Oakland, CA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of an Oakland 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 Oakland, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Mahsa Vanaki Studio is a young design firm in the Bay Area. Their creative solutions turn your homes into...
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
Kelly and Abramson Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"When we met Rob Kelly, we were in a heap of trouble. We set out to do a very extensive remodel on our house, but hired a really bad architect, who we had to fire. Rob came by as a favor, just to give us a second opinion. We hired him on the spot to replace our prior guy. We liked him from the first time he set foot in our house, because he understood immediately what we love about our house and did his best throughout to maintain those charms. A year later, we are moved back into our house and I cannot possibly explain how important Rob was to the project. He helped us imagine the project, nail it down on the plans, delivered us into the arms of a great contractor (Ethan Allen) and stepped back in during construction when we needed design help or just hand-holding. He was always available, easy to work with, and understands that a remodel is more than just wood and nails -- it's about a home, and often involves large amounts of money. And that means that a great architect is able not only to give solid and creative advice about what to do, but is also able to nudge and poke and stand by your side as you go through the process. If you are thinking about construction, from big to small, I strongly recommend that you call Rob Kelly."
- dls999
Sogno Design Group
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, 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
Baran Studio Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"We have worked with Baran Studio on five new construction homes and many rehabs/remodels. He is a professional in every way - creative, easy to communicate with, honest, knowledgeable, responsive and quick. What I have been most impressed with over the years, is his ability to design and build to each site's / client's needs without ever subjugating the art of the design."
- calebinman
Guy Lubroth, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, 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
ODS Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, 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
Daniel M Swain, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"My initial meeting with Dan Swain was all I needed to see that Dan was highly knowledgeable and trustworthy, a pleasure to work with, and sensitive to maintaining the architectural integrity of an older home (1920s), while still making sweeping and much needed changes. That was one of his top priorities and one of mine as well. Throughout the course of the design phase of the project, I met with Dan regularly as we discussed and planned what would be done. He was always available for questions (there were many), and patient in explaining what wasn't always clear to a first-time renovator. As we moved into the construction phase of the job, Dan continued to stop by to check in. He worked easily and closely with the contractor (Peter Curlee), and was there with expert advice when code, engineering, or design questions arose. From the start, Dan streamlined the design phase of the project so it moved along on schedule, but in a way that never rushed me in making decisions. No corners were cut. I could rely on Dan's design sense and guidance throughout the project. He took me on several initial shopping trips to give me an overview of where to look and what to look for for light fixtures, counter tops, sinks, stoves, without ever pushing decisions on me. His fee was extremely reasonable given his expertise and experience. The product and process he delivered was worth every penny it cost and more."
- nancybronstein
Kaplan Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"After completing multiple projects with Kaplan Architects that went smoothly and with great satisfaction from the clients, I am always pleased to have been such large part of the finished product. Like always, being the GC, I am continuosly wondering from the start of the project what the outcome will be. Kaplan Architect's attention to the smallest of details, from the layout of all of the millwork, to the elegant lighting, every detail has been thought out thouroly, which in the end, makes my job easy. I believe any potential client could not ask for anything more than what Kaplan Architects can accomplish."
- sml699
Design Draw Build
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"The Design Draw Build team, headed by Tyler Kobick, gave me the confidence to move forward with my SF-based kitchen/bathroom remodel. Not only have they been creative & transparent from day 1 around design, trade-offs and pricing, but their communication throughout the process has been extraordinary. If you're searching for a partner to guide you through the process, one that is innovative, cost effective, and works on your behalf as a fiduciary, look no further than Design Draw Build! Pre/post pictures to follow!"
- Joe Levin
Robert Nebolon Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, CA
"Robert Nebolon and his work (a Berkeley kitchen remodel) was featured in a design magazine while I was in the early discussion phase for a custom kitchen remodel (and more) with another architect. I couldn't seem to communicate the fact that I wanted a contemporary yet timeless design that honored the style of the house until I saw how beautifully Robert had transformed the Berkeley kitchen. Additionally, I wanted a large custom window and each of my architect's drafts left me uninspired. I spoke with Robert, he came to the site and understood exactly the aesthetic I was pursuing- and it was fully demonstrated in his first drawing. The added bonus was that he combined form and function- his use of space and built ins was perfect- he thought of so many things that I hadn't even considered. The remodel was featured in several different issues of Sunset Magazine as well as American Homestyle and Gardening. 18 years later people still enter the house and kitchen for the first time and exclaim how much they like it, and, I'm still 100% pleased with it. The remodel was extensive, he added four feet to the front of my house, allowing a much needed bathroom remodel on the lower floor and a vanity area and walk in closet as well. Two years ago Robert enlarged a second bedroom adding a great bathroom and effectively producing two master suites. He's a man of integrity and a pleasure to work with. I highly endorse him without reservation."
- skyhouse777
Levitch Associates, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Oakland, 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
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How do I find the best Oakland 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 Oakland 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 Oakland, 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 Oakland, 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 Oakland 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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