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.


February 21, 2024 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Diane Hanamoto, Life at Studio W, Tony Pacheco-Taylor

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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February 15, 2024 in Tanya Burnett, Melissa Szpik, Allen Tian, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects Welcomes Tanya, Melissa & Allen

Sacramento & Newport Beach, CA—Studio W Architects is pleased to welcome both Tanya Burnett, Project Administrator, and Melissa Szpik, Senior Project Architect, to our Sacramento Studio, as well as Allen…
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February 7, 2024 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ramon Robles

Studio W Spotlight: Ramon Robles

Sacramento, CA—We’re pleased to introduce Ramon Robles, Project Designer at our Sacramento Studio, as this month’s Studio W Spotlight team member. Ramon has spent the last six years in the…
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December 13, 2023 in Zahra Rouhani, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects Welcomes Zahra M. Rouhani

San Jose, CA—Studio W Architects is delighted to welcome Zahra Rouhani as a Project Architect in our San Jose Studio. Zahra has worked as an architect for the past five…
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November 7, 2023 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Frederick Bauer

Studio W Architects Welcomes Frederick Bauer

San Jose, CA—Studio W Architects is thrilled to welcome Frederick Bauer as a Senior Project Architect in our San Jose Studio. Frederick acquired his Bachelor of Architecture in Nürnberg, Germany…
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October 25, 2023 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ishani Orlovsky

Job Captain Promotion at Our San Jose Studio

San Jose, CA—Congratulations to Ishani Orlovsky on her promotion to Job Captain! Ishani has shown a strong performance as a Project Designer, initiating project design and documentation, as well as…
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September 20, 2023 in News, Devon Kelley, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W

Studio W Architects Welcomes Devon Kelley

Sacramento, CA—We are pleased to welcome Devon Kelley to our Sacramento Studio as Project Administrator. She has served in many different roles in the construction industry over her 7-year career,…
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August 17, 2023 in News, Team Member, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ruben Alejandre

Project Architect Promotion at Studio W Architects

Newport Beach, CA—Congratulations to Ruben Alejandre on becoming a California registered architect! In recognition of his demonstrated knowledge of the craft and dedication to his clients and projects, he has…
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August 9, 2023 in Studio W Spotlight, News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Megan Garon

Studio W Spotlight: Megan Garon

Sacramento, CA—We’re pleased to introduce Megan Garon, Marketing Manager at our Sacramento Studio, as this month’s Studio W Spotlight team member. Megan began her industry journey in college, when she…
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July 21, 2023 in Adriana Mouser, Brian Whitmore, Brie Gargano, Chelsea Pozar, News, Chris Dallmeyer, Chris Garcia, Devon Kelley, Team Member, Diane Hanamoto, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at Studio W, Ian Bjorgum, Ishani Orlovsky, Jason Masty, Jim Moore, Kathleen Follis, Kimberly Thach, Klaude Matias, Leslie Guenther, Lisa May, Mario Hernandez, Megan Garon, Michael Henning, Michele Gargano, Ramon Robles, Ruben Alejandre, Sawyer Kaumeyer, Seamus O'Connor, Tony Pacheco-Taylor

Behind the Scenes: Staff Photoshoot

Sacramento & San Jose, CA—Here is a look behind the scenes at our most recent staff photoshoot! We have experienced much growth and change in the last four years and…
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