Top 10 Architects in Oakland, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Kathy Shaffer Architecture & Design
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(10)
Established in 2004 in Sausalito, California, KSA is a small, award-winning architecture and interior design firm designing new buildings of distinction as well as remodeling historic or retrofitting existing properties. Project types include residential, commercial, as well as resort and hospitalit...Read more about Kathy Shaffer Architecture & Design
Established in 2004 in Sausalito, California, KSA is a small, award-winning architecture and interior design firm designing new buildings of distinction as well as remodeling historic or retrofitting existing properties. Project types include residential, commercial, as well as resort and hospitalit...Read more about Kathy Shaffer Architecture & Design
Porch Pro Headshot Drafting Cafe
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(44)
Drafting Cafe takes a unique approach to architectural services. We tailor our services to the needs of each client. By listening to your needs up front, we are can typically provide a fixed fee, and provide a reasonable time frame for delivery. Projects can be as simple as a set of permit drawings ...Read more about Drafting Cafe
Drafting Cafe takes a unique approach to architectural services. We tailor our services to the needs of each client. By listening to your needs up front, we are can typically provide a fixed fee, and provide a reasonable time frame for delivery. Projects can be as simple as a set of permit drawings ...Read more about Drafting Cafe
Porch Pro Headshot Norman Sanchez Architecture
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(24)
Norman Sanchez Architecture is a full service architectural firm with a focus on residential projects of all sizes and tenant improvement of commercial spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Through close collaboration with our clients, we create design solutions reflective of the client v...Read more about Norman Sanchez Architecture
Norman Sanchez Architecture is a full service architectural firm with a focus on residential projects of all sizes and tenant improvement of commercial spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Through close collaboration with our clients, we create design solutions reflective of the client v...Read more about Norman Sanchez Architecture
Porch Pro Headshot Oculus Architecture & Design
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Oculus Architecture and Design is a small and dynamic Emeryville firm with a project base ranging from low-rise mixed-use commercial developments to rigorously designed, intricately detailed custom residences. We take great pride in our architectural product both graphic and built, and consistently ...Read more about Oculus Architecture & Design
Oculus Architecture and Design is a small and dynamic Emeryville firm with a project base ranging from low-rise mixed-use commercial developments to rigorously designed, intricately detailed custom residences. We take great pride in our architectural product both graphic and built, and consistently ...Read more about Oculus Architecture & Design
Porch Pro Headshot Ronin Architects
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Ronin Architects is a multidisciplinary firm with project experience ranging from high-end residential, slope side residential, mission critical facilities, healthcare, commercial, building information modeling (BIM), integrated project delivery (IPD), lean construction, all the way to software and ...Read more about Ronin Architects
Ronin Architects is a multidisciplinary firm with project experience ranging from high-end residential, slope side residential, mission critical facilities, healthcare, commercial, building information modeling (BIM), integrated project delivery (IPD), lean construction, all the way to software and ...Read more about Ronin Architects
Porch Pro Headshot Martine Paquin Design / Y.A. Studio
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Interior Design. Martine Paquin Design was established in San Francisco in 2008 with a focus on modern, sustainable, environmentally friendly design. The firm's most recent focus is on high-end single family homes, both new and remodeled. In order to respond well to our clients' needs and ideas, w...Read more about Martine Paquin Design / Y.A. Studio
Interior Design. Martine Paquin Design was established in San Francisco in 2008 with a focus on modern, sustainable, environmentally friendly design. The firm's most recent focus is on high-end single family homes, both new and remodeled. In order to respond well to our clients' needs and ideas, w...Read more about Martine Paquin Design / Y.A. Studio
Porch Pro Headshot Y.A. studio
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(6)
Y.A. studio is a full service architectural firm specializing in sustainable modern design. A wide range of projects reflects the studio's commitment to a process of investigation, exploration, and collaboration with clients throughout the Bay Area. The designs of Y.A. studio reflect its holistic...Read more about Y.A. studio
Y.A. studio is a full service architectural firm specializing in sustainable modern design. A wide range of projects reflects the studio's commitment to a process of investigation, exploration, and collaboration with clients throughout the Bay Area. The designs of Y.A. studio reflect its holistic...Read more about Y.A. studio
Porch Pro Headshot Malcolm Davis Architecture
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(3)
Since 1991, our innovative, sustainable, and creative approach has resulted in award-winning work throughout Northern California and beyond. We have extensive experience with not only San Francisco's rigorous building review process but also numerous approval agencies in Sonoma County, the East Bay,...Read more about Malcolm Davis Architecture
Since 1991, our innovative, sustainable, and creative approach has resulted in award-winning work throughout Northern California and beyond. We have extensive experience with not only San Francisco's rigorous building review process but also numerous approval agencies in Sonoma County, the East Bay,...Read more about Malcolm Davis Architecture
Porch Pro Headshot US Drafters
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(22)
From Design to Permit in the shortest time.
From Design to Permit in the shortest time.
Porch Pro Headshot ARCHITECT SF
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(10)
QUALITY ARCHITECTURE - VALUE ORIENTED FEES
QUALITY ARCHITECTURE - VALUE ORIENTED FEES

Top questions to ask before hiring an architect

A professional will assist you with scope and estimates, but having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish will help communication.

Do you want professionals to do everything, or do you have the time and skill to do some of the work?

Many projects such as have a DIY component, such as painting or cleanup.

First and foremost, protect yourself and make sure the contractor and any sub-contractors are licensed, bonded and insured.

Recent reviews for Oakland Architects

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Kathy started her Sausalito based business in 2004 after over twenty years of working for other architecture firms on residential, commercial, and public architecture. She is currently designing and detailing residential, commercial and public projects a...

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Everything You Need to Know About Oakland Architects

Can I browse unscreened Architects in Oakland?

We do our best to screen all of our architects. However, there are still some architect professionals in Oakland that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Oakland or CA. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering architectural design:

  • Architectural Inspection Services:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • SIM Architects, INC:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Oak View Designs LLC:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

How do I know I am getting a fair price for Architectural Design work in Oakland?

Every Architectural Design job has different requirements. Remember that the price will differ depending on the scope of your project. However, that doesn't mean you have to go in blind. Check out our tips for getting a fair price for Oakland work from Architectsbelow:

  • Talk to a few different Architects and ask for quotes to compare. We have around 50 professionals and companies in Oakland for you to compare.
  • Before contacting a company, check out the ratings and reviews from previous customers to learn what others have paid, how long the Architects took on the job, and how satisfied they were.

How does invoicing/payment work for most Architect projects in Oakland?

Every project differs, but you should ask any architect for an estimate, before they do any work. In fact, ask for their general payment terms before any architectural design work is done.

If the job is large and going to take longer than a day, it's common practice for architects to request a down payment. Usually, this will be around 25% so they can commence work on your architect project.

If it's a quick job, you'll likely be given an invoice/bill when the job is complete. Then it's up to you and the architect to determine if you pay immediately or can send payment at a later date.

All Architects in Oakland, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Geddes Ulinskas Architects
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
(6)
Geddes Ulinskas Architects has built a strong reputation in the Bay Area with design projects that have an emphasis on materials and detail. The unique quality of our design work is often a result of our ability to understand our clients and help them realize their goals. Creating active dialogue w...Read more about Geddes Ulinskas Architects
Geddes Ulinskas Architects has built a strong reputation in the Bay Area with design projects that have an emphasis on materials and detail. The unique quality of our design work is often a result of our ability to understand our clients and help them realize their goals. Creating active dialogue w...Read more about Geddes Ulinskas Architects
Porch Pro Headshot Zack|de Vito
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Zack | de Vito is a multi-disciplinary firm internationally recognized for modern, expertly planned, detailed, and managed work. Our passion for simple forms and materials, rational plans and finely crafted details is apparent in all of our diverse range of projects.
Zack | de Vito is a multi-disciplinary firm internationally recognized for modern, expertly planned, detailed, and managed work. Our passion for simple forms and materials, rational plans and finely crafted details is apparent in all of our diverse range of projects.
Porch Pro Headshot D A Caraway Architect
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
In business without interruption - one project has always been under construction at all times, with flawless performance, zero complaints. I use a method of completing all data on the drawings then make no changes. Takes a little more time meeting with clients but I like it.
In business without interruption - one project has always been under construction at all times, with flawless performance, zero complaints. I use a method of completing all data on the drawings then make no changes. Takes a little more time meeting with clients but I like it.
Porch Pro Headshot ARMA ARCHITECTURAL SVC
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Based out of Kentfield, Architect Machnowski is a sole practitioner with 30 plus years of experience that provides services only to very high end single residential owners and site planning as well as other related services.
Based out of Kentfield, Architect Machnowski is a sole practitioner with 30 plus years of experience that provides services only to very high end single residential owners and site planning as well as other related services.
Porch Pro Headshot Barry and Wynn Architects
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
We are an architectural firm based in Danville, California specializing in custom residential, commercial, public, and recreational projects. Our residential work includes new custom homes, additions, remodels, and outdoor living. Commercial work includes office, retail, tenant improvements, accessi...Read more about Barry and Wynn Architects
We are an architectural firm based in Danville, California specializing in custom residential, commercial, public, and recreational projects. Our residential work includes new custom homes, additions, remodels, and outdoor living. Commercial work includes office, retail, tenant improvements, accessi...Read more about Barry and Wynn Architects
Porch Pro Headshot De Meza + Architecture, Inc. (DM+A)
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
De Meza + Architecture, an award-winning, full-service architecture design firm located in San Francisco, was founded in 2001 by Gregg De Meza, after an impressive career designing some of the world’s most prestigious projects. DM+A’s innovative and talented team of architects and designers create m...Read more about De Meza + Architecture, Inc. (DM+A)
De Meza + Architecture, an award-winning, full-service architecture design firm located in San Francisco, was founded in 2001 by Gregg De Meza, after an impressive career designing some of the world’s most prestigious projects. DM+A’s innovative and talented team of architects and designers create m...Read more about De Meza + Architecture, Inc. (DM+A)
Porch Pro Headshot INTERSTICE Architects
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
INTERSTICE Architects was founded in 2000 by architect Andrew Dunbar and landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan. After years of working in separate disciplines, the arbitrary distinctions were just too constraining, so Interstice was born as a multidisciplinary firm of architects, landscape architects,...Read more about INTERSTICE Architects
INTERSTICE Architects was founded in 2000 by architect Andrew Dunbar and landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan. After years of working in separate disciplines, the arbitrary distinctions were just too constraining, so Interstice was born as a multidisciplinary firm of architects, landscape architects,...Read more about INTERSTICE Architects
Porch Pro Headshot Gawoski Architects - Planning and Design
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Doug Gawoski is a licensed Architect in California, serving homeowners in the San Francisco Bay area. Our goal is to design healthy and inspiring homes that use less resources.
Doug Gawoski is a licensed Architect in California, serving homeowners in the San Francisco Bay area. Our goal is to design healthy and inspiring homes that use less resources.
Porch Pro Headshot Michael Tolleson, Architect
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Simplicity is the best friend of complexity.
Simplicity is the best friend of complexity.
Porch Pro Headshot Aetypic
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Aetypic is an integrative design practice in architecture and engineering for the built environment. Our vision is to enrich and sustain the human environment. Named after a derivation of the Latin term, atypical, Aetypic is a dynamic and progressive practice driven toward innovation through creativ...Read more about Aetypic
Aetypic is an integrative design practice in architecture and engineering for the built environment. Our vision is to enrich and sustain the human environment. Named after a derivation of the Latin term, atypical, Aetypic is a dynamic and progressive practice driven toward innovation through creativ...Read more about Aetypic
Porch Pro Headshot R.A.W. Concepts - Architecture and Interiors
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Building practices have come a long way over the past years with new and exciting innovations which benefit both the users and the natural environment. Our first step is to work with our clients to be informative as to available systems, options, and technologies which if incorporated within their b...Read more about R.A.W. Concepts - Architecture and Interiors
Building practices have come a long way over the past years with new and exciting innovations which benefit both the users and the natural environment. Our first step is to work with our clients to be informative as to available systems, options, and technologies which if incorporated within their b...Read more about R.A.W. Concepts - Architecture and Interiors
Porch Pro Headshot Dedona, Gregory
Architects
Serves Oakland, California
Gregory Dedona founded his architectural practice in Mill Valley, CA in 1989 after receiving his California licensure. For over 25 years Greg has been serving local residents and project developers primarily in Marin County, as well as in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and Los Ange...Read more about Dedona, Gregory
Gregory Dedona founded his architectural practice in Mill Valley, CA in 1989 after receiving his California licensure. For over 25 years Greg has been serving local residents and project developers primarily in Marin County, as well as in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and Los Ange...Read more about Dedona, Gregory
Porch Pro Headshot Angela Klein Architect
Architects
Serves Oakland, California

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