San Diego 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 San Diego interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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We see the practice of architecture as a form of art that encompasses the proportionate importance of people’s... Read More
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  • Solana Beach, CA, 92075, 24 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's Master Architect Specializing in Fine Coastal Homes
Sanctuary Architects excels in creating extraordinary homes of consistent design quality and diverse styles. We...
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  • 10 projects in the San Diego Metro area
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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  • San Diego, CA, 92117, 17 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's Marquee Custom Architecture Firm | Best Of Houzz 2018
Juneau Architects is a full service design & architecture firm located in Southern California, specializing in...
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  • 7 projects in the San Diego Metro area
sk7 provides a comprehensive, intelligent, and creative custom home design service for all types of residential... Read More
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  • San Diego, CA, 92110, 24 projects in San Diego Metro
Solana Beach Interior Architectural Design Best of Houzz 4X!
Nina Williams Designs is a California design and build firm, specializing in from-the-ground up remodels,...
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  • 10 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Flock Architecture is a small design oriented firm established in 1985 specializing in residential architecture:... Read More
  • Click to Call(858) 658-0962
  • San Diego, CA, 92122, 25 projects in San Diego Metro
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...
  • Click to Call(619) 618-4143
  • 19 projects in the San Diego Metro area
With over 25 years of experience in residential home design, House Design Architects, (formerly known as House... Read More
  • Click to Call(619) 981-9707
  • San Diego, CA, 92110, 18 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's Expert Home Designer- 4x Best of Houzz Winner!
sk7 design studios specializes in providing creative, skilled and experienced residential design and drafting...
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  • 24 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Arise Interiors offers a complete suite of services in Interior Design, Retail Marketing, Branding/Strategy and... Read More
  • Click to Call(858) 412-0563
  • San Diego, CA, 92117, 16 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego Architecture Interior Design AIA Best of Houzz 2014-2018
30 years of experience brings an expert knowledge of diverse styles as well as the ability to provide a wide...
  • Click to Call(619) 319-9723
  • 20 projects in the San Diego Metro area
San Diego's Award-Winning Architects 5X Best of Houzz
TRE architecture works collaboratively with clients to create durable, functional and remarkably beautiful...
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  • 9 projects in the San Diego Metro area
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  • Solana Beach, CA, 92075, 19 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego County's Expert Residential Architectural Firm
Over the past 15 years, our firm has completed more than 90 projects in the San Diego area. Whether you need an...
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  • 16 projects in the San Diego Metro area
San Diego's Personalized + Innovative Architectural Design Firm
Premium architecture not only grants you the opportunity to control the design of a new home or development, it...
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  • 9 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Christian Rice Architects is an AIA award winning architectural practice based in Coronado, California. Our... Read More
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  • Coronado, CA, 92118, 19 projects in San Diego Metro
Temecula Valley's Exceptional Building Designer
With over 37 years of experience in the Desert Area, Residential Design By: Jonathan Pelezzare offers exceptional...
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  • 1 project in the San Diego Metro area
San Diego Award Winning Architect | Best of Houzz
We are invigorated by the notion that the basic fundamentals of function and cost can be translated into...
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  • 11 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Founded in 2003, Nakhshab Development & Design (NDD) is an internationally renowned design-build firm located in... Read More
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  • San Diego, CA, 92103, 12 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's Distinctive Residential Architect -5X Best of Houzz Winner
Creative architectural design solutions for new and remodeled homes is our passion. We provide complete...
San Diego's Full Service Building Design Firm, Best of Houzz 2017-2018
From design sketches to full building documents, BVM Design, Inc. professional team design, produce, and prepare...
  • Click to Call(619) 430-4069
  • 9 projects in the San Diego Metro area
DZN Partners is an architecture firm dedicated to working as design partners with our clients. We have served the... Read More
  • Click to Call(760) 363-8123
  • Encinitas, CA, 92024, 12 projects in San Diego Metro
International Award-Winning Design Service Available To You Locally
Specialists in home extensions and loft conversions. With extensive international experience, Evolv Design is the...
  • Click to Call(619) 468-5818
  • 3 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Carole Wylie of Wylie Architecture, is a Licensed Architect in the State of California, a Certified Interior... Read More
  • Click to Call(760) 789-7621
  • Ramona, CA, 92065, 19 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's Premier Husband & Wife Design-Build Firm | Best of Houzz
Spaces Renewed is one of the few husband-and-wife-owned, design & build teams that transforms your spaces from...
  • Click to Call(760) 310-5911
  • 35 projects in the San Diego Metro area
We are an award-winning Architectural Firm specializing in Historic Properties and Coastal Area homes. We provide... Read More
  • Click to Call(619) 736-5952
  • San Diego, CA, 92101, 7 projects in San Diego Metro
LEED Certified, Full Service North County Architecture Firm
Allenbach Architecture is your #1 rated company providing everything from programming, land planning,...
  • Click to Call(951) 384-2465
  • 2 projects in the San Diego Metro area
Providing full architectural services as well as interior, landscape, and furniture design/build services as... Read More
  • Click to Call(760) 487-8607
  • Encinitas, CA, 92024, 13 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego's High-End Architectural Firm | 30+ Years Experience
Peter Frazier has been engaged in the building design and construction industries for 30 years. He provides...
Ideal Design Systems, Inc. was founded by its president and chief architect, Deborah Shewaga, who holds a Master... Read More
  • Click to Call(760) 560-6773
  • Encinitas, CA, 92024, 16 projects in San Diego Metro
North San Diego's Inspired Architect and Building Designer
Horst Architects produces contemporary designs that bridge technology with cultural and environmental awareness....
BGI Architecture is a full service architectural design firm specializing in residential and commercial... Read More
  • Click to Call(760) 438-2963
  • Carlsbad, CA, 92011, 17 projects in San Diego Metro
San Diego Architect & Design Firm Best of Houzz Winner!
Award-winning architect specializing in custom, single family residences. I am recognized for designing...
  • Click to Call(760) 815-8748
  • 9 projects in the San Diego Metro area
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JLC Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego
"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."
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"Sam is very capable and delivered exactly what we requested. Very capable and easy to work with during the process. Very responsive."
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"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
"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
"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
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego
"I have worked with Benzoni Design on several projects over the past 4 years. Each of Paola's designs have been very well thought out. Her ability to capture the essence of the client and translate that into their living space was surprising the first time that I witnessed it but now, after many projects working together, I know that it will happen every time. The service, attention to detail, and attention to the clients needs is exceptional and beyond compare. After 25 years in the construction industry I would only recommend Benzoni Design to take care of my clients architectural design."
- Hawkins Boswell Building Solutions
Christian Rice Architects, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego
"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
Nakhshab Development and Design
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego
"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
DZN Partners
Architects and Building Designers in San Diego
"DZN partners has worked with me on a few different projects, ranging from remodels with additions and architectural changes to ground up new homes. Not only does DZN offer great Architectural design they also offer all the professionalism and promptness I desire for smooth projects. If you have any Architectural needs you should reach out to DZN to see what they can do."
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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 San Diego 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 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 San Diego 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 University City, San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside and Escondido.

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