Oakland’s rich history and culture show through its buildings, unique streets, and diverse neighbourhoods. Being the most ethnically diverse city in California, the architects in Oakland are creatively and carefully restoring and repurposing the city’s historic buildings, in addition to designing new buildings. Oakland is proud of its working-class history, and many locals are also committed to preserving the structures and character.

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As a popular destination in the East Bay, it is experiencing a rise in its population and economic activity, which in turn is increasing residential development. As more people are drawn to the vibrant city and neighbouring Berkeley, Piedmont, and Emeryville, top architects are designing stunning new homes and massive renovations for existing ones. Top architectural firms like AECOM, Arcsine, Medium Plenty, PYATOK, etc are infusing the city’s heart and personality into their buildings.

Re-thinking The Future is a global platform for architecture and design. RTF along with our authors has curated a list of top architecture firms in various cities across the globe. Please note that the names are arranged in alphabetical order and are not ranked in any manner.

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A D Architects Inc | Newell Arnerich, Robert Diaz

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Cultural,
Locations of Built Projects: Los Angeles, Oakland and Honolulu
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by functionality, sustainability, interior planning and design with an emphasis on design details to provide community-oriented solutions
Website: https://www.adarch.com/

A D Architects Inc was founded by Newell Arnerich and Robert Diaz in Berkeley, California in 1978. Their work follows the interdependence between architecture and interior design to achieve a cohesive experience that evokes creative spaces. They are dedicated to improving and sustaining the environment.

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AECOM | Architects in Oakland

Scope of services: Architecture, Project Management, Engineering
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Cultural, Hospitality,
Locations of Built Projects: Across the world
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by functionality, artistic inspiration, elegant spatial composition with an emphasis on intensive site study, feasibility studies, innovative use of materials and new technologies
Website: https://aecom.com/

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AECOM believes in taking on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative solutions that push the limits of what’s possible, for example, the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development megaproject, life-sustaining disaster recovery programs, the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere, etc. They have ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”.

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Anderson Schwartz Architects | Ben Anderson, Zohar Schwartz

Scope of services: Architecture
Types of Built Projects: Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: In and around Oakland
Style of work / Core competencies: Contemporary architecture; characterized by optimum space utilization with an emphasis on form oriented designs, innovative use of materials and new technologies
Website: https://www.andersonschwartz.com/

Anderson Schwartz Architects was founded by Ben Anderson and Zohar Schwartz in Oakland. Zohar Schwartz has previously worked for the offices of Gehry Partners and Gensler San Francisco. Before founding Anderson Schwartz, Ben was the principal of the Anderson Studio for Architecture.

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Andrew Lee Architecture 

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial
Locations of Built Projects: California
Style of work / Core competencies: Characterized by functionality, simplicity with an emphasis on intensive site study to provide economic designs for clients
Website: https://www.alee-arch.com/

The firm seeks solutions that strike a thoughtful balance among considerations that often pull in different directions: the goals of the project, architectural precedent, the constraints, and opportunities of the site, and the real-world limitations of building codes, schedules, and budgets. Their projects include retail and office spaces, performing arts venues, community service organizations, and homes throughout the Bay Area.

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Architectural Dimension | James Heilbronner

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior, Project Management
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: California
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by interior planning and design to provide community-oriented, cost-effective designs
Website: https://archdim.com/

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Architectural Dimension was founded by James Heilbronner. Their extensive experience includes the delivery of complex projects involving architectural design, agency management and entitlement, land-use and master planning, program/project management, facility design and management, information management, construction management and administration.

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Arcsine | Daniel Scovill, Adam Winig

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Commercial, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: California
Style of work / Core competencies: Characterized by artistic inspiration, elegant spatial composition with an emphasis on aesthetically pleasing, luxurious designs
Website: http://arcsine.com/

Arcsine was founded by Daniel Scovill and Adam Winig. They create innovative and dynamic spaces within the hospitality, restaurant and workplace environment. The firm believes that good design brings people together, fosters relationships and inspires creativity through the enhancement of our surroundings. Their goal is to provide compelling design, technical expertise and a collaborative environment that exceeds the client’s vision.

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Bay Design & Build | Brian Hebert | Architects in Oakland

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential
Locations of Built Projects: In and around Oakland
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by simplicity with an emphasis on natural lighting to provide cost-effective designs for clients
Website: http://www.baydesignandbuild.com/

Bay Design & Build was founded by Brian Hebert. The firm has a reputation for creativity, professionalism and integrity. In addition to Brian, the team includes his wife, Jeanne-Marie, offering operational and marketing expertise as well as a crew of highly skilled craftspeople.

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Buchanan Opalach Architects | Bethany Opalach, Edward Buchanan

Scope of services: Architecture, Renovation, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: In and around Oakland
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by sustainability, interior planning and design, simplicity with an emphasis on natural lighting to provide community-oriented solutions
Website: https://boa-inc.com/

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Buchanan Opalach Architects was founded by Bethany Opalach and Edward Buchanan. The firm believes that architecture is an art form, a way to bring more richness to our lives. They design spaces as a medium through which one can bring natural light, views of the outside world, balanced spaces, proportionate details and pleasing colours into an environment.

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Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design | Bill Adling, Sandy Adling

Scope of services: Architecture, Renovation, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Hospitality
Locations of Built Projects: In and around Oakland
Style of work / Core competencies: Characterized by functionality with an emphasis on aesthetic, economic design
Website: https://www.buttrickprojects.com/

Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design creates thoughtful, elegant buildings, interiors and hardscapes crafted to the specific vision and programmatic needs of each client and project site. Jerome, the principal architect, has deep knowledge of the design and building community in the Bay Area. His success has been recognized by many satisfied clients, as well as by awards and publication of his work.

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Charles Lee Architect | Architects in Oakland

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior
Types of Built Projects: Residential
Locations of Built Projects: California
Style of work / Core competencies: Modern architecture; characterized by artistic inspiration, simplicity with an emphasis on natural lighting, innovative use of materials and new technologies to provide economic designs for clients
Website: http://charlesleearchitect.com/

Founded by Charles Lee, the firm is in pursuit of everyday architecture, that is, buildings and spaces that reflect the values of those who inhabit them and enable flexible multi-functional use while remaining sensitive to aesthetics, to the neighbours, and the environment. 

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