Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica, CA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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We are a midsized West Los Angeles Architecture, Interiors, and Restaurant Design firm with construction... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 398-1500
  • 4 miles from Santa Monica, 4 projects in Santa Monica
Award Winning Architect Serving Southern California - Best of Houzz!
With 25+ years experience we are committed to your design aspirations. Every interior solution must function,...
  • Click to Call(424) 388-2132
  • 9 projects in the Santa Monica area
Lewin Wertheimer brings three decades of design experience to his custom architectural practice based in Venice,... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 392-4252
  • 3 miles from Santa Monica, 3 projects in Santa Monica
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Best of Houzz Winner 2015-2017! Los Angeles Area Architect & Bulider
Alloi Architecture is an independent design-build firm specializing in meticulously efficient and profoundly...
  • Click to Call(424) 672-3654
  • 16 projects in the Santa Monica area
Paul Brant Williger has over 30 years of Custom Residential Architecture experience, is a graduate of Columbia... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 490-2742
  • 7 miles from Santa Monica, 3 projects in Santa Monica
Beverly Hills' Residential Architect Of Outstanding & Unique Modernity
Chris Tate designs buildings of outstanding & unique modernity. Each of his designs is as individual & daring as...
Hsu McCullough is a full service architecture firm specializing in custom home design rooted in comfort. Led by... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 663-3320
  • 7 miles from Santa Monica, 2 projects in Santa Monica
LA's Experienced Architectural Firm - Best of Houzz Design 2013-2018!
Paul Davis Architects (PDA) is a full-service, Los Angeles-based design firm that believes ambitious architecture...
  • Click to Call(310) 905-8981
  • 7 projects in the Santa Monica area
Premier Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Southern California. We strive to create a sense of place, not... Read More
  • Click to Call(424) 238-3909
  • 6 miles from Santa Monica, 2 projects in Santa Monica
LA Westside's Most Experienced Architect + Building Designer
Paul San Gemino is a registered architect in California and Nevada. In recent years his project experience...
  • Click to Call(201) 308-1968
  • 2 projects in the Santa Monica area
We help modern families design amazing homes. At Laney LA, our licensed architects and designers bring excitement... Read More
  • Click to Call(424) 363-8581
  • 11 miles from Santa Monica, 3 projects in Santa Monica
LA Westside's Innovative Architecture Firm
Joe Alguire Workshop (JAWS) is a Los Angeles based architecture firm specializing in modern design.
Los Angeles' Preferred Architectural & Interior Design Firm
With a residential & commercial focus, our design is an outcome of progressive refinement, in which materials are...
Bittoni Architects is a full service architectural practice predicated on the simple notion that architecture is... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 430-6221
  • 3 miles from Santa Monica, 2 projects in Santa Monica
Los Angeles' Upscale Architect
Allied Is a real estate design & development company based in Los Angeles. We are a group of Architects from...
  • Click to Call(949) 899-6838
  • 5 projects in the Santa Monica area
Los Angeles Based Professional Architect
Dean Larkin, AIA, has been described as the quintessential Los Angeles architect. Dean’s projects celebrate the...
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Los Angeles Full Service Architecture & Urban Design Studio
fAS finds creative opportunity in the challenges of the architectural process; providing spatially unique design...
  • Click to Call(310) 699-7577
  • 8 projects in the Santa Monica area
Los Angeles Area Boutique Residential Designer | Best Of Houzz 2016
We pride ourselves on having a great understanding of the many diverse styles of residential architecture in...
  • Click to Call(661) 584-4014
  • 15 projects in the Santa Monica area
We are a full service architecture and interior design firm specializing in sustainable solutions for... Read More
  • Click to Call(323) 685-4601
  • 12 miles from Santa Monica, 1 project in Santa Monica
Recognized Los Angeles Architect
Equinox Architecture, Inc. has been recognized for our ability to confront and adapt to challenging site...
  • Click to Call(310) 651-7253
  • 9 projects in the Santa Monica area
LA Westside's Award-Winning Architects
We are a full-service architectural office led by award-winning Architect, Aleksander Tamm-Seitz. Palimpost...
  • Click to Call(323) 870-6623
  • 7 projects in the Santa Monica area
Brandon Architects, Inc. is a boutique full-service architectural design firm specializing in high-end custom... Read More
Westside LA's Quality Architect & Building Designer-Best of Houzz 2018
Benson Design & Development Co. has been providing residential design for almost 2 decades. We are a small...
  • Click to Call(818) 938-2346
  • 7 projects in the Santa Monica area
WE RECOGNIZE ARCHITECTURE+INTERIOR DESIGN AS A RESEARCH PROCESS AS WELL AS A DESIGN PROCESS: LEARNING ABOUT EACH... Read More
LA Westside's Luxury Residential Architectural Firm
MSH Design is a luxury architectural & design firm responsible for the creation of dream homes and establishments...
  • Click to Call(310) 620-1667
  • 6 projects in the Santa Monica area
HH Design is a concierge style, full-service, family run Architecture and Interior Design Studio who works hand... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 697-6444
  • 7 miles from Santa Monica, 1 project in Santa Monica
More Than An Architect | Trusted Teammate & Friend to LA's Westside
Over 20 years of designing Modern and Authentic Homes consisting of Unique solutions that work to bring the...
  • Click to Call(323) 745-8030
  • 4 projects in the Santa Monica area
AWARD WINNING Trelease Architecture, established in 1991, provides complete architectural services in Los... Read More
  • Click to Call(424) 272-6403
  • 3 miles from Santa Monica, 3 projects in Santa Monica
Los Angeles Leading Architect & Designer Best of Houzz 2015-2017
Eschewing a signature style, the firm creates contemporary, modern, classical, and traditional styles alike. Yet...
  • Click to Call(323) 515-8918
  • 9 projects in the Santa Monica area
We at Tim Barber Ltd. love designing the ultimate custom family home - whether it is traditional or contemporary.... Read More
  • Click to Call(323) 782-1000
  • 15 miles from Santa Monica, 3 projects in Santa Monica
Venice's Sustainable, Design-Focused Architectural Studio
W3 Architects is a small boutique firm offering a very personal, hands-on experience designing highly...
  • Click to Call(310) 340-7425
  • 4 projects in the Santa Monica area
SD specializes in design and construction for new homes. We are led by partners Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson,... Read More
  • Click to Call(310) 204-0688
  • 6 miles from Santa Monica, 1 project in Santa Monica
LA Westside's Award-Winning and Versatile Architect
Eric Charles Parlee, A.I.A. Architect, has designed numerous award winning custom homes in the west side...
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
Hamilton Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"I have worked with Hamilton Architects on several different projects. They have always amazed me with the creative and unique ideas. Everyone that works there is very professional and friendly. They communicate with you clearly about the whole process from start to finish. I will continue to use Hamilton Architect's for all future projects."
- JD Properties
Lewin Wertheimer
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Lewin Wertheimer perfectly combines the contradictory attributes it takes to make a great architect: creative vision and conscientious attention to practical detail. He not only designed us the house we dreamed of, but he also supervised construction, ensuring that the project was completed on time and on budget. We recommend him unreservedly."
- allanmayer
Paul Brant Williger Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Paul is is among the most professional Architects I have worked with. He is extremely skilled both in design and in construction knowledge. Paul is a team player who is able to manage the goals of owner, contractor and the design professionals in a way that keeps the project moving in a positive direction."
- Richard Holz
Hsu McCullough
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Chris and Peggy are the perfect team to build your dream house. They turned our traditional styled home into an amazing modern home without gutting out the entire house. I loved how extremely detailed and meticulous they were in designing every corner of the house and guiding our contractor along the process. Extremely professional and passionate about their work which reflects in the home I live now. People are constantly "wowed" by our house."
- kimcj79
SUBU Design Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"May Sung is a very talented architect with a very realistic approach and a keen eye for detail. She is a humble individual with Ivy League credentials. May graduated from Harvard ..... which she will never brags about; so I will..... She has a fantastic sense of humor but takes her work very seriously . May will not compromise on delivery and demands the best from every one on the project. That is probably the best part of her accomplishments. She delivers a great product. Any one who has had the pleasure to work with her knows this about her. I would not hesitate hiring SUBU; you won't be disappointed if you do. May is a gem. She was very instrumental in making our project a huge success. Their work is an extension of who they are and in the end they became a part of us. At the beginning of the project all the way through, they treated us like we are family and listened to our needs. I feel lucky to have had the experience of working with their ethos and in being part of a team creating a beautiful home. In the end I do consider them family and admire their abilities . It was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend them."
- Susanne Devine
Laney LA, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"It's my pleasure to inform Houzz and its body of consumers of the great service I received from Laney LA. Having been a developer for 2 decades, this wasn't my first rodeo, per se, but I did want to hit this project out of the park so I decided to use a designer to facilitate my renovation of a Spanish themed single family home in Los Angeles. After meeting with 3 designers, all of whom had impressive resumes, we decided on working with Laney LA. In this field of business, with something as subjective as design, you never know how well your vision will be maintained. Now, being 95% underway and my contract with Laney completely fulfilled, I'm more than pleased with the service I received and the implementation of our collective choices. For me, the true gauge of customer service isn't how I'm treated at the beginning of a job but how I'm treated at the end of a job; when all payments have been made and the project is still going. I'm so impressed with Laney's bedside manner; their above and beyond approach to customer service. In my opinion, their customer service models the Platinum 'American Express' type of business acumen. They truly deliver extraordinary service - our appreciation for them initiated the drafting of this review; it's well deserved but more importantly earned!"
- Cedra Stokes
Bittoni Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Very talented,professional, and very honest! A pleasure to work with, and someone who's name, that you would want associated with your property."
- oabukovac
Rees Studio
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"I have built three projects with Bobby Rees (2 multi-million dollar homes and one pretty nice, ocean-view 11th floor West-LA office) in the past 15 years. All of the projects have been total successes. Bobby comes from the best, cost-no-object modern "50's" firms in town and one of the name partners turned me on to Bobby. It was a great bit of advice that has made me a few millions of dollars of gains while my family lives in modern bliss. We couldn't be more happy and JUST TODAY I brought Bobby a new project for a new business venture of mine. He is a salt-of-the-Earth guy who will rock for you - 100% guaranteed!"
- Jerry Del Colliano
Koffka Phakos Design
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Koffka Phakos designed our 3,400 square foot home from blueprints to finish. They were with us every step of the way. We believed them to be collaborative, creative, helpful and such nice people. We are thrilled with the way our home turned out and thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with Adrian, Cynthia and their staff."
- chloebglass
Brandon Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"I am a local builder in Corona Del Mar, CA. I have watched and admired the many homes Brandon Architects has designed in the area. It did not take me long to realize this firm had many talents. By the time my next project came along, I made sure I would consult with this firm first. From their initial presentation to the drawings and site visits, I have been nothing but impressed. Chris and his team have proved to me they have talent, creativity and professionalism. My project is currently just past the framing stage, and Chris and his team visit my site frequently. Each time they prove to me they are there to assist and support me all the way to completion. I look forward to working with Brandon Architects for years to come. Frank Ultimo Team Ultimo Real Estate & Development, Inc."
- Team Ultimo Real Estate & Development, Inc.
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How do I find the best Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica 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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