To say the design and architecture industry here is buzzing is an understatement. Grand scale developments, innovative residential properties and edgy commercial spaces are filling the streets of California and adding to the city’s architectural tapestry.

Here, we’ve selected 5 up and coming LA architects to watch. These firms are all putting their individual stamp on LA through one building at a time.

Alex Pettas Architecture

Clean lines and bold forms characterize the work of Alex Pettas Architecture. Exploring a California modernism aesthetic, their buildings balance space and functionality with light and materials while being sensitive to the natural environment.

Woods + Dangaran

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In recent years Woods + Dangaran have expanded on their portfolio of architecture that’s influenced by mid-century modernism. The practice celebrates simplicity, which is evident in the clean lines, balanced forms and functional, yet beautiful, spaces.


Rost Architects

View this post on Instagram In Southern California most lots require the garage to be at the front of the house. Here we made the garage a feature by blending it in with vertical wood slats. A post shared by Rost Architects (@rost.architects) on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:32pm PDT

Headed up by Mitchell Rocheleau & Alex Stensby, Rost is an architectural and interior design practice that has produced a sophisticated body of work. Specializing in luxury residential architecture along the Southern California coast, Rost prides themselves on creating livable homes that enrich the occupant’s lives and have a strong relationship between site and materiality.


Casey Hughes Architects

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From family homes and studios to gallery spaces and an ice-cream shop, Casey Hughes Architects have a diverse portfolio of contemporary projects. They have also earnt a reputation for taking on some of the city’s most challenging hill sites to create ambitious pieces of architecture.


Zyme Studios

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Founded by Cody Hall and Kaylin Jeffrey, Zyme Studios are building a portfolio of contemporary buildings of innovative forms. Their architecture is often defined by strong lines and refined materials palettes that balance sophistication with uber-cool.