Located in Los Angeles County, San Gabriel is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcánge and often referred to as the birthplace of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Residents enjoy its neighborhood feel and community, which offers an extensive range of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.

This list showcases ten of the best residential architects in the area. Our editorial team curated this list after considering these firms’ various portfolios and backgrounds. Several of them have also been honored with numerous awards throughout their years in business and have various unique services. 


17911 Von Karman Ave. Suite #200, Irvine, CA 92614

KTGY is an award-winning firm that provides a complete and comprehensive range of interior design, branding services, architecture, and planning services. It utilizes an approach that integrates planning, interior design, and branding. It has multiple offices and studios and can take on projects regardless of size or complexity. In addition to all of these, it also incorporates modern sustainable practices into its work, assuring homeowners of the high efficiency of its homes and spaces. The company takes great pride in its national rankings, having finished 35th nationwide in the 2020 Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Its team draws inspiration from over three decades of industry experience. Since its inception, it has won nearly 700 awards and designed nearly a thousand homes under the Los Angeles small lot ordinance. The company is also no stranger to working on entire neighborhoods and has had the opportunity to oversee the design and construction of 50+ communities. 

Labeled in its portfolio as the “Origin at The Collective,” this project was completed in Manteca. Its great elevation styles were inspired by the rich farming and agrarian history of the central valley. This cozy home was finished with traditional farmhouse and craftsman touches. 

Make Architecture

2664 Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Founded in 2000, Make Architecture is the product of a collaboration between Jess Mullen-Carey and Bill Beauter. Under their leadership, the firm utilizes a great collaborative approach, which enables them to understand the specific issues required to develop great solutions. Beauter has been practicing architecture since 1994 and holds a degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Master’s degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He gained experience in a variety of project types—from restaurant and hospitality to commercial spaces. Mullen-Carey, on the other hand, completed his degree from Cornell University. His experience includes working for an outstanding Beverly Hills-based design-build firm. He has also worked on numerous project types, including tenant improvement, residential, and commercial works. Under their leadership, the firm has become a recipient of numerous distinctions from the AIA. It has also had the honor of being featured in publications like Dwell and LA Architect

The featured project displays the firm’s work on a modern home atop Stradella Drive in Bel Air. From the street, one can see the firm’s playful interplay of board-formed concrete, dark gray fiber cement, a white accent band, and a custom operable ipe screen.

Brion Jeanette Architecture

470 Old Newport Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Recognized nationally and internationally, Brion Jeannette Architecture has secured a solid reputation through its world-famous, award-winning residences. The Brian Jeannette portfolio showcases various sprawling estates, with designs ranging from contemporary and Cape Cod themes to classic European designs, including ornate Italian villas and Mediterranean mansions. The firm has also worked on several mid-century modern homes and Asian-inspired retreats. The firm is manned by a group of skilled craftsmen who work closely on each of the firm’s projects. They take handmade drawings, turn them into 3D-rendered plans, then turn those plans into reality. The firm’s work has been featured in Coast, California Homes, and Design OC

Corona del Mar, one of the firm’s notable projects, features a great Mediterranean theme with a contemporary flair. It harbors European touches and boasts excellent lighting and ventilation. It also features large expansive glass doors and windows, allowing in spectacular Harbor vistas and views of Catalina Island.

Zprout Architecture

445 S. San Gabriel Blvd. Suite #201, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Headquartered in San Gabriel, Zprout Architecture serves the entirety of the Southern California region, with offices strategically located in Los Angeles and San Diego. It is composed of a team of talented and experienced architects and building designers. Together, they have crafted a great architecture program that has enabled the company to complete countless of stellar spaces. They are also known for their great estimates and projections, assuring homeowners that their new projects will be finished on time and within the agreed-upon budget. The firm is led by its founding principal, Jay Zapata. He draws inspiration from nearly two decades of industry experience. In addition to his residential work, he has collaborated with skilled contractors on commercial projects. Under his leadership, the company has become known for its innovative technical solutions and cost-effective approaches. 

This project was completed in West Hollywood. It was completed in 2016 and entailed an extensive remodel. Our team loved its great stucco exteriors, unique fixtures, and angular roofs. 

BiLDEN Corp.

408 S. Pasadena Ave., #4, Pasadena, CA 91105

BiLDEN specializes in working on elegant modern spaces. It operates out of its office in Pasadena and is regarded for its collaborative process with clients, contractors, and consultants. It further infuses great environmentally responsible techniques and provides homeowners with a comprehensive construction management plan. The firm also provided skilled landscaping and interior design work. The firm’s work is distinguished by its team’s excellent use of material, form, color, and texture. It also offers cost-effective, dynamic, and highly interactive approaches, in addition to great design, documentation, and construction management. 

Showcased in this article is one of the firm’s best projects. For this home, the firm’s team opted for great wood-paneled exteriors, as well as large glass windows and entryways. It also features a great open concept floor plan, allowing for seamless integration of its interiors and exteriors. 

NEO & Associates Inc.

2115 Huntington Dr. Unit C, San Marino, CA 91108

Neo provides its clients with a complete range of architecture and design services. Its experienced team first begins its process by reviewing a particular site, in addition to the necessary city regulations and zoning rules. It collaborates closely with its clients throughout the entire process, from start to finish. The company operates out of its office in San Marino and has had the opportunity to work in some of the best areas and neighborhoods in Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bradbury, Commerce, Duarte, East Los Angeles, East Pasadena, El Monte, Glendale, and Hacienda Heights. The firm is led by Edward M. Osuch, who founded the firm in 1997. He specializes in 3D imagery but is also experienced and talented in all aspects of architecture and design. He is also Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) certified, assuring homeowners of the sustainability of the company’s projects. 

This project is an excellent example of the firm’s expertise. Located in Glendora, this home spans around 9,000 square feet. It was completed in 2018 and features a great contemporary theme. Inside, it has five luxurious bedrooms, a two-story foyer, spacious family rooms, a private basement theater, and an infinity-edge pool.

Feng Xiao Architect, Inc.

2540 Huntington Dr. Suite #207, San Marino, CA 91108

Feng Xiao Architect specializes in urban design and the design of residential and mixed-use projects. It is known for its excellent master planning, entitlement, design, and documentation not only for residential projects but also mixed-use projects. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the firm can take on homes and spaces regardless of size or scale. It has also taken on numerous projects across the country and abroad. Feng Xiao Architect’s work has been acclaimed by many, including features in publications like URBANIZE Los Angeles.

Completed in Arcadia, the project above is a stellar example of the company’s expertise. It sits on a lot roughly around 9,684 square feet, with the home itself spanning 4,472 square feet. This home has terra cotta and shingled roofs and beautiful arched windows.

Roger Perron, Inc.

3171 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite #306, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Roger Perron operates out of its office in Los Angeles and provides an outstanding range of architect, general contractor, and design services. From beautifully designed kitchens and bathrooms to extensive remodels and home additions, Roger Perron is a family-owned and operated business providing interested homeowners with free consultation services. It specializes in elegant, affordable home design and is also well-respected for its functional aesthetics. The firm works with some of the area’s best and most talented licensed subcontractors in various specialty trades. At its helm is its namesake Roger Perron, a talented professional. He has had the opportunity to sit as chairman of the Home Builders’ Association of Worcester County, Massachusetts. His rich experience has enabled the company to become well-known for its excellent designs. 

This home is one of the company’s best Mediterranean works. It was completed in Santa Monica and sits on a  50′ x 150′ lot. The home itself spans 4,500 square feet. For this specific project, the firm’s team had to tear down an older ranch home before working on this all-new home from the ground up.  

Architecturae Group

112 N. Earle St., San Gabriel, CA 91775

Architecturae Group is regarded for its excellent ability to curate innovative design solutions. It has secured a solid reputation for itself throughout its years in service and is a premier firm in the area in terms of design and construction of advanced technology facilities and residential spaces. The firm commits itself to the highest standards and is also known to infuse various sustainable, high-performance elements into its spaces. This enables it to come up with excellent cost-effective solutions. The firm prides itself on its large repeat clientele rate, with more than 90% of its projects stemming from former clients. Architecturae has worked on over 650 spaces since its inception and also offers great land analysis solutions. We were also very impressed by its home improvement services complete with automation systems.

The project above was completed in Temple City. It showcases a single-family residence that spans 2,688 square feet. Inside, it has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The home has a timeless Spanish Colonial theme, displayed with its graceful arches and stucco exteriors. Learn more about their work at www.archturae.com/.