Changing trends and safety regulations have changed the way commercial and public spaces are designed. Both old and new businesses looking to refresh their look have sought the help of designers and architects. While many architects offer good commercial designs only a few can provide a great customer experience while they do it.

To help you in your search, we’ve created a list of the best commercial architects in Huntington Beach, California. Each of the firms included on this list was chosen for their commercial projects, experience, and awards. For a remarkable commercial design that drives in traffic and makes your customers feel comfortable once they get there, reach out to one of the best architects in Huntington. 

Saunders + Wiant Architects

2700 W Coast Highway, Suite #200, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Saunders + Wiant Architects, founded in 1995, is a premier commercial architectural firm located in Newport Beach. Niall Saunders and Ken Wiant are the pioneers behind this successful design studio. As a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the team is well-versed in a range of projects. The company works all over Southwestern US, Mexico, and the Middle East. With its expertise in international projects, the firm can provide a diverse design profile for its clients. 

The firm’s portfolio showcases projects from the residential, healthcare, educational, and commercial sectors. One of its commercial projects is Spa Gregorie’s beauty spa in Rancho Santa Margarita. The 5,130-square-feet commercial space features a modern luxury design complete with massage therapy facilities and a beauty treatment spa. It includes has a nail parlor, a hair salon, hydrotherapy, and relaxing steam rooms. 

SMS Architects

18004 Sky Park Circle, Suite #200, Irvine, CA 92614 

Greg Simonoff and Joseph Smart founded SMS Architects in 2009 after spending years honing their architecture and design skills. SMS Architects comprises seasoned and licensed architects licensed to work in over 20 states. The team’s expertise includes retail, mixed-use, restaurants, entertainment, hospitality, and historical projects. Throughout the years, the firm has contributed several commercial designs to California.

One of the firm’s most notable works is the Pacific City in Huntington Beach. The retail and mixed-use space compliments the natural beauty of Southern California. SMS Architects designed the space using materials reminiscent of wood and sand as well as colors that pay homage to the sky, sea, and the soft views of this gorgeous beachfront property. 

Withee Malcolm Architects 

2251 W 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504 

Withee Malcolm Architects is a multi-disciplinary architecture firm committed to creating environment-sensitive and impeccable spaces. Dan Withee and Dale Malcolm lead the executive and design team of the firm. Their profound expertise with architecture led to the refinement of the team’s services and company culture. Withee Malcolm Architects values the importance of work and play: it maintains a strong work ethic and does so in part by encouraging its team to relax and grow professionally through industry programs like the AIA, ULI, and NAIOP.  

Withee Malcolm Architects has been recognized with several awards including the 2021 Gold Nugget Merit Award, the 2020 Best of 55+ Housing Gold Award, and the 2019 San Fernando Valley Business Journal Silver Award. The firm’s portfolio of work highlights the team’s flexibility and design versatility. Take, for example, this Beach Promenade project in Huntington Beach. Over 10 acres of land provided space for new retail/offices, a market, a food court, a restaurant, and a drugstore. The team renovated the under-used shopping center into a vibrant retail and shopping village. Its contemporary California architecture reflects its coastal location.  


144 N Orange Street, Orange, CA 92866 

AO is one of the city’s oldest architectural firms serving industries since 1974. The award-winning design studio is managed by CEO Jack Selman along with 15 equally established principals and 13 partners. Thanks to its diversity in design background, the firm can provide its clients with a range of design expertise. A few of the firm’s awards include the PCBC Gold Nugget Awards, the ICSC Global Awards, NAHB BALA Awards, and the Concrete Masonry Design Awards.

Exceptional designs for international brands, companies, and private clients have built AO’s rich portfolio. The Edinger Plaza in Huntington is one of the firm’s more expansive designs; it provides 156,5120 square feet of retail, food, conveniences, and personal business space. Watt Commercial Properties sought the expertise of AO as the Design Architect and Architect of Record for the project. The project design included new façades, an improved parking lot, enhanced sidewalks, and new landscaping. 


17911 Von Karman Avenue, Suite #200, Irvine, CA 92614 

KTGY is an internationally acclaimed design firm known for its forward-thinking and creative commercial and residential designs. Principal Jill Williams, AIA is joined by the seasoned team of leaders and skilled designers creating KTGY’s impressive work. This impressive team has worked in 44 states, won over 600 awards, and served over a thousand clients in the last few years. Some of its awards include the Gold Nugget Awards, MAME BIA Bay Area Awards, the Best in American Living Awards, and the Nationals Awards. 

KTGY’s expertise with a multitude of industries is reflected in its portfolio filled with notable projects. The firm designed Peter’s Landing Marina for the Pendulum Property Partners. The team acted as the project’s Executive Architect in collaboration with the Cuaso Design Studio as the Concept Design Architect. Peter’s Landing Marina displays a combination of Spanish and contemporary architecture reminiscent of the Southern California coastal living. It features over 95,000 square feet of mixed-use development with spaces intended for retail, restaurant, corporate offices, a grocery store, a gym, a coffee shop, and bank services. 


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