Studio Saha is an architectural and interiors firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area in Oakland, California.
“Saha” is taken from the Arabic word for “plaza, internal courtyard”- one of our very favorite types of spaces. All around the world, courtyards, and plazas create a sense of refuge and delight, and we strive to create buildings and spaces which reflect these qualities.
We create sophisticated buildings, interiors, and outdoor spaces that are tailored to our clients’ individual tastes and requirements. Our project types are single-family residential (new and renovations), multi-family residential renovations (including co-living homes), commercial renovations, and hospitality renovations.
Since 2003, Studio Saha has been part of the movement toward buildings and spaces that are healthy for their occupants as well as the planet. We typically refer to five areas of work as we breakdown the green building aspects: Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Resource Conservation, and Community.
We have a passion for “green design” and “sustainability” which require design consideration and technical knowledge from not only our architectural team but also consultants and builders. We’ve developed a rich network of partners in all sectors.
An area of current exploration is building electrification (“going electric”) in which the energy source of a building is entirely electric. This change away from burning fossil fuel (natural gas) to power a building allows a significant decrease in our carbon footprint. It can be done, it is being done, and it will have a significant impact. For several of our recent projects, we’ve made the leap, and in the process, our clients have buildings that are much more energy-efficient, thermally comfortable, and less expensive to operate.
Formerly Mercedes Corbell Design + Architecture
Principal Mercedes Corbell is a LEED AP and licensed architect in the state of California-C28967 and Arizona-67039, and a member of Build it Green and North American Passive House Network.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Attic Conversion, Basement Design, Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Deck Design, Drafting, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Garage Design, 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, Landscape Plans, Laundry Room Design, Modular Home Additions, Mudroom Design, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Pool House Design & Construction, Prefab Houses, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Custom Homes
Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Canyon, East Richmond Heights, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hayward, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, North Richmond, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, Richmond, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Pablo, Walnut Creek
Licensed Architect (California and Arizona), LEED AP