Commercial spaces need to align with the values of the occupants for which they are designed. Whether it is an office, retail space, hotel, or restaurant, working with an architect who can address your programmatic and financial requirements while raising the aspirations of your customers’ community will enrich the property value of your project.
To help you choose the right designer equipped to handle your building requirements, our team has listed the best multifamily architects in Fort Worth, Texas. These firms were selected for their accreditations, certifications, and professional affiliations. We also considered the recognition each firm has received in the form of industry awards, client reviews, and press features. We have laid out the range of services the firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry.
Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC)
2660 EastChase Lane, Suite 200, Montgomery, AL 36117
Grounded in strong client relationships and community-focused engagement, Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) crafts educational, civic, medical, and commercial facilities that serve the public. The firm specializes in architecture, planning, and engineering spanning interior design, civil engineering, environmental services, landscape architecture, geotechnical engineering, and disaster recovery. Its restorative work has been recognized with awards by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP).
Chris Engel draws on more than 25 years of experience in performing his duties as the Chairman of the Board of GMC. He is a member of the AIA and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. Chris has been named one of Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, and has been honored with the AIA Alabama Council Honor Award and the Alabama Associated General Contractors of America Design Award. He works with GMC’s 100 employees as an integrated team to combine hands-on experience with management know-how to bring communities his unique problem-solving perspective.
The Montgomery Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center is a great example of what GMC can do. GMC completely renovated, designed, and doubled the size of the existing exhibit hall to 133,000 square feet. A new Performing Arts Center for the City now serves as the heart of the entertainment district in downtown Montgomery. The project included the addition of a Renaissance Luxury hotel with a restaurant, a bar, and an outdoor patio.
Seay Seay & Litchfield Architects
1115 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
For over 44 years, Seay Seay & Litchfield Architects (SS&L) has delivered award-winning architecture, landscape architecture, planning, interior design, and graphic design. The firm caters to residential, private, educational, government, and commercial clients, using advanced technology to fulfill user needs. SS&L is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and has been honored as Architectural Firm of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama.
Senior Principal Architect Jimmy H. Seay brings 47 years of experience to the practice as a registered architect in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. He was granted the President Award and Accolade Award by the AIA Alabama Council. Jim holds membership with the AIA and is a LEED Accredited Professional, the same with principals Gregory A. O’Neal, Wesley R. Osmer, and Frank E. Litchfield III. They have all been instrumental in SS&L’s work in redesigning buildings and interior businesses such as Kress on Dexter.
The mixed-use development combines retail, restaurant, office, and residential space. Contemporary apartments sit atop the existing 1929 Neoclassical inspired Kress structure. Inside, the double height ground floor retail space has been preserved, while a modern mezzanine to contain multiple retail tenants has been introduced. The project won an Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award for Best Historical Restoration under $25 million.
Chambless King Architects
12 W Jefferson Street, Suite 300, Montgomery, AL 36104
Chambless King Architects provides architectural services that empower communities by balancing critical thinking, construction technique, and budget parameters. Its staff cultivates meaningful connections with each client, working closely with them throughout the lifespan of a project. The LEED-certified firm employs state-of-the-art rendering and modeling software to visualize and test design concepts, helping clients make informed design decisions and give instant feedback.
Principal John R. Chambless played a significant role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown through a 20-year master plan that included projects like the Montgomery Riverwalk, Riverwalk Stadium, and Alley Station. John leads with the principles of the AIA in mind as a member of the organization and a former Chapter Director of AIA Montgomery. He also served as the Chairman of the City of Montgomery Architectural Review Board. Under John and the principals’ leadership, Chambless King Architects earned awards from the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama. The firm’s skill and creativity are demonstrated in the design of the Montgomery Interpretive Center, built in memoriam to the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
The design navigated the site’s steep topography by setting the larger exhibit volume into the ground and terracing the plane along the main façade to the entry. The building form mimics the unique wedge shape of the site by using voids to create exterior spaces. A grand covered porch allows for exterior gathering space and an easy entry into the building.
445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 5050, Montgomery, AL 36104
JMR+H Architecture offers architectural services certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The firm applies its technical expertise to sustainable design, code compliance, building design, and complete contract administration services. The firm’s in-house staff supports its abilities in interior design, feasibility studies, due diligence forensic investigations, and facility master planning.
Senior Principal Mike Rutland’s architecture career began 45 years ago as an apprentice drafter. Since then, Mike has built a diverse portfolio in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the AIA and is NCARB-certified, as is Tim Holmes, the second Senior Principal of JMR+H. Tim values regionally-based style and designs that blend seamlessly into their environmental context. He sat as the President of the Alabama Council of the AIA and is affiliated with the International Council of Shopping Centers.
An outstanding representative of JMR+H Architecture’s long portfolio of commercial projects is Central, a casual 1890s restaurant located in the historic Schloss and Kahn warehouse. The JMR+H team restored the diner to its original beauty with 16-foot ceilings, spectacular overhead lighting, flickering gas lanterns, and a bustling open kitchen. Original heart of pine—harvested in the late 1800’s for the warehouse’s tongue and groove floor—make up the riddling rack wine wall. The original giant pine beams form the tabletops, and the warehouse’s gorgeous brick is exposed throughout.
21 S Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Foshee Architecture is a NCARB-certified architecture and interior design practice known for its work on apartments, offices, medical, retail, and restaurants. The firm’s design process begins by actively listening to and asking questions about the client’s needs and goals. Foshee proceeds to present multiple budget-sensitive using three-dimensional technology. In addition to assisting clients through design, the company is accustomed to coordinating with review agencies and local authorities.
Founder John H. Foshee has a wealth of experience serving on a project as its owner, developer, architect, general contractor, and realtor which has given him an all-encompassing perspective. His multi-disciplinary background influenced Foshee Architecture to become comfortable working with an owner’s general contractor, design-build firm, or construction consultant. He lends his knowledge of construction and design to Foshee Architecture’s collection of commercial facilities which includes the Island Delight restaurant.
The team redesigned the interiors of the 1970’s building with a bright, playful dining room, indicative of the owner’s Jamaican heritage. The seating is a mix of booths, bar stools, and tables and chairs. Booth dividing walls add visual interest to the space. A metal awning over the juice bar provides a focal point and a signage opportunity.