San Diego, 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 San Diego 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 San Diego, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Christian Rice Architects is an AIA award winning architectural practice based in Coronado, California. Our... Read More
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  • 3 miles from San Diego, 19 projects in San Diego
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House Design Architects is a San Diego, California based architectural practice. With over 20 years of experience...
Mark A Silva, Architect creates place as a direct reflection of you and your site. As an award winning architect,... Read More
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Flock Architecture is a small design oriented firm established in 1985 specializing in residential architecture:... Read More
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With over 25 years of experience in residential home design, House Design Architects, (formerly known as House... Read More
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Coastal specialist in custom residential, commercial, multi-family & hospitality. Marengo Morton Architects...
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We specialize in unique designs of single family dwellings, condo/town homes and mixed use projects. We...
Founded in 2003, Nakhshab Development & Design (NDD) is an internationally renowned design-build firm located in... Read More
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Our abiding philosophy and hallmark of the award-winning practice, South Coast Architects is to create beautiful,...
Nationally Recognized Architectural Practice Serving San Diego
Christian and his team work closely with all clients and are focused on listening to all aspects of a specific...
Bill Bocken has a true passion for design and brings a personal commitment to all of his projects. Working... Read More
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Our philosophy remains simple, to focus on building and maintaining strong client relationships, create cost...
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Creative architectural design solutions for new and remodeled homes is our passion. We provide complete...
sk7 provides a comprehensive, intelligent, and creative custom home design service for all types of residential... Read More
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30 years of experience brings an expert knowledge of diverse styles as well as the ability to provide a wide...
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Sanctuary Architects excels in creating extraordinary homes of consistent design quality and diverse styles. We...
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  • 21 miles from San Diego, 6 projects in San Diego
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Group Cristilli Architects has been providing architecture and planning services in San Diego since the firm's...
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  • 17 miles from San Diego, 7 projects in San Diego
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Jeanne Liem Architecture + Design is a small firm specializing in residential projects that offers full design...
We are an award-winning Architectural Firm specializing in Historic Properties and Coastal Area homes. We provide... Read More
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We are invigorated by the notion that the basic fundamentals of function and cost can be translated into...
**We are available nationwide! We love to travel, so we are happy to take a look at pretty much any project in... Read More
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sk7 design studios specializes in providing creative, skilled and experienced residential design and drafting...
Our focus is in working with clients is to meet the desires they have. By being familiar with materials and... Read More
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Juneau Architects is a full service design & architecture firm located in Southern California, specializing in...
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Award-winning architect specializing in custom, single family residences. I am recognized for designing...
LC Fisher Architecture, Inc, is a full-service architecture and interior design firm specializing in custom homes... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
Christian Rice Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"Christian is very talented and passionate about his work. He's everything we could have asked for in an architect and more. Kathy and Ted S. Spreckels house"
- kathyschafer
Mark A Silva, Architect
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
" i recommend silvastudios to draw your house. silvastudios understands the local environment to match your vision & budget with sustainable, functional spaces that are aesthetically pleasing. silvastudios is also adept in solving on-the-job problems quickly and quietly with innovative solutions."
- digitalromo
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"When we sat with Rob Flock in our plain, cramped tract house, we explained that we wanted him to create areas in our house that would be comfortable places to gather. We were cut off from our garden and we wanted to be able to see it. We told Rob we like the look and feel of wood. Rob's design transformed our house into a wonderful place to live in. He actually added only a little bit more space, but for us our home is far larger than it was because we use and enjoy all of it. When we first spoke with Rob, we had read "The Not So Big House", which helped us understand what defines a space and makes it comfortable to be in. Rob implemented ideas from this book to create five different specific living spaces, all of which we use and enjoy. For example, Rob gave the family and dining rooms wooden ceilings that connect the spaces to the rest of the house, and that also create a sense of boundary. The kitchen was our first concern. Our old kitchen had no view, it was too small, and it was hemmed in by a load bearing wall. Rob moved the kitchen to the corner of the house where a little-used dining room had been, and he added 200 sq. ft. and plenty of windows. Our kitchen now gets us into the middle of our garden. There is plenty of room for cooks to move around each other, a central island where we prepare and eat most of our meals, and a bar on the perimeter which is perfect for serving food and which attracts guests while the cooks do their work. The first photo found its way to the cover of San Diego Home and Garden Magazine as the kitchen of the year. The magazine cover is a great honor for Rob, but what counts for us is that we love being in this kitchen. We had living room that we rarely used. Rob divided it into two spaces, one for music (piano, keyboard, PC), and another for a smaller, cozier and more comfortable sitting space, with a great view into the garden. Rob transformed our old kitchen and nook area into a dining room that connects the kitchen and our family room (see the second photo). Rob designed a large solid oak table for the dining room which serves us as a place for projects and for formal dining. He opened the dining room to the patio with dual French doors and designed a fountain for the patio. Finally, Rob created a cozy family room where we sit and read or watch TV. The family room is surrounded by bookshelves and a fireplace. Rob's accomplishments speak for his skill as an architect, but he does more than design. He listened carefully to us in order to understand what we really wanted. He kept us involved as he designed the project. He sent us many versions of the design, which we looked at with a student's version of his design software. The software enabled us literally to walk through the house on our PC, to see what he was designing, and to get the feel of what it would be like. Rob kept the design process open and collaborative, which made us feel comfortable with a project of this size. Rob then helped us find a contractor who was able to do an outstanding job while keeping us close to our original budget. Rob watched carefully as the work was done. He helped us find solutions to the inevitable problems that came up. The contractors told us they had never seen such detailed drawings. The detail made their work easier. While Rob did little to enlarge our house, he transformed it into a place that for us is twice what it used to be. It has been four years since we moved back in, and we still marvel at how much we enjoy living here now. Thank you, Rob Flock, for what you gave us!"
- rlgordon3
House Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"I have worked with Mark House on several architecture projects he's very knowledgeable, respectful and patient. I highly recommend him if you're doing any type of new construction, remodeling or an addition to your home or business."
- njtrigal
Arise Art Group
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"We have had the opportunity to work with Arise Art Group many time through years of marketing. Joe and Traci are very creative with design, from conception to print. They created out brochures, business cards, and sales materials. A job well done."
- Design Studio West
Nakhshab Development and Design
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"NDD built our house in Mission Hills, San Diego. We couldn't be any happier. Aesthetically the house is stunning, and we love its green features. The house requires essentially no maintenance, and even the grounds are very easy to keep cared for. If the right project came around I would hire them in a heartbeat from the planning stage all the way through the building and even the decorating."
- David Lagakos
Bill Bocken Architecture & Interior Design
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"Bill did the design and architecture on an amazing contemporary 3000 sq ft whole house remodel in Mission Hills, San Diego. San Diego Home and Garden Magazine selected this project as their 2010 whole house remodel of the year, and the house was featured on the 2012 San Diego Dwell Home Tour. The project has also been in multiple local and national publications, and is more perfect than we could have ever hoped for. Bill was the genius behind our dream home, thank you Bill!!!"
- Bryan Leigh
sk7 design studios, inc.
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"Sam is very capable and delivered exactly what we requested. Very capable and easy to work with during the process. Very responsive."
- checkjason
JLC Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"Working with JLC Architecture has been an amazing journey in taking a vacant lot in Solana Beach and making dreams come true by building a beautiful custom home together. Jean Louis is a very talented and brilliant designer and Architect. We look forward to working on more projects together."
- Streamline Development
AMD Interiors
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego, CA
"Adrienne is an accomplished designer who is well respected by her clients, suppliers and the design community. I have worked with Adrienne on numerous residential projects both large and small and with each project; she showed a high level of creativity, flexibility and professionalism to clients, suppliers and us the contractor. She is highly organized and works efficiently, providing a clear process, detailed specification sheets and refreshing Ideas. Adrienne at AMD Interiors always has a comfortable ease with her clients, and a friendliness to be admired. She is highly respected by me and her clients, who truly value her opinion and expertise. I look forward to our next remodel adventure."
- America's Finest Remodeling
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How do I find the best San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego, 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 San Diego, 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 San Diego 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 San Diego, CA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to San Diego architects. You may also look through photos of California 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 Tijuana, University City, Chula Vista, El Cajon and Lincoln Acres.

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