Overview

The expanding metropolitan area is opening up new natural spaces, such as the popular Urban Reserve Neighborhood. Architects are taking advantage, creating spaces that deliberately connect to their surroundings, as outdoor spaces become as important a part of the design as the interiors. The most common feature of new Dallas homes are glass exterior walls surrounding courtyards or protected by privacy fences. New construction artfully blends the region’s traditional design with new modern touches using gorgeous local stone, sloped roofs, and minimal ornamentation. The following list ranks the best custom home architects in the Dallas area. You’ll find their designs listed among the AIA Dallas small project award winners and on the prestigious AIA Tours of Homes and Modern Home Tours, as well as on the pages of Luxe Interiors and Design, which features the best new homes in the area.
 

This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.

Top Architects

A.Gruppo Architects

Architects:
Andrew Nance
Thad Reeves

Awards:
Builder Choice Custom Home Grand Award,
AIA San Antonio Studio Award

Address:
315 S Cesar Chavez, Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75201

About A.Gruppo Architects

Andrew Nance, AIA, and Thad Reeves, AIA, founded A.Gruppo in 2005 and quickly built a reputation for collaborating with distinguished designers, architects, and fabricators. The firm works on a wide range of projects, from interior installations to urban plans. It has received several AIA awards for their single-family residences, as well as a Builder’s Choice Custom Home Grand Award in 2016. Their work has been featured in a number of publications, including Texas Architect and D Magazine.

Featured Projects

Gillespie Street Unit B was a collaboration between A.Gruppo Architects and Heath Macdonald and Steven Quevedo. The Gillespie Street townhouse was built in 1958. To modernize the space, the team of architects removed the walls defining the kitchen and redesigned the space. The new kitchen area allows the exterior courtyard to flood the living space with natural light. The renovation also added new modern storage solutions that offer more modern convenience to the small space. In 2013, the firm showcased the home in AIA Dallas Home Tours and it was awarded a Creative Scholarship for Interiors and Design by the Interior Design Educators Council.

Domiteaux and Baggett Architects (DOBA)

Architects:
Mark Domiteaux
Laura Juarez Baggett

Awards:
Preservation Dallas Awards,
Preservation Park Cities Award,
Paper City Design Awards

Address:
Lee Parkway Tower, 3303 Lee Parkway #100, Dallas, TX 75219

About Domiteaux and Baggett Architects (DOBA)

Domiteaux and Baggett Architects was founded by two active architects of the AIA, Mark Domiteaux and Laura Juarez Baggett. The firm, which works on residential and small commercial projects, is known both for their contemporary designs and for their respectful renovation of architecturally significant mid-century homes. One of its most famous projects was renovating the oldest home in University Park. It has received two Preservation Dallas Awards, a Preservation Park City Award, a Paper City Design Award, and a D Magazine Home of the Year Merit Award. DOBA’s works have been featured in Architectural Record and Domain, among many local publications.

Featured Projects

The firm’s 6,716-square-foot Royal Crest home was designed for a family of five. Since both parents work from home, creating a living and workspace was a crucial part of the design. DOBA relocated the office near the front door so business visitors can head straight to the workspace. The formal dining room also doubles as a conference room. In trending modern style, the design features large privacy walls that allow for exterior glass walls opening up to a private green space with a pool. The home was featured on the 2017 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

Far and Dang

Architects:
Rizwan Faruqui
Bang Dang

Awards:
AIA Dallas Special Juror Commendation

Address:
4414 Buena Vista Street, No. 18, Dallas, Texas 75205

About Far and Dang

Rizwan Faruqui, AIA, received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked with Cunningham Architects, Milton Powell and Partners, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Co-Partner Bang Dang has a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he now teaches. The two met while working at Cunningham Architects and founded Far + Dang in 2011. The multidisciplinary design studio has dedicated teams that research and strategizes new modern ways to innovate spaces. The studio’s duplex project Twin Gables won a Special Juror Commendation from AIA Dallas.

Featured Projects

The firm’s Madera Street home, completed in 2016, is a part of the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes. Found in the Knox Henderson neighborhood, the goal was to create an energy-efficient modern home that connects to its surroundings. The 3,364-square foot house is split into two main volumes connected by a screened-in porch and upper deck. The layout allows for ample green space throughout the middle of the lot and brings in an ample amount of natural light. Charcoal gray metal setting allows the home to blend into the neighborhood, while black-stained cedar siding offers contrast.

Maestri Studio

Architects:
Eddie Maestri

Address:
401 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226

About Maestri Studio

Founded in 2008 by Principal Eddie Maestri, AIA, Maestri Studio is a Dallas boutique that offers architecture and interior design services for new construction, renovations, and historic restorations. Maestri has a degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University and his work has been showcased in several AIA neighborhood home tours. The firm’s work has been featured on HGTV, as well as in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Small Kitchen, and D Home Magazine.

Featured Projects

Maestri designed a gorgeous Santa Clara Drive home, found in the Forest Hills neighborhood in East Dallas. The home was is included in the 2017 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes and was featured in Modern Luxury Magazine. It was completed in 2016 with a square footage of 6,313 feet. The home’s massing and window-to-wall ratio were specifically designed to complement the lot. This home was designed for an active family that entertains frequently which is why a large open floor plan was the best choice. Sliding glass doors connect the home to its three outdoor spaces. Along with the architectural design, Maestri’s firm collaborated with the family for the home’s custom furnishings and commissioned art.

Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Architects:
Michael Malone
Audrey Maxwell
Bob Borson

Awards:
AIA Dallas Architecture Firm of the Year

Address:
718 N Buckner Boulevard, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75218

About Malone Maxwell Borson Architects

Malone Maxwell Borson Architects has designed single and multifamily residences, as well as commercial projects and corporate marketing centers since 1992. In 2013, the firm was named AIA Dallas Architecture Firm of the Year. Founding Principal Michael Malone, FAIA, received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was the 2015 President of the Texas Society of Architects. A frequent contributor to professional journals, and a contributing editor for Texas Architecture Magazine, Malone also wrote The Architect’s Guide to Residential Design (McGraw-Hill Education, 2009). Audrey Maxwell, AIA, who has worked with the firm for seven years, received her Master of Architecture from Arizona State University. In 2009, their fellow Principal Bob Borson, FAIA, LEED AP, received the Dallas Chapter American Institute of Architects “Young Architect of the Year” award. He has served on several boards and committees for the American Institute of Architecture and the Texas Society of Architects.

Featured Projects

Known for its modern, glass-covered designs, the firm’s Preston Hollow home was designed by Principal Michael Malone. At 6,500 square feet, the home is a substantial steel-framed structure situated on an acre-and-a-half lot. It has three-bedroom, five-baths and has a 2,400-square-foot infinity-edge pool that borders the rear of the home. The dining area floating out over the water, offering a 180-degree view of the property. From a low-ceiling anteroom, the main living area opens up to 20 feet tall, with walls of glass that fill the space with light. Luxe Interiors and Design featured the house in 2011. For “Dot’s Place,” the custom-designed home of a popular local artist, the design featured a large studio space. A common host, the firm designed a large kitchen that connects to a formal dining room that seats 16 guests at the homeowner’s two tables. A glass-walled entry breaks up the brick front exterior of the U-shaped home. In the rear, however, all of the living spaces open up to the central courtyard with wall-to-ceiling glass. The glass was a mill-finish aluminum storefront within a steel framework. Interior and exterior walls were made with limestone, with concrete floors.

Marek Architecture

Architects:
Scott Marek

Address:
5115 McKinney Avenue, Suite E, Dallas, TX 75205

About Marek Architecture

Marek’s focus is to make balanced connections between the structures and its environment. Principal and owner Scott Marek, AIA studied architecture with a focus on sustainability and he has worked with acclaimed commercial firms in the state. Some of the firms he has worked with are award-winning firms Corgan Associates and Gromatzky Dupree and Associates. He also acted as a lead architect for the modernist architect Frank Welch. The firm’s work has been featured on several American Institute of Architects (AIA) Dallas Home tours, as well as in D Magazine and Modern Dallas magazine.

Featured Projects

The firm’s Deer Trail House was featured on the 2017 AIA Dallas Tour. The home was completed in 2016 and has a square footage of 316,000. The home is beautifully located on a sloped lot in between cedar, elm, and oak trees in the White Rock Valley neighborhood. The family of five wanted more separation between their private and family spaces. The solution was a central staircase creating vertical space between rooms on each level. On the ground level, the family’s primary congregating space opens to a landscaped outdoor living area in the back. The living room features a 14-foot ceiling. A playroom, office, and utility room are located on the second floor, while the kids’ bedrooms are on the fourth floor for the most privacy. The master suite, split between the second and third levels, is a private oasis.

Max Levy Architect

Architects:
Max Levy

Awards:
AIA Dallas Firm of the Year,
International Design Award,
AIA O’Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement

Address:
5646 Milton Street, Suite 709, Dallas, TX 75206

About Max Levy Architect

Principal and founder Max Levy, FAIA, founded his firm in 1984 after working with major studios in San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas. He has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington. The firm is known for houses that connect to nature and has won numerous design awards from AIA Dallas. Among many others, it has received an International Design Award and an O’Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement from AIA Texas, and they were named 2013 Dallas AIA Firm of the Year. The firm’s “House at Rainbo Lake” received a Special Juror Commendation in 2016. Levy’s work has been featured in Texas Architect, Dwell, and Architectural Record, among other publications.

Featured Projects

For a Highland Park house on a narrow lot bordered by the Katy Trail — a greenway running through the city — Levy built up with the main living spaces on the second floor. The 3,500-square-foot residence was designed for great views while maintaining privacy. Another key feature was fresh air. Windows with custom operable panels and floor-to-ceiling custom aluminum doors were designed for airflow, along with the house’s second-story, screened porch. Solar panels and an open floor plan allow natural light to move throughout both floors. Modern Luxury Interiors covered the home in 2014. For Levy’s contribution to the Urban Reserve neighborhood, he designed a unique four-part structure. There’s a 50-foot section containing the garage with two bedrooms and baths on top, connected to a cylindrical entryway made of raw, galvanized sheet metal. The main living areas are broken into two 16-foot-wide rectangles, which sit in a V-shape around a tree — a rare lone chinquapin oak. The back of the house contains large open views. Laminated veneer lumber studs support the home’s glass walls.

Michael Lyons Architects

Address:
2815 Valley View Ln. Ste. #125, Dallas, TX 75234

About Michael Lyons Architects

Award-winning Michael Lyons Architects have been designing the finest luxury homes in Dallas and Fort Worth for the past four generations. Founder Michael Lyons’s specialty is historical architecture but when he established his eponymous firm he became adept in a wide range of home styles. Through his firm, he expanded his portfolio to include versatile designs and include simple home remodels and luxurious estate designs. The most recent recognition of Michael Lyons Architect was being named as one of the Best Architects by D Home Magazine.

Featured Projects

One of its luxurious projects is this estate located near the exclusive Byron Nelson Tournament Players Club golf course. The firm created a home that had Mediterranean elements to give it a beachside feel. There are Tuscan elements found all over the home like its large outdoor veranda. This tropical veranda leads to a gorgeous infinity pool and it also has a second floor balcony that has a game room with a great view of the golf course. Its interiors have a warm inviting atmosphere. Each room is accessible to each other and there is generous space to move around. In addition, this home has an award winning cellar that houses the owner’s extensive wine collection.

NIMMO

Architects:
Joshua Nimmo

Awards:
AIA Dallas Awards

Address:
4407 Belmont Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204

About NIMMO

Founder and Principal Joshua Nimmo, AIA, LEED AP, has been a practicing architect since 1997. Before starting his own firm, he worked as a senior project architect for the famed Lionel Morrison, FAIA, and his firm, Morrison Seifert Murphy. While there, he was the project architect behind the first LEED Gold-certified office building in Plano, Texas. In 2009, he started Nimmo to deliver designs that have an appreciation for its raw materials. Nimmo strives to push the conventional boundaries of modern architecture while prioritizing sustainable designs. The firm has received AIA Dallas awards every year from 2010 through 2016.

Featured Projects

The Vanguard Way residence, completed in 2015, is found in the Urban Reserve neighborhood and keeps with the community’s mission to use sustainable design practices. This contemporary home uses passive solar strategies and recycled building materials. The goal of the project was to maintain as much of the existing landscape as possible, which allows the home to more fully connect with its environment. Nimmo also opted for a vertical design to be able to maximize the limited space of the site. The result was a three-story home that had a foundation that was only one-third of the size of the home. For its exterior, the materials were kept simple with only wood and metal. The home’s metal veneer was artfully designed to reflect the shadows of the trees against the house. The Vanguard Way residence was showcased at the 2015 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

Richard Drummond Davis Architects (RDD)

Address:
2124 Farrington St. Ste. #400, Dallas, TX

About Richard Drummond Davis Architects (RDD)

Established more than 40 years ago is Richard Drummond Davis Architects. The firm’s design portfolio has a diverse range of classic and contemporary homes. At first, clients came to the firm for traditional homes with a classic familiar look but as years passed, homeowners started requesting for more modern designs. RDD was able to merge the elegance of classic homes with the modern principles of contemporary architecture inspired by European designs. The firm has been in business for years but it still manages to gain the attention of many local and national publications. D Home magazine even named RDD as the Best Home Builder of 2019.

Featured Projects

One of its first contemporary projects was the home of a Dallas luxury home builder, Cy Barcus. He entrusted the firm to create a practical residence that had a very simple exterior. The Highland Park Home was given a tasteful white planked facade paired with red pitched roofing.. This was Barcus’s modern interpretation of a Cape Cod Saltbox style home. Moreover, Barcuse wanted this contemporary take to fit in with the neighborhood surrounded by classic French homes. That is why he decided to stick with a home style that is familiar to everyone but give it a more modern twist. Its interiors were customized to make its homeowner’s lifestyle more convenient.

Shipley Architects

Architects:
Dan Shipley

Awards:
AIA Dalas Honor Award,
Texas Society of Architects Design Award,
Residential Architect Magazine Citation Award

Address:
1709 Gould Street, Dallas, TX 75215

About Shipley Architects

After graduating from the University of Texas, Dan Shipley worked for award-winning firms HKS Architects and Thomas and Booziotis. He has garnered enough experience to establish his own firm, Shipley Architects. His own firm also became an award-winning practice and has won several distinctions from AIA Dallas and Texas Society of Architects. Most recently, the firm’s “House of Olympic Proportions,” found in Port Townsend, Washington, won an Honor Award from AIA Dallas in 2015. Its works have been featured in various books and publications, including Custom Home magazine, The New York Times, and Fine Homebuilding. The firm became known for designing beautiful but modest and cost-efficient projects.

Featured Projects

The firm’s Browder House project, completed in 2014, is in the historic Cedars neighborhood. They used the lot’s lack of zoning conditions to construct a 10-foot wall on the north boundary of the lot to create an inner courtyard. The exterior of the 2,700 square-foot-home reflects the neighborhood’s industrial roots, using a mix of cement, stucco, and sheet metal with wood batten accents. The industrial aesthetic extends inside with concrete flooring on the ground level and red oak upstairs. Shipley worked on a series of renovations over a 15-year period for a historic Forest Hills home, originally designed by architect Stark West in 1965. The firm added on a carport/studio and master bedroom, a two-story “tower,” and a pool. As opposed to attempting a historic renovation, the additions act in harmony with the original house. The house stands at 3,500 square feet with the additions, completed in 2009, and was featured in the 2014 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, PLLC (SHM)

Architects:
David Stocker
Mark Hoesterey
Enrique Montenegro

Address:
4514 Travis Street, Suite 302, Dallas, Texas 75205

About Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, PLLC (SHM)

Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects was founded in 2005 by David Stocker, AIA, Mark Hoesterey, AIA, NCARB, and Enrique Montenegro, AIA, NCARB. The three are passionate architects committed to designing spaces that are elegant and will improve the lifestyle of their clients. This multidisciplinary firm works on residential, commercial, ranch and lake, and sacred structures. Its homes have been featured in Luxe Interiors and Design and Dwell Magazine, among others. Last 2019, SHM opened its first satellite office in Crested Butte, Colorado so it can expand its clientele to the neighborhoods of the Mountain West.

Featured Projects

An updated classic home found in the Bluffview neighborhood used traditional forms and materials in new ways. Modern Luxury Dallas took notice of the home’s new modern layout and applauded SHM for maintaining the integrity of the original facade. The home was given a C-shape layout that revolves around an inner courtyard. The floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the courtyard connects the master suite to a family suite, including a kitchen and family room. The firm worked with home builder Brad Ellerman of Ellerman Homes, Inc. to customize the frameless corner windows. With large windows in the front of the home as well, the property uses a layered technique to offer privacy and hide most of the courtyard. The builder used concealed steel to support the roof. The roof height varies at different points to create a “village” effect, making the home feel like more than just a single-family abode.