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.


January 20, 2021 in News, Brian Whitmore, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA

Studio W Sacramento Is Moving to Midtown

Sacramento, CA—We’re proud to announce that our Sacramento Studio will be moving to a new office! Studio W Architects and Brian Whitmore, President & CEO, recently purchased a commercial property…
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December 10, 2020 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA, Chelsea Pozar, Megan Garon

That’s A Wrap on 2020!

San Jose, Sacramento & Irvine, CA: While 2020 has certainly had its challenges, we did not want to miss the opportunity to gather with staff and share in the successes…
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November 20, 2020 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA

BCA Architects is the 15th Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley

San Jose, CA: The Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual list of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies was published this morning and BCA Architects ranked 15th with 68.9% revenue…
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September 18, 2020 in News, Brian Whitmore, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA, Jim Moore

BCA Architects Named to the PSMJ Circle of Excellence

BCA Architects is thrilled to be included in the 2020 PSMJ Circle of Excellence alongside our esteemed peers in the A/E/C industry. Being recognized as one of 65 firms in…
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August 7, 2020 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA

2020 Fastest Growing Companies Award

Sacramento, CA: BCA Architects is being honored today as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies by the Sacramento Business Journal. The award recognizes companies for continued growth and financial…
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August 4, 2020 in Abby Annis, News, Life at BCA, Ian Bjorgum

Project Designers Advance at BCA Architects

Sacramento, CA: Congratulations to Abby Annis and Ian Bjorgum on your promotions to Project Designer III and Project Designer II, respectively. We appreciate your contributions and dedication to BCA Architects.…
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July 2, 2020 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA, Jim Moore

BCA Architects Earns Top Architectural Firm Rankings

Sacramento & San Jose, CA: The Sacramento Business Journal and Silicon Valley Business Journal recently released rankings of the area’s Largest Architectural Firms and BCA Architects was featured on both…
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May 7, 2020 in News, HOME PAGE FEATURE, Life at BCA

BCA Architects Gives Back

Statewide, CA: The BCA Giving program was established to support the causes and organizations our team members are passionate about, and as a means for BCA to give back to…
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February 20, 2020 in News, Life at BCA

CASH Conference 2020

Long Beach, CA: The BCA Team enjoying the workshops and networking at the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. This professional development event features…
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February 12, 2020 in News, Life at BCA

An Evening of Murder Mystery Theater with the BCA Sacramento Team

Sacramento, CA: “Who dun it?!?!” Our Sacramento Studio spent a fun evening solving a murder mystery. We got into character and investigated the murder at the local country club.
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