Sunnyvale may be a city where many residents rent their homes, but this city in the southern portion of Silicon Valley has its share of beautiful homes crafted by talented architects. Some of these gorgeous homes— which carry a median price of $790,300—can be seen in this article.
Some of the firms on this list may not have been in the architecture industry for long, but they are managed by teams and principals who have years of experience gathered from well-known schools. Other architects, meanwhile, were able to travel to other cities where they studied various types of architecture. Aside from the experiences gleaned by these teams, some of these firms have also designed homes beautiful enough to be featured in industry publications such as Dwell, the SF Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Home + Garden Design, and Punch.
This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.
360 Design Studio
1491 Ben Roe Dr., Los Altos, CA 94024
A firm that has been featured in Dwell and Palo Alto Weekly Home + Garden Design, 360 Design Studio has been in the industry for 15 years. Its principal, Bahi Oreizy has a strong technical background with experience coming from a number of diverse sources. After a year of studying urbanism in France and exploring Europe and the middle east, Oreizy gained more experience from participating in national award-winning competitions and cultural projects. Oreizy also worked for architectural firm NBBJ and Callison Architecture where she served as a project designer for retail and hospitality projects.
With such an experienced principal, the firm has been able to expand its work for clients throughout the San Francisco and the Bay Area. So far 360 Design studio has designed contemporary, modern, and Craftsman homes for these areas. One great example of 360 Design Studio’s ability is a Craftsman home in Sunnyvale called the Ashcroft. The home’s simple style perfectly captures the feeling of a soothing, sunny afternoon with the family.
Anav Design Studio
Anav Design Studio was established in 2004. That was two years after its founder, Anat Shmariahu moved to California from Israel where she graduated from Technion—the Israel Institute of Technology—with a bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. She also studied two years of Environmental Design at Bezalel, the Academy of Arts and Design. With Shmariahu’s impressive experience and her attention to detail, she creates designs that use clean, simple forms to devastatingly beautiful effect. One great example of these projects is a new contemporary home with a dark palette that highlights the home’s sharp, streamlined details.
761 University Ave. Suite A, Los Gatos, CA 95032
An architecture firm in Los Gatos with 40 years of experience, Flury Bryant has designed over 1,600 residential projects in various cities in the Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties, including Sunnyvale. One great example of the firm’s work is a French country style home with a white and grey palette that highlights its simple, elegant symmetry. Aside from this French-style home, Flury Bryant has also designed houses in the traditional, Tuscan, Craftsman, and Spanish colonial styles. The firm is co-owned by principals Bob Flury and Bob Bryant, who together have more than 43 years of industry experience. Before launching Flury Bryant, Bob Flury studied architecture at West Valley College in Saratoga for two years. Then he took a job at a local architecture company where he experienced working in various specialties including home design, steel and concrete detailing, retail storefront designs, commercial/industrial design, and construction management. Bob Bryant has 43 years’ worth of experience in residential construction. During that time, he spent eight years as a carpenter and five years as a construction manager. In the following 17 years, Bryant provided design and detailing services for various projects in the Bay Area.
Kyle Chan Architect
5205 Prospect Rd. Suite #135-120, San Jose, CA 95129
Kyle Chan Architect was established in 2014, six years after its principal Kyle Chan earned his architectural license. Though the firm’s inception is recent, Chan has over 14 years of architectural experience, some of which were gathered traveling through Europe where he studied architecture in Rome for half a year. Since then, Chan has not only designed new residential homes and remodels, but also commercial shell buildings, retail structures, and office tenant improvements. So far the firm has completed residential projects for West San Jose, Cupertino, Los Altos, Saratoga, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Atherton.
One great example of these homes is a beautiful two-story modern farmhouse with an elegant black and white palette that highlights its clean and sharp design.
4131 El Camino Real Suite #200, Palo Alto, CA 94306
M•Design Architects is a firm with an arsenal of experience honed for over 45 years. During this time, the firm has dealt with a range of scenarios in the design, documentation, and construction support aspects of architecture. M•Design Architects has been recognized for its work in architecture, interior design, and planning, most of which can be seen in Los Altos, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, and Palo Alto. The skills gained in these experiences helped the team design homes in the modern, contemporary, and Mediterranean styles. M•Design Architects has completed several incredible projects but one great example of the firm’s ability is the Castia residence. A three-story Spanish Mediterranean style home, this mansion exudes a simple, elegant design that highlights an open floor plan filled with beautiful and regal interior finishes. Aside from these features, the Castia residence is partially encased in wide glass doors and windows that welcome sunlight and fresh air.
Aside from designing residential homes such as the Castia residence, M•Design Architects is also capable of building commercial structures and multi-family residences. This capability can be credited not only to the firm’s skilled team but also to its two founders and principals, Chip Jessup and Malika Junaid. Jessup, an award winning architect, has 30 years of experience in architectural and construction gathered from projects in the commercial, industrial, and residential markets. Junaid, on the other hand, has won several architecture awards including the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)’s META Remodeling awards and Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Award for the most sustainable single-family home in the city. This team and some of its projects have been featured in publications like Punch Magazine, SF Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal.
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