The Silicon Valley Business Journal has ranked BCA Architects the 12th architectural firm in its annual rankings list, featuring its work in the assisted living market. This classification underlines a very successful year for BCA Architects and reflects how it is now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

With offices in San Jose, Sacramento, Orange County and Los Angeles, the team at BCA Architects has become a recognized thought leader in education within the state of California. They successfully master planned six of the school districts that passed bond measures earlier this month, which was recognition of their team’s ability to work with various communities on bringing 21st Century Education to their classrooms.

BCA has continued to expand over the past 25 years, most recently with the addition Trevor Smith, the firms first-ever Commercial Studio Project Manager. Mr. Smith brings with him fourteen years of experience as a commercial design professional and is excited to be leading BCA into the commercial market. ­This hire highlights BCA’s expansion in the commercial space in California.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, this affirmation from the Silicon Valley Business Journal encourages us to continue our work with clients needing expertise in the assisted living, 21st Century Learning Environments, and reuse of commercial spaces for charter schools in California,” said Paul Bunton, AIA, President, BCA Architects.

Among the other noteworthy achievements this year for BCA Architects:

  1. The Los Angeles Times featured the approach BCA takes to safer school design as part of its 21st Century Learning Environmentaesthetic philosophy.
  2. The City Council and Planning Commission of the City of San Jose selected BCA’s design for an assisted living space across from theSanta Clara Valley Medical Center that will cater to seniors and their families in a community space.
  3. As a keynote speaker at a conference held at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), Brian P. Whitmore, AIA, NCARB, LEED®AP, Associate Principal/Vice President of Design at BCA Architects explained the advantages of reusing commercial spaces for charter schools.

“BCA continues to broaden its portfolio beyond educational design with anticipated growth in the assisted living, commercial, and civic design markets from eager clients and ambitious projects which will push it among the top design firms in architecture in 2014 and more,” said Whitmore.

For more information about BCA’s work in these areas or others, please contact Kate Connors at 202-449-9804 and