Thanks to its culturally diverse population, Newark embraces everyone who wishes to live in the area. Newark has a healthy economy with electronics as its primary industry. As a result, the area offers great employment opportunities. The city also has numerous outdoor options activities in the form of wonderful trails and parks. Education and transportation facilities are very accessible as well. 

For all these reasons and more, Newark is an ideal city to settle in. To help individuals looking forward to building a home in the area, our pool of editors has chosen the five best residential architects in Newark. These architects boast impressive portfolios featuring different styles including modern contemporary and farmhouse. All the architects on this list have been in the industry for around two to three decades, a good indicator of their expertise in the field. 


1814 Franklin Street, Suite 400 Oakland, CA 94612

Running for almost three decades, KTGY is a national firm with expertise in single-family detached homes. Within this subfield, the firm has received multiple awards including the 2021 Grand Award for its work on the Mesa Ridge – Sky View Collection. The firm is a master in creating modern and contemporary homes. One of its most impressive projects in Newark is Shade at Timber. The project is a community of 84 detached single-family units. Each unit is designed to create livable spaces that allow residents to enjoy the outdoors. The firm has designed units that have ideal entertaining spaces including the kitchen and living room.

Established in 1991, KTGY is a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, retail, hospitality and mixed-use developments. The firm’s goal is to combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to create memorable destinations of enduring value. With six offices scattered around the US, the firm needs excellent leadership to steer the ship. Under Jill Williams’ leadership, the firm produces sustainable, thoughtful designs.

Williams is an alumnus of Miami University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design.

Studio S Squared Architecture Inc.

1000 S Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA  95128

Established in 1996, Studio S Squared Architecture transforms spaces with its extraordinary, unique designs. Offering its services in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, the firm is an expert in producing residential and commercial spaces. Behind its great designs are its impressive team of experts. These experts guide each client from the initial concept of the design through to the construction process. The firm’s designs have graced various publications including the SFGate, ABC7 News, and San Jose Mercury News

Studio S Squared Architecture is an expert in architecture, urban planning, and landscape design. Using its expertise, the firm designed the Woodside Modern home in Woodside, California. Costing around 2 million dollars, this lovely contemporary home features natural materials mixed with modern elements. Displaying its expertise in landscaping, the firm has used dry stack stone to match the building’s natural surroundings. 

American Institute of Architecture (AIA) member and LEED Accredited Professional Eugene Sakai leads the firm in providing outstanding services. Sakai brings his experience as a consulting architect to the City of San Carlos’ Residential Design Review Committee to the firm. 

Paul Welschmeyer Architects & Energy Consultants

37735 Second Street, Historic Niles District, Fremont, CA 94536

Paul Welschmeyer Architects & Energy Consultants is an expert in creating modern contemporary homes. Aside from creating residential spaces, the firm is a master in commercial and historic preservation projects. For all its projects, the firm focuses on sustainability and energy efficiency. Pushing this objective is the firm’s principal, Paul Welschmeyer. An AIA member, he is California’s first architect to have the California Energy Commission (via CalCERTS) certification as a Whole House Energy Rater (HERS ll). Starting his architectural journey in 1991, his projects have always been focused on serving the environment. 

Founded in 1991, the firm’s three decades’ run in the industry has led to several recognitions, including the 2010 Blue Pickle Loft Citation Award from the AIA East Bay. The firm has also been featured in arcCA and the Build it Green Home Tour within the same year. Part of the firm’s solid portfolio is the Second Street Green project. For this project, the firm has smartly produced a contemporary, energy-efficient home. The design doubles as a passive solar engine that traps the heat in a home. Exhibiting its mastery in historic conservation, the firm has also successfully converted a hundred-year-old residence into a sustainable, environment-friendly home.

Urban Arena

66 Franklin Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94607

Urban Arena considers itself a collective. It is a firm made up of architects and planners that collaborate to produce never-before-seen ideas. The team’s technical expertise contributes to the firm’s ability to handle complex projects. Their combined experiences are used in each home style the firm creates. 

Established in 1996, the firm is currently led by partners Michael Schrock and Keith Mittemeyer. Schrock and Mittemeyer are both California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo alumni. As they say, two brains are better than one; Schrock and Mittemeyer’s partnership is one of the reasons for the firm’s comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services. 

Included in the firm’s fantastic residential projects is Oak Grove. Located in Chino, California, the firm developed this 23 home neighborhood. These homes feature different architectural styles including Farmhouse, Spanish, and French Country. This project is a display of the firm’s extensive expertise in a range of different styles. 

Yadav Design Group

4231 Business Center Drive, Suite #9, Fremont, CA 94538

Established in 2000, Yadav Design Group was founded by owners Raj and Neelu Yadav. For each residential home it produces, the firm offers both architecture and landscape architecture services. The firm also offers custom home designs, renovations, remodels, and interior design. Running for almost two decades, its range of expertise encompasses European, farmhouse, and contemporary styles. 

The key to the firm’s longevity is good communication. In every project, Yadav Design Group makes sure to listen to each client. At the same time, the firm willingly shares its knowledge and years of experience to the success of the project. The firm believes in a team approach as well. Consultant and client collaboration is one of the firm’s priorities. The firm’s two decades in the industry is the result of great client partnership. Over the years, the firm has received numerous positive testimonials. The firm is often described in these positive reviews as experienced, thoughtful, and insightful. 


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