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Best Architects
in Raleigh
2019

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 Raleigh, NC.

Reviewed Curated Top Picks 96 64 18

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.

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2SL Design Build Collaborative

2SL Design Build Collaborative is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients in the Triangle for over 18 years. The firm builds commercial and residential properties and offers construction, site planning, architecture, interior design, and project management services. 2SL Design Build Collaborative has won many awards including the 2016 Star Awards for Best Basement and Best Historic Remodel, and the 2015 Star Awards for Best Bathroom and Best Historic Remodel. The firm is a collaborator for HGTV’s “Love It or List It” and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders. Clients appreciate their honesty, knowledge, and talent.

Raleigh, NC 27617 (919) 833-1448

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Andrew Osterlund Architect, PLLC

Andrew Osterlund Architect, PLLC is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over seven years. The firm works in phases, from pre-design, schematic design, and design development to construction documents, bidding or negotiations, and construction contract administration. President and architect Andrew Osterlund is NCARB certified and is licensed to practice in South Carolina and North Carolina. Projects include commercial, residential, restaurants, retail, nightclubs, offices, and breweries.

Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 838-9337

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Bizios Architect

Bizios Architect is a Durham firm that has been providing clients with personalized design services for over 25 years. Georgia Bizios has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and has been a professor of architecture at the College of Design at NC State University for over 29 years. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Brian Grant is an architect that has expertise in green building products and systems and has a Master of Architecture from NC State University’s College of Design. Intern architect Katie Wakeford rounds out the team. Clients remark on Georgia’s ideas and process.

Durham, NC 27707 (919) 490-3733

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Carter Skinner Residential Design

Carter Skinner Residential Design is a Raleigh firm that provides custom home and estate design to clients in Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and the East Coast. Residential designer Carter Skinner’s specialties are additions, renovations, and new construction. Carter’s designs have won awards and have been featured in various publications such as North Carolina Design, Southern Style, and Living in Style.

Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 821-2900

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Davis Kane Architects, PA

Davis Kane Architects, PA is a Raleigh firm that started over 38 years ago under another name and changed its name before becoming David Kane Architects, PA in 1998. The firm has designed different buildings such as fire stations, historic building renovations, recreation centers, and residences. Architectural services include cost estimating, design development, master planning, and facility assessment. Interior services include space planning, interior design, furniture and finishes. Davis Kane Architects, PA is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and many designers are LEEDS accredited.

Raleigh, NC 27605 (919) 833-3737

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Gontram Architecture, Inc.

Gontram Architecture, Inc. is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over 17 years. Services include pre-design, schematic design, construction documents, design development, bidding and negotiation, permit review and approval, construction, and post-occupancy. Other services are design-build, architectural rendering, model building, photography, and computer 3D imaging. Edmund J. Gontram III has licenses in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina and he is an NC-licensed General Contractor.

Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 876-5331

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Hobgood Architects

Hobgood Architects is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over 26 years. The firm has won numerous awards including the AIA Triangle Merit Award and AIA Triangle Honor Award in 2014, the AIA Triangle Honor Award in 2013, and the AIA Triangle Honor Award and the SARC South Atlantic AIA Honor Award in 2012. Kenneth Hobgood has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He was awarded the prestigious Kamphoefner Prize in 1997 from the NCSU College of Design. Among Hobgood Architects’ projects are commercial, residential, cultural, and academic buildings.

Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 828-7711

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in situ studio

in situ studio is a Raleigh business that has been serving clients for over five years. This design firm listens to clients to create their design concept. Founder Erin Sterling Lewis has a BArch from the University of Kentucky. She is the AIA North Carolina President-Elect and is on the advisory board for the NCSU College of Design School of Architecture. She and her team, Matthew Henning Griffith, Mary Conley, and Zach Hoffman, have won eleven design awards since 2010 and were named one of 15 Young Firms to Watch by Residential Architect magazine.

Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 397-3951

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Louis Cherry Architecture

Louis Cherry Architecture is a Raleigh firm that provides modern architecture and interior design services to clients. The firm has worked on commercial, residential, and community based facilities such as schools, restaurants, libraries, and places of worship. Principal architect Louis Cherry has over 32 years of experience in architecture, and he is an accredited Leadership in Environmental and Energy Efficient Design professional. He and three architectural designers make up the small firm.

Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 971-2299

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Maurer Architecture

Maurer Architecture is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over 22 years. The firm specializes in residential, commercial, and historic projects and provides tailored services to municipalities, homeowners, nonprofits, and residential and commercial developers. Maurer Architecture has won numerous awards such as the Anthemion Award, Capital Area Preservation, the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance, and the Triangle CREW Championship Award multiple times.

Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 829-4969

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Olive Architecture

Olive Architecture is a Raleigh firm that has been providing buildings to clients across the US for over five years. Some clients the firm has served are Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Courtyard Marriott. The principals, Tom Murphy and Andy Lawrence have over 35 years of design and architecture experience. Projects include bars and restaurants, residences, hotels, pet spas, dog daycares, and kennels, commercial and retail, and historic preservation.

Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 838-9934

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Oxide Architecture

Oxide Architecture is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over nine years. Charles Fulbright Holden is an architect who has over 20 years of experience and has degrees in Environmental Design, Architecture, and Philosophy. Nick Owens is a designer-builder who has over 15 years of experience and has a Master of Architecture degree, a degree in Architectural Studies, and a minor in Urban Planning.

Raleigh, NC 27605 (919) 832-2207

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Phillips Architecture, PA

Phillips Architecture, PA is a Raleigh firm that specializes in planning and design of lab facility spaces, commercial, and multi-family residences. Architectural services include design development, bid preparation and coordination, schematic design, 3D rendering, code consultation, and construction documents. Interior design services include space planning, move management, programming, permitting and code coordination, and BOMA/square footage calculation. Other services are décor and visualizations. Projects Phillips Architecture, PA has done include medical, restaurant, financial, and education. Repeat clients make up 85% of the firm’s business.

Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 878-1660

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Steven Clipp Architecture

Steven Clipp Architecture is a Chapel Hill business that serves clients in Blowing Rock and Chapel Hill. Steven Clipp has a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a Master of Design and handcrafts homes for clients. He created and hosts a radio show on WPTF and recorded podcasts for Voice America, an internet radio station. He has also written articles for Southern Neighbor and has won many design and architecture awards.

Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (919) 929-7838

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Tina Govan Architect

Tina Govan Architect is a Raleigh firm that has been providing clients with custom design for over 19 years. Tina Govan has a Master of Architecture from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and has worked as an architect in Japan. Several projects have been featured in publications such as the Eich Residence in Fine Homebuilding’s annual HOUSES issue, summer 2011, the Martin Residence in their summer 2010 issue, and the NC Mountain Lake House, which was a recipient of a 2013 Reader’s Choice Award, was featured in Fine Homebuilding.

Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 890-4124

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Vincent Whitehurst Architect PA

Vincent Whitehurst Architect PA is a Raleigh firm that has been serving clients for over 15 years. The firm provides residential and commercial design services for new construction, additions, and renovations. Vincent has a Master of Architecture and was an architecture instructor at NCSU. He volunteered with the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission for six years and was a chair on the Pullen Park Neighborhood Committee for eight years.

Raleigh, NC 27605 (919) 821-3355

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Vines Architecture

Vines Architecture is a Raleigh design firm that has been providing clients with management, design, and technical expertise for over seven years. The firm has won over 40 awards including the AIA NC Award and the AIA Triangle Merit Award in 2015, the AIA NC Merit Award and the AIA Washington DC Merit Award in 2014, and the AIA NC Honor Award in 2013. President and principal Victor Vines is a LEED Accredited Professional and he is very hands-on in projects.

Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 755-1975

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WHJ Design, Inc.

WHJ Design, Inc. is a Durham firm that has been serving clients for over 27 years. The firm specializes in residential design and works on homes in North Carolina as well as other locations. Services are consulting, space planning, and residential design. Hutch Johnson has a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a member of Hope Valley Country Club Building Committee and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties. Clients appreciate Hutch’s attention to detail and creativity.

Durham, NC 27717 (919) 810-6029

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