Jersey City’s diverse culture offers anyone who visits a glimpse of different parts of the world. From strolling around through Liberty State Park to the waterfront views of the Hudson River Walkway, a simple night out at a pizza joint to partying in its bars and restaurants, there’s always something to do. Tourist attractions add foot traffic to businesses, as do the outdoor opportunities. Those looking to expand into the city will find it a good place to start a retail business. 

An experienced architect can deliver a design that will represent a brand in the best way possible. Below is a list of six of the best retail architects working in Jersey City. Each of these firms is backed with background and industry experience—all provide excellent service and designs for their clients. These firms were selected for their portfolios, areas of expertise, and overall professionalism.

Tricarico Architecture and Design 

502 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Tricarico Architecture and Design is a client-centric firm made up of different architectural studios specializing in retail, automotive, corporate interiors, food service, commercial and fitness, and health services. The firm is licensed in all of the states—that range allows them to quickly and efficiently complete projects across the country. Its services throughout various markets allow it to understand the unique challenges each possesses. Besides its high-quality designs, the firm’s biggest strength is its people. Its ability to foster creativity, teamwork, and professionalism results in an environment that promotes active collaboration within its team. Thanks to these empowered individuals, the firm finds innovative ways to improve its services, share its diverse perspectives, and thus find creative project solutions.

For over three decades, the firm received remarkable commendations from its partners and clients, demonstrating the quality of its work and service. The firm understands the value of a design to a brand, its owners, and its people, it recognizes the ever-changing landscape of the industry and allows it to remain progressively innovative.

GKA Architects

20 West Street, #19A, New York, NY 10004

GKA Architects understands the importance of the investment business owners make for their brand, whether for their team or the location where they build their business. Workplaces are an integral part of building a business, its design can promote collaboration, productivity, and development among the staff when done correctly. Established in 2009, the firm’s mission is to bring reliable, affordable, and innovative architectural services to small businesses across the country. Specializing in new construction, additions, and alterations for commercial and industrial buildings, the firm is committed to providing simple solutions to otherwise complex, complicated projects. 

Leading the firm is Principal Greg Ian Korn. His attentive and professional approach toward his firm’s projects has earned positive testimonials from his clients. With over a hundred projects completed since the firm’s inception, it has approached each new work with creative and disciplined designs, careful coordination, and harmonious collaboration. The firm is licensed in Arizona, California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington. 

OMLK Architects

66 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030

During more than two decades in the industry, OMLK Architects has built over 2000 projects in the New York metropolitan area. With this expansive reach, a wide array of styles and designs have been integrated into the work of the firm. Architecture, renovation, alteration, addition, and planning are among the services provided by the firm. Its team is made up of architects who are experts in their respective fields.

Principals Osvaldo Martinez and Lindsey A. Kozlowski lead the firm with their extensive experience in the industry. Their dedication is proof of their firm’s passion for creativity and innovation. Working closely with its clients, the firm believes in open communication with all those involved in the process to achieve the best results.

Gesture INK Architecture

111 Town Square Place, Suite 1203, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Gesture INK Architecture embraces new and emerging trends in design while also maintaining the traditional practices in its process. The firm consists not only of architects but also of illustrators, animators, and programmers who deliver 3-dimensional renderings and problem-solving for its clients. Using spatial visualization, the firm’s design process consists of site visits, taking 3D scans and videos, and then sculpting them through their software. This process allows the firm’s clients to see the intended work in space and time, while also providing different points of view. 

The firm’s innovative use of today’s design technology and tools allows them to approach their work with open communication and continuous collaboration, while consistently delivering their projects on time.

Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners

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

For over twenty years in the industry, Minno and Wasko Architects and Planners  has designed a variety of buildings for numerous clients in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and Connecticut. It is a full-service architectural firm that provides architectural design, planning, interior design, and structural engineering for commercial, mixed-use, and residential properties in urban, exurban, and suburban settings. The firm’s projects each receive the full attention of its principals, with one taking the lead to oversee the design from the beginning to the construction completion. Thanks to its team of diverse professionals, their individual abilities combine to create unique designs for the community. 

Whether it is unique spaces within existing architecture and landscapes, new buildings designed to blend with historical architecture, or multi-tenant retail and restaurant facilities, the firm strives to integrate its design into its projects. Each of these is built with the goal of the project having long-term value for the clients while keeping an eye on market value


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