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James Hill Architect, AIA

James Hill Architect, AIA

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About Us

The office of James Hill Architect produces thoughtful, high quality architectural design, sensitive to location in time and place, to the local and global communities and to the client's own individuality. James Hill is a California Licensed Architect. OUR OFFICE Since 1985 we have provided architecture and interior services to the Bay Area and West Coast from our San Francisco location. Experienced with a variety of local communities our competence has proven persuasive with planners, inspectors, neighbors and various review forums. With an eye to client control, our established relations with suppliers and contractors provides realistic budgeting coordinated with the phased development of the design. Solutions arise from an appreciation of common sense, comfort, light and the shape of space. Together these elements frame the project's function as the thoughtful expression of the individuality of the client and the specific character of the environment. OUR PHILOSOPHY American thought has always found the spirit at home in the commonplace. With curiosity and attention the door knob becomes an appreciation of the shape of the hand and the window transforms into praise for the sun. So as not to be confronted by the transcendental every time we open a door, the direct and practical allow for an unconscious appreciation of life's simple pleasures in harmony with our daily life. Underlying our work is the ambition to create environments that invite reflection upon our place in a connected universe, in a community both temporal and physical, both global and local. Understanding these connections recognizes the value of our place and the importance of our actions here.

Services Provided

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Attic Conversion, Barn Design & Construction, Basement Design, Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Home, Deck Design, Drafting, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Staircase Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny House Construction, Universal Design, Custom Cabinet Doors, Lighting Design, Wine Cellar Design, Custom Cabinet Design, Custom Bathroom Vanity Design, Custom Walk-in Closets Design, Addition Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Floor Plans Design, Extension Design, Residential Design

Areas Served

Alameda, Albany, Alto, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Berkeley, Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Marin City, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Oakland, San Bruno, San Francisco, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Tiburon, Napa, Sonoma, Marin County, Napa County, Sonoma County, Seattle, Los Angeles


Chair, SF AIA Small Firms Committee CA Licensed Architect American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter San Francisco Green Business National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Bicycle Coalition Member Piedmont Residential Award 2000 Small Firms, Great Projects 2012, 2004


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16 Projects

Inspiration for a mid-sized modern light wood floor entryway remodel in San Francisco with white walls and a metal front door

Outer Richmond Residence

San Francisco, CA
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Business Details

Business Name

James Hill Architect, AIA

Phone Number

(415) 864-4408


836 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Typical Job Cost

$50,000 - 2 million

Costs listed are for construction. $500 per sf is typically a bottom range for our projects.

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