The capital city of California, Sacramento is known for its rich history and communal identity. The city was once named by Time Magazine as America’s Most Diverse City which enabled Sacramento to facilitate the growth of the arts and culture. Sacramento neighborhoods attract businesses, especially those connected to the healthcare industry. Related businesses are also taking advantage of the city’s robust population. From international car manufacturers to handcrafted furniture makers, the city fosters a diversified economy. 

Businesses that want to scale their brands should consider investing in a better retail space. And that’s where architects come into the picture: trained professionals that understand the city’s nuances are necessary when it comes to providing the best output.

This list features the best retail architects in the city. To come up with a list, our team has compiled a list of the city’s most outstanding retail architectural firms. We measured each firm based on a set of criteria taking work history, capabilities, and overall quality of work into account. 



3009 Douglas Blvd., Ste. #290, Roseville, CA 95661

Winner of the 2019 ENR Manufacturing Merit Award, ATI Architects + Engineers is an architectural firm specializing in commercial and residential design. ATI is equipped with over 30 years of experience in the local industry, serving the entire state of California with skilled and precise design techniques. The firm is a multidisciplinary group of professionals synthesizing years of design expertise in projects in various industries from civil to retail works. Anna Win and Deborah, Managing Principals, ensure that ATI’s staff of 270 is in continual synch. The two have been practicing architecture for decades and have worked on high-profile projects in the retail, mixed-use, and higher education industries. 

Ashley Furniture, a local furniture and homeware retailer, is just one of the firm’s long list of clients. ATI has created a space where Ashley Furniture can display its entire catalog in a comprehensive, immersive fashion. 

GSB Architecture

5110 Garlenda Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA  95762

GSB Architecture is an architectural veteran of over three decades, serving Greater Sacramento and El Dorado County. Greg Balderre, an alumnus of Arizona Architectural Institute, takes charge of the company operations. Balderre is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and various green architecture organizations. The firm offers comprehensive design services in commercial, residential, and mixed-use sectors. GSB is capable of a wide range of design practices,  from master planning to project management and even services beyond design.

The firm also provides marketing and advertising services for clients to better present their projects to the public. Honda, the Japanese car manufacturer, enlisted GSB to create its Davis location. This Davis location has a showroom and service center. The firm has also worked with Hoffman Automotive and other brands.

HMR Architects

2130 21st St., Sacramento, CA 95818

With a history dating back to 1935, HMR Architects is a locally-renowned architectural design firm located in Midtown Sacramento. Scott Pullen joined the company in 1988 shortly after graduating from the University of California Berkeley. Years later, he became the company president, succeeding Eric Mifkovic. One of Sacramento’s oldest firms, HMR has built strong relationships with local residents and businesses. Today, HMR has built a reputation for being service-oriented and design-driven. 

HMR has built retail projects all over California including the Pandora boutique in Vintage Faire Mall at Modesto. Franchisee Rogers Jewelry was seeking to open its third store when it enlisted HMR to do the design development, construction administration, and construction documentation of the project. This boutique’s unique features include a new storefront, finishing, casework, and modified electrical and mechanical systems. 

Kuchman Architects

2203 13th St., Sacramento CA 95818

Kuchman Architects is a local architectural design company known for efforts in sustainable and pedestrian-friendly design. The firm uses and promotes smart growth principles and sustainable design techniques. Principal architects Philip Harvey and Bob Kurchman are staunch supporters of green building efforts. The two are LEED AP-accredited architects and active members of the AIA, Urban Land Institute, Build It Green, and International Code Council. Harvey and Kurchman both graduated from the University of California in San Luis Obispo and have lengthy experience as architects. 

Having worked with strip malls, retail stores, and pharmacies, Kuchman has extensive experience working in Greater Sacramento. The College Plaza Shopping Center, a  California Mission Revival style shopping complex in Los Banos, is a testament to the firm’s expertise in retail projects. The shopping center features an impressive 59,809 square-foot space filled with restaurants and boutiques. 

Williams + Paddon 

1715 R St., Ste. #200, Sacramento, CA 95811

Founded in 1981, Williams + Paddon is an architectural and interior design firm known for technical excellence, technological leadership, top-quality service, and environmentally-conscious values. The firm’s head and namesake Jack Paddon has a deep commitment to the local community and the environment. Paddon’s philanthropic work extends to as far as Tanzania where he provides master planning services for a new medical services campus for Foundation for African Medicine and Education. The firm understands that good business is built through partnerships and public trust. 

In the firm’s nearly four decades of industry experience, it has built large-scale projects with retail giants such as Whole Foods and Best Buy as well as local retail boutiques. The Sacramento Whole Foods in the photo was built with customer experience in mind. The goal was to create a space that will guarantee a memorable enjoyable shopping experience for its customers. The project has an exterior lunch patio, a cooking education center, on-site gourmet prepared foods, and other features not common in most grocery stores.


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