demo on my house is finished and we are in the framing process but once its srtats to come back together i will post pictures and more feedback... but if you are loooking for an architect to help you with a new home or a renovation i wouldnt hesitate to call Shawn and BFM."
- matt7
Wentworth, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"Our kitchen and family room renovation was not our first construction project, having done 3 other major projects and built a house long-distance. We started this project with another design-build firm that has an excellent reputation in Washington, DC area, but we quickly severed that relationship--and walked away from our deposit--because neither the design nor the communication was what we wanted. The decision to change firms and start over ended up being a great decision. So we began interviewing--again. This time we hit the jackpot with Bruce Wentworth of Wentworth Inc. His three design proposals were inspired and gave us all of our wish list: walk-in pantry, no upper cabinets over the work areas (but lots of storage), large island, butler's pantry, clutter-free paper storage system, more open kitchen/family room, and overall a kitchen and family room that are a better fit for our 1926 house. We also had lots of little things that we wanted such as no outlets on the backsplash--no easy feat in those areas where we had no upper cabinets--and custom-designed pantry shelves, but they solved each item on my wish list, brilliantly. Before the construction began, we had a meeting so that we knew what to expect. Did any surprises arise? Of course they did--this is a house built in 1926! However, all those surprises were solved seamlessly by the design-build team. Any time I had a question or needed design advice, I was totally comfortable calling the architects and or talking with the lead carpenter, depending on what the question was. In addition, one of the architects went with me on all shopping trips to pick out, for instance, the countertops, the sink, the tile for the backsplash, the faucet, etc. Never was I sent to a showroom on my own. Sometimes, the architects had assembled the samples for me at their office and I made my decisions there. What an easy process that was, especially since the architects had already narrowed down the choices for me. All of the team members were professional, friendly, and as detail-oriented as I am. Oh, did I mention that the project was on budget AND on time? And the final result? Beyond our wildest dreams--everyone who walks in says it looks exactly like us, fits the house, and is gorgeous. Would I hire Wentworth again? Absolutely."
- lindadallasreider
Upton Architecture, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"Margaret Upton designed a fabulous second floor addition for our one floor 50's rambler. The three bedroom, two bath addition perfectly captured our dream of more space without looking like a "McMansion". We now have an incredible new space that exudes charm and warmth inside and out that beautifully ties in the old with the new. We frequently receive compliments on how well the design fits into street without overpowering the neighboring house - just what we wanted. Working with Margaret exceeded our expectations in every way."
- marycb
Gardner Architects LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"As an architectural photographer, I have known and worked for Amy Gardner of Gardner Mohr Architects for more than five years. She is one of a group of architects that is thinking about the future and how she can utilize her generous talents to make better more sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. I have found her designs to be invigorating. The spaces eminently functional and her designs to utilize the available light and air flow to be of equal magnitude. In short, the spaces and buildings are livable, functional, breathing spaces that are simply exiting and fun to be in. It has always been my pleasure to photograph these spaces and to convey with a photograph what Gardner Mohr Architects have created."
- Jim Tetro
Robert Nehrebecky AIA, Re:New Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"Rob helped me work through many different options for my renovation. He was patient and listened very well to the ideas I was sharing. He was creative about incorporating my requests into the plan and turned the ideas and options around in a timely manner. He was very professional. I have recommended him to others and would do it again. I look forward to working with him as my dream becomes a reality."
- cosmoprez
Wiedemann Architects LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"We have worked with Wiedemann Architects LLC for over twenty years. Our experience has been 100% positive. We have worked on major projects which have been published in major publications, received local and national recognition and American Institute for Architects Awards. If you would like to tour some of the Project McNamara Brothers General Contracting was built with Wiedemann Architects please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Robert G McNamara McNamara Brothers Inc. 625 Sligo Avenue Silver Spring Maryland, 20910 3015893767 Mcnamarabuild@verizon.net"
- McNamara Brothers General Contracting Inc.
Braitman Design Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Bethesda, MD
"I am pleased to write this review of Jackie Braitman. My husband and I hired her to redesign our porch and kitchen based on jobs of hers that we had seen earlier. Not only do we love her designs but we love working with her. She has a breadth of knowledge that is unmatched. She is highly creative and easy to talk to. Above all, based on the fact that my husband and I were not in agreement on some of the details, Jackie was able to help us conceptualize and visualize the final design. She listens closely and takes notes so she can incorporate your expressed desires into the project. We made the best decisions about our project and are very happy with the outcome. If I had another renovation project, Jackie would be the only person I'd call."
- sarbz
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How do I find the best Bethesda 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 Maryland 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 Bethesda 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 Bethesda, MD 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 Bethesda, MD 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 Bethesda 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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