Philadelphia, PA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, PA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Rasmussen/Su is an award-winning architecture firm specializing in custom residential design. Working together... Read More
Delaware County's Award Winning Main Line Architect | Best of Houzz
Warren Claytor Architects, is a well established architecture firm providing design services for residential...
  • Click to Call(610) 557-1526
  • 5 projects in the Philadelphia area
At Gardner/Fox, our motto is “Perfect Projects, Made Easy”. Our goals are simple: to create your perfectly unique... Read More
  • Click to Call(610) 616-3161
  • 11 miles from Philadelphia, 13 projects in Philadelphia
Philadelphia's Best of Houzz 2014-18 Expert Architects & Designers
For clients who recognize the value of professional design services, k YODER design offers quality, attentive...
  • Click to Call(267) 460-4035
  • 11 projects in the Philadelphia area
k YODER design is a full service architecture and interior design firm, specializing in a classic Modern... Read More
Client-Focused Philadelphia Region Architect | Best of Houzz Winner
M James Architecture is a custom residential and small commercial architecture firm focused on delivering deeply...
  • Click to Call(484) 866-9810
  • 2 projects in the Philadelphia area
Terra Studio is an award winning architecture firm dedicated to excellence in the design of residential... Read More
Philadelphia's Award Winning Residential Architectural Design Firm
Komita Design LLC is a sole proprietorship specializing in residential kitchen and bath renovations. I also have...
  • Click to Call(215) 515-2796
  • 10 projects in the Philadelphia area
Archer & Buchanan Architecture is an award winning custom design firm dedicated to the thoughtful design of... Read More
  • Click to Call(610) 756-1244
  • 23 miles from Philadelphia, 3 projects in Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia's Award Winning Architecture Firm | Best of Houzz
Well-versed in a variety of styles, Period Architecture considers the character of a region to unite...
  • Click to Call(610) 719-0101
  • 42 projects in the Philadelphia area
Moto Designshop is an award winning contemporary architecture and design practice. The firm’s diverse culture,... Read More
Philadelphia Architect Expert in New Home Design & Historical Redesign
We provide a full service package from initial design through full support during construction. Our goal is to...
  • Click to Call(610) 756-1206
  • 22 projects in the Philadelphia area
Philadelphia's Award-Winning Architect | Best of Houzz!
Terra Studio is dedicated to excellence in the design of residential renovations, additions, and new construction...
  • Click to Call(215) 515-4012
  • 9 projects in the Philadelphia area
Wyant Architecture is a Philadelphia based practice led by partners Jeffrey Wyant and Maria Keares Wyant. The... Read More
Philadelphia’s Main Line Award-Winning Architect | Best of Houzz
We specialize in exceptional architectural design solutions. Our experience, creativity, and ability to implement...
  • Click to Call(610) 525-2993
  • 7 projects in the Philadelphia area
Pennsylvania & New Jersey Fine Architecture & Design
Asher-designed buildings are quietly beautiful. They are designed and constructed with a craftsmanship and...
  • Click to Call(215) 458-2590
  • 26 projects in the Philadelphia area
Krieger Architects is an award-winning Philadelphia firm providing architectural, planning, and interior design... Read More
Philadelphia Area Experienced Residential & Interior Design Firm
Modern & reclaimed materials are used in ways that go beyond their traditional or expected use. Sustainable...
  • Click to Call(610) 756-1466
  • 5 projects in the Philadelphia area
The Main Line's Collaborative Architecture Firm
JMS Architecture LLC is built on the philosophy that architecture is a collective art. Not one hand molds the...
  • Click to Call(215) 515-4181
  • 3 projects in the Philadelphia area
Stephen J. Maffei, founder and owner of Abitare Design Studio, currently serves as Company President and... Read More
Philadelphia County's High End Architecture Firm
phenomenArch works at any scale to fulfill our clients' vision on time & within budget. We work with local...
Contemporary Design Architect for Philadelphia and the East Coast
Always by Design (AxD) principal Ed Barnhart, AIA works closely with clients and craftsmen, from concept to...
  • Click to Call(215) 627-6250
  • 4 projects in the Philadelphia area
Our work seeks to communicate elegance, wonder and an easeful clarity through the honest and inventive use of... Read More
Philadelphia Custom Residential Architecture and Design Best of Houzz
Wyant Architecture finds opportunity in the unique challenges presented by every project. Their thoughtfully...
  • Click to Call(215) 523-9394
  • 14 projects in the Philadelphia area
Re:Vision specializes in green architecture, including unique homes that are Net-Zero Energy verified, Passive... Read More
Delaware Co Architectural Design & Build Firm, Best of Winner
Custom design, remodeling and renovations are our specialty. We think outside the box, and are extremely creative...
  • Click to Call(717) 775-7216
  • 6 projects in the Philadelphia area
Period Architecture Ltd. is a custom architectural design and property planning firm specializing in residential... Read More
  • Click to Call(610) 719-0101
  • 21 miles from Philadelphia, 2 projects in Philadelphia
Philadelphia County's Leading Full Service Architecture Firm
Our team offers new building design, historic preservation, site planning, construction management, building...
Want to LOVE where you Live and/or Work?! Founded in 1993, The OMNIA Group Architects, headed by partners Gene... Read More
  • Click to Call(215) 442-1780
  • 16 miles from Philadelphia, 6 projects in Philadelphia
Main Line's Premier Architectural Firm | Best of Houzz 2017
We believe that all projects large and small benefit from the same process of understanding, investigation, and...
  • Click to Call(484) 324-2266
  • 8 projects in the Philadelphia area
Verboys is a full-service boutique design, staging, and project management company ran by Adam Verboys. With... Read More
Award Winning East Coast Design Studio | 2x Houzz Winner!
We are an architecture studio founded in 2004 delivering quality design to a range of project scales from applied...
  • Click to Call(215) 625-3590
  • 3 projects in the Philadelphia area
LQDesign Studio is a design practice offering architectural and interior design services for both residential and... Read More
Philadelphia Based, Award-Winning Architecture & Design Firm
We've been recognized for our exceptional residential projects including new homes, additions and renovations,...
  • Click to Call(610) 756-1244
  • 89 projects in the Philadelphia area
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
Rasmussen / Su Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"We had a wonderful experience working with Rasmussen/Su on a kitchen renovation. Our home was built in 1879, and it had a cramped and dark kitchen. Kevin & Vivian really listened to what mattered to us (having a space that works for an active family and opens the kitchen up to the rest of the first floor) and they were able to incorporate those things into the design. They have experience with historic homes and local regulations and took care of the arduous permit process. They were there during construction when we ran into the unexpected things you discover in an old house. They also helped with the design details and decisions you have to make during a project. We now have an amazing space where everyone gathers to cook, do homework, and just be together."
- phillyhouse
Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"We at Sterling Kitchen & Bath love being a preferred vendor with Gardner/Fox! We work well together to create beautiful dream kitchens (and baths!) for our clients. They pay attention to the client's wants and needs, and even the smallest detail is important! The end result is always beautiful when working with Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc!"
- Sterling Kitchen & Bath
k YODER design, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"It was a pleasure to work with Kevin. His design for our master bath was creative and unique, but more importantly, he incorporated our style into his recommendations. Kevin is a perfectionist and this is reflected in everything he does. We highly recommend him."
- adlevy1
Terra Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"We worked with Tim Kerner on our full house renovation in downtown Philadelphia in 2009. He is very meticulous, thorough and thoughtful in his approach. He does not rush through decisions or projects. He communicated well with our general contractor. Also, when it came time to make decisions about lighting fixtures and other hardware around the house, he sent me some links online of ideas to choose from, to make the process less overwhelming. I found this extremely helpful. Tim is patient and easy to work with and I would hire him again for another project, or recommend him to anyone. I cannot speak to his rates because we did not get other estimates (as he also worked on a family member's project, so we knew we wanted to work with him). We are thrilled the way our house turned out."
- shanabrenner
Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"Archer and Buchanan drew up the architectural plans to renovate and build an extension to a Pennsylvania farmhouse. They collaborated throughout the project with the builders. They offered expertise in maintaining historic features whilst modernizing the property. The outcome was just what we wanted. It was a great experience."
- coops7185
Moto Designshop
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"MotoDesign was top notch. We completely gutted a 47'x47' warehouse space and what they designed was fantastic. My wife and I love our place. The layout they designed was custom fit for our tastes and the attention to detail on material choices was second to none. They're very knowledgeable on modern materials and what looks good. You can't learn good taste, and they have it. There were several custom pieces they designed which came out great. We used them a 2nd time for a proposed addition. A happy client is a repeat client. I think they are the best modern architects in Philly."
- Stephen Beers
Wyant Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"Wyant Architecture created beautiful and enriching living spaces for our family. We have worked with Jeff and Maria on many projects in our Philadelphia townhouse (circa 1876) ranging from straightforward renovations of existing bathrooms, to a kitchen renovation which involved moving walls and opening up sight lines, to a very complex addition. Jeff and Maria have an outstanding design sense retaining older features and incorporating contemporary elements in our home. In addition to everything else, Maria is particularly savvy about kitchen design and functionality. Their aesthetic guidance on the selection of materials – wood, tile, glass, metals, paint colors – is invaluable. They are visionary and able to problem solve creatively. They are able to propose creative design solutions that are well within budget. Jeff and Maria have excellent technical skills. Their attention to detail upfront makes the pricing and construction phases go as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Working with Jeff and Maria is a wonderful experience. They listen attentively and respond promptly and creatively. They collaborate well with everyone – client, contractors, structural engineers, City Hall – and when necessary are strong advocates for their clients. We almost hate to be done with our architectural projects as we miss our regular interaction with them!"
- jmm6
Krieger + Associates Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"I am a builder who has used Krieger + Associates Architects Inc. many times throughout the years. I am currently working with them on an on-going project and could not be happier with their expertise and attention to detail. They are very knowledgeable in their field, professional, thorough, and have always met our deadlines with the client's budget in mind. If the client needs a change done quickly, Krieger + Associates Architects Inc. are on top of it. It is for these reasons that they are my go-to architect, and I plan to work with them for many years to come."
- dennisfmeyerinc
Abitare Design Studio, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"I have worked closely with Abitare on several projects both personally and professionally. Stephen is a visionary when designing spaces and buildings. He is exceptionally talented for articulating materials blending of textures and colors, the natural with the artificial, fabrication and project management. I highly recommend him to my clients for any of my projects which I think would benefit from their team."
- Modulus Contracting & Design
Jibe Design
Architects and Building Designers in Philadelphia, PA
"The centerpiece of our home renovation was a floating, black walnut spiral staircase envisioned by Jibe Design principal Juliet Whelan. It is breathtaking, and brings architectural distinctiveness as well as light into our row home. The project also gave us several more feet of precious space thanks to the removal of a chimney we did not realize was behind a wall. Whelan came into our space and saw all kinds of fresh possibilities, but also succeeded at learning and honoring our aesthetic. It was a pleasure to work with Jibe Design. From start to finish, we appreciated the design sophistication, professionalism and good communication."
- barnettp
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How do I find the best Philadelphia 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 Pennsylvania 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, PA 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 Philadelphia, PA 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 Philadelphia 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?

Find a home architect in Philadelphia, PA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Philadelphia architects. You may also look through photos of Pennsylvania projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Tinicum Township, Camden, Cherry Hill, Levittown and Laurel Springs.

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