Santa Ana, nestled in the rolling hills of Southern California, epitomizes the California ideal. The OC is home to miles of gorgeous beaches, elegant homes, and some of the world’s most well-known theme parks and business establishments.

It’s no surprise that Santa Ana is booming thanks to commercial architects who have helped to make it a great location. They’ve built retail spaces that take advantage of the area’s sunshine and its options for fun and relaxation. Continue reading to learn about the top ten commercial architects in Santa Ana, California.


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

Established in 1991, KTGY is a leading full-service architecture, branding, interiors, and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry, and attention to detail across six offices and studios nationwide. KTGY’s architects, designers and planners combine modern sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create experiential-driven environments and destinations of enduring value.

One of the firm’s notable Santa Ana projects is 4th and Mortimer. These mixed-use apartments stretch two city blocks and have a combined total of 169 units from studio to four bedrooms as well as a ground-floor commercial space. This exciting new development delivers much-needed housing for growing and intergenerational families and young professionals alike while also creating shopping and restaurants that will serve the neighborhood. The architectural design complements and expands on the energy and character of downtown Santa Ana by taking cues from its urban scale and historic character. Each block presents a unique architectural vernacular defined by scale, façade articulation, roof forms, materials and detailing. The closely related timeless architectural Santa Barbara and Spanish Revival styles fit seamlessly into the neighborhood. Other community amenities include a pool deck, roof deck, game room, fitness center, club room and co-working space.

SVA Architects, Inc.

6 Hutton Centre Drive, Suite 1150, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Since its inception in 2003, SVA Architects Inc. has worked closely and cooperatively with its clients to assist them in reaching their objectives in a transparent and communicative manner. They draw inspiration from nearly two decades of industry expertise.

SVA Architects focuses mainly on construction projects that center on sustainability. Co-founder Robert Simons AIA has devoted his 30-year career to creating enduring, functional, sustainable spaces; co-founder Ernesto Vasquez, FAIA, NCARB is a renowned community advocate and leader known for being an experienced proponent of healthy communities and revitalized urban centers. SVA Architects’ adherence to the highest standards has helped it earn various certifications and awards and a consistent streak of Gold Nugget “Awards of Merit” from 2018 to 2019. 

Kluger Architects

560 N. Western Avenue, 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Kluger Architects, Inc. has been an “S” corporation since its inception in 1989. What sets them apart is how their designers are constantly researching the latest design and construction techniques and discovering low-cost solutions to produce sophisticated architecture. Kluger Architects has worked with well-known clients like Trader Joe’s, Bank of America, and the Ritz-Carlton. 

This new PAD building in Anaheim Hills is part of a bigger shopping district that has several mega anchor buildings for national brands. Kluger Architects was chosen to design the new PAD building, as well as supply planning submittals, paperwork, and construction documents. Up to three tenants will be housed in this new PAD building, which will be designed to match the current shopping area.

James Gartner & Associates Architects, Inc.

2036 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706

In 1987, James Gartner & Associates Architects was established in Santa Ana. They have copious experience in restaurant design, specialty fitness clubs, car washes, retail interiors, office buildings, tenant renovations, hospitality, historic restoration, and a variety of custom and multi-family housing projects.

Some of its many well-known clients include The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurants, Lazy Dog Restaurants, LA Italian Kitchen, Applebee’s, Real Mex Restaurants, Marriott, Newhall Land & Farming Company, Universal Studios, and Toyota. The photo below is one of The Cheesecake Factory projects located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The restaurant’s distinctive and contemporary decor is as innovative and original as The Cheesecake Factory’s large menu. The project required imported limestone floors, bespoke wood columns, hand-painted murals, and modern lighting.

YNG Architects

1524 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 6, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Working with People, Space, and the Process in mind, YNG Architects works with a deep respect for the human spirit of creativity, collaboration, and perseverance. YNG provides full-service architecture, including architectural work, planning, and design services. 

YNG Construction was founded in 2016 with the goal to provide the best of both worlds: the firm wanted to combine exceptional design with sound construction and craftsmanship. Regarded for its innovative, warm style, this project was a contemporary entry in Santa Ana. It is a stylish commercial center that showcases luxury modern design and impressive interior work. This work was celebrated for its dynamic and functional design, as well as its excellent color palette. 

Kip Klayton Architects

814 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868

Standing for the concept of sustainability since its establishment in 1986, Kip Klayton Architects has been providing professional services through its Three – R’s: Recycle, Refurbish, and Rebuild. The firm’s portfolio consists of very unique projects with equally unique clients. From custom homes to theme park assignments, their mission statement is simple: create an environment that is the standard by which others are measured. They are involved in all stages of the construction process, from concept design through to construction and eventually occupancy. Kip Klayton also provides professional services for families, builders, developers, construction companies, and public agencies nationally and overseas. 

nnArchitects Inc.

3621 W MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 117, Santa Ana, CA 92704

nnArchitects is a firm that provides architecture, interior design, and planning. It specializes in residential, retail, restaurant, commercial, and mixed-use developments, as well as planning, design, and construction documents.

Their design approach is to investigate, develop, and generate warm and timeless modernist architecture designs. They are sensitive to the site and budget, and they pay special attention to the desires and requirements of their clients. After a thorough investigation into the location and environment, designs are provided that emphasize sustainability, technology, and function.

Mustafa Bdaiwi Architect And Associates 

601 Parkcenter Drive, Suite 204, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Based in the heart of Santa Ana, Mustafa Bdaiwi Architect And Associates has been in business since 2014. It has over 20 years of experience in architecture and related fields. Its principal, Mustafa Bdaiwi, for which the firm was named, has 20 years of experience in the field.

The firm is also a licensed and insured company that enjoys small to medium-sized developments. They are manned by a talented team of professionals who work closely together to create functional, aesthetically pleasing spaces. Thanks to their efforts, the company has had the privilege of catering to a large number of clients in the area. 


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