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.


June 12, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects Welcomes Kristoffer

Sacramento, CA—We would like to introduce Kristoffer Gulapa as Job Captain in our Sacramento Studio. Earning his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in the…
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June 10, 2024 in Allen Tian, Anna Finkbeiner, Brian Whitmore, News, Chris Dallmeyer, Daine Treff, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Herman Fernandez, Ian Bjorgum, Ishani Orlovsky, Kim Nguyen, Kimberly Thach, Klaude Matias, Madeline Noell, Ramon Robles, Sawyer Kaumeyer, Scott Hunter

Studio W Featured in the Young Professionals Edition of Comstock’s Magazine

Studio W Architects is prominently featured in the June issue of Comstock’s Magazine! This month’s edition focuses on young professionals in the industry bringing new ideas and innovations to the…
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June 5, 2024 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Melissa Szpik

Studio W Spotlight: Melissa Szpik

Sacramento, CA—We’re excited to announce Melissa Szpik, Senior Project Architect at our Sacramento Studio, as June’s Studio W Spotlight team member. Melissa has extensive knowledge in all aspects of project…
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May 29, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Introducing Studio W’s Chico Branch

Chico, CA—Exciting news as Studio W Architects acquires NorthStar’s Architecture Department and the establishment of a new branch in Chico, CA. This strategic move not only represents a significant expansion…
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May 22, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects Welcomes Kim, Herman & Madeline

Sacramento & San Jose, CA—We are delighted to announce the newest additions to our team! Join us in welcoming Kim Nguyen as an Accounting Assistant and Herman Fernandez as a…
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April 11, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ian Bjorgum, Kathleen Follis, Ramon Robles

Staff Promotions at Our Sacramento & San Jose Studios

Sacramento & San Jose, CA—Studio W Architects takes immense pride in the dedication and high caliber of our team, which is exemplified and recognized through our staff’s continual growth within…
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April 10, 2024 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Spotlight: Sawyer Kaumeyer

Newport Beach, CA—We’re excited to introduce Sawyer Kaumeyer, Project Designer at our Newport Beach Studio, as this month’s Studio W Spotlight team member. With a passion for problem-solving and innovation,…
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March 11, 2024 in News, Chris Dallmeyer, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Jason Masty, Michele Gargano

Studio W Celebrates CASH School Facilities Leadership Academy 2024 Accomplishments

We are celebrating milestones and continuous growth at Studio W Architects! Congratulations to Jason Masty and his fellow Cohort 13 members on their graduation from the Coalition for Adequate School…
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March 7, 2024 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Spotlight: Sofia Rehn

Sacramento, CA—We’re pleased to introduce Sofia Rehn, Marketing Coordinator at our Sacramento Studio, as this month’s Studio W Spotlight team member. Sofia, a recent graduate from Arizona State University’s graphic…
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February 21, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Diane Hanamoto

Studio W Team Members Tour Myrtha Pools in Italy

Diane Hanamoto, Senior Project Architect, and Tony Pacheco-Taylor, Client Leader, had the tremendous opportunity to be hosted by Myrtha Pools in Castiglione, Italy where they toured Myrtha Pools’ Headquarters to…
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