The 15 Best Architects in San Jose, CA

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Who are the best architects in San Jose? Here are 15 candidates. Read about your favorites, and tell us who we missed in the comments section.


The architects in San Jose have been able to showcase the city’s rich history and growth with it their architecture built through the decades. From its roots as a Spanish established California settlement to the profitable Silicon Valley metropolis it is today. An architectural tour of the city would give you a glimpse of San Jose’s varied cultural milieu, with the Peralta adobe built in 1799, the Victorian style of homes of the Hensley Historic District, and Japantown San Jose, one of the last three remaining authentic historic Japantowns in the United States. Recent impressive developments that speak to the energy-efficient future of San Jose include the LEED Silver certified, solar-powered design of Terminal B at the San Jose Mineta airport.

Respecting the past and looking toward the future are the architects of San Jose. Who are the greatest talents in the area? We’ve curated the 15 best architects of San Jose, and listed them here in no particular order. Is there an architect you feel should be included? Let us know in the comments section.

Top 15 Architects in San Jose, CA

Bess Wiersema Bess is the principal designer and owner of studio3 design. Her holistic approach melds interior and exterior design, anchored on developing a deep understanding of how her clients want to live. Bess’ work has been highlighted in publications like Sunset, Metropolitan Home, and Residential Architect, and on the HGTV show “Before + After”. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Jerome King Since 1981, Jerome has been principal-in-charge at OJK Architecture and Planning, a firm focused on green and sustainable design. Jerome is an active member of the design community, having served as local AIA president, and later as an awards committee chairperson. His firm has been recognized with nearly 30 awards, among them much AIA recognition for affordable residential design. Jerome, whose sources of creativity include nature and classical music, was formally trained through studies in Scandinavia and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Architects in San JoseRobin McCarthy Robin has been the principal architect and owner of Arch Studio, Inc. since 2003. After receiving her BArch from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she was first employed by Carmel Development Company then went on to partner with Peterson Architects and Anderson-Brulé Architects. The feedback she receives from satisfied clients speaks to her acumen and approachable manner. Robin’s efforts in residential design have been praised with Best of Houzz Awards in design, service, and client satisfaction, and her portfolio was voted most popular among the community.

Architects in San JoseNoel Cross For over 25 years, Noel has been motivated by the increasing demand for green and sustainable design. The work of Noel Cross+Architects has been featured in several Houzz publications and Coastal Living magazine, among others. Noel is a member of the AIA-Silicon Valley, the American Solar Energy Society, and Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility. He was awarded his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, where he graduated cum laude.

Architects in San JoseBrad Cox As principal of his self-titled firm, Brad is led by the concept of “formation”, which unites the group with local schools, spiritual centers, and private residential clients. The director of the Redwood City Public Library recently deemed Cox a valuable team leader, specifically on community projects. Brad earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the California Polytechnic Institute St. Louis Obispo and Bay Area campuses respectively. In addition to being a member of the AIA, Rotary Club, and Preservation Action Council, he is a director at HomeFirst, a Santa Clara non-profit aimed at ending homelessness in the area.

Architects in San JoseLinder Jones Linder is the principal architect at Studio Linder Architects, where he leads an experienced architectural team that is passionate about taking on any challenging project. Among other honors, Linder has won multiple awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Silicon Valley Chapter. He earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial design and fine arts from San Jose State University. In his free time, Linder enjoys reading, gardening, sketching, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.

Architects in San JoseAnat Shmariahu Anat is the owner of ANAV DESIGN, a small boutique design company that can work to fit a variety of budgets. Believing that everyone deserves an efficient, durable and beautiful residence, this design team can help people reach their goals. This client-centered view has resulted in Best of Houzz service awards two years running. Anat received her Bachelor of Science, Architecture from Technion-Machon Technologi Le’Israel.

Architects in San JoseChristopher Clayton Chris founded Clayton Design Services in 2007, after earning a positive reputation while working as a designer and project manager at Terry Marting & Associates. The aim of his residential design firm is to maximize the potential of both existing units and new sites. The LEED Accredited Professional is proficient in four languages, with extensive abilities in CAD and interfacing with involved customers. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

Architects in San JosePamela Anderson-Brulé Pamela stands out for her leadership in the architectural community, and has been a speaker at conferences throughout the nation. As the founder and president of Anderson Brulé Architects, Pamela has gained recognition for her work with private, public and non-profit clientele. In 2015, Pamela became the first woman in Santa Clara County to be elevated to AIA College of Fellows since its establishment in 1952. She earned her Bachelor of Science in architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and her postgraduate studies in business management have augmented her strong belief in team building and expectation development.

Architects in San JoseJames Baldwin For over 30 years, James’ company, Baldwin Architecture, has been proud to offer clients reliable and code-compliant advice. Integral to a successful project is keeping the customer aware of possibilities at each step of the process. This is something that James diligently considers, and it earned him a 2016 Best of Houzz Service Award. From initial design meetings to final construction, and bidding to project administration, James’ technique and talent is top notch.

Architects in San JoseThang Do Thang is President of his firm, AEDIS Architects, and past president of the AIA of Santa Clara, among a long list of involvements. He provides leadership that is supported by vast experience, yet which indicates education as the way forward. His firm’s award-winning projects include their own office building and the Blackford Elementary School in Campbell, which claims an energy efficient and net-zero design. Thang earned his BArch degree from California Polytechnic State University and Associate Degree in Architectural Engineering Technologies from University of Nevada, Reno.

Jennifer Kretschmer For 23 years, Jennifer has been the principal of J. Kretschmer Architecture and Art. From customizing new homes and commercial sites to expediting essential municipal approvals and documents, Jennifer has earned a reputation for sensibility and service. This architect is also a fine artist whose works make for sought after décor. The vision and interaction that Jennifer contributes has earned her firm a Best of Houzz Service Award for 2016.

Kevin Mattos Kevin founded KMA Architecture + Design in 1999. With leadership skills derived from years as a project planner and principal designer, Kevin is uniquely able to manage large scale, high profile projects in the areas of medical, education, retail, and commercial development. Covering a full range of services and design motifs, his work receives considerable praise among Contract Design and Progressive Architecture publications. He received his formal training at University of California, Berkeley and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Architects in San JoseDavide Giannella Davide is the principal and founder of Acadia Architecture. Having earned his degree at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, Davide is well versed in classic architecture, yet knowledgeable and passionate about a variety of modern styles. His alluring designs explore structural engineering methods with utmost functionality, pushing the boundaries of established forms. This innovative architect recently received a Best of Houzz Award for outstanding service.

Architects in San JoseKyle Chan Kyle is the principal of his self-titled firm. He has made his name as a knowledgeable and informative designer whose mission is to have clear communication in all projects. His residential and retail designs and remodels in the Palo Alto and San Jose area offer a balance of the client’s vision, lifestyle, and everyday needs. He studied at Cornell University and Southern California Institute of Architecture, receiving his BArch degree from the latter.

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