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The Best Residential Architects in Huntington Beach, California

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Surf beaches, neighborhood parks with fields, gardens, lakes, and wetlands housing various bird species: Huntington Beach is yet another place in California that’s perfect for people who wish to live in a calm, scenic neighborhood. Various homes designed by skilled architects can be seen in neighborhoods where homes carry a median price of $642,900. 

Aside from possessing a passion for architecture, some of these architects have memberships in industry organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and even the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). In addition to such affiliations, some of these firms have also been featured in publications like Architectural Digest, Ocean Home, Long Beach Architecture, and Western Art and Architecture.

Brion Jeannette Architecture

470 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663

In southern California, homes that exude both beauty and function might be one of Brion Jeannette Architecture’s works. The firm is internationally recognized for designing homes that demonstrate the firm’s architectural originality and leadership. One great example of these beautiful homes is a three-story residence in Huntington Harbor. A spacious property, the home blends soft contemporary with Old Mediterranean architecture, perfect for its coastal surroundings.

The firm is primarily focused on designing projects for the Southern California coast. And Brion Jeannette Architects has created homes for clients who live on environmentally sensitive or awkward sites like the rugged coastal bluffs of Orange county. The firm is also affiliated with organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Its affiliation with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) highlight the firm’s expertise in energy-efficient aesthetics. For such capability and designs, Brion Jeannette Architecture has been featured in industry publications like California Homes, Orange Coast, Newport Beach, Design OC, Home and Style, and Western Art and Architecture

D’arcy Architecture

18 Technology Drive #158, Irvine, CA 92618

Since 2012, D’arcy Architecture has done residential and commercial projects for Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Rancho Cucamonga. One of its noteworthy products is a two-story residence in Huntington Beach. A Mediterranean-styled home that uses tropical-inspired colors, this house is a great example of the firm’s attention to the project’s overall concept and the smallest details.

D’arcy Architecture also has experience designing homes in the modern, Spanish, and revival styles. Residences like these are possible thanks to the team’s creativity and resourcefulness even with a sensitive schedule and tightly prescribed budget.

DeMarco Architect

9121 Atlanta Ave, 826, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

DeMarco is both an ARCHITECT and REALTOR. Cheryl DeMarco and her team specialize in creating architectural designs and plans for the building permits while the property is still in escrow. DeMarco Architect takes extra time to incorporate their client’s desires into the plans, specifications, and architectural details for contractors to follow.

DeMarco Architect brings over 30 years of experience to its clients and is a product of passion created by Cheryl DeMarco, AIA. Throughout the years, DeMarco has completed a myriad of complex projects including condominiums, mixed-use developments, and custom homes. Among its many projects, is this custom home in Downtown Huntington Beach. With 10 foot high ceilings, its design allows for natural light to stream in through windows and multi-panel patio doors.

DeMarco’s portfolio also includes homes in many styles ranging from contemporary and modern farmhouse to cottage, and craftsman styles among many others. Regardless of the style of project type, DeMarco Architect is highly skilled and ready to help complete your vision.

Geoff Sumich Design

31511 Camino Capistrano, Suite A, San Juan, Capistrano, CA 92675

Geoff Sumich Design was founded by its principal designer, Geoff Sumich. Before running the firm, Sumich spent the early years of his practice designing traditional homes. Eventually he started to blend that traditional style with modernist designs. In most of Sumich’s projects, materials like wood, stone, steel, and glass are incorporated to bring a timelessness to his designs. In a sense, his work exudes the nature of evolution. Geoff Sumich Design has been featured in several industry publications, including Architectural Digest, Prospertere, The Orange County Register, Ocean Home, Riviera, Chome, Los Angeles Times, and Bluedoor Magazine. 

A firm that specializes in residential architecture, Geoff Sumich Design is known for a style that incorporates romantic elements from the past while celebrating the simple clean lines of modern design. A great example is the residence he designed in Huntington Beach. A two-story home, this beautiful residence exudes Japanese elements much apparent in its floor to ceiling windows, wooden finishes, and interior design. 

Hannouche Architects 

20250 SW Acacia St., Suite #145, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Imaginative concepts and practical expertise are what led to Hannouche status as one of the nationally recognized leaders for creative solutions. The firm has designed a wide range of structures from high density attached housing to distinctive custom residences and mid to high rise hotels. One great example of these homes is Azurene, a two-story Craftsman-style coastal home in Huntington Beach. Aside from the Mediterranean take of its interior design, the home also focuses attention on the beautiful beach view from the wide balcony just above the backyard swimming pool. Currently on the boards in Huntington Beach are three custom homes, Harbour Cove (residential development), Windward (residential development) and a 4-plex on PCH. Hannouche Architects has also designed residences in the modern and Italian Renaissance styles. The firm has been featured in Professional Builder, Multi-Housing News, Builder, Luxury Homes, California Builder, Builder Digest, and Residential Architect. Hannouche Architects has won numerous awards including Gold Nugget Awards from Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), The Nationals and MAME Awards. In 2017 Hannouche Architects won the
Project of the Year, grand award at PCBC and The Nationals, Project of the Year.

These achievements are due to the team’s efforts and the guidance of company Principal and Architect Samir Hannouche. Before starting his firm in 1987, Hannouche worked in the prestigious engineering-architecture company Dar Al-Handasah where he gained experience in designing prominent civic, institutional, and commercial projects in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Aside from carrying an NCARB certification, Hannouche is also a member of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California. Hannouche is widely recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading architectural designers, and he is regularly invited to national conferences and symposiums.

Mark Wheeler

325 Roycroft Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814

A firm that has been featured in Long Beach Architecture, Mark Wheeler was established 19 years ago and has been recognized as a residential designer for clients in South Orange County, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Long Beach, and Los Angeles county. The firm has also done projects for clients in Utah and Texas. This wide-reach of clients can be credited to the team’s abilities and to company principal, Mark Wheeler’s experience. So far, Wheeler has crafted over 200 custom homes, renovations, and remodels. These homes exude Wheeler’s preference for comfy, casual, and efficient living in architecturally significant surroundings.  

The company has several beautiful homes in its portfolio but one great example of its projects is the Haskett residence. A two-story home located in Huntington Beach, this home has a stylish combination of stone, glass, and wood, all framed by a sophisticated modern design.

Otis Architecture

909 Electric Ave. Suite #207, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Otis Architecture has been in the industry for over 20 years. Before its establishment, principal Karen Otis interned at various architectural firms gathering experience to add to her master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architects (SCI-ARC). 

Since it started actively creating projects for clients in Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Redondo Beach, Otis Architecture has been recognized for Karen Otis’s designs. With a focus on redefining mundane spaces, the firm builds minimalistic modern homes. One great example of these homes is the Garrett residence. Completed in 2013, this modern two-story house in Huntington Beach has a clean, linear exterior that exudes subtle elegance. Though the home’s façade steers clear of extravagance, it has an interior that demands attention and balances the entire residence’s stylish aesthetic. For crafting projects like these, Otis Architecture has been featured in Orange Coast and Orange County Homes. 

Shepherd Architects

9462 Waterfront Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Steven Shepherd has been working in the architectural field since 1982. Since then, he has completed projects with a broad range of types, levels of complexity, and budgets. After establishing Shepherd Architects, the firm was able to design various beautiful homes that exude simple elegance. Most of these designs were inspired by a number of architects, but Shepherd repeatedly emphasizes architect I.M. Pei. Noting his geometric precision and attention to detail, Shepherd also highlights the humility displayed in Pei’s work. Shepherd creates designs that mirror Pei’s eye for subtle, timeless designs.

One great example of Shepherd’s homes is a two-story cabin in Tahoe Mountain. A residence made of stone and wood, the design highlights the solid foundation that is simply perfect for its mountain location.

The Galvez-Arango Architectural Corporation

18588 Morongo St., Fountain Valley, CA

Since 2014 The Galvez-Arango Architectural Corporation has been known for its commercial and residential designs. The company has designed for clients in Huntington Harbor, West Covina, Downey, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Orange County. One great example is its work is a two-story residence in Huntington Harbor. Aside from homes like these, the firm also has experience designing homes in the contemporary and craftsman styles.

This skill can largely be credited to company principal ​​Ramón Gálvez-Arango who is equipped with the knowledge of various regional designs and construction practices that come out of the community he serves. With his team and his ability, the firm was able to win the 2015 award for Fountain Valley’s New Business of the Year.  

The Louie Group 

19092 Callaway Cir., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Louie Group is known throughout Southern California where it has designed homes in the Tuscan, coastal, contemporary, and Mediterranean styles. One great example is a three-story Mediterranean style residence in Huntington Beach. Exuding subtle elegance, the home has several windows and doors opening up to beautiful views of the coast. The Louie Group has been involved in designing 600 different local and international projects in the 33 years since its establishment.

Aside from residential projects like the Huntington Beach home, The Louie Group also does residential architectural designs for remodels, additions, and hospitality clubhouses. In the commercial markets, The Louie Group created designs for offices, restaurants, retail buildings, industrial structures, and auto-dealerships.