Commercial projects present special challenges to architects. The needs of particular brands and clients are highly specific, requiring skills beyond the traditional architectural design skills.. Commercial architects must consider complex business functions and the client’s brand identity in designing for the commercial market.

This list showcases some of Laguna Niguel’s best and leading commercial architects. These firms have created some of the most notable commercial spaces in the area and have received awards and recognition for their exceptional work. 

Anders Lasater Architects, Inc.

384 Forest Avenue #12, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

With numerous press features in magazines such as Design OC, Luxe Interiors + Design, and Professional Builder, Anders Lasater Architects is regarded as one of the area’s premier residential architecture companies. The firm’s designs embrace the most timeless themes while making use of the most innovative techniques. The award-winning firm has collaborated with clients throughout California and abroad, including Hawaii, Chicago, Greece, and Bermuda. The firm’s impressive buildings and transformative living spaces are tailored and designed to fit a client’s lifestyle and needs. The firm has secured a solid reputation for its excellent command of a project’s space and light, as well as its use of only the finest materials.

Anders Lasater Architects has been committed to quality craftsmanship since its start in 2005. The firm is led by its founder, Anders Lasater. Anders holds a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona and is licensed in California, Texas, and Hawaii. His background includes a decade of experience as a managing associate before establishing his own firm. He has demonstrated expertise when it comes to residential projects and restaurant, retail, and hotel projects. Shown here is one of our favorite projects from the firm’s portfolio. Described as “essential and iconic,” the Fetneh Blake retail space was designed as a gallery for clothing. The store features a 1930s art deco façade and an interior design reminiscent of a museum. The brand’s clothing is showcased through custom wall brackets and given ample natural light through custom skylights. 

SMS Architects

18004 Sky Park Circle Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614

SMS Architects, located in Irvine, specializes in retail, mixed-use, entertainment, restaurant, and hospitality projects. It is a full-service firm that assists its clients with everything from conceptual design to construction administration. The firm is also well-known for its innovative techniques and routinely delivers spectacular spaces. SMS is licensed to operate in all 50 states and is led by its principals, Greg Simonoff and Joseph Smart. They have a decade of experience working together and providing services throughout Southern California. The company emphasizes the importance of principal involvement through the entire process, ensuring that every one of the firm’s projects benefits from their experience. 

The project shown here is located in Southern California. The firm was engaged as the lead architect. The project is an extensive retail and mixed-use venue that maximizes its natural surroundings and beachfront location. 

Saunders + Wiant Architects, Inc.

2700 West Coast Highway Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Founded in 1995, Saunders + Wiant has worked throughout the Southwest, in addition to Mexico and the Middle East. The firm operates out of its office in Newport Beach and has become known as one of the area’s premier design firms. It offers its clients complete design packages, which include architecture, engineering, and interior design. The firm has secured relationships with some of the area’s best engineers and has worked on projects from the healthcare, commercial, and custom residential markets. 

The photo here depicts the firm’s work for Spa Gregorie’s. Located in Rancho Santa Margarita, this project spans over 5,130 square feet. It features a luxurious, modern design. Elements include a hair salon area, nail parlour, and various relaxation areas and steam rooms. 

Teller Architects

384 Forest Ave #23-A, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Operating out of its office in Laguna Beach, Teller Architects provides its clients with an extensive range of services. The firm is led by president and design principal Si Teller. He oversees every facet of the process and is responsible for every phase of the firm’s business leadership and design. Under his supervision, the firm has become a multidisciplinary practice with an impressive national and international clientele. The firm specializes in residential and hospitality projects. The firm’s services include architectural design, construction management, art direction, and brand management. It also works on custom furniture and lighting design.

The firm’s work is often distinguished by its excellent floor plans and unique fixtures. Its portfolio depicts a variety of projects, including for repeat clients. The photo here showcases the firm’s work for the Sapphire, located in Laguna Beach.