Palo Alto, California is a desirable location, with its excellent healthcare, a clean environment, and fantastic economic conditions. The city is known as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” and home to several industry leaders, including Hewlett-Packard, Tesla, Ford Research, and Houzz.  

It is a welcoming town with many attractions waiting for everyone to experience. We decided to list the greatest multi-family contractors working in the area. Our editorial team handpicked these firms after reviewing their awards, their backgrounds, and their credentials.

HKIT Architects

538 Ninth Street Suite 240, Oakland, CA 94607

HKIT Architects has been in continuous operation in the Bay Area since 1948, bringing passion, devotion, and invaluable knowledge to each project. It employs an average of 50 professionals solely focused on design and client interactions. Its size and structure enable it to provide the expertise and client attention that small firms are known for, while also providing the strength and endurance of a bigger group of specialists.

Dara Youngdale, A.I.A., LEED AP, and Jeff Evans, A.I.A., LEED AP, lead HKIT. Dara has worked for HKIT since 1986 as an architect. She graduated from MIT with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. She had already attended the University of California, Berkeley for her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Since 2005, Jeff has worked as an architect at HKIT. He is passionate about combining sustainability, functionality, and continuous innovation. He has a proven track record of gaining widespread community support for designs that are responsive to neighbors and efficiently address complex problems.

Hayes Group Architects

2657 Spring Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Hayes Group has differentiated itself as a diversified design firm focused on solving customer concerns with unique but sustainable architectural solutions since its inception in 1996. It considers design to be an ongoing process. As a result, it ensures that the services it develops reflect clients’ underlying beliefs, aspirations, and visions. The firm’s architectural style is organic, not predefined, and the firm adapts to the site’s natural features, social and physical surroundings, client lifestyles, work styles, and aesthetic preferences.

While these principles have garnered the firm accolades from the design community—such as the Dwell Anderson Multifamily Residence Award in 2021—they allow designers to develop approaches that are as varied in physical response as they are in intent. Each project reflects the client’s character. The firm believes that the greatest solutions are those that are specifically adapted to the demands of its clients. As a result, the firm carefully maintains its size to give a personalized but scalable experience to all of its clients, regardless of how big or small the project is.

Heather Young Architects

81 Encina Avenue, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Heather Young Architects is a multi-award-winning firm specializing in commercial, mixed-use, multi-family, and residential architecture. It creates custom design solutions to improve how people interact with the built environment.

It is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice that offers owner and builder clients a long-term interest in their property as well as an extraordinary degree of attention, a high level of craftsmanship, and excellent service. To produce projects that it can be proud of, the firm cultivates long-term connections with its clients and the community. The Heather Young Team also believes that its client partners admire its capacity to comprehend their demands and translate them into meaningful, straightforward designs.

It has collected several distinctions from varied organizations with almost two decades of experience serving the industry. These awards include the AIA Silicon Valley Design Award in 2020, the AIA Silicon Valley Firm Award in 2018 and 2019, and the AIA Top 50 Architecture Firm in 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Diebel and Company | Architects

1141 Capuchino Avenue, #1044, Burlingame, CA 94011

Diebel and Company Architects is regarded as one of the best architectural firms in the Bay Area. It collaborates closely with clients to fully comprehend project requirements and build distinctive, relevant, and purposeful solutions in response to the project’s limitations and possibilities.

All projects are given careful and comprehensive analysis to provide the most remarkable outcomes for clients. The firm’s sustained quality has also been recognized through publications and awards. This includes the 2020 Best Residential Architectural Firm in the San Francisco Bay Area award from Build Magazine.

The firm believes in streamlined, cost-effective, and ecologically responsible design solutions. The firm has created close working ties with consultants and contractors who are able to help the firm reach these ambitious goals.

Carrasco & Associates

1885 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Carrasco and Associates provides a variety of services in urban design, architecture, and sustainable design. The firm builds single and multi-family houses, offices, retail stores, restaurants, industrial, and private and public institutional buildings. The public institutional buildings it creates include hotels, churches, museums, recreational facilities, and visitor centers.

Carrasco’s portfolio includes ground-breaking projects that have transformed Palo Alto. A conversion of an Oldsmobile auto dealership into a Whole Foods market and the historic restoration of the downtown Varsity Theater are among the firm’s many complex conversion projects.

Tony Carrasco, AIA, an architect, urban planner, and developer, is leading the firm. He has served on the City’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board since the firm’s inception in 1982. Tony has received Palo Alto’s Tall Tree Award and continues to serve on a number of committees, including the Housing Element and the Canopy Advisory Board.


  • Blaine Comeione

    Blaine has served as Editor at General Contractors for six years, drawing from over ten years of experience in construction and real estate. His comprehensive understanding spans commercial construction, architecture, and home builds, cultivated through diverse roles in the industry. With four years at BuildZoom and a background as a licensed real estate agent, Blaine possesses a unique perspective that enriches his editorial work. His dedication to delivering informative content is underscored by his extensive tenure in the field, ensuring that readers receive valuable insights into the dynamic world of construction and home design. Expertise: Architecture, Commercial Construction, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Over 6 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Editor at General Contractors, Previous experience at BuildZoom and Keller Williams Realty Education: Ohio University, Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Science - Minor in Business, 120+ Hours of New Jersey Real Estate Education, 120+ Hours of Arizona Real Estate Education