Last updated on May 21st, 2024 at 01:49 am

Leading companies, higher educational institutions, and local cultural venues have all opted to locate headquarters in Newark. A well-experienced commercial contractor understands that founding an establishment in a business hub requires a structure that stands out, yet harmonizes with the city’s existing streetscape.

If you’re looking to build in the area, our editorial team wants to help you narrow down your search for a contractor: we’ve put together a list of The Best Commercial Architects in Newark, New Jersey. To give you a grasp of the concentrations of each one of these firms we’ve discussed one or two of their typical projects, noted the firm’s primary methods, reviewed their awards, briefly discussed their principals, and highlighted their diverse project portfolio.

Ware Malcomb

110 Edison Place, Suite 303, Newark, NJ 07102

Denver Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, and San Francisco Business Times have all recognized Ware Malcomb as one of the top architecture firms serving Colorado and the Bay area. These recognitions are the result of the firm nourishing its greatest asset: its people. Committed to learning and improvement, its growing team of design and business professionals consistently shows dedication to providing great designs and superior client services to the entire nation.

With intelligent, creative, and entrepreneurial staff, Ware Malcomb’s line of service includes interiors, civil engineering, branding, sustainability, land surveying, and workplace strategy services. The firm also provides architecture services by balancing the visual value and functionality of every project. It holds expertise in commercial real estate, educates clients on the essence of future-proofing properties, and incorporates Virtual and Augmented Reality into its project delivery process. 

Ware Malcomb provided architecture and civil engineering services on the renovation of Pediatric Orthopedic Associates, P.A. office in East Brunswick, New Jersey. To accomplish the residential craftsman look for the 6,000-square-foot building, the team selected Nichiha siding for the upper building façade and stone for the lower division. Existing steel columns were also recycled and resurfaced in stone to match the new design. 

Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners

2 Gateway Center, 283-299 Market Street, Suite 1700, Newark, NJ 07102

Located in Morristown, the 14 Maple Avenue project comprises 28,000-square-feet of office space and a spacious parking garage. Designed to meet the USGBC LEED guidelines, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners achieved LEED Gold Certification for this project for a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy, atmosphere, construction waste management, innovation, and design. Other than New Jersey, the firm also serves Philadelphia, New York, Connecticut, and the rest of the Northeast region.

Since 1995, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners have employed community-centered principles to produce residential plans from low to high rise, townhouses, and single-family homes. It also designs commercial spaces that respect and bring vitality to the community by encouraging pedestrian traffic. From residential to commercial, each of the firm’s projects receives the full attention of principals David Minno and Gary Wasko. Their complementary skills serve as the foundation of the firm’s design strategies, allowing the team to grow from a modest firm to employing an impressive and robust staff.


8-10 S Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

RHG A+D believes that color, texture, and light are critical points to consider, knowing that design constitutes an emotional, receptive, and optical factor. The firm creates spaces and structures that integrate holistic and uplifting features through a creative collaboration to realize and support the demands of the core of the client’s brand. Collaboration happens between the clients, the in-house team, and strategic practice partners; together they creatively employ architectural principles to the plans of every project.

Through implementing collaborative and sensitive work, Suburban Essex‘s Best of Essex Reader’s Choice Awards awarded the Gold Medal for the Best Architect to RHG A+D in 2019. Its contribution as an interior architect for the renovation of Vault491 also allowed this project to receive Gold LEED certification. Showing sensitivity to Montclair’s commitment to maintaining its historic downtown while retaining a thriving business district, the conversion of the 1923 building preserved and enhanced the historic character and the 19,000-square-feet of professional space, now holding restaurants, shops, and art venues.

PK Architecture LLC

472 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066

After three decades of experience in the architectural field, Paritosh Kumar established P.K. Architecture. His firm serves New Jersey with architectural services that include both residential and commercial structures. The firm consistently improves the quality of living of the community it serves while maintaining the health and welfare of its clients and the broader public.  

P.K. Architecture L.L.C. has distinguished itself as a small, fast-growing company that provides personalized service and technology-oriented expertise. A good example of its work is the state-of-the-art green technology used in the Veteran’s Building in Carteret, NJ. It was a challenge to convert the about 100 hundred-year-old condemned building into a state-of-the-art building with ADA (handicap) accessibility and solar panels providing all the electricity and hot water heat to be self-sufficient. Apartments named after former Commander in Chief George Lisicki of Veterans of foreign wars of the United States, also a resident of Carteret, gave a glowing review of the Architect services which can be seen on their website.

Artek Studio

877 Broad Street, Suite 301, Newark, NJ 07102

Artek Studio’s portfolio consists of designs and projects for residential, educational, commercial, and industrial markets. Various industries have trusted the firm’s proven practical solutions and excellent service. The firm has deep urban design knowledge, as you’ll see in its projects in Essex, Hudson, Union, and Passaic County.

As a full-service architectural firm, Artek Studio offers architectural, civil, mechanical, and electrical services, all under a single roof. It organizes every aspect of a project to facilitate the design process and avoid construction disputes. The firm designed the commercial space for the Allegro, a Portuguese seafood restaurant that features outdoor dining. The casual elegance and luxurious decor of the building have helped make it one of the best seafood restaurants in Newark.​

Zelta Design

45 Sussex Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103

Zelta Design was the first design partner for the owner of Dunkin’ in Brooklyn when he decided to relocate his business across the street. The Zelta design team was excited about this project, knowing how the new spot would provide opportunities for heightened visibility and a modernized setup. To make the most out of this new location, the firm designed the exterior with a wrap-around curved corner, opened up the side windows of the building, and completely overhauled the interior.

Zelta Design has served other big names in the Quick Service Restaurant industry, including Taco Bell, Popeyes, and Wendy’s. It also works on small coffee shops, sit-down restaurants, and lounges, approaching each project with high levels of engagement and service. The firm’s team of architects and engineers collaborate closely and continuously, always dedicated to developing functional and artistic designs and ensuring the firm keeps its hallmark as an energetic full-service architectural firm that meets the specific needs of the project.


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