Whether it’s an office, retail space, hotel, or restaurant, a commercial space must be efficient and cost-effective, and simultaneously create a unique and engaging experience. Expectations for businesses are constantly evolving. An architect can help businesses adapt their interiors to reflect the current tastes of their consumers, visitors, and employees.
To help you choose the right designer equipped to handle any building deliverables you might require, our team has curated a list of the best commercial architects in Morgan Hill, California. 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.
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 400, Oakland, CA 94612
KTGY is a full-service architecture, branding, interiors and planning firm that combines design and technical excellence to deliver communities and neighborhoods of the future. KTGY’s architects, designers and planners apply modern sustainable practices and impeccable design standards as problem solvers with a distinctive ability to translate an intricate program into a simple solution that meets the goals of clients and communities. Enriched by the depth and diversity of the KTGY team members, its studios are staffed by collaborative leaders who deliver according to the caliber of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
The work of KTGY includes the Edes Building, a mixed-use art gallery and wine bar located in Morgan Hill’s downtown area. The Edes Building fills the gap in a key intersection in downtown Morgan Hill, helping to knit together a consistent pedestrian promenade experience and providing multiple uses within the two-story structure. The building accommodates the need to raise the building above a flood plain by utilizing a concrete plinth that integrates steps, an accessible ramp and planters while providing a unique aesthetic to fit into an eclectic urban context. The shape of the building mediates scale between neighbors and is influenced by views of the surrounding rolling hills. Mass timber was chosen for its natural finish and ability to provide larger spans than standard wood construction.
The interior embraces the mass timber structure and blends the warmth of the wood with an airy, modern design. Custom shelving and display units accommodate a myriad of art, including canvas and prints, jewelry, pottery and glass pieces. Custom-made rotating walls pivot and adjust the flow of gallery visitors to accommodate various-sized art pieces and create a flexible yet unified space. Additionally, the first-floor gallery leads to a wine bar with modern furniture, a functional seating area and a combination of displayed wine and art pieces. In an effort to draw people upstairs to see the art, a dramatic staircase lights up like a lantern at night, pointing the way upstairs in an intriguing way.
Weston Miles Architects
17500 Depot Street, #200, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Weston Miles Architects, Inc. (WMA) has been honored with a Business of the Year Award by the California Air Resources Board for the collaborative approach it takes to building educational facilities, civic projects, commercial and industrial projects, residential projects, and historic renovations. The firm’s 36 years of experience have set the bar for consistent workmanship and attention to detail. The WMA team is made up of efficient and professional architects, designers, project managers, and administrative managers who deliver according to the caliber of the AIA, the Hometown Chamber of Commerce, and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce.
Lesley Miles is the president of WMA. She has spent more than 35 years focused on architecture in the areas of sustainability and civic service; she has developed a sharp eye for public space design and development. She holds membership with the AIA and is a LEED Accredited Professional, as is Principal Charles D. Weston. Charles is a Registered Architect and the Principal Designer at Weston Miles and a licensed contractor. Their combined prowess in design and construction has strengthened WMA’s practice and resulted in a diverse collection of award-winning projects.
The WMA team saved the 1940’s Historic Granada theater and structurally integrated it with the next-door cigar and wine shop to create a full-service theater, banquet space, and associated bar and restaurant kitchen. WMA completed the overall structural retrofit and accessibility design for the main hall space. The interior floor was raised up to two feet in some areas and the restrooms were redesigned to provide accessibility while retaining the feel of the original quirky layout.
Habitec Architecture & Interior Design
2290 North 1st Street, Suite 304, San Jose, CA 95131
Habitec is known for its outstanding architectural, planning, and interior design services. It reconciles the myriad of program, budget, and regulatory requirements for commercial architecture, including corporate, retail, multi-use, educational, medical, and manufacturing spaces. Habitec has worked on a number of land planning and development projects, including industrial and business parks. Habitec creates buildings that are responsive to the community and the environment.
Jim Starkovich is the Founding Principal of Habitec as well as the Founding Partner of EarthStar Architects. A member of the AIA, Jim carries more than 50 years of experience that includes educational, commercial, recreational, residential, and industrial projects. Under his leadership, Habitec designed Paramit Engineering, a 25,000-square-foot office for Lathrop Engineering. The new workspace accommodates and centralizes the company’s functions for medical device and life science instrumentation development. To reflect Lathrop’s collaborative culture, Habitec created an open, contemporary, and inviting space that respects the confidentiality of each client’s product.
710 E McGlincy Lane, Suite 109, Campbell, CA 95008
GKW Architects is a full-service LEED-certified architectural firm established in 2010 rooted in honest business practices and solving problems with exceptional solutions. The firm’s projects range from residential remodels to commercial expansions and mixed-use high-rise developments. The firm primarily serves the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding communities. Using high-level design software, the GKW design team transforms ideas into buildings and communities through master planning, renovations, zoning analysis, layouts, interior design, ground-up construction, and tenant improvements.
Gordon Wong, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, is a licensed architect in California and Arizona, as well as a licensed general contractor and real estate agent. Certified by the Build-It-Green Core, he has completed projects in Shanghai, ChongQing, New York, and California. His background in master planning, planned unit developments, commercial, and residential design informs his work as GKW’s Principal Architect. Gordon was the Emerging Professional Committee Chair of the AIA where he is currently a member.
Wong’s years of expertise—backed by his team of professional designers—produced Sweet Retreat, an elegant ice cream shop in Morgan Hill. The interiors reflect the shop’s ice cream flavors and yogurt by featuring splashes of red color in the light fixtures and tile, complementing the sparkling glass in the quartz countertops.
1731 Technology Drive, Suite 750, San Jose, CA 95110
ARC TEC provides planning and design solutions for clients’ office, high-technology, and industrial projects. Apart from architectural services, ARC TEC delivers master planning, strategic planning, pre-and post-construction services as well. Accredited by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the firm is dedicated to collaborating with clients to create and maintain sustainable buildings. This dedication enables it to creatively construct cost-effective buildings with little negative environmental impact based on a comprehensive understanding of client needs.
Senior Principal Craig Almeleh is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has extensive experience in advanced technology facilities, including clean rooms. Craig led ARC TEC to awards from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) Reno Nevada Chapter and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He steered the team in designing the Madrone Village Shopping Center, a retail center with five buildings totaling 75,000 square feet. The center contains a restaurant, a retail bank, and a retail anchor store. Beautiful landscaping accentuates the open plaza-like common areas and makes it perfect for outdoor café seating.