A bustling residential, commercial, and industrial city in Los Angeles County, El Monte is an accommodating city for families and professionals that want close proximity to Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley. Those who are thinking of moving in the city or residents who are looking to upgrade their homes should consider hiring a residential architect to ensure a smooth, seamless process.

This list features the best residential architects in the city of El Monte. These firms are experienced in local construction nuances and have appropriate accreditation for residential design. To come up with this list, our editorial team has gathered a list of El Monte-based architects and architects that serve the city. These firms were then assessed based on a set of criteria that measures each firm’s work history, capacity, and the overall quality of the work of each firm.


225 E Bdwy., Unit 102B Glendale, CA 91205

Los Angeles-based BiSTREND is a dynamic design firm capable of residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Founders Akop Karagyulyan and Edgar Markosyan have centered the business operations around close-knit communications and a hands-on approach. The firm espouses the ideas of timelessness and originality introduced by the architectural philosophy of the legendary Frank Gehry. The firm sees that each project is memorable, influential, and sophisticated.

BiSTREND has completed major residential projects in various home styles including Contemporary, Spanish Colonial, and Craftsman. The featured project in the photo displays an interesting rendition of a Spanish Colonial home. The home has a straightforward cubic silhouette and simple palette choice. 

MLa Architects

PO Box 2112 Glendora, CA 91740

MLa Architects is a dynamic architectural and planning firm operating in the city of Glendora and its surrounding areas.  Since 1998, the firm has designed small and medium residential, commercial, and food service projects. MLa is also experienced in remodeling, CADD support, and construction support and consulting. The firm was established in pursuit of providing better access to cost-conscious architectural nuances for residents that want to improve their homes at a moderate price point. This budget-friendly consideration made the firm a go-to architect for homeowners that are looking for the best value for their money. 

The firm was established by Michael Lancy, a licensed architect and commercial pilot. He has consistently led the team in providing straightforward, functional designs.  

Sandoval Design

2617 Washington Ave., El Monte, CA 91733

Residential architecture expert Billy Sandoval is a design professional offering clients professional, responsive, and effective services. Sandoval and his team are capable of commercial and external services including 3D renders, virtual tours, and drafting services. The firm leverages its strong capacity to present projects in 3D computer renderings. Most of the firm’s publicly-available portfolio consists of digital plans and imagery. Projects such as the Contemporary home in the photo show how savvy the firm is when it comes to residential design. The home has a well-thought-out structure distributed in intriguing ways that incorporate multiple levels at the same time. Large French windows and a well-positioned balcony maximized the home’s interior-exterior flow and home layout.

Simon Lee & Associates Architects

140 W Valley Blvd., Ste. #215, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Simon Lee & Associates is an experienced architectural design and planning firm in the San Gabriel area. The firm was founded in 1993 by architect Simon Lee under the values of earnestness, hard work, and enthusiasm. Lee believes these values deliver the best quality of work possible. In turn, the cities of Anaheim, Alhambra, Monterey Park, and surrounding cities have lauded the firm with awards and accolades in design excellence. 

The firm’s portfolio consists of a wide range of projects from hospitality centers to cultural centers to academic buildings. In terms of residential projects, the firm has a number of French, Contemporary, and Tudor homes that reflect the values instilled by Lee right from the firm’s inception. 

Subu Design Architecture

15243 La Cruz Dr., Ste. #908, Pacific Palisades, CA  90272

Subu Design Architecture is an architectural and interior design firm experienced in custom homes and boutique hotels. Company leader May Sung received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley with honors and her Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sung was also named Fulbright Fellow to Hong Kong upon graduation. She led the team to the heights where it is now. The firm is recognized by publications including Luxe Interiors and Design, The Hollywood Reporter, Vogue, Elle Decor, and Palisadian Post

The firm has a strong collection of Modern and Contemporary homes that reflects modern West Coast lifestyles. The photo shows you a 4,402-square-foot home in Manhattan Beach. This Subu Design home has a tasteful combination of concrete, wood, glass, and yellow stucco that brings California aesthetics into the home. 

WinHome Company

3096 Parkway Cir., El Monte, CA 91732

Up-and-coming firm WinHome Company is an architectural, building construction, and interior design company managed by Alvin Li. He and his team aim to provide the best design solutions, ideas, and results. Since the firm was founded in 2019, it has the opportunity to gather the most current practices of the industry. WinHome is steadily growing its presence in the greater Los Angeles area. The firm is known for its unique craftsmanship, professionalism, and strong design execution. 

The firm has a wide array of residential projects. Homes such as the Midcentury home in the photo display the firm’s talent and eye for elegance and functionality. The home has a tasteful blend of neutral and Earth tones that reflect the warmth and comfort of California living. 

Zprout Architecture

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

Zprout Architecture is a technologically-savvy firm operating in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Jay Zapata and his team of architects, designers, and industry professionals have been designing single-family homes, multi-family homes, and commercial projects for years. Their experience shows in the way the firm carries its operations in a meticulous and frictionless manner. The firm is also known for being consistent, organized, and dependable as it creates beautiful bespoke homes.

The Zprout portfolio consists of well-detailed projects such as the Eclectic home in the photo. The firm employed familiar design elements such as French windows and a traditional Spanish Colonial structure then combined them with modern elements such as a subtle palette of whites, steel railings, and lush greenery.