El Paso is a booming city in Texas with a strong market potential: local and international businesses and brands are taking notice of the city’s development.
Having a retail space that represents the brand’s identity and design is important, and that means that finding a great architect is even more important when it comes to realizing the vision of each brand in their respective retail spaces. This list features El Paso’s best retail architects. To come up with this list, our team gathered the city’s top firms and evaluated each based on a set of criteria which included looking at each firm’s work history and overall work quality.
211 N Florence Ste. #204, El Paso, TX 79901
EXIGO is an architectural firm with a mission to bring purposeful designs to the entire Southwest region. The firm is an industry leader in providing consulting, architectural design, planning, and interior design services. Eugenio Mesta, the firm’s principal, went to the University of Pennsylvania Masters of Architecture degree.
Trek Bicycle Shop enlisted EXIGO to design a $1.2 million retail project. The boutique has an open floor plan and a mezzanine that makes viewing all products easy to navigate. The project has a bare feeling to highlight the products and services offered by Trek. Steel railings that are unfurnished and exposed ceiling lights allow customers to focus on the beauty of the bikes.
FOKUS on Architecture, Inc.
5788 N Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79912
Providing the full range of architectural and construction-related services, FOKUS on Architecture is a trusted name in Western Texas and Southern New Mexico. The firm handles small and medium-scale projects with a strong emphasis on collaboration. FOKUS works with consulting engineers, contractors, and the sub-trades to complete projects. The FOKUS principal, Eckhard Fennig, began his career in 1979. Prior to working on FOKUS, he used to work as a Vice President, Chief Architect, and Project Manager for an architectural firm for 12 years.
The Patriot Outfitters location in Freedom Crossing Mall is one of the firm’s top works. The store retails military gear for military bases.
221 N Kansas St., Ste. #820, El Paso, TX 79901
Born out of Al Loya and Dana Wilke’s commitment to providing El Paso with a better quality of architecture, LoyalWilke Architects was established. The tandem has prior experience operating businesses and working under healthcare, science, and technology firms. The firm is community-focused, and works in a number of ways to nurture youth in the city. Al Loya, founder, and managing partner studied at Texas Tech University and is a registered architect in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.
The 15,000 square-foot Las Fuentes Shopping Center located east of El Paso is one of the firm’s finest works. The project was built with durability and efficiency in mind.
PSRBB Commercial Group Inc.
1810 Wyoming, El Paso, TX 79903
Originally the commercial construction wing of a larger design firm, PSRBB Commercial Group was formed in 2005 to pursue commercial architecture at a more focused rate. The firm operates in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. Tommy Razloznik, the firm’s principal-in-charge, went to Texas Tech University and he’s a registered architect in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Idaho. The firm acquired the AIA Mayor’s Recognition in El Paso for 2019 and several honorable mentions from AIA.
The PSRBB portfolio spans various industries and markets. The featured work in the photo is WSS, a multi-brand sneaker store in El Paso. WSS shelves sneakers from top athletic brands as well as clothes and sports accessories.
Wright & Dalbin Architects, Inc.
2112 Murchison Dr., El Paso,TX 79930
Wright & Dalbin Architects has been an institution for over 30 years. The firm steadily made a name for itself servicing El Paso and surrounding areas. Geoffrey Wright founded the firm in 1986, banking on his experience as the Chair of the El Paso City Plan Commission and various city boards. He is joined by co-principal Frederic Dalbin, an expert in sustainable design. The two led the team in its extensive design process covering engineering and project management.
The firm’s portfolio of retail projects includes the award-winning CA One Capital Improvements. The firm designed six lease spaces in El Paso International Airport, two of which are acknowledged for the “Best Retail/Specialty Program” category in the Airport Council International-North America “Excellence in Airport Concessions” contest.