Firm Profile

For three decades YHLA Architects has met the challenge to enhance the quality of life for the people who live and work in the projects we design. As a generalist architectural and planning firm, we are experienced in a wide variety of project types and work closely with our clients to create innovative, appropriate and sustainable projects. Our designs evolve as unique responses to specific challenges and specific locations, enriching and complimenting the character of place.

YHLA has become a leading designer in projects ranging from sports arenas to urban plazas; from commercial centers to airport terminals; from historic renovations to urban infill mixed use developments; and from luxury condominiums to affordable housing. Regardless of project size our goal is achieving design excellence while delivering projects on time and on budget. We take great pride in listening carefully and meeting our commitments with focused attention to detail throughout design and construction. This philosophy has earned YHLA a diverse roster of satisfied and repeat clients.

YHLA is comprised of a highly trained and motivated professional staff and maintains a main office in Oakland and a branch studio in Davis. Our efficient size, experience and established working relationships with our engineering consultants give us an unparalleled advantage in delivering high quality work within tight time frames. We are large enough to undertake major projects, yet small enough to maintain our design principals' involvement in each project from start to finish. YHLA is comprised of four licensed architects, six talented designers with computer applications expertise (CAD and rendering illustration software), and administrative and information technology staff. We are a full service architectural firm offering a wide range of in-house services including:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Programming
  • Urban Planning
  • Site Planning
  • Project Management
  • Site and Building Evaluations
  • Interior Design
  • Design Presentations
  • Construction Documents
  • Code Consulting
  • Program Management
  • Construction Administration