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Best Architects in Raleigh

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Raleigh Architects on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Raleigh, NC 27617

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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 27604

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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 27615

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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 27604

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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 27605

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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.

Durham, NC 27717

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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.

Raleigh, NC 27604

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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 27601

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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 27604

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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 27603

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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

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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

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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 27605

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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.

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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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.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Architects are skilled professionals who create designs and plans for a variety of reasons. While the term architect traditionally refers to a professional who creates building plans, either for residential or commercial properties, the word can also refer to an architect who works with technology and digital infrastructure. Below are some of the most common titles an architect may have:
    • Landscape architect: Designs outdoor spaces, such as parks, gardens, and college campuses

    • Restoration architect: Preserves historic buildings and monuments
    • Lighting architect: Designs, installs, and operates lighting for theater and film productions
    • Extreme architect: Creates buildings that withstand major disasters or severe weather
    • Residential architect: Designs homes and multifamily properties
    • Sustainable/green design architect: Designs buildings that have a minimal environmental impact
    • Industrial architect: Develops plans for industrial buildings, such as factories and plants
    • Conservation architect: Preserves unprotected heritage sites
    • Interior architect: Designs interiors for commercial and residential buildings
  • How much does an architect cost?

    The cost of hiring an architect varies, depending on what type of work needs to be done. According to Home Guide, most traditional architects charge anywhere from $100 to $250 per hour to draw plans; however, this cost may vary depending on experience and project scope.

  • How much do residential architects charge?

    Residential architects typically charge anywhere from $2,000 to $8,500 for initial plans and small projects, according to Home Advisor. For large projects, revisions, and extra services, this cost can increase.

  • Do I need an architect to build a house?

    While it's not required to hire an architect before building a house, it's usually a good idea. An architect can ensure that all housing plans are done per local housing codes while ensuring the home is beautifully designed.

  • How can someone draw like an architect?

    It requires practice and knowledge of drawing different perspectives and dimensions. Tutorial videos can be found online that advise beginners; however, without proper instruction and technique, architectural drawings may not be in accordance with building laws.

  • Do you need an architect for a renovation?

    An architect isn't always required for a remodel or renovation; however, some municipalities may require professional architect drawings before construction permits are approved. In most cases, it's best to check with local laws before undergoing renovations.

  • How long is an architect liable for a building?

    Architects may be held liable for up to 15 years after the completion of a project. Until that time has passed, architects may face claims for defects in design.