San Francisco, 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 Francisco 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 Francisco, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Design Everest Consulting Engineers, is a leading provider of structural engineering services for residential &... Read More
Bay Area Modern Architect and Interior Designer
Rigorous attention to detail, through each phase of the project, allows Dencity to create work that we believe...
Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is an eleven-person, service-oriented practice specializing in... Read More
San Francisco's Premier Architectural Firm
We possess the experience, ability, & commitment to provide hands-on attention to your project. We know that...
John Lum Architecture is a 16-person firm located in a converted laundry machine factory in the Mission District... Read More
Greater San Francisco's Collaborative Design Build Firm
A leading innovator in complete design-build remodeling and new construction, Building Solutions combines top...
Best of Houzz 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012. Mark Brand Architecture's award-winning architecture and interior... Read More
San Francisco's Modern Residential Architect | 2x Best of Houzz
Founded in 1999, Sven Lavine Architecture is a San Francisco Bay Area Architecture and Design firm specializing...
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 ; BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2016, 2013, Mark... Read More
San Francisco's Value Oriented Architecture Firm
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LEED-certified architects of finely-designed custom homes, remodels, additions and interiors. A client-centric... Read More
San Francisco's Modern + Functional Architectural Design Studio
At GSA, we believe that great design evolves out of collaboration between architect & client. We are passionate...
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The office of James Hill Architect produces thoughtful, high quality architectural design, sensitive to location...
BEST OF HOUZZ (DESIGN): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 BEST OF HOUZZ (CUSTOMER SERVICE): 2017, 2016, 2015,... Read More
San Francisco’s Residential Green Building Experts | 2x Best of Houzz
We draw from various project types to create places and to advocate for processes that improve lives now and in...
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The office is known for its ability to transform unwelcoming spaces into spaces that are as stylish and...
JTA is a boutique architecture firm who specializes in residential remodels, additions and new construction, as... Read More
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HrH Architecture is a full-service architecture, planning, and interiors firm that is committed to exceptional...
San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay's Master Residential Architect
At Heritage Architecture, our team is a diverse collection of highly qualified specialists. From the simplest of...
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Here at Studio Maven, our collaborative process and our rigorous approach to design, detail and finish will bring...
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Rossington Architecture is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm dedicated to excellence in design... Read More
Architect Serving San Francisco and Marin County!
MTP Architects is a multidiscipline organization that provides Architecture, Strategy, Planning and Design...
Based on a sound history of providing critical professional services to municipal entities and other high profile... Read More
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Mark English AIA and his associates at Mark English Architects create beautiful modern architecture, exploring...
Kaplan Architects has over 3 decades experience in new home design and custom home remodels throughout San... Read More
Leading San Francisco Architect & Designer BEST OF HOUZZ 2017
Mark Brand Architecture's award-winning architecture and interior studio balances high design with practicality,...
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The Studio G+S Architects team is committed to developing intelligent and beautiful design solutions for every...
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
Design Everest
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"My archtiect and contractor were very statified with Aakash's work. He provided great work as the structural engineer for my project to add stairs to connect my basement with my resisdence with a very fast turnaround for a reasonable price."
- angiewilcox
Gast Architects
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"We have collaborated with Gast Architects on numerous high end residential remodels and have always been struck by their level of integrity and profesionalism. Our experience with their team on our projects has always been very positive which had resulted in seamless design/build aesthetics."
- The Garden Route Company
John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"We used John Lum Architecture for the complete remodel of ~1000 sq ft in San Francisco. John and team were fantastic to work with. Very creative yet good at listening to our thoughts and integrating our ideas. They understand how to both design a gorgeous contemporary space while still keeping it comfortable and livable. We depended on them with a lot of design detail recommendations such as fixtures, paint, tiles and they always had great suggestions that made the process much simpler and easy to manage. They are very professional, extremely responsive and timely. There were no surprises during the entire process including on deadlines and budgets. I would strongly recommend them."
- ethanbeard
Mark Brand Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"we worked with Mark Brand Architecture for the remodel of our house. It was a complete remodel with using different colors of stucco instead of the original wood siding. This gave the house a complete modern look. Mark suggested to use of huge windows which was only possible with using some railings. This was a smart idea. It brings the woodsy scenery inside and feels like we are living in a tree house. The inside of the house was completely gutted, some walls pulled down. Again the feeling is very modern but the materials used make it very warm. There are also a lot of details which make the house more pleasant to live in. The result is not only stunning but we love living in it."
- flejeune
Mark English Architects, AIA
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"I am currently working with Mark on a remodel. I found him on Houzz as I liked some of his projects and was not disappointed. Mark listens extremely well, understands what I want and than makes it better. He has a great sense of space, light and general flow. I also like his pragmatic approach - he knows where things make a difference and an investment is needed, and where one can get away with potential cheaper approaches.. He is also just a really nice and inspiring person to work with.."
- dmielke
Winder Gibson Architects
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Geoff Gibson of Winder Gibson was the architect for the complete rebuild of my 1907 San Francisco house adding about 1000 sq. ft. His design was phenomenal - adding soaring spaces and light filled rooms I did not think possible. His design respected the traditional elements of the house and added modern spaces in complete keeping with the old nature of the house.. Geoff was very easy to work with and we met multiple times going over various design ideas. Geoff was also very helpful in helping in selecting an appropriate builder to carry out his design. I highly recommend Geoff Gibson"
- fogmore
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Eugene Sakai stood out far above the pack of the 5 Architectural firms that we investigated to do our total house construction. He was simply the best to deal with, very professional, on time, and took a personal interest in the project, and within budget. We moved in 2 years ago and still love him and the contractor, C.W. Wright in San Carlos. We are pleased to show the house through Eugene Sakai at any time."
- wfeejr
Jennifer Tulley Architects
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Jennifer is a talented architect with an eye for good design and good sense. She can immediately see how a space could be improved, and has a great sense for how a family will use each room, nook and cranny. She blends the two perspectives to create functional, lovely rooms that we enjoy daily. We have worked with Jennifer on several homes and she has designed floor plans that maximize challenging layouts, and fit every request and need we asked for. Her design aesthetic brought a cleaner, more modern influence to our traditional homes, all while respecting and highlighting the period details we chose to keep. During the construction process Jennifer is a strong advocate for the owner, working to ensure that the choices of materials are reasonable in price, and yield solid aesthetic result. She is patient with first time construction and instructive. During both our remodels she was responsive to my questions, and made sure I understood my choices, and pros and cons of each option. She is very responsive by both phone and email, gets plan revisions done on a timely basis and is just a joy to work with. Meetings with her begin on time, keep moving along, and finish with results."
- stephbjones
EAG Studio
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"We found EAG while house shopping. They had designed and furnished a place that we were out-bid on, so we hired them to help us find and design our new home. Vin worked with us throughout our buying process to find a home with the right potential and value. He did a fantastic job opening up and designing our dream home and getting us through the construction and all the way to furnishing it. We can't thank them enough for looking out for us during the entire process."
- levitomduncan
Rossington Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Francisco, CA
"Phil Rossington is a talented Architect with whom we have collaborated on multiple projects over the years. His talents lay in well drawn plans, fast response to questions, a good eye for creating light and ambiance and an ability to mesh divergent architectural styles together to create a seamless flow. He provides options to the Homeowner which allow for a balance between budget, design and use of space, and is talented at taking advantage of unused spaces to obtain greater living area. As a Builder, I find Phil easy to work and communicate with, and very responsive. We have always been proud of every job that we have completed with him, including several award winning projects."
- BMF Construction
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How do I find the best San Francisco 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 Francisco 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 Francisco, 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 Francisco, 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 Francisco 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 Francisco, CA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to San Francisco 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 Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, Daly City and San Mateo.

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