Laurels
Best Architects in
Santa Barbara
2017

Why These Architects?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored architects on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best architects in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

AB Design Studio, Inc.

AB Design Studio, Inc. is an architecture and design firm founded in 2005. The company specializes in residential, commercial, interior, hospitality, institutional, and experimental design projects. Other projects include medical and laboratory, hospitality renovation, adaptive reuse, multi-family residential design, mixed-use developments, mid- and high-rise buildings, graphic design, boat, aircraft, office interior design, ground up custom homes, historical building and site, remodel and addition, design-build, spa design, commercial tenant improvements, retail design and branding, and restaurants and commercial kitchens.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 963-2100

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Bildsten Architecture and Planning

Founded in 2014, Bildsten Architecture and Planning is owned by Ellen Bildsten and serves the California Central Coast. Based in Santa Barbara, the firm specializes in residential, apartments, cabanas, modern, beach houses, health buildings, restaurants, office spaces, snack shops, and more. They also provide landscape planning, coordination with engineers, city coordination for building permits, property evaluation, design. Ellen Bildsten is the President of The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara 2011 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. The company is a Best of Houzz Award winner in 2016 for design.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 845-2646

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Blackbird Architects

A full-service architectural firm founded in 1995, Blackbird Architects is located in Santa Barbara. They specialize in residential, tasting rooms, educational laboratories, science and mathematic buildings, aquatics facilities, observatories, cottages, resorts, campuses, higher education buildings, stadium renovations, ice arenas, studios, athletic venues, office spaces, mixed-use, resource centers, neighborhood living street projects, and more. The company holds Best of Houzz in Design in 2016.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 957-1315

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Burke Design

Since 2001, Burke Design is a Santa Barbara-based architecture firm serving local businesses. The company specializes in houses, room additions, tenant improvements, zoning, planning, entitlements, zoning enforcement corrections, and winery and tasting rooms. The firm is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Clients speak highly of their friendliness, knowledgeable how-to, honesty, complete dedication to each project, and budget-friendly solutions.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 453-6464

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Cearnal Collective LLP

Since 1983, Cearnal Collective LLP is an architecture and interior design firm serving the South Coast of California. The company specializes in multi-family, mixed-use, commercial, interiors, hospitality, residential, tenant improvements, and civic projects that include offices, institutes, inns, hotels, and more. They hold a 2009 American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Merit Award, 2006 American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Honor Award, 2003 American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Vernacular Award, and more. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 963-8077

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Chas Architects

Holding locations in both Austin, Texas and Santa Barbara, California, Chas Architects was founded in 1999 and has served China, the Arabian Gulf, Mexico, New England, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and California. They specialize in residential projects that include country cabins, villas, cottages, modern homes, haciendas, farmhouses, and contemporary projects. The firm holds a Best of Houzz in Design 2013.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 845-1010

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Dan Weber Architecture

A Santa Barbara-based architecture and design firm, Dan Weber Architecture provides architectural, interior design, master planning, urban design, general planning and design, cost analysis and feasibility studies, and management services since 2008. The company specializes in mixed-use urban infill, custom residential, hospitality, interior design, commercial interiors, adaptive reuse, and high-profile redevelopment.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 234-4131

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Design ARC

Based in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Design ARC is an architectural and design firm founded in 2006. The company specializes in sustainability practices, restaurants, institutional, interiors, hospitality, retail, commercial, and residential projects. The company holds the Best of Houzz in Design in 2016 and 2015, the 2012 Honor Award from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the 2006 Urban Planning Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects on the California Council.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 687-1525

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DMHA Architecture + Interior Design

Providing full-service architecture, planning, interior design, graphics, and sustainable design, DMHA Architecture + Interior Design is located in Santa Barbara. The company provides programming, pre-design, site master planning, building analysis and recommendations, cost analysis and feasibility studies, interior design, architectural design, construction administration, furnishings, equipment specifications, and sustainability. They specialize in developments that include business parks, cafes, plazas, arts centers, business and technology centers, hotels, residential, and mixed-use projects. The firm holds the 2013 national Student Housing Business Innovator Award for Best Architecture and Design, 2012 Santa Barbara Beautiful Best Commercial Building Award, 2012 USGBC LEED C4 Award for Best Overall, and more.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 965-7777

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Dylan Chappell Architects

Serving Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and the California Coast, Dylan Chappell Architects is a full-service architectural and planning firm. The company specializes in commercial, retail, and residential projects. Other services provided include furnishings, detailed cost estimates, presentation models, high-performance green home services, LEED coordination and certification assistance, construction documents, 3D/fly through/computer visualization, traditional and computer renderings, architectural design, entitlements, master planning, and more. The firm holds the Best of Houzz Award for 2015 in Design.

Carpinteria, CA(805) 852-1677

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Gale Beth Goldberg Architect

Founded over 15 years ago, Gale Beth Goldberg Architect serves the Santa Barbara area and specializes in commercial, institutional, multi-family, and residential projects. The company focuses on ecological, environmental, and sustainable practices and uses bamboo in much of their architectural designs and projects. The owner and founder, Gale Beth Goldberg, is a published author, an active board

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 403-0486

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Kari Architect

An architectural firm founded in 1991, Kari Architect serves the Santa Barbara, Montecito, San Ynez, Goleta, San Louis Obispo, and surrounding areas. The company specializes in multi-family and single family renovations and new construction projects. Their style includes French country, euro, traditional Mediterranean, cottage, craftsman, contemporary, and more. The firm holds a 2004 Outstanding Craftsmanship award from the Santa Barbara Contractor’s Association and Best of Houzz in Design in 2016 and 2015.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 965-0560

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Kevin Moore Architect

Based in Santa Barbara, Kevin Moore Architect is a full-service architecture and interior design firm with over 17 years of experience. The company specializes in contemporary, modern, and Mediterranean style houses, mixed-use developments, office interiors, multi-family developments, restaurant interiors, wine tasting spaces, tenant improvements, and beer tasting spaces. The company serves the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Sacremento, Dana Point, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, and Calabasas areas. The company is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 455-0574

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Native Son Design Studio

A Santa Barbara-based architecture firm, Native Son Design Studio was founded in 2009 and also serves Ventura County and Napa County. They specialize in full-architectural services that include construction administration, construction documents, schematic design, and planning. The firm holds Best of Houzz in Design in 2016 and 2015, and Best of Houzz in Service in 2015.The company’s owner, Chris Cottrell, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Mesa Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 874-2724

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Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects (NMA)

Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects (NMA) is a Carpinteria-based architectural studio with over 25 years of experience. The firm specializes in civic, commercial, and residential projects. The company holds Best of Houzz in Design in 2016, 2015, and 2014 and Best of Houzz in Service in 2016, 2015, and 2014. They also hold awards that include the 2015 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara Chapter, 2012 Green Home Award by the U.S. Green Building Council California Central Coast Chapter, the 2012 Gold Winner Whole House Award by the Qualified Remodeler’s Master Design Awards, and more.

Carpinteria, CA(805) 684-8885

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Pacific Architects, Inc.

For over two decades, Pacific Architects, Inc., led by Architect William S. Wolf, has served the Santa Barbara area. The firm specializes in residential barns, patios, theatres, studios, museums, grocery stores, radio stations, religious buildings, higher education, restaurants, commercial buildings, retail, and more. The company holds awards that include 2012 Builder of the Year Award, Santa Barbara Beautiful Award in 2010, 2006 Builder of the Year Awards, and the 1998 Santa Barbara Beautiful Award.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 565-3640

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RRM Design Group

Founded in 1974, RRM Design Group is an architectural and planning firm specializing in land planning, residential, commercial, recreation, civic, institutional, infrastructure, and urban planning and design. The company hires an expert team of over 100 architects, surveyors, planners, landscape architects, and civil and structural engineers in locations throughout the state. Other services the company provides includes engineering and surveys, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, and sustainable services. The firm holds the 2004 Award of Excellence from the California Redevelopment Association, the Planning Project Award in 2003, and more.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 963-8283

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Sherry and Associates, Architects Inc.

Located in Santa Barbara since 1990, Sherry and Associates, Architects Inc. specializes in public markets, dental offices, wineries, houses, pubs, restaurants, cafes, wine markets, lounges, and more. Dawn Sherry, owner and architect, is a member of the Santa Barbara Contractor’s Association, American Institute of Architects, and of many local organizations.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 963-0986

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Thompson Naylor Architects, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Thompson Naylor Architects provides “Socially and Environmentally Responsible Architecture and Planning” in the Santa Barbara area and surrounding region. The firm specializes in residential and institutional design, working in traditional, contemporary, and blended styles. In addition to custom new and remodeled homes, they have designed multi-family housing, religious and educational projects, restaurants and recreational buildings. They are sensitive to client needs and budgets and are highly respected by local government agencies. The firm has been a local leader of the green building movement, and the majority of the staff are LEED accredited professionals and Certified Green Building Professionals.

Santa Barbara, CA(805) 966-9807

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