7,667 Architects and Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA

It is often said when you're building a house, you’re building a dream. An architect or master of building design can make your dream house a reality. Architects can help you design and redesign spaces of your home or focus on helping you build your own house from the ground up. Architectural firms have extensive knowledge of architectural design and building materials, and a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light, and flow within a property. As you search through architects and building designers in Santa Monica, CA, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
We are a midsized West Los Angeles Architecture, Interiors, and Restaurant Design firm with construction... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 310-398-1500
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90066
Award Winning LA Design Firm Best of Houzz 2014-2018
Our design team fuse metropolitan necessities, such as storage, convenience, and multi-use spaces, with elements...
  • +1 800-478-1956
Paul Brant Williger has over 30 years of Custom Residential Architecture experience, is a graduate of Columbia... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Beverly Hills, CA
  • +1 310-490-2742
  • Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
Los Angeles Based, High-End Architecture & Design Firm
With nearly twenty years of experience in the profession, Ms. Morrison opened the doors of Lauri Morrison...
  • +1 310-923-1208
Hsu McCullough is a full service architecture firm specializing in custom home design rooted in comfort. Led by... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 310-663-3320
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90077
Los Angeles Based Modern Design Team
Vitus Mataré & Associates, Inc. specializes in classic modernist residential design for a variety of sites...
  • +1 310-317-0700
Lewin Wertheimer brings three decades of design experience to his custom architectural practice based in Venice,... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Venice, CA
  • +1 310-392-4252
  • Venice, CA, 90291
LA Architect & Designer - Best of Houzz 2014 - 2016 Award Winner
The importance of light and space along with the subtext of material, form, color, and texture is paramount and...
  • +1 626-975-5142
We help modern families design amazing homes. At Laney LA, our licensed architects and designers bring excitement... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Hawthorne, CA
  • +1 310-870-7175
  • Hawthorne, CA, 90250
Greater Westside LA's Preferred Architect & Building Designer
For over thirty years, Joel has provided exceptional customer service through outstanding design, in-depth...
  • +1 818-887-3334
Premier Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Southern California. We strive to create a sense of place, not... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Pacific Palisades, CA
  • +1 310-310-2102
  • Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
Artful & Warm Design All Over Greater Los Angeles | 7X Best of Houzz
Conceptualizing your idea of home through clean, warm, artful design. Integrating thoughtful architectural...
  • +1 310-546-0044
LA Westside's Experienced Architect - Best of Houzz 2018
Ashofteh started his solo career in 1993. Each project is designed with a purpose: to go beyond the essence of...
  • +1 310-454-9995
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Architect & Building Designer in Santa Monica, CA
  • +1 310-396-2921
  • Santa Monica, CA, 90405
LA Westside's Leading Luxury Architect
Established in 1993, EBTA is a Southern California-based architectural firm specializing in high-end custom...
  • +1 949-955-3282
LA Westside Custom Residential Architects Best of Houzz Winner 2016
Pritzkat & Johnson specializes in custom residential Architecture, designing distinguished homes that combine a...
  • +1 310-375-7700
Dutton Architects is a boutique architectural firm providing exceptional levels of service to clients seeking... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 323-668-2600
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Award Winning Southern California Architectural Firm
Peter Tolkin + Sarah Lorenzen Architecture (TOLO) specializes in residential, cultural and arts-based projects...
  • +1 213-278-0678
LA Westside's Experienced Architects
Architectural Design & Design Build Firm with 35+ years of experience specializing in Custom Single-Family...
  • +1 530-918-3488
WE RECOGNIZE ARCHITECTURE+INTERIOR DESIGN AS A RESEARCH PROCESS AS WELL AS A DESIGN PROCESS: LEARNING ABOUT EACH... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Santa Monica, CA
  • +1 310-909-9020
  • Santa Monica, CA, 90405
LA Westside's Expert in Unique Architectural Design
Blake Civiello (MArch, Assoc. AIA) is an internationally experienced architect & project manager. His work has...
LA Westside Architect, Design-Build, & Interior Design 2xBest of Houzz
SweisKloss is a boutique architecture, interior design and construction firm based in Santa Monica, California. ...
  • +1 310-394-6460
AWARD WINNING Trelease Architecture, established in 1991, provides complete architectural services in Los... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 424-272-6403
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90025
LA Westside's Client-Oriented Architect & Designer I BOH 2015-17
At Sato Architects, great architecture encompasses both aesthetics & functionality. We strive for excellence in...
  • +1 424-500-2902
Bittoni Architects is a full service architectural practice predicated on the simple notion that architecture is... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 310-430-6221
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Los Angeles's Adaptive Architect & Building Designer
I have experience ranging from simple organization projects to gut renovations of entire homes. I believe that...
  • +1 510-280-4686
We at Tim Barber Ltd. love designing the ultimate custom family home - whether it is traditional or contemporary.... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 323-782-1000
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90048-343
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...
  • +1 661-250-4700
The work of ANX begins with a fundamental optimism with regard to the continued value and impact that design and... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Los Angeles, CA
  • +1 323-953-4700
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90039
Los Angeles Designer | Best of Houzz 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016
At Think Design Office, we believe that architecture should engage the user, heighten their sense of awareness,...
  • +1 310-948-8265
SD specializes in design and construction for new homes. We are led by partners Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson,... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Culver City, CA
  • +1 310-204-0688
  • Culver City, CA, 90232
LA Westside's Luxury Residential Architectural Firm
MSH Design is a luxury architectural & design firm responsible for the creation of dream homes and establishments...
  • +1 310-251-9935
BiLDEN Corp., located in Pasadena, California, is an architecture and construction management firm established by... Read More
Architect & Building Designer in Pasadena, CA
  • +1 626-975-5142
  • Pasadena, CA, 91105
LA's Modern + Functional Design Firm I 3X Best of Houzz
Our philosophy is simple: Design makes a space beautiful. People make it interesting. We design with intention by...
  • +1 323-522-3299
Featured Reviews for Architects & Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
Hamilton Architects
Architects & 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
Paul Brant Williger Architect
Architects & 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 & 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
Lewin Wertheimer
Architects & 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
Laney LA, Inc.
Architects & 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
SUBU Design Architecture
Architects & 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
Rees Studio
Architects & 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
Dutton Architects Inc.
Architects & Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"We are nearing the end of a remodel/addition for which we hired Dutton Architects. Through permitting difficulties and modification reviews they were there every step of the way. From structural issues to the smallest of details there was always an open line of communication. They were always available to answer our questions and address our concerns anytime - even for a second or third time. Construction is a trying time for any family and working with a team sympathetic to that was so helpful. People literally slow down to look at our project as they are driving by. It is so uniquely ours. So happy to have hired them."
- vinnyquinnymom
Bricolage
Architects & Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"Leslie is very creative and we really got the best result taking a bland home and turning into a real eye-popper that fits our style and design aesthetic."
- Brett Conrad
Trelease Architecture | Design
Architects & Building Designers in Santa Monica, CA
"I needed some sort of architectural element between the street and the brick walkway that led to the front door of my rustic home in the Hollywood Hills. I had only the vaguest ideas about what this architectural element might look like, but I knew I wanted it to provide a suggestion of privacy and still convey a welcoming feeling to visitors, two ideas that seemed almost at odds with each other. After only two brief meetings to discuss the project, Anne Trelease designed an entry that simply and elegantly integrated those two ideas, using elements that complement the country feel of the house and the property. I love the result! I would recommend Trelease Architecture | Design without reservation."
- ed_evans33
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How do I find the best Santa Monica, CA architect for my home design or renovation project?


When building or renovating your home, you don't simply hire an architect or building designer — you build a relationship with them. Be sure you chose a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so ensure you hire a professional with a valid license or an architectural firm to maintain high quality and standards. Your next consideration will be architectural style. Some residential architects specialise in designing traditional homes or farmhouses, others in designing modern replicas of traditional homes. While a few have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Santa Monica, CA that incorporates the latest technology.

Once you have frozen on the architect or building designer, chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and any other specific requirements you might have. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. Also, get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator, and problem solver. Finally, be sure to find out what the architect needs from you,deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments and so on.

How much does hiring an architect in Santa Monica, CA cost?


Home construction and renovation often have a preset budget and hence it is important to understand how much architects charge. While there is no set payment structure, independent architects may charge differently from architectural firms. Architects sometimes choose to calculate their fees on the basis of a per square foot rate. In rare cases, especially with smaller projects, Santa Monica, CA architects may choose to ask their clients for a fixed fee. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.


Questions to ask prospective Santa Monica, CA architects:


  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • Who will be working on my project? (This is very important if you hire an architectural firm)
  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Can you handle my special requests?
  • What is your experience with similar projects/ architectural design and style?
  • 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 other subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?
  • What will I need to provide?

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Be sure to reach out to multiple professionals, especially for larger projects and don't settle for the first bid you hear. Find the professional for your next project here.
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