Regarded as a modern metropolis in North Texas, Dallas serves as the state’s commercial and cultural hub. It is known for its great art districts, and museums, and for commemorating the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This list is a showcase of 15 of Dallas’ best and leading commercial architects behind some of its most recognizable structures. These companies were chosen based on their experiences, countless accolades, and diverse backgrounds.
8070 Park Lane, Suite #300, Dallas, TX 75231
With four decades of industry experience, BOKA Powell is an experienced firm that offers its clients a complete range of commercial architecture services. It is known for its cost-effective approaches, in addition to its highly collaborative approach. Some of its best work has been featured in The Architect’s Newspaper and the Engineering News-Record. Depicted above is one of its best projects.
This project is an international plaza located in the heart of Dallas. Spanning 45,000 square feet, it entailed having to work on its architecture and interior design. The firm’s team reworked its contemporary lobby spaces open to lively café and lounge areas on the ground floor.
1845 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite #1600, Dallas, TX 75201
Omniplan’s history dates all the way back to 1956. The firm uses a highly hands-on and collaborative approach, which has resulted in responsive spaces. This allows for little to almost no revisions throughout the entire process. The firm has multiple LEED Accredited professionals on its team, in addition to LEED Green Associates. This assures the firm’s clients of the high efficiency and sustainability of its projects. Showcased above is one of the firm’s best works.
Spanning over 350,000 square feet, this project tasked the firm with its extensive redevelopment. It made use of a multi-phased approach. Some of its best elements include a District Food Hall with ten gourmet eateries, an AMC IMAX Theater, and various outdoor seating areas.
Republic Center, 1717 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
CallisonRTKL is a globally recognized firm that works in several offices out in California, Texas, Florida, and New York. It also has operations in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and China. The firm provides a comprehensive range of architectural services. This encompasses brand building, commercial interiors, landscaping, and master planning. Its portfolio depicts an impressive gallery of various commercial headquarters, health care, hospitality, mixed-use, office, retail, cultural, academic, and government spaces. The chosen project above is one of the firm’s best projects.
Located in Dallas is one of CallisonRTKL’s notable project, the Victory Park designed for Lennar. Prior to the completion of project, the team created an impact study which allowed the firm to accurately plan a neighborhood that will attract young and educated professionals, increase residential income, create mor job opportunities, and improve transit and ridership of the area. The work included planning and urban design architectural services. Its result is a contemporary neighborhood filled with robust collection of restaurants, retail, public art, and a one-acre park.
350 N Saint Paul Street, Suite #100, Dallas, TX 75201
HKS Architects provides a comprehensive range of services that specialize in a variety of market types. These include aviation, civic, and commercial projects. Its portfolio also depicts education, government, health care, hospitality, life science, mission-critical, and mixed-use residential work. The company utilizes excellent interior design skills and extensive research, as well as outstanding architecture. The firm’s office in Dallas has been around since 1939 when Harwood K. Smith and his wife Kate started the practice in a small office above Highland Park Village Center. Showcased above is one of the firm’s best works.
Designed for “The Assembly,” this project showcases twin office towers that connect its tenants to Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum neighborhood. It spans over 79,000 square feet of collaborative spaces and also features several excellent retail amenities.
401 North Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202
Corgan draws inspiration from decades of industry experience and in the stellar reputation it has established for itself. The firm assists each of its clients throughout the entire process and credits its success to the extensive and diverse experience of its team of professionals. Corgan has completed projects both locally and abroad. In terms of design, it can take on commercial spaces regardless of size or scale.
The chosen project above features the firm’s very own Dallas headquarters. It is now WELL Gold Certified, which is the first of its kind in the entirety of Texas. Some of its best elements include its open workspaces, studios, and meeting spaces. It also incorporated various COVID-19 responsive features.
2808 Fairmount Street, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75201
GFF is an award-winning multidisciplinary design firm based in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin with a passion for creating memorable places. Today their staff of 140 offers architecture, interiors, planning and landscape architecture throughout the US. Over the years, GFF has had successful engagements spanning a broad range of building types and experience with corporate, real estate, and institutional clients.
In recent years GFF has received awards and rankings that include: the Texas Society of Architects 2019 Architecture Firm Award, ARCHITECT 50 (#1 US firm for business, 2013), Engineering News-Record magazine’s Top 500 Design Firms, Top 100 Green Design Firms and Top Texas Design Firms, 2014 and 2015 Best Places to Work by the Dallas Business Journal and GIANTS 300 Top Architectural Firms by Building Design and Construction magazine.
The showcased project above is an excellent example of the firm’s work. Located in Dallas, this photo depicts its work on the Dallas Theological Seminary. The new structure includes both large and small gathering spaces, in addition to a cafe and a workspace fit for over 20 faculty staff.
1601 Elm Street, Suite #2800 Dallas, TX 75201
With over a hundred years of experience, Beck is one of the oldest firms on this list. The firm specializes in commercial architecture, construction, and design-build projects with ten offices in the US and Mexico. It is also highly regarded for its sustainability efforts, assuring clients that all its spaces are efficient and environmentally friendly. In 2021, Beck was named a TxN honoree for its commitment to conservation. Additionally, it prides itself on other impressive rankings like being recognized as a 2021 US Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal.
The featured project above showcases the firm’s work for Shake Shack. Situated in the heart of Dallas’ Uptown neighborhood in the Crescent Development, the restaurant spans 2,900 square feet. It employs a glass pavilion and uses locally sourced reclaimed wood. The project received the Design-Build Institute of America’s Excellence Award in the Commercial Buildings category.
717 North Harwood Street, Suite #2850, LB 8, Dallas, TX 75201
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm. It operates out of 24 offices across three continents. It takes great pride in the superb reviews and rankings it has received through the years. The firm has been named the Number One firm in the country by publications like Architectural Record and Engineering News-Record. It has also been recognized for its efforts in the green building and design movement, in addition to its expertise in a wide variety of outstanding architectural vernaculars. Showcased above is one of our favorites from its portfolio.
Designed for the Goosehead Insurance headquarters, this project can be found in Westlake. It spans around 60,000 square feet and caters to young professionals. For this, the firm’s team made use of high-quality finishes and a functional floor plan.
3535 Travis Street, Dallas, TX 75204
CannonDesign specializes in health, education, commercial, technology, hospitality, and civic spaces. It operates out of multiple locations spread across Maryland, Texas, New York, and Illinois, to name a few. On the other hand, its services encompass not only architecture but also construction, engineering, and planning services. It is also regarded for its impressive interior design. Showcased above is one of the firm’s best projects.
Located in Fort Worth, this project was completed for Texas Christian University. For this, its team worked closely with Hahnfeld Hoffer & Stanford to transform the Mary Couts Burnett Library into an all-new and revamped library that now houses various study hubs.
1800 Main Street, Suite #123, Dallas, TX 75201
Page/ is a full-service design, architecture, and engineering firm that is also noted for its impressive branding services. The firm describes itself as a multidisciplinary company with over 650 talented staff members. It has offices in Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. It also has overseas offices in Dubai and Mexico City. Showcased above is one of the firm’s best works.
This 62,000-square-foot facility was designed to stimulate, train, and enhance the brains of each participant who visits the space. For this, the firm’s team was inspired by the brain itself for its layout. Its facade, on the other hand, was inspired by an EEG strip.
1907 Marilla Street, Second Floor, Dallas, TX 75201
Architexas offers its clients a comprehensive range of architecture, planning, and historic preservation services. It oversees each and every aspect of the entire process and has won multiple awards throughout its years in business. Some of these include the 2015 Excellence in Construction Regional Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors and the 2013 Preservation Dallas Gail Thoma Patterson Award. Showcased above is one of the firm’s best works.
For this, the firm’s team was tasked with its exterior building rehabilitation architecture and interior historic preservation. Located in Dallas, it provided a full building condition and historical assessment and detailed measured drawings of the factory building. The project won the ENR Texas & Louisiana 2018 Best Renovation Project Merit Award.
Overland Partners, Inc.
1845 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite #1500, Dallas, TX 75201
Overland Partners is a recognized leader in sustainable design for over 35 years. The firm’s world-class portfolio is reflective of each client’s unique mission, vision, and values. Committed to unlocking the embedded potential of people, places, and projects, Overland sees architecture as their vehicle for creating well-loved places that care for the earth and elevate the human experience. Overland’s lengthy list of satisfied clients is a testament to their collaborative approach. The firm has won various noteworthy distinctions which include the AIA’s COTE Top 10 Award, Architect Top 50 Award in Sustainability and Design, and the Texas Architect Firm of the Year Award among over 200 national, regional, and local awards.
The chosen photo showcases the firm’s work on The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. Located in Dallas, it spans over 76,000 square feet. Designed in collaboration with Camargo Copeland Architects, the project includes the integration of art with words from the homeless engraved in the stained-glass windows. It is LEED Silver Certified and features great outdoor courtyards, dormitories, and mental health facilities. The Bridge received the Rudy Bruner Award Gold Medal among other design awards for positive social, environmental, and economic impact.
2218 Bryan St. Suite #200, Dallas, TX 75201
Perkins&Will has been in business since 1935 and works out of countless offices nationwide. Its Dallas office is recognized for its impressive commercial and office spaces, in addition to its expertise in a wide variety of architectural vernaculars. At its helm is its managing director, Tom Reisenbichler. He is a LEED Accredited professional, ensuring that all of the firm’s work is sustainable. All of the firm’s projects receive the benefit of his experience, which includes a brief stint in the real estate industry.
The depicted project showcases the firm’s very own Dallas Studio. Perkins&Will chose the Dallas High School as the site for the relocation. It spans roughly 40,000 square feet and holds high levels of various certification programs such as LEED-CI, WELL Building Standard, and Fitwel.
5010 Riverside Drive, Suite #250, Irving, TX 75039
KAI Enterprises is a national design and construction services firm with multiple offices nationwide, more than 100 in-house multi-discipline employees, and more than four decades of experience in the architecture industry. Led by its President Darren L. James, FAIA, he seeks complex, culturally conscious, and politically sensitive projects that will make lasting differences in the lives they touch. James was named one of D CEO Magazine’s 2022 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in North Texas for the second consecutive year, a 2022 Elite News Dr. R.E. Price Meritorious Service Award recipient, recipient of the 2021 TxA Award for Equitable Practice in Architecture in honor of John S. Chase, Jr., and a 2022 Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Quest for Success recipient.
Completed in Dallas County, this photo showcases the firm’s work at the Dallas County South Government Center. KAI provided this project with design and site planning taking into consideration the overall site for future growth and development of the center. This new ground-up building has a total of 73,000 square feet of two-story structure valued at $22M. It houses the County Tax Office, Veteran’s Affairs, County Constable, Sheriff’s Traffic Division, Sheriff’s Dispatch, Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, and two Justice of the Peace Courts. The facility is created in accordance with LEED standards resulting in a LEED v4 Silver Certification.
6080 Tennyson Parkway, Suite #200, Plano, TX 75024
With over 400 locations, STANTEC works in six continents. It has over 25,000 employees and is experienced in every phase and aspect of the architectural process. The firm is particularly regarded for its integrated management systems, diversity, and corporate sustainability. In terms of design, it can take on projects regardless of size or scale, with the photo above best showcasing its talent and expertise.
This photo features the firm’s work on Trinity Groves, a master-planned development located across the Trinity River from Downtown Dallas. It offers restaurants, retail, hotels, and housing. The firm also had to design roadway improvements for Herbert and Amonette Street and a new roadway alignment for Akron Street.