Orange County Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a 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 Orange County interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Recognized nationally and internationally for the functional artistry of its exceptional designs, Brion Jeannette... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 645-5854
  • Newport Beach, CA, 92663, 42 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Most Dedicated + Reputable Architectural Design Studio
From design concepts and space planning to engineering, combined with remarkable construction administration, our...
  • Click to Call(949) 422-9191
  • 24 projects in the Orange County Metro area
William Guidero Design provides custom full-service home design and planning with 30+ years of design experience.... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 386-2241
  • Newport Beach, CA, 92663, 24 projects in Orange County Metro
Renovate or Relocate - Visualize the Possibilities in Orange County
Licensed architect with over 25 years experience creating custom homes, additions, kitchen remodels, and outdoor...
  • Click to Call(714) 386-1346
  • 9 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Brandon Architects, Inc. is a boutique full-service architectural design firm specializing in high-end custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 873-0687
  • Costa Mesa, CA, 92626, 41 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Prominent Designer of Custom Buildings & Furniture
We offer a service that is strong in design and technical resolution. We will work with the client to achieve...
  • Click to Call(949) 245-8960
  • 11 projects in the Orange County Metro area
MYD studio is a Southern California based small architecture firm that values an integrated, client-focused... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 274-9693
  • Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656, 21 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Established Architectural Engineering Firm
Padir Consulting Engineers offers a comprehensive range of Architectural, Structural, Electrical and Mechanical...
Exceptional Design. Exceptional Service. Exceptional Value. These are the cornerstones of our work. As... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 497-1827
  • Laguna Beach, CA, 92651, 22 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Full-Scope Architectural Studio
We are a full service architecture firm specializing in residential projects of all types, including single...
My approach to design is based on the concept of "romantic modernism" where I reference and incorporate elements... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8635
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675, 28 projects in Orange County Metro
OC's Cohesive & Integrated Architectural Design Firm | Best of Houzz
Whether small or large, our solutions are always unique yet timeless, resulting in an architecture that is rich...
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6313
  • 6 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Orange County’s Leading Residential Designer
Craig Woodbert has a passion for custom homes as well as kitchen & bathroom design. He believes in working...
  • Click to Call(714) 909-1371
  • 10 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Glover + Graham Design Collective works with clients to realize their dreams and enhance their surroundings by... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8588
  • San Clemente, CA, 92672, 25 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Professional Architect
My architectural style is a "less is more" approach focusing on form and proportion. When those elements are...
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6132
  • 9 projects in the Orange County Metro area
OC Architectural and Interior Design Firm Best of Houzz 2013 - 2017
We offer a complete residential design service. Our services range from building design to interior design. We...
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8588
  • 25 projects in the Orange County Metro area
With over thirty years of local and national architectural experience, we provide skillful design and management... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6270
  • Laguna Beach, CA, 92651, 29 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Contemporary & Eco-Friendly Architectural Design Firm
Edward M. Osuch, of Neo and Associates, has been specialized in the art of architecture since 1997. He...
  • Click to Call(626) 658-3212
  • 1 project in the Orange County Metro area
Richart Design is a full-service design company, bringing over 30 years of experience to each of our projects. We... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 422-9191
  • Costa Mesa, CA, 92627, 24 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Collaborative Architect & Expert in Innovative Designs
Orange County Architect Mark Teale designs custom homes and renovations in and around Newport Beach and Corona...
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6252
  • 29 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Orange County Area Premier Architect Best of Houzz 2014 & 2016
With staff located in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, amk STUDIO is commited to producing designs with...
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8643
  • 6 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Eric Aust Architect brings 22 years of architectural experience in all aspects of design. Specializing in custom... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 637-5220
  • Newport Beach, CA, 92663, 11 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County Full Service Design Firm | Best of Houzz
My approach to design is based on the concept of "romantic modernism" where I reference & incorporate elements of...
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8635
  • 28 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Founded in 2012, d'Arcy & Associates is an Award-Winning, full service Architecture firm led by President and... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 407-7760
  • Irvine, CA, 92618, 10 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Highly Respected & Talented Architecture Design Studio
At Jay S. Crawford, A.I.A., our team is extremely personable and accommodating, and our ultimate goal is to bring...
  • Click to Call(949) 482-2539
  • 7 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Lampert Dias Architects is based out of San Clemente, CA providing custom residential and commercial architecture... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 647-4052
  • San Clemente, CA, 92674, 22 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County's Innovative Architect & Design Firm
Decades of experience and an ever-growing passion for improving our communities in a manner that exudes...
  • Click to Call(949) 353-6219
  • 4 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Southern California based Stratos Form architecture emerges from the life and style of the people who inhabit it,... Read More
  • Click to Call(714) 628-0777
  • Orange, CA, 92866, 12 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County Architect Delivers Your Dreams
For the last 40 years, I have provided my clients with a high level of architectural design services at an...
  • Click to Call(949) 645-3051
  • 9 projects in the Orange County Metro area
"By fusing logic with imagination, truth with discovery, we bring transcendent environments to real-world... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 416-2174
  • Laguna Beach, CA, 92651, 14 projects in Orange County Metro
Orange County Award Winning Architectural Firm 6x Best of Houzz Winner
Our abiding philosophy and hallmark of the award-winning practice, South Coast Architects is to create beautiful,...
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8636
  • 8 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Are you looking to do a remodel, or addition? Or maybe planning on building a new house? We can help, here at... Read More
  • Click to Call(949) 627-8579
  • Costa Mesa, CA, 92627, 17 projects in Orange County Metro
Beautiful Award Winning Architectural Designs in Orange County
d’Arcy and Associates Architecture, Inc. is a full service, recognized Southern California based, architectural...
  • Click to Call(949) 407-7760
  • 10 projects in the Orange County Metro area
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
Brion Jeannette Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"Over the past 30 years, we have had Brion Jeannette Architecture design 4 remodels for us and they have done 3 remodels for our adult children. We are consistently pleased with the attention we receive on our projects. The creativity of their designs and their ability to solve issues that inevitably arise during a construction, is what has made our multiple experiences exceptional. Their designs exceed our expectations, giving us more living spaces and more storage spaces than we thought possible."
- avivaforster
William Guidero Planning and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"As a Landscape Designer, we have worked with Bill Guidero on many projects. We have always found Bill's work to be innovative, yet in line with the aesthetics and budgets of his Clients. Bill is also extremely accessible and this is extremely important when working with an Architect. I very highly recommend Bill for any Residential Architecture Project!"
- Garden Studio
Brandon Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"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.
Moss Yaw Design studio
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"Jason and Lauren of MYD studio were responsible for the successful remodel of my kitchen in Orange County, California. They created a great design based on my needs and requests, and also, managed the construction of the whole project. I couldn't be happier with the result and working relationship throughout the project. I highly recommend MYD studio and hope to work with them again in the future!"
- sencheng8
Anders Lasater Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"We were in the market for several years for a house in Laguna Beach before we found the one we wanted. During that search, we heard many hair-raising stories about how difficult it can be to remodel in Laguna, so we decided to use a local architect and were referred to Anders Lasater. Turned out to be a great referral, because Anders and his staff not only helped us navigate the labyrinthian planning department process, they also provided us with a wealth of information about what works and what doesn't in Laguna. The remodel turned out to be much more complicated than expected because of numerous elevation changes on the property. They stayed with the project from start to finish, dropping in on short notice when we needed input. We asked for several large modifications along the way and those were handled with patience, care and creative suggestions. Anders himself went to speak with neighbors when they raised concerns and was a partner in the whole process."
- shorebird
geoff sumich design
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"Geoff Sumich is an architectural designer of excellence. His work is original, sculptural and timeless. He respects the site as well as the owner and creates a pure architectural experience. I have worked with Geoff Sumich and the builder Mark Stodder together on numerous projects over the past two decades and I consider those projects, and these two men, some of the best in Southern California. John Garcia, ASID John Arnold Garcia, Inc."
- johngarcia
Glover + Graham Design Collective
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"Working with Jim was an amazing experience. I loved watching his creativity in action-- What an eye for detail and design!!! We started with a kitchen remodel that spread throughout the house (my fault!!!). I couldn't have been happier with our choices-- from wall color to baseboard sizes to fixtures to design principles. We LOVE everything he did for us and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking for an artist who really listens to and performs for his client."
- jnbailey
Robert A. McGraw Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"We have worked with Robert A. McGraw Architect on several projects. Our experience with Bob and his staff was always exceptional. Bob was very involved from start to finish on every project. Of particular importance was Bob's understanding of the local building codes and his relationship with the building officials. I would highly recommend Robert A. McGraw Architect for residential and commercial work!"
Richart Design
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"I have worked with Jason for several years and have found that he is super easy to work with. He is also very knowledgeable, experienced and talented! Richart Design is my first choice when I need an Architect on a project. I have worked with him on both residential and commercial projects. A+"
- Susan Thiel Design
Eric Aust Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Orange County
"We hired Eric Aust to design a full remodel of a 50's farmhouse in Newport Beach.. Right away he grasped the concept of what we wanted, which was an update rather than a new look. He nailed it completely and also got his perfect plans thorough the city over the counter. This saved us so much time, money and stress. He also was great to work with as a design partner. We really just figured he could read our minds because we got the home we dreamed of."
- Raili Clasen
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How do I find the best 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 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 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 Orange County 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 Orange County 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 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 Orange County on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to architects. You may also look through photos of 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 Bel Air, Brentwood Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Hollywood and Long Beach.

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