The Studio W Story

Founded on the principles of serving the communities where we live, work and play, Studio W Architects was established as a design firm specializing in educational and public works architecture. The company originally opened its doors in Fremont, CA in 1989 as an architecture and structural engineering practice named BCA Architects. Soon thereafter, the firm began focusing exclusively on architecture and expanded into the commercial market.

Today, Studio W Architects is a full-service architecture, interiors and planning firm with thriving public and private education, civic, commercial and retail markets throughout California. The firm rebranded from BCA Architects to become Studio W Architects in 2021 as a reflection of the company’s current leadership, core values and energetic staff.

Our mission of enriching the fabric of communities and delighting the human experience is a mainstay of our culture and the foundation of what we do. Our innovation and passion are driven by research, lessons learned, continuing education, a commitment to sustainability and, most importantly, partnerships with our clients and users. We create spaces where people learn, socialize, imagine, collaborate and dream—and WE HAVE FUN DOING IT.

well beyond design.

Architecture is more than just great design. We know that in order to be successful we must also bring a high-level of value and service to our clients. We approach each project by examining all aspects of how it will be implemented and how it will ultimately perform. How is the project funded and are there ways to maximize the investment? How does the building, campus or organization influence the community and how might the scope of that project enhance its social impact? And how does the timeline of implementation directly affect the financial outcomes?

We bring together our knowledge, expertise and affiliations with industry partners to bridge the gaps between vision and reality. We reach solutions that extend WELL BEYOND DESIGN. Once we understand the project and the challenges or opportunities it presents, we can craft creative, responsive and practical designs that are imaginative, emotional and timeless.



Studio W Architects provides a myriad of services to assist our clients and their projects in reaching their fullest potential. Our expertise is derived from hands-on experience, evidence-based design and a determination to excel at all levels of our practice.


July 27, 2021 in Chelsea Pozar, Life at Studio W

Chelsea Pozar Elected to SMPS Sacramento Board of Directors

Sacramento, CA—Congratulations to Chelsea Pozar, CPSM, Marketing & Business Development Manager and Associate, for being elected to the 2021-22 SMPS Sacramento Chapter Board of Directors. She will serve as a…
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July 2, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Steve Krapek

Studio W Spotlight: Steve Krapek

San Jose, CA—Allow us to introduce this month’s Studio W Spotlight team member – Steve Krapek, Senior Project Architect in our San Jose Studio. Steve is a talented hand sketch…
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June 21, 2021 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Sacramento Business Journal Ranks Studio W Architects #6 Largest Architectural Firm

Sacramento, CA—Studio W Architects ranked #6 on the Sacramento Business Journal’s annual list of Architectural Firms in the region. The listing orders companies based on number of licensed architects. In…
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June 11, 2021 in News, Chelsea Pozar, Life at Studio W, Megan Garon

Studio W Architects Branded Products

We’re loving our new branded swag and stationary package! It’s been nearly six months since we announced our rebrand and we’re so thankful for the support from our clients and…
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June 8, 2021 in Life at Studio W, Klaude Matias

Klaude Matias Becomes Project Designer in Irvine Studio

Irvine, CA—Congratulations to Klaude Matias for being promoted to Project Designer. Klaude joined Studio W Architects in 2019 as an Architectural Intern and has worked in our Irvine and Sacramento…
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June 2, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, Life at Studio W, Dinh Nguyen

Studio W Spotlight: Dinh Nguyen

San Jose, CA—Dinh Nguyen is a Project Designer in Studio W Architects’ San Jose Studio. He has been with the firm for more than four years and has been involved…
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May 3, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, Life at Studio W, Lisa May

Studio W Spotlight: Lisa May

Sacramento, CA—Meet Lisa May, Project Designer in our Sacramento Studio. Lisa is an exceptionally talented interior architecture graduate from California State University, Sacramento and has a background in educational and…
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April 5, 2021 in Studio W Spotlight, News, Chris Garcia, Life at Studio W

Studio W Spotlight: Christopher Garcia

Sacramento, CA—We’re pleased to introduce Chris Garcia, AIA, Senior Project Manager in our Sacramento Studio. Chris’ 18-year career has focused nearly exclusively on K-12 education architecture. From California Building Code…
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March 30, 2021 in News, Life at Studio W, Gang Chen

Studio W Architects Welcomes Gang Chen

Irvine, CA—Studio W Architects is pleased to welcome Gang Chen, RA, LEED AP BD+C, to our Irvine Studio as a project architect. Gang is an established architect with more than…
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March 13, 2021 in News, Life at Studio W, Deeksha Phadnis, Karol Gore

Deeksha Phadnis & Karol Gore Join Studio W Architects

San Jose & Irvine, CA—We are pleased to welcome Deeksha Phadnis and Karol Gore to the Studio W Architects Team! Deeksha has joined our San Jose Studio as a Project…
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