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Best Architects
in Bend

Why These Architects?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Bend 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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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.

Ascent Architecture & Interiors

Ascent Architecture & Interiors is a driven and talented team of architects, interior designers, and design professionals located in Bend, Oregon. The team designs commercial, senior-living, multifamily, and residential projects. Principal and owner Seth Anderson won the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 Young Architects Award. Past clients highly recommend Ascent for the team’s excellent communication, design planning, and timeliness.

Cheryl Heinrichs Architecture

Cheryl Heinrichs Architecture is a modern architecture studio in Bend specializing in climate-specific, sustainable custom homes for the Pacific Northwest. The firm’s awards include Bend Oregon’s Solar + Green Tour People’s Choice Award and Central Oregon Association of Realtors Building a Better Central Oregon Award for Residential Design in 2003. Clients highly recommend working with Cheryl Heinrichs for her attention to detail, expertise, and enthusiasm.

DKA Architecture & Design

DKA Architecture & Design has created award-winning designs for the greater Bend community since 2000. The firm’s projects include residences, commercial buildings, churches, medical and dental practices, and local or regional landmarks. The principals, John L. Kvapil and Philip R. Doza, have almost 60 years of combined experience.

Karen Smuland Architect

Karen Smuland specializes in architectural design services for custom homes, remodels, and additions in the greater Bend area. She offers a streamlined design and building process, the latest 3D modeling technology, and energy-efficient green building designs. Smuland won the Best of Houzz—Service award in 2015 and 2016. Previous clients highly recommend Smuland because of their positive experiences having her make their dream homes a reality.

Lightfoot Architecture & Design

Lightfoot Architecture & Design, based in Bend, produces distinctive, thoughtful designs for buildings, interiors, branding, objects, and art. Co-founder John L. Brockway worked in award-winning firms, such as 64North in Los Angeles and SLAB in New York City. John has also taught design at Woodbury University, Pasadena College, and the University of Oregon. Co-founder Michelle Wilson previously practiced at Guenther 5 Architects in New York and Perkins+Will in Los Angeles. Michelle specializes in ecologically-sensitive designs and LEED documentation.

Mount Bachelor Design Studio Architecture and Planning

Mount Bachelor Design Studio Architecture and Planning has over 40 years of combined experience with custom home and multi-family housing designs for Bend and Central Oregon. The architectural team’s favorite floor plans emphasize openness, light, and functionality. The designs take advantage of Central Oregon’s mountain vistas and express the casual local lifestyle. Clients highly recommend working with Mount Bachelor Design Studio because of the team’s professionalism, skillful designs, and listening well to client needs and dreams.

Bend, OR 97701


Neal Huston & Associates Architects

Neal Huston & Associates Architects provides full-service architectural design for the greater Bend area. Founded in 1988, the firm offers expertise in space planning, interior design, 3D modeling, and sustainable designs. The firm works on commercial, industrial, custom home, and multi-family residential projects. NHAA has also contributed designs for the local community, including Bend’s Heroes Memorial and Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon.

Obsidian Architecture

Obsidian Architecture specializes in high-end residential architecture and custom home design for Bend and other Central Oregon communities. Architect Mitch Darby has over 20 years of professional design experience and is both a registered architect and licensed real estate broker. He guides projects through the initial design consultation, construction documents, and building process.

Olin Architecture

Olin Architecture focuses on contemporary and environmentally responsive designs for clients based in Bend and surrounding areas. Architect Brandon Olin typically works on residential projects but also has experience with custom commercial and adaptive re-use facilities. He approaches each project as unique and seeks to create design solutions that best serve the client and their site. Past clients enjoyed working with Brandon and praise his collaborative skill, insightful solutions, and guidance from design to execution.

Phillips Architecture and Planning

Phillips Architecture and Planning is a firm serving the greater Bend area and Whitefish, Montana, through diligent project management and energy-efficiency expertise. The firm provides services in design, land use planning, residential, commercial, 3D modeling, and regenerative architecture projects. Philips Architecture has received multiple awards over the years, from Nationally First Place Finish in the 1996 Mountain Home Awards to Certificate of Recognition in 2013 by the Montana Architectural Review Committee.

Pinnacle Architecture

Pinnacle Architecture is a design firm based in Bend that has experience spanning housing, healthcare, education, commercial, and community projects. The firm offers services in site analysis, bidding or negotiations, historical preservation, sustainable designs, LEED certification, and code compliance. Pinnacle has earned Daily Journal of Commerce Top Project awards and Cascade Green Building Council People’s Choice award. Pinnacle actively supports the Architects in Schools program and donates architectural design services each year through a community-enhancing project.

Schechter Architect

Lawrence Schechter creates beautifully balanced home designs in the Bend area that are healthy, economically sound, and energy efficient. Past clients have praised Schechter’s work for his good listening, creativity, and professionalism. His sustainability-focused projects include residences, offices, and commercial spaces. Schechter especially enjoys designing timeless homes with natural light and accessibility for aging in place. He is the recipient of numerous design recognitions, including a place in Central Oregon Builders Association's Tour of Homes and accreditation as a LEED Professional. He is also a Five Star Program Founder for the Building Green Council of Central Oregon and is known for his high performance buildings, including Zero Net Energy and LEED Platinum homes and straw bale solar construction and remodeling.

Sexton Design

Sexton Design has created commercial and residential architecture for Bend and Central Oregon communities for over 35 years. Founder Vernon Sexton has a wide field of experience, including projects for the Mount Bachelor ski area, and now specializes in residential designs. His son, Ian, brings expertise in computer drafting, architectural designs and illustrations, graphic logos, and screen print layouts.

Bend, OR 97701


Steele Associates Architects

Steele Associates Architects is a Bend design firm that has worked on a wide range of projects for Central Oregon and communities far outside the region since 1996. The firm has a reputation for thoughtfully listening to client needs, delivering enthusiastic design and service, and keeping to budgets and deadlines. In 2007, President Scott Steele won the BetterBricks Emerging Leader award.

Stemach Design + Architecture

Stemach Design + Architecture emphasizes economic, environmental, and equitable sustainability in all of its innovative designs for the greater Bend community. Stemach Design uses the latest 3D modeling techniques and features a range of architectural services, including interior design, project management, and urban and master planning. The firm has collaborated on past projects with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity, City of Bend, Energy Trust of Oregon, OSU Cascades, and Restore Oregon.

Tekneek Architecture

Tekneek Architecture is a design studio located in Bend that seeks to create functional, simplified architecture. The casual office team strives to be accessible and engaged in every project until its completion. Tekneek works on both residential and commercial building projects.

Bend, OR 97701


Thomas Deatherage Architect

Thomas Deatherage is a Central Oregon architect now based in Bend but has designed and built residences and commercial buildings throughout the U.S. and Australia since 1987. His varied expertise includes remodeling, interior design, ADA compliance, green and LEED buildings, zero-energy homes, and feasibility studies.

Bend, OR 97702


Ultra Architecture

Ultra Architecture focuses on projects in Bend and the greater Northwest that are commercial, residential, industrial, technological, and socially-beneficial. With over 25 years of experience, the firm offers services that include workspace design, adaptive reuse, urban design and planning, and high-performance green building. Ultra commits to an inclusive, collaborative process responsive to client and community needs. Past projects have earned Ultra the 2009 Salem AIA Merit Award, 2006 GSA National Design Honor Award for Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse, and several LEED ratings.

Bend, OR 97701


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